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Montargis-Paris 8-day Bike and Barge Tour (FLR)
This tour starts in Montargis a large picturesque town with beautiful little canals. This southern region is a region that has a rich royal history. The Castle of Fontainebleau is a magnificent and excellent example of this past. Just as impressive are the royal gardens that French kings paid their royal architects to layout for them. Perfectly symmetrical. Perfectly awesome! You'll cycle through the woods of Fontainebleau and head for the 'village of painters' in Barbizon. Visit castles and a living museum where you can sample delicious honey along the way. You'll follow the Seine River to Moret-sur-Loing a cosy village on the banks of the Loin and visit the beautiful medieval towns of Ferrieres and Chateau-Landon. Your final destination is Paris.
If you would like to rent a bike (95 EUR) or e-bike (210 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
(2023 bike prices 100 EUR or e-bike 220 EUR)
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Embarkation and check-in at 2pm in Montargis. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test ride. After dinner, your tour leader will take you for a walk through Montargis, the second-largest town of the Loiret region, after Orléans. Unfortunately, this former royal residence was destroyed by a big fire in the 16th century. But the canals are still there. The canals are decorated with many flowers and give the town a lot of charm.
After breakfast you will cycle from Montargis 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. There you can see beekeepers and their bees at work, and you’ll be able to sample their delicious honey. Along the river Ouanne you will return to Montargis. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants in town.
Montargis – lock of Cepoy | lock of Cepoy – Néronville 39km
Breakfast while sailing to the lock of Cepoy. Your bicycle tour goes along the river Loing. First stop is the medieval town of Ferrières with its old town centre which has been preserved beautifully. And in the middle of the narrow streets, you find a splendid monastery. After this you cycle to Egréville. This village has been an important commercial crossroads for hundreds of years. Its markets and fairs enjoyed great renown. You will also visit the sculpture garden “Jardin Bourdelle”. In this garden, you can admire some 57 bronze monumental sculptures by the artist Antoine Bourdelle. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.
Néronville – Nemours 29km or 43km
Our route today is through an area that was already cultivated in the Gallo-Roman era. First stop is the old Gallic stronghold Château-Landon, a beautifully situated fortified town on a rock. Its Abbey of St.-Séverin dates from the 13th century. Later you find the rocks of Nemours on your way and you meet the barge again in Nemours. Nemours is supposed to derive its name from the woods (“nemora”) in the midst of which it formerly stood and discoveries of Gallo-Roman remains to indicate its early origin. The castle, erected around 1120AD, now is a prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.
Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing 32km or 46km
Today you stay in the valley of the Loing river. First you will visit Grez-sur-Loing where many artists used to live in the early years of the 20th century. Then you will continue to Bourron-Marlotte. In the town hall, you can admire a few magnificent impressionist paintings. You will stay overnight in Moret-sur-Loing. This is a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings.
Moret-sur-Loing – Melun 40km
Today you will cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. First destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its magnificent palace much in favour among the French kings because of the extensive possibilities to hunt in the surrounding forests. The castle houses a museum dedicated to Napoleon. Fontainebleau is also a pleasant town to walk around or to shop. After this, you will continue to the artistic village of Barbizon, where since the first half of the 19th century many painters have found inspiration. A group of landscape painters founded the “Barbizon School”. You can visit the local museum. Final destination of your bicycle 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.
Melun – lock of Evry | lock of Evry – Paris 31km
You are getting closer to Paris which means you have to deal with a bit more traffic. In the morning you can enjoy short bicycle ride following the river banks of the Seine river to the lock of Evry, from there you will join the boat, to sail into Paris. Lunch is on board. The mooring place of the boat is in the centre of Paris, not far from the Notre Dame. After dinner you can join the tour leader for a city walk.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30am.
The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Aug 20 2022||Aug 27 2022||20||Single rooms||2,084€|
|Sep 03 2022||Sep 10 2022||20||Single rooms||2,084€|
|Aug 05 2023||Aug 12 2023||20||Single rooms||2,249€|
|Aug 19 2023||Aug 26 2023||20||Single rooms||2,249€|
|Sep 02 2023||Sep 09 2023||20||Single rooms||2,249€|
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Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]