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:  £ 978 $ 1,559 1035 NOK 10264 kr 9474 $ 1,232

    Bunk bed cabin: £ 944 $ 1,506 1000 NOK 9917 kr 9154 $ 1,190

    extra options

    Electric bike rental per week (payable on board): £ 38 $ 60 40 NOK 397 kr 366 $ 48

    Bunk bed cabin (single use): £ 1081 $ 1,725 1145 NOK 11355 kr 10481 $ 1,363     

    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
From1000 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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La Montargis to Paris

Day 1: Montargis, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 2: Montargis - Néronville, 28 or 31 (45 or 50 km)
Day 3: Néronville - Nemours, 25 or 34 miles (40 or 55 km)
Day 4: Nemours - St.Mammés, 25 or 34 miles (40 or 55 km)
Day 5: St.Mammés - Melun, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 6: Melun – Evry, 17, 31, 37 miles (30, 50, 60 km)
Day 7: Arrival in Paris
Day 8: Departure 

Day 1: Montargis, 22 miles (35 km)
You are expected on board between 12 pm and 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 35 km.

Day 2: Montargis - Néronville, 28 or 31 (45 or 50 km)
The bike ride starts with an easy ride in a large forest old oaks and beeches) east of Montargis. On our tour further north we cycle along the river and canals. Ferriéres (abbey) and Dordives (glass museum) are on our way to Néronville, near the small town of Chateau-Landon on a hilltop.

Day 3: Néronville - Nemours, 25 or 34 miles (40 or 55 km)
Today, we cycle on country roads to Nemours. The highlights are the covered market of Egreville and the prehistoric museum of Nemours, a small town on the river Loing.

Day 4: Nemours - St.Mammés, 25 or 34 miles (40 or 55 km)
The Feniks sails from Nemours to St.Mammés, where the Loing and the Seine rivers meet. The Loing is a narrow stream parallel to the canal which is called after the river. Heading for St.Mammés we will meet a number of famous rock formations in a froest region. After lunch you can choose for a short(er) ride including a visit to Moret on the river Loing. Moret-sur-Loing is faous for the painter Alfred Sisley who lived and painted there at the end of the 19th century. 

Another possibility is a ride in a lovely narrow river valley with a tea stop halfway. After some short but steeper slopes and nice views also this ride is leading to Mret-sur-Loing. From there to the mooring place in only a few kilometeres. 

Day 5: St.Mammés - Melun, 28 miles (45 km)                                                                                                                                                                                                     The canals with the many locks now are behind us. Downstream the Feniks can cover longer distances in shorter time. We are now getting closer to Paris with now and then more traffic on the road. This region has an impressive history. Many places witnessed historic events. Many castles near Paris were used by French kings and nobility. Visit to the immense castle of Fontainebleau. Then a nice ride through the forest of Fontainebleau and a visit to the 19th-century artists village of Barbizon. Along the Seine river we cycle to Melun.

Day 6: Melun – Evry, 17, 31, 37 miles (30, 50, 60 km)                                                                                                                                                                                         Near Melun are Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (nice example of a 17th century castle with gardens in French style and the impressive medieval castle of Blandy-les-Tours. Because of the distance today only one castle can be visited, but you can choose which one. They are near each other. We follow our way along the river, with some villages, pass patches of forest and are getting more near to the big city. A boat trip after the bike tour is a nice way to pass the outskirts of Paris.

Day 7: Arrival in Paris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The easiest way and nice also to enter Paris is to sail into the city and see the Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower from the barge. The Feniks will moor in the Port Arsenal (near Place de la Bastille) or in Bassin de la Villette (1,5 km east of Gare du Nord train station).

Day 8: Departure 
Depart after breakfast.

Paris to Montargis

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, 25 or 34 miles (40/55 km)
Day 6: Nemours - Néronville, 25 or 28 miles (40 or 45 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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