Eiffel Tower, Seine River, Paris, France. Photo via Flickr:James Whitesmith

Notre Dame Cathedral, Seine River, Paris, France. Photo via Flickr:JAc82

Montargis to Paris Bike Tour

France Bike Tours

Cycling in the Seine Valley

We are excited to offer this new guided bike tour in France. Guided tours are hard to find but we think you will be very pleased with this itinerary that includes the best of France.

Cycling on quiet roads and through a rolling landscape, this tour blends history, poetry, and the natural beauty that inspired the impressionists painters. With your experienced tour guide, you will cycle through a land of forests, legends, medieval castles and flower filled canals on a voyage leading to Paris.

The area is famous for its easy pace of life, mild climate, and hospitality. By bike, you will explore historic towns, castles and villages and enjoy excellent food and wines all along the way.

Highlights:

  • Montargis
  • Abbey of St.-Severin
  • Forest and Castle of Fontainebleau
  • Barbizon
  • Paris!

And much more!

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in good 3 * hotels

What’s Included

  • Accomodation in three star hotel for 7 nights with breakfast
  • 6 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Bike rental
  • Two multilingual tour guides on bike
  • Tourist information
  • Technical assistance
  • Luggage transfer

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to/from the start/end of the tour
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to museums
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8– days
From910 Rates
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Tour Dates

April 13, July 8, and July 15, 2017

*Special dates can be arranged for groups!

Skill Level

This guided bike tour is rated easy to moderate. The average distance is 25/30 miles a day. The route follows asphalted secondary roads and some hard packed paths. There are some hilly stretches to contend with but the mileage is completed without any time constraints.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Montargis
Day 2: Montargis, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Montargis – Néronville, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Ferrière en Gâtinais – Nemours,  25 miles (40 km)
Day 5: Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing, 28 miles (45 km) 
Day 6: Moret-sur-Loing – Barbizon, 15 miles (25 km) 
Day 7:  Melun – Paris, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 8: Paris

*All distances are approximate

Day 1: Montargis
Your guided cycling adventure begins at the first hotel in Montargis with a welocme meeting and complimentary beverage at 6 pm. You will be fully informed on your upcoming tour. In the evening, there is free time to stroll the streets of Montargis.

Day 2: Montargis, 28 miles (45 km)
Montargis, with its 15,000 inhabitants, is the biggest town of the Loiret after Orléans. This former royal residence was destroyed by fire in the 16th century but its beautiful flower filled canals still remain. On  Sunday, you will enjoy a bike ride that begins and ends here. Following the river L’Ouanne, the route leads to Château-Renard and the  ruins of the castle dating from the 10th century, the house of Joan d’Arc and the Apiculture’s Living Museum. Be sure to sample the delicious honey.

Day 3: Montargis – Néronville, 28 miles (45 km)
Cycling through a dense forest of old oak and beech trees on the outskirts of Montargis, the ride leads north, to the medieval town of Ferrière en Gâtinais, and a visit to the hamlet and the abbey.

Day 4: Ferrière en Gâtinais – Nemours,  25 miles (40 km)
First on the agenda today is a visit to the glass museum in Dordives. We continue to Château Landon, a beautifully situated medieval fortified town, perched on a rocky promontory. Its old houses, monuments, towers and pretty terraced gardens is like a picture post card of French Village. The  Abbey of St.-Severin dates back to the 13th century. Nearby, traces of  Gallo-Roman influences can be found (Caesar occupied Gaul, now France, between 58 and 52 BC). Nemours is the day's final destination.

Day 5: Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing, 28 miles (45 km) 
The Loing is the narrow river, which gives its name to the parallel canal. On our way here we will see some famous rock formations in the area. In the valley of the Loing a guided visit to a cheese factory and tasting is scheduled. The overnight this evening will be in Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing. The famous painter,  Sisley found inspiration here for his beautiful impressionist paintings.

Day 6: Moret-sur-Loing – Barbizon, 15 miles (25 km) 
Through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau (Forêt de Fontainebleau), you cycled toward the  the city itself, with its palace and hunting grounds,  favorite among the French kings. In fact, the town grew up around this magnificent château, one of the most beautifully decorated and furnished in France, and the surrounding royal playground. In the castle itself, there is a museum dedicated to Napoleon. The artistic village of Barbizon is next, nestled at the edge of the forest. This village attracted a group of19th century painters fascinated by the light and landscape here who came to be known as the School of Barbizon.

Day 7:  Melun – Paris, 22 miles (35 km)
The cyling today follows the  Seine River to Melun, a town known as ‘le domaine des reines blanches’, because in former years it used to be the domain of the widows of the French kings. Here you may visit the medieval citadel and the Saint Etienne Island with the Notre Dame church. By train, the goup will enter Paris and end the cycling adventure with a bike ride into the city center along the banks of the Seine River.

Day 8: Paris
After breakfast end of services.

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