Luxembourg Palace & Gardens is a popular park in Paris, France. Photo via Flickr:Kosala Bandara

Notre Dame gargoyle in Paris, of course! Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Loire River Valley and Paris

France Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour in France’s Loire River Valley

  • The small region in Burgundy between La Charité and Paris within the Loire Valley is well-suited for both cycling and boating. Following the flow of the Loire River, this Loire Valley bike and barge tour gently rolls through green countryside with charming little villages sporadically intermingled. The rich landscape bears many fruitful vineyards. Of particular fame are the wines from Pouilly-sur-Loire and Sancerre; and of course there are the Burgundy (Bourgogne) wines, said to be among the most prestigious in the world.

    Highlights:

    • Pouilly and Sancerre wine
    • Complex of locks in Rogny
    • Castle of La Bussiere
    • Montargis with its canals and bridges
    • The rocks of Nemours
    • Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte near Melun
    • Paris

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  • 8 day tour 

    Low bed cabin:  £ 1012 $ 1,574 1045 NOK 10624 kr 9807 $ 1,275

    Bunk bed cabin: £ 978 $ 1,521 1010 NOK 10268 kr 9478 $ 1,232

    extra options

    Electric bike rental per week (payable on board): £ 50 $ 78 52 NOK 529 kr 488 $ 63

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris CDG

    Local Travel

    If you begin in Paris, take a taxi to the boat
    If you begin in Montargis, take a regional train from Gare de Lyon to Montargis, approx. 1.5 hours
    If you begin in La Charité, take a regional train from Paris-Bercy to La Charité-sur-Loire, approx. 2 hours

    Climate

    Check local weather conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the area is: 64°/49° for May; 70°/54° June; 75°/58° July; 75°/57°, August; 79°/52° September.

    Remarks

    Please note that you will be part of an international group of people. However, your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.


Skill Level

Participants should be in good physical shape and comfortable with cycling around 25 miles before the tour. Most of the cycling is on relatively flat roads and in river valleys, but to enjoy the tour fully, guests should be able to manage (moderate) slopes of up to about max. 2 kilometers. Cycling distances are in general between ca. 30 and 60 km. and can be adapted when circumstances require.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the Feniks, originally built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. She is a very strong vessel with many years of service and is known because of her beautiful line and speed.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 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
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1010 Rates
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Tour Dates

2018

Paris to Montargis: June 23 and 21 July, 2018
Montargis to Paris: June 30 and July 28, 2018

2018 Itinerary coming soon!

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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La Charité to Paris

Day 1: La Charité/La Chapelle Montlinard, 8 miles (12 km)
Day 2: La Chapelle Montlinard - Ménétréol, 28 or 31 (45 or 50 km)
Day 3: Ménétréol - Beaulieu, 25 or 50 miles (40 or 80 km)
Day 4: Beaulieu - Briare, 19 miles (30 km)
Day 5: Briare - Rogny-les-sept-Ecluses, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 6: Rogny – Chatillon Coligny, 25 or 28 miles (40 or 45 km)
Day 7: Chatillon-Coligny – Montargis, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 8: Departure 
 

Day 1: La Charité/La Chapelle Montlinard, 8 miles (12 km)
You are expected on board around 2pm. After arrival and welcome to the ship at the mooring place, you can start for a short try-out bike ride in the countryside of some 12 km.

Day 2: La Chapelle Montlinard - Ménétréol, 28 or 31 (45 or 50 km)
The bike ride starts with an easy ride in the river plain on quiet country roads. In Pouilly, wine center, there is a quaint coffee stop where you can take a rest. Rolling country with vineyards is the next part of the itinerary. After lunch, back in the Loire-valley, you will head to Sancerre, the town of wine on its hilltop, surrounded by vineyards. The slope in general is moderate, with a few tougher parts but the views are rewarding! The ride downhill to the mooring place is exciting.

Day 3: Ménétréol - Beaulieu, 25 or 50 miles (40 or 80 km)
Today, you have choice for an easy ride in the river valley with visit to the town of Cosne. This region is also famous for its Chavignol (goat) cheese. A visit to a goat farm is an option. An alternative is the opportunity to visit a very special building site near Guédelon, where dozens of people are building a medieval castle with old fashioned means and tools. The ride is beautiful and has several hills, most of them with a moderate slope. The ride back is easier, towards the Loire valley. 

Day 4: Beaulieu - Briare, 19 miles (30 km)
The Loire river, as many other smaller streams in France, is not easily navigable, so in the past centuries canals were dug parallel to some of the rivers to connect natural waterways. It’s an experience to be on board while the ship uses the famous pont-canal, a kind of aquaduct. Briare will be the mooring place today. It has an enamel and shipping museum.

Day 5: Briare - Rogny-les-sept-Ecluses, 31 miles (50 km)
Today you cycle along the river to the town of Gien (faience). Today's destination is Rogny, with its famous ‘stairs’ of 7 locks. In spite of being out of use now, they are still a major touristic attraction. The ships find it's way through the canal by means of newer locks. After dinner, perhaps you'd like to play petanque, a traditional French game!

Day 6: Rogny – Chatillon Coligny, 25 or 28 miles (40 or 45 km)
Today, Chatillon Coligny is your goal. It’s a picturesque medieval town charged with a unique history, which came into the scientific era with four generations of physicists and chemists. On your way to this town, a visit to the castle of La Bussiere with garden and park is recommended. Lunch can be had in the park. Mooring place in or near Chatillon.

Day 7: Chatillon-Coligny – Montargis, 31 miles (50 km)
Ride in beautiful countryside, in morning and afternoon. Coffee and lunch stop in Chateau Renard, nice small town. The last kilometres you will follow the canal to Montargis, an interesting town (ca. 15.000 inh.) to visit. It’s famous for its many canals and bridges.

Day 8: Montargis 
Depart after breakfast.

Paris to La Charité

Day 1: Arrival to Paris
Day 2: Rest day Paris
Day 3: Every - Melun, 22, 31, or 37 miles (35, 50, or 60 km)
Day 4: Melun - St. Mammes, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 5: St. Mammes - Nemours, 22 or 31 miles (35 to 50 km)
Day 6: Nemours - Néronville, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 7: Néronville - Montargis, 25 or 28 miles (40 or 45 km)
Day 8: Departure

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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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