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Moret-sur-Loing
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Montargis to Paris

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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 (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. You will never forget it!

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  • Fleur:
    Twin cabin:  £ 1190 $ 1,899 1250 NOK 12500 kr 11538 $ 1,500 Twin cabin/single use: £ 1738 $ 2,772 1825 NOK 18250 kr 16846 $ 2,190 Feniks:
    Low bed cabin: £ 995 $ 1,587 1045 NOK 10450 kr 9646 $ 1,254 Bunk bed cabin: £ 962 $ 1,534 1010 NOK 10100 kr 9323 $ 1,212 Bunk bed cabin for single use: £ 1124 $ 1,792 1180 NOK 11800 kr 10892 $ 1,416  

    extra options

    Fleur:
    Electric bike: £ 81 $ 129 85 NOK 850 kr 785 $ 102 Feniks:
    Electric bike (payable on board):  £ 50 $ 79 52 NOK 520 kr 480 $ 62

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    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris

    Local Travel

    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

    Check local weather conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature in °F for the area is: 64/49° for May; 70/54° for June; 76/58° for July; 75/57° for August; 69/52° for September; 59/46° for October

    Remarks

    On the Fleur, you can choose to cycle on your own with route descriptions.


Tour Dates

Fleur:
Paris to Montargis:
July 21, August 4, and September 1, 2018
Montargis to Paris:  July 14, July 28, and August 11, 2018
Feniks:
Paris to Montargis: 
June 23 and July 21, 2018
Montargis to Paris: June 30 and July 28, 2018

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 max. 2 kilometers.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Comfort Plus class boat, the Fleur or the Standard Plus class boat, the Feniks

What’s Included

  • Fleur:
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfast, 6 picnic lunches during bike tours, 6 three course dinners
  • 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike, hand brakes, pannier bag, water bottle, and helmet
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible)
  • Daily cleaning service of the cabin
  • Welcome drink, presentation of barge and crew and briefing on the first evening
  • Tour leader (multilingual) for fully guided cycling tours
  • In 2018, for groups larger than 18, two cycling guides will be provided
  • Daily briefings of the bike tours
  • Entrance Jardin Bourdelle
  • Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum
  • Complimentary daily coffee and tea
  • Feniks
  • 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

  • Beverages on board (besides water, coffee, and tea)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • 1 dinner (Fleur)
  • Museum entrance fees (approx. €30 total)
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1045 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Montargis to Paris Map

Fleur:
Montargis to Paris:

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, 16 or 28 mi. (25 or 45 km)
Day 5: Nemours-Moret-sur-Loing, 16 or 28 miles (25 or 45 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 and/or changes, and restructuring of locks and bridges, etc.

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 service at 6:30. After dinner, you will have opportunity to join the group for a town walk.

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, 16 or 28 mi. (25 or 45 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, 16 or 28 miles (25 or 45 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. 

Paris to Montargis

Day 1: Individual arrival in Paris
Day 2:  Paris – Evry | Evry – Melun, bike tour, 21 mi./35 km
Day 3: Melun – Moret-sur-Loing, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 4: Moret-sur-Loing – Nemours, bike tour: 16/28 mi. (25/45 km) 
Day 5: Nemours – Néronville, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6:  Néronville – Montargis, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Montargis, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Individual arrival in Paris
2 pm, arrival in Paris.  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. Breakfast while sailing.  Around 9 am there will be a safety presentation with your bike touring set to begin after lunch, from the lock of Evry. You stay along the banks of the river for a while. Final destination of your bike tour 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. After diner you can join the group for a stroll  through the town.

Day 3: Melun – Moret-sur-Loing, 22 miles (35 km)
Today you will  bike through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. 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. We find the Fleur again 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, bike tour: 16 or 28 mi. (25 or 45 km) 
You stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the townhall of Bourron-Marlotte you can admire a few magnificent impressionist paintings. You meet the Fleur again in Nemours. There we may visit the castle or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.

Day 5: Nemours – Néronville, 25 mi. (40 km)
Breakfast during sailing. Today we bike 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, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today you start in Chateau-Landon, a beautifully situated town, where you visit the Abbey of St.-Severin which dates from the 13th century. The tour leads to the medieval town of Ferrieres with its old, beatifully preserved town center.  In the middle of the narrow streets, you will find a splendid monastery. 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, decorate 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 a Apiculture’s Living Museum and see beekeepers  at work, and you’ll be able to sample their delicious honey.

Day 8: Departure

Feniks:
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 

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Montargis, 22 miles (35 km)
You are expected on board between 12 pm and 2 pm. After arrival and welcome on board,  you can enjoy your first ride of the tour into the countryside surrounding Montargis. 

Day 2: Montargis - Néronville, 28 or 31 (45 or 50 km)
Your day begins with an easy ride through a large fores of old oaks and beeches east of Montargis. Continuing north, you cycle along the river and canals featuring the Abbey of Ferriéres and Dordives Glass Museum on your 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, you cycle on country roads to Nemours, a small town on the Loing River. The highlights are the covered market of Egreville and the prehistoric museum of Nemours.

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, called by the same name. 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, 60km)
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 between 12 PM and 2 PM. Departure at 3 PM for a river cruise. Overnight in Evry.
Day 2: Every - Melun, 22, 31, or 37 miles (35, 50, or 60 km)
Day 3: Melun - St. Mammes, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: St. Mammes - Nemours, 25 or 34 miles (40/55 km)
Day 5: Nemours - Néronville, 25 or 28 miles (40 or 45 km)
Day 6: Néronville - Montargis, 25 or 28 miles (40 or 45 km)
Day 7: Montargis round tour
Day 8: Departure

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Customer Feedback

  • Catharine McCalmon 2 years 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 6 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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Montargis to Paris Boats + Barges

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.

Feniks Photo

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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