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Montargis to Paris

France Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and Barge in France in the Seine Valley

  • A bike and boat tour in the royal valley of the Seine in France showcases all that we love about France. This tour blends history, poetry, and natural beauty. You will start (or end, depending on direction) 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.

    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

    Highlights:

    • Paris
    • Forest and Castle of Fontianebleau
    • Royal history
    • Impressionist Barbizon village
    • Medieval and fortified Moret-sur-Loing
    • Small group experience

    All of the Seine Valley region is a moveable feast as you will discover for yourself. You will never forget it!

    Be sure to view all of our bike and barge tours in France.

  • Fleur


    Twin cabin: $ 2554 £ 1264 $ 2,207 1394 $ 2635 kr 15533 $ 1,568 Twin cabin/single use, only one per departure: $ 3738 £ 1849 $ 3,230 2040 $ 3856 kr 22731 $ 2,294

    Fleur

    Twin cabin: $ 2682 £ 1327 $ 2,318 1464 $ 2767 kr 16313 $ 1,647 Twin cabin/single-use: $ 3918 £ 1939 $ 3,386 2139 $ 4042 kr 23828 $ 2,405

     

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 183 £ 91 $ 158 100 $ 189 kr 1114 $ 112

    Limited number are available and are confirmed on first come/first serve basis. Additional electric bikes can be rented from third party but an additional fee will be incurred. 

    Electric bike: $ 211 £ 104 $ 182 115 $ 217 kr 1281 $ 129

    Limited number are available and are confirmed on first come/first serve basis. Additional electric bikes can be rented from third party but an additional fee will be incurred. 

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris

    Local Travel

    Please note that the final mooring location will be provided one month before your tour date. Below you will find overall information on how to arrive close to general mooring locations.
    Arrival:
    If starting point is Paris, from CDG, you will take an RER train to Gare de Lyon and the Port D Arsenal, close to the place de la Bastille, where the boat is moored.
    If starting point is Montargis, take a train from the airport to Gare de Lyon and then to Montargis. It is about a 1.5 hour train ride.
    Departure:
    To depart, from Montargis take a train to Gare de Lyon and then on to Charles de Gaulle. If your tour ends in Paris, taxi or train from the boat to the airport.

    Climate

    Please check local weather conditions prior to departure. There are many good sites to visit to explore regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more. Climate in and around the Paris area is variable. Temperature ranges between 20°C and 26°C from May through October. July and August are the warmest months. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the area during your travels are: July, 76°/58°; August, 75°/57°; & September, 69°/52°.

    Remarks

    On the Fleur, you can choose to cycle on your own with route descriptions. You will be provided a link to download the app Ride with GPS. This is in addition to the traditional printed routes notes and maps. The app allows you then to upload your specific itinerary directly to your smartphone. Approx. 4 weeks before your tour date, you will be provided with a code you use to access your itinerary which once uploaded can be used offline.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2020

Saturday to Saturday
Paris to Montargis: July 18, August 15, and August 29, 2020
Montargis to Paris: July 25, August 8, August 22, and September 5, 2020

2021

Saturday to Saturday
Paris to Montargis: July 31, August 14, & August 28, 2021
Montargis to Paris: August 7, August 21, & September 4, 2021

 

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 22 and 34 miles. 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 1.5 miles maximum.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodation aboard the Comfort class boat, the Fleur.

What’s Included

Fleur:

  • Accommodation for 7 nights climate-controlled cabins
  • 7 breakfasts, packed lunches, 6 three-course dinners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • 11-speed Gudereit brand city touring bike, hand brakes, pannier bag, water bottle, helmet & lock
  • Daily cleaning service of the cabin
  • Fully guided cycling tours
  • For groups larger than 18, two cycling guides will be provided
  • Daily briefings of the bike tours
  • Some short guided walking tours
  • Maps (one set per cabin)
  • Entrance Jardin Bourdelle
  • Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum
  • Visit town hall Bourron-Marlotte
  • Guided visit Chateau-Marlotte
  • Guided visit Chateau-Landon
  • Fees for ferries
  • GPS tracks
  • WiFi

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages on board (besides water, coffee, and tea)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • 1 dinner
  • Museum entrance fees (approx. €30 total)
  • Electric bike. Available for a supplement. See pricing.
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1394 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Montargis to Paris Map

All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstance, including but not limited to weather, last-minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges. 

