Cycle in France along the Canal du Loing, Nemours - photo via Flickr:@lain G

Nemours - Le Chateau - photo via Flickr:@lain G
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Burgundy - Paris to Auxerre

France Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle in France in the heartland of Burgundy

  • This bike tour in France takes you through Burgundy, one of the country's most fascinating regions, and often labeled as the land of fine art and living. This area is well-known for its easy pace of life, mild climate, and friendliness. It has a rich royal history, but you may know it now for the delicious wine and cheeses. By bike and boat you will explore historic towns, imposing castles, and quaint villages. You will enjoy excellent food and wines both aboard ship and in hospitable towns along the way.

    Highlights:

    • Paris by bike
    • Fontainebleau, the artists village of Barbizon
    • The rocks of Nemours
    • The medieval cities of Ferriéres and Chatillon Coligny
    • The complex of locks in Rogny
    • Pont Canal de Briare
    • Bien Sancerre wine
    • Chavignol cheese

    And more!

    An extensive list of all of our France bike boat tours can be found here.

  • 2018

    8 day tour 

    Low bed cabin:  £ 995 $ 1,587 1045 NOK 10450 kr 9646 $ 1,254

    Bunk bed cabin: £ 962 $ 1,534 1010 NOK 10100 kr 9323 $ 1,212

    extra options

    On the Feniks: 

    Electric bicycle rental per week: £ 50 $ 79 52 NOK 520 kr 480 $ 62

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Paris, CDG.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. The average high/low temperatures in degrees F for the area are: April 57/42º, September 69/52º, and October 59/46°.


Skill Level

This France bike tour is classified as an easy to moderate guided bike and boat tour on quiet roads through a rolling landscape. Average daily distance is 30 miles a day. The route follows bike trails and asphalted side roads. There are some hilly stretches but you will be able to walk if necessary.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the standard plus boat, the Feniks

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • 21-speed bicycles with pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Route program with city maps
  • 7 x breakfast, 7 x lunch package and 6 x dinner
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Cabin with private bathroom including bed linen and fresh towels
  • Shampoo, shower gel and soap
  • Daily check of your cabin, once a week extra cleaning
  • Service for personal laundry
  • Ferry fares

What’s Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel or cancellation insurance
  • Meals other than mentioned
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1045 Rates
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Tour Dates

2018

Paris to Auxerre: August 4, 2018
Auxerre to Paris: August 11, 2018

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Burgundy - Paris to Auxerre Map

ABOARD THE FENIKS

Paris to Auxerre

Day 1: Arrival to Paris
Day 2: Paris - Evry (by boat)
Day 3: Evry - Melun, 19 or 29 miles (31 or 46 km)
Day 4: Melun - Moret sur Loing - St. Mammes, 26 miles (43 km)
Day 5: St. Mammes - Montereau - Sens, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 6: Sens - Joigny, 24 miles (40 km)
Day 7: Joigny - Auxerre, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 8: Departure
 

Day 1: Arrival to Paris
After your arrival and check-in on board, there will be a city tour.

Day 2: Paris - Evry (by boat)
In the morning, you start your cruise to Evry. The incredible views along the Seine river will accompany you. Arrival will be in the late afternoon, after which you'll have a chance to test the bikes. 

Day 3: Evry - Melun, 19 or 29 miles (31 or 46 km)​
Setting off in the morning, your destination for the day is Melun. Along the way, you'll make an extended visit to the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte. This majestic estate was purchased by the young parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet in 1641, who transformed it into a masterpiece whose château and gardens still feature among the most beautiful in France. You'll end your cycling in Melun. This historical town regularly welcomed the Kings of France and the court until the mid-15th century. Two exceptional reminders of the 11th century are still preserved in Melun: the Collegiate Church of Our Lady and the Priory of St. Saviour. 

