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Montargis to Paris

France Bike + Barge Tours

Cycling in the Seine Valley…

  • "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Ernest Hemingway

    All of the Seine Valley region is a moveable feast as you will discover for yourself. This tour blends history, poetry, and natural beauty. You will start your cycle tour in Paris and then work your way through woods, gardens, medieval towns, and along flower filled canals. The same region that inspired the Impressionistic movement of painting will inspire you with its texture and color. You will never forget it!

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  • Price £ 1084 $ 1,872 1220 NOK 11387 kr 10511 $ 1,366

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Comfort Plus class boat, the Fleur

What’s Included

  • Accomodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and 6 x three-course dinners
  • Tour guide (fluent in Dutch, German, and English)
  • Daily tea or coffee at around 4 pm
  • Bed linens, towels, and daily cleaning of cabin
  • 21-speed bicycle equipped with pannier, water bottle, and lock
  • Helmet
  • Welcome drink and information session the first evening
  • Bicycle protection
  • Ferry fares and harbor fees
  • Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum
  • Entrance Garden Bourdelle

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages on board (besides water, coffee, and tea)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • 1 x dinner
  • Museum entrance fees (approx. €30 total)
Length8 days
From1220 Rates
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Tour Dates

Paris to Montargis: August 5, 2017

Montargis to Paris: August 12, 2017

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 22 and 34 miles.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Montargis to Paris Map

Day 1: Individual arrival in Montargis
Day 2: Montargis, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Montargis - Néronville, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Néronville - Nemours, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 5: Nemours-Moret-sur-Loing, 22 or 34 miles (35 or 55 km)
Day 6: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 7: Melun - Paris, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 8: Departure

*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: Individual arrival in Montargis
You will find the Fleur moored and waiting at the Rue du Port. Arrival on board begins at 3 PM. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome speech and drink as you are introduced to the crew and briefed on the upcoming week.

Day 2: Montargis, 28 miles (45 km)
Montargis, with its 15,000 inhabitants, is the biggest town of the Loiret after Orléans. Unfortunately, this former royal residence was destroyed by fire in the 16th century but the canals are still there. They are decorated with beautiful flowers and give the town a certain charm.  From Montargis, cycle along the l’Ouanne to Château- Renard, where you can visit the ruins of a castle from the 10th century. Also today is visit to the Apiculture’s Living Museum. There you can see beekeepers and their bees at work, and you’ll be able to sample their delicious honey

Day 3: Montargis - Néronville, 25 miles (40 km)
Stay on board this morning as the boat cruises to the lock of Cepoy. Today's cycling tour goes through the forests of Montargis, northeast of the town. These forests are old and beautiful. The next stop is the medieval town of Ferrieres with its old town center, which has been beautifully preserved. In the middle of the narrow streets is a splendid monastery. After this, head west to the archeological site of Sceaux-du Gatinais. Today's final destination is rural Néronville.

Day 4: Néronville - Nemours, 25 miles (40 km)
Today's route is through an old area, cultivated already in the Gallo-Roman era. Your first stop is the old Gallic strongholt Château-Landon, a beautifully situated fortified town on a rock. Its Abbey of St.-Severin dates from the 13th century. Here you will have a guided tour with a local guide.

Later on, you find the rocks of Nemours on our way meet the Fleur again in Nemours. Here you may visit the castle or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.

Day 5: Nemours-Moret-sur-Loing, 22 or 34 miles (35 or 55 km)
Today offers two possibilities. If you choose the long option, follow the valley of the Lunain with its old farmhouses and castle ruins. On the way, pass a fruit and a cheese farm.  You might end up with homemade jam in your pannier. If you wish to cycle the shorter option, stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the town hall, a few magnificent impressionist paintings can be admired. Stay overnight in Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings. You can also visit the house where he was born.

Day 6: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun, 28 miles (45 km)
Today, cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. Your first destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its palace, much in favor among the French kings, because of the extensive possibilities to hunt in the surrounding forests. In the castle itself, there is a museum of Napoleon, among other things. Fontainebleau is also a pleasant town to walk around or to shop. After this, continue your tour to the artistic village of Barbizon, where since the first half of the 19th century, many painters have found inspiration. At the time, a group of landscape painters formed the ‘school of Barbizon’. Here you can visit the local museum.

Today's final destination is Melun, a town which is known as ‘le domaine des reines blanches’, because in former years it used to be the domain of the widows of the French kings.

Day 7: Melun - Paris, 22 miles (35 km)
As you get closer to Paris, there will be more traffic to deal with. In the morning there is a short bike ride following the river banks of the Seine to the lock of Evry, from where you will board the Fleur into Paris. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board. The mooring place of the Fleur is the port d’Arsenal, not far from the Notre Dame. 

Day 8: Departure
Individual departure following breakfast. 

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Customer Feedback

  • Catharine McCalmon 1 year ago

    The crew and barge were just terrific. The food was excellent and plentiful. The French towns and scenery were a delight.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Deborah Putnam 2 years ago

    One of my discoveries for this trip was that I think I prefer a self-guided tour to a guided one. The group was larger than what I was really comfortable with, as I like to stop for photos and wasn't comfortable doing that with the large group. (My spouse and I had just finished a 6 day self-guided tour thru Holland). The bikes were fine, but one of our group had constant problems with hers. The food was fine, but I prefer more options, and would have liked eating away from the lunch basket-type of fare we fixed ourselves from barge foods. I loved that the guides gave us interesting evening walking tours.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Byron McCalmon 2 years ago

    The price was very reasonable - much below others we considered.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Martin Kale 2 years ago

    Almost perfect in every way. Only bad was I wanted more of everything.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Letha Denese Anderson 2 years ago

    Loved the crew, but Clive (our chef) was the best. I have since done another bike and barge trip with another company and was totally disappointed with the food we were served. I am looking forward to doing another bike and barge trip this year.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Beth Orris 5 years ago

    We took this tour in July of 2010. We have used tripsite before and have loved the experience. But I have to say, that for the biking, we liked the Netherlands tour better. There weren't many sites open to tour. Cafes and restaurants were often closed when we got there. Having said that, the scenery was beautiful. The food was wonderful too. And it was a treat to barge our way into and around Paris. Thank you.

    Boat: Fleur

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Fleur Photo

Fleur France, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Fleur was first put into service in 2002. The owner, Jossie, had the beautifully-lined barge converted into a comfortable passenger ship, according to her own design. Her female touch is definitely recognizable by the tasteful interior and her sharp eye for detail. The whole barge radiates a homelike atmosphere.