Paris to Montargis

 

Day 1: Individual arrival in Paris
Day 2:  Paris – Evry | Evry – Melun, bike tour, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Melun – Moret-sur-Loing, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Moret-sur-Loing – Nemours, 14 or 31 mi. (24 or 51 km)
Day 5: Nemours – Néronville, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6:  Néronville – Montargis, 18 or 27 mi.  (30 or 45 km)
Day 7: Montargis, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Individual arrival in Paris
Arrival in Paris at 2 pm. If you would like you can deposit your luggage on board as early as 11 am. The Fleur will be moored in the Port d’Arsenal near the Place de la Bastille or at the quai de Bercy, depending on your travel date. At 2:30 pm, you will enjoy a welcome presentation and crew introduction after which you will have free time in Paris. Be sure to return to the boat by 6:15 for a complimentary drink. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm followed by a town walk.

Day 2:  Paris – Evry | Evry – Melun, bike tour, 21 mi. (35 km)
You will enjoy a morning sail as you eat breakfast. Around 9 am there will be a safety presentation with your bike touring set to begin after lunch from the lock of Evry. You pedal along the banks of the river with final destination of  Melun. This village was known as ‘le domaine des reines blanches’, because in former years it was the domain of the widows of the French kings. After dinner, you can join the group for a stroll through the town.

Day 3: Melun – Moret-sur-Loing, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you will bike through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. The first destination is 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’. You can visit the local museum. After this, you continue your tour to the palace of Fontainebleau, 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. The ship waits 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.

Day 4: Moret-sur-Loing – Nemours, 14 or 31 mi. (25 or 51 km) 
The itinerary today is concentrated in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the town hall of Bourron-Marlotte you can admire a few magnificent impressionist paintings. The Fleur will be moored in Nemours. Highlight here is the Château de Nemours, built in the 12th century and restored in the 15th and 17th centuries. Today it houses a museum with collections of archaeological finds, earthenware, paintings, and sculptures. There we may visit the castle or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.

Day 5: Nemours – Néronville, 22 mi. (35 km)
This morning as the barge begins to navigate, you enjoy breakfast on board. The cycling will lead through a wooded area with rugged rocks. Before lunch, you will visit the sculpture garden, Jardin Bourdelle. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.

Day 6:  Néronville – Montargis, 18 or 27 mi. (30 or 45 km)
Today you start in Chateau-Landon, a picturesque village, perched on a rocky promontory.  You can visit  the Abbey of St.-Severin which dates from the 13th century. The tour then leads to the medieval town of Ferrieres with its beautifully preserved old town center.  In the middle of the narrow streets, you will find a splendid monastery. The final destination of today is Montargis, with its 15,000 inhabitants the biggest town of the Loiret, after Orléans. Unfortunately, this former royal residence was destroyed by fire in the 16th century. The canals remain and, decorated with flowers, have an old world charm. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants in Montargis.

Day 7: Montargis, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Montargis you bike along the l’Ouanne e to Château-Renard, where you can visit the ruins of a castle from the 10th century. You will also visit an Apiculture’s Living Museum and see beekeepers at work, and  sample their delicious honey.

Day 8: Departure


Montargis to Paris

 

Day 1: Individual arrival in Montargis
Day 2: Montargis, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Montargis - Néronville, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 4: Néronville - Nemours, 19 or 25 mi. (30 or 40 km)
Day 5: Nemours-Moret-sur-Loing, 13 or 27 mi. (21 or 43 km)
Day 6: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Melun - Paris, 19 mi. (31 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Individual arrival in Montargis
You will find the Fleur moored and waiting at the Rue du Port. Boarding begins at 2 PM. Upon arrival, at 3 pm, enjoy a welcome speech and crew introduction. at 4 pm, you will be fitted with your bike and instructed on safety. After that, you are free until 6:15 where you will be offered a welcome drink. Dinner will be served at 6:30. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to join the group for a town walk.

