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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 lay out 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.
With 18 or more guests, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option. The option for a long tour is also depending on weather conditions and wishes of the group.
When there are less than 18 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader. During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group.
In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
Not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.
7 x breakfasts
6 x 3-course dinners on board
Packed lunches for bike trips
Coffee and tea on board
Travel guide (from 18 guests 2 guides)
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Use of a helmet
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Fees for ferries
Entrance to garden Bourdelle
Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum
Visit town hall Bourron-Marlotte
2019: Guided visit Chateau-Landon
1 x dinner in Montargis
Bike rental € 85 per bike: e-bike € 185
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)
E-bike rental, Special diets: There are a limited number of single cabins available.
If you would like to rent bikes, please request this when you are making your booking: [email protected]
On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.
Transfer between Paris and Montargis: There is a continuous train service between Paris (Gare de Lyon) and Montargis. Trains depart regularly and the trip takes approx. 1.5 hours and costs approx. 20 euros.
If you wish we can reserve a taxi for you to take you from the station in Montargis to the barge or from the barge to the station in Montargis. For arrivals, please notify us by e-mail; for departures, please inform the skipper of the Fleur. From the Gare de Lyon in Paris, a bus service is available every 30 minutes, Le Bus Direct nr. 4 (shuttle) to the airport Charles de Gaulle, which will bring you there in approx. 50 minutes. € 17-25 approx.
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Embarkation and check-in at 2 p.m. 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. They are decorated with many flowers and give the town a lot of charm.
Montargis (45 km/28 mi.)
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 (43 km/27 mi.)
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 center, 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 (30 km/19 mi. or 40 km/25 mi.)
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 on you find the rocks of Nemours on your way and you meet the Fleur 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 indicate its early origin. The castle, erected around 1120, now is a prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.
Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing (21 km/13 mi. or 43 km/27 mi.)
Today you stay in the valley of the Loing river. First you will visit Grez-sur-Loing where many artist 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 (40 km/25 mi.)
Today you will cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. First destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its magnificent palace, much in favor 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 (31 km/19 mi.)
You are getting near 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 where you will join the Fleur, to sail into Paris. Lunch on board. The mooring place of the Fleur is in the center 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 9.30 a.m.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
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.|
|Jul 25 2020||Aug 01 2020||20||Single rooms||1,935€|
|Aug 08 2020||Aug 15 2020||20||Single rooms||1,935€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||20||Single rooms||1,935€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||20||Single rooms||1,935€|
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