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 Dijon

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.


  • 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.

Tour Dates

On the Feniks: 
Paris to Dijon 14 Days
: August 5, 2017
Dijon to Paris 14 days: August 19, 2017

This tour can be shortened to two 8 day itineraries: 

Paris to Auxerre 8 days: August 8, 2017
Auxerre to Dijon 8 days: August 12, 2017
Dijon to Auxerre 8 Days: August 19, 2017
Auxerre to Paris 8 Days: August 26, 2017

See the day to day itinerary and pricing for more details!

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 comfort plus boat, the Elodie or the standard plus boat, the Feniks

What’s Included

  • Accomodations for 7 or 14 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 a week
  • 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
Length8–14 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary


Paris to Dijon

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: Auxerre rest day (end of first tour or beginning of second tour)
Day 9: Auxerre - Migennes, 30 miles (49 km)
Day 10: Migennes - St. Florentin, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 11: St. Florentin - Tanlay, 21 miles (34 km)
Day 12: Tanlay - Ancy le Franc, 30 miles (49 km)
Day 13: Ancy le Franc - Montbard, 25 miles (41 km)
Day 14:  Montbard train to Dijon and departure or extension of your stay

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: Auxerre rest day (end of first tour or beginning of second tour)
If you are participating in only the first half of this tour, you will depart after breakfast. 

If you are joining on this day, you will meet up with the barge between noon and 2pm and try out the bicycles.

Day 9: Auxerre - Migennes, 30 miles (49 km)
Today is especially exciting as you will bike to a winery in Maligny in Chablis-region. After a short break and wine-tasting, you will continue on your bike to Pontigny, where you'll visit the Cistercian abbey. This abbey was founded in 1114 and is now the only one of the five mother Cistercian Abbey churches still intact, though little remains of the monastery buildings or the original abbey church. The day ends in Migenne, where you'll spend the night.

Day 10: Migennes - St. Florentin, 25 miles (40 km)
Today you will bike along the Canal de Bourgogne and eventually cross a “ Pont-Canal“ (aqueduct) in St. Florentin. A stop in the cathedral of St. Florentin with it's beautiful stained glass windows is a must!

Day 11: St. Florentin - Tanlay, 21 miles (34 km)
Today you will continue along the Canal de Bourgogne and visit the Abbey of Quincy and the 16th century town of St. Vinnemer. Today's destination is Tanlay. Tanlay has a 16th century Renaissance-style castle that you can visit.

Day 12: Tanlay - Ancy le Franc, 30 miles (49 km)
This part of the Canal de Bourgogne is quite scenic as it curves through picturesque little medieval towns with very old churches and castles. You will visit the famous town Noyers-sur-Serein that belongs to the most beautiful villages of France. Upon arrival to Ancy le Franc, you'll have a chance yet again to visit a beautiful Chateau.

Day 13: Ancy le Franc - Montbard, 25 miles (41 km)
Today you will visit “La Grande Fourge de Buffon“, a famous historical iron-forge in Buffon along the canal. You will also stop by the world-famous Abbey of Fontenay that is labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The bike tour ends in the friendly little town of Montbard, where the Feniks will moor.

Day 14:  Montbard train to Dijon and departure or extension of stay in hotel
In the morning a train will bring you to Dijon, the capital of northern Burgundy. If you decide to extend your stay, you can include an extra night in Dijon and a guided walking tour of the city highlights for an additional cost. Please see pricing for details. 

*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. 


Day 1: Arrival in Paris, 9 miles
Day 2: Paris - Melun, 25 or 12 miles
Day 3: Melun - St. Mammes, 21 miles
Day 4: St. Mammes - Nemours - St. Mammes, 21 miles
Day 5: St. Mammes - Montereaux - Sens, 28 miles
Day 6: Rest day in Sens
Day 7: Sens - Villeneuve, 13 miles
Day 8: Villeneuve - Joigny, 15 miles
Day 9: Joigny - Auxerre, 20 miles
Day 10: Rest day in Auxerre
Day 11:  Departure from Auxerre

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Customer Feedback

  • Jacqueline Eger 4 weeks 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.

  • April 3 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.

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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.