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Moret-sur-Loing
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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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  • 2017: £ 1123 $ 1,769 1220 NOK 11793 kr 10886 $ 1,415

    2018: £ 1151 $ 1,813 1250 NOK 12083 kr 11154 $ 1,450

    Single supplement: on request

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 78 $ 123 85 NOK 822 kr 758 $ 99

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    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Tour Dates

Paris to Montargis: August 5, 2017

Montargis to Paris: August 12, 2017

2018:

Paris to Montargis: July 7, July 21, August 4, September 1, and September 15, 2018

Montargis to Paris:  July 14, July 28, August 11, and September 8, 2018

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Comfort Plus class boat, the Fleur

What’s Included

  • 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
  • Daily briefings of the bike tours (from 18 guests 2 guides);
  • Entrance Jardin Bourdelle;
  • Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum;
  • Complimentary daily coffee and tea

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages on board (besides water, coffee, and tea)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • 1 dinner
  • Museum entrance fees (approx. €30 total)
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1220 Rates
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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

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, 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. Baording 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, 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. 

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: 16/28 mi. (25/45 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 we 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

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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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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.

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