Day 2: Montargis, 28 mi. (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 a visit to the Apiculture’s Living Museum. There you can see beekeepers and their bees at work, and you will be able to sample their delicious honey. No dinner on board this evening giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 3: Montargis - Néronville, 25 mi. (40 km)
Stay on board this morning as the boat cruises to the lock of Cepoy where you will disembark. 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, 19 or 25 mi. (30 or 40 km)
Today's route is through an old area, cultivated already in the Gallo-Roman era. Your first stop is the old Gallic stronghold, Château-Landon. Perched on a rocky promontory, its old houses, monuments, towers, and pretty terraced gardens form a very scenic picture with the narrow Fusain river flowing past below. The 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 your way to 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, 13 or 27 mi. (21 or 43 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, you will pass a fruit and a cheese farm.  You might end up with a homemade jam in your pannier. If you wish to cycle the shorter option, you can remain  in the valley of the Loing River and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the town hall, a few magnificent impressionist paintings can be admired. You will 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, 25 mi. ( km)
Today, you will 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, 19 mi. (31 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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Tour Reviews

  • Craig M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I recently returned from a bike and barge trip in France which I booked through Tripsite. The trip was from Montargis to Paris and was provided by Bike Boat Tours based in Amsterdam. This trip was exceptional as it was for myself and 9 of my family members, eight of whom had never traveled to Europe before. I have personally used Tripsite many times in the past and as in all previous instances they were totally professional. They handled any communication to the tour provider, provided a link for trip insurance and all last minute advice regarding clothing, tipping, currency exchange, location where to board the boat, etc. Working with Tripsite is key to making foreign travel easy and I'm sure I will be contacting them again.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Beverly C. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The captain, crew, and tour guides were super people. We feel like we are all close friends. Tamarra and Janeke were the best tour guides and went out of their way to became permanent friends. The sites and routes selected were fabulous.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Beverly C. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I loved every day of cycling but was enchanted with riding through the forests around Fontainebleau chateau. My husband d and I are senior citizens (68 and 74) and the bikes were the best. Hills were no problem for us

    Boat: Fleur

  • Beverly C. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I loved every day of cycling but was enchanted with riding through the forests around Fontainebleau chateau. My husband d and I are senior citizens (68 and 74) and the bikes were the best. Hills were no problem for us

    Boat: Fleur

  • Sharon K. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    This trip is not accurately described. Most of our group found the biking to be quite challenging, yet it was rated as "Easy to Moderate". This is a misrepresentation and should be adjusted. On the first day, one our group had to be taken to the hospital due to the heat and exertion. The captain of Le Fleur could use some lessons in hospitality. He and his crew occupied the salon every evening for their meal after we ate, and then they stayed there for the evening. This put the guests out on the back deck as the only alternative -- and then he scolded us when we were laughing due to the noise. The captain did not treat us like guests, but the other team members were friendly. The fact that we sailed with the captain's young daughter and their large dog was a surprise. I would not recommend this boat, but enjoyed the sites and activities. I have taken two other bike and barge tours, and this one did not compare favorably.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Ann B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The time on the boat was fun and enjoyable. Your description of the bike ride being easy to moderate was way off. It should have been described as hard to difficult!! It was very misleading.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Eileen F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Awesome trip with a wonderful crew. The only misleading part was the description of easy to moderate biking. The hills of France made this trip more difficult than expected.

    Boat: Fleur

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 2 years ago     Staff

      Hi Eileen,
      Jehiel here from Tripsite. We work diligently at rating each one of our tours so you can have a comfortable and satisfying experience. To prepare travelers for the ride, we mention in the Skill Level section of this page, the average daily distances and what to expect for hills/climbs. We hope that this information gives travelers enough information to determine if the tour fits their fitness and comfort level.

  • Catharine McCalmon 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

    Boat: Fleur

  • Martin Kale 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

    Boat: Fleur

  • Letha Denese Anderson 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 France, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Fleur was first put into service in 2002. The previous owner, 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. In 2018 Steffie Kranz and Evert Jan Muurling, have taken over ownership.

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