Day 4: Melun - Moret sur Loing - St. Mammes, 26 miles (43 km)​
Today you will bike through the famed forest of Fontainebleau. This forest is spread over 25,000 hectares and remains a popular destination for nature lovers due to its dense and varied flora and fauna. It contains more than 1600 km of forest routes and pedestrian trails for walking and running, including 300 km of signposted trails. Eventually, you will reach incredible Fontainebleau castle. This gorgeous chateau was once used by the kings of France from the 12th century as a medieval royal hunting lodge. You will also pass through Moret sur Loing before ending your day in St. Mammes. This little town was made famous by the English painter Alfred Sisley who lived and painted here all his life. 

Day 5: St. Mammes - Montereau - Sens, 28 miles (45 km)​
In the morning you will sail from St. Mammès to Montereau where you'll begin your bike tour to Sens. Sens is most famous for it's gothic Cathedral Saint-Etienne that dominates the main square. The building is especially important as it is first gothic cathedral built in France and acted as a model for many other gothic style cathedrals built later in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Day 6: Sens - Joigny, 24 miles (40 km)​
Today's route follows the Yonne river. Before reaching your destination of Joigny, you'll make a stop to the quaint town of Villeneuve.

Day 7: Joigny - Auxerre, 30 miles (48 km)​
Joigny is a lively town with a good market, contemporary art museum, and plenty of waterway activity. Leaving here, you will make your way to Auxerre. Situated on the River Yonne, Auxerre is a very pleasant town with an relaxed air about it. Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne 'département' and home of the government offices and administration for the region. There are plenty of interesting shops and casual restaurants for you to explore. 

Day 8: Departure
Depart after breakfast. 

*All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc. 

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Customer Feedback

  • Lee N. 1 month ago

    The Tripsite folks were always right there for me whenever I asked a question. Our guide, Albert, was a tremendous guide and was always there to help with any language barrier. I have certainly recommended Tripsite to others that I have been telling about my trip and they can't believe that I got such a great value for the money I spent. Thank you All!

    Boat: Feniks

  • Jacqueline Eger 1 year ago

    We loved this trip. The captain and crew could not have been more accommodating. Due to low water levels, we started our tour a little further north of Dijon than usual and as a result were a day ahead of schedule. This prompted the Captain to make a small detour down the lovely Canal du Nivernais where we had some of the best biking of all. We were blessed with great weather and enjoyed most dinners out on the deck. And coming into Paris - who knew there was a 2km long underground canal through the city! A wonderful experience. Look forward to another trip on the Feniks in the future.

  • Gerti L. 1 year ago

    This was a great bike and barge trip, although we originally had not chosen this one. Our original trip around Paris ,unfortunately was cancelled just shortly before we were supposed to leave. The staff at Tripsite was very helpful and we were able to book the Bourgogne one on the Feniks. The bike routes had to be changed a bit, due to the barge being delayed on the canal a few times. That meant a lot of riding along the canals, which made it easy riding, but not quite as interesting. However, the "plan B" as a whole turned out to be very nice and we saw many beautiful and interesting sites. The only complaint would be that there were a lot of mosquitoes, which of course is not the captain's fault. Next time I would come up with some kind of solution to put some "screens" on the windows, so we won't wake up in the morning full of mosquito bites...... Our guide was great, as was the whole crew. The cook was fantastic and we had the most wonderful meals during our tour. Good thing we did a good amount of bike riding, or we would have ended up putting on quite a few pounds.... All in all, we highly recommend this bike and barge trip.

  • April 4 years ago

    This was my third bike/barge trip and the best yet. I loved being on the Feniks. It's a very comfortable barge. The captain was very attentive to all our needs and I appreciated his ability to work around some of the problems re two of the canal locks being shut down for repairs. The guide was good also and made sure some of us slower people were not left behind. It was a great group of people and I thoroughly enjoyed the biking and the wonderful French countryside.

    Boat: Feniks

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Burgundy - Paris to Auxerre Boats + Barges

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Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Plus Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.

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