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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • BARGE
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$2150USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: SVB

Trip highlights


  • Discovering the city of lights, Paris
  • Exploring chateaus, Royal Gardens, small villages and beautiful woodlands
  • Cycling through a fascinating region of France
  • Enjoying the hospitality on board your comfortable barge

France's Seine Valley is a region rich in royal history. With so much to see, do and absorb, the ideal way to explore this fascinating part of France is by bike and barge. From the lights of Paris to the beautiful medieval towns of Ferriers and Chateau-Landon, you'll experience a diverse range of sights during this week long cycling tour. The magnificent Fontainebleau Chateau, with its perfectly symmetrical Royal Gardens which the French kings had their royal architects design for them, is a fine example of the regions regal past. Cycling along the river in the company of your expert guide, through woodlands and small villages, ensures you'll gain a unique insight into this beautiful region. Cities, canals and cosy French towns - this trip will provide you with a truly magnificent French experience.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Arrive at the barge in Paris, with embarkation at 2:00pm (you can leave your luggage on board from 11:00am). At 2:30pm there will be a welcome briefing with your guide and an introduction to the crew. You then have free time in Paris until later in the evening. At 6:15pm there will be a welcome drink, followed by dinner on board the barge. At 8:00pm there will be a group town walk.

Meals:  D

We'll take breakfast this morning while cruising along the Seine. You can enjoy the views of Paris as the boat cruises. Around 9:00am there will be a safety briefing and then after lunch we will start cycling from the lock of Evry. As we cycle we'll stay along the banks of the river for a while. The destination for the day 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 dinner you can join the group town walk.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. Our fist destination is the artistic village of Barbizon, where painters have found inspiration since the first half of the 19th century. At the time, a group of landscape painters formed the ‘school of Barbizon’. Here you can visit the local museum. After this, we continue towards the palace of Fontainebleau, which was much in favor among the French kings, due to the numerous places to hunt in the surrounding forest. In the castle itself there is a museum dedicated to Napoleon, among other things. Fontainebleau is also a pleasant town to walk around or to shop in. We'll find the Fleur again in Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where the painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings.

Meals:  B,L,D

The cycle route continues along the valley of the Loing and visits Grez-sur-Loing, where many artist used to live in the early years of the 20th Century. In the charming town hall of Bourron-Marlotte you can admire a few magnificent impressionist paintings. You will 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 relicts of Gallo-Roman remains indicate its early origin. The castle, erected around 1120, now is a prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we'll enjoy breakfast as the boat cruises. Today's cycle is through a wooded area with rugged rocks. Before lunch we will visit the sculpture garden Jardin Bourdelle. In this garden you can admire some 57 bronze monumental sculptures by the artist Antoine Bourdelle. Around lunchtime you will reach Egréville. This village has been an important commercial crossroads for hundreds of years. Its markets and fairs enjoyed great renown. Our final destination of today is the rural town of Néronville.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will first cycle to Chateau-Landon, a beautifully situated town, with the Abbey of St. Séverin from the 13th century. The cycle continues to 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. Today’s destination is Montargis, even with 15000 inhabitants the biggest town of the Loiret, after Orléans. Unfortunately this former royal residence was destroyed by a 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. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Montargis.

Meals:  B,L

From Montargis we bike along the l’Ouanne to Château-Renard, where we can visit the ruins of a castle from the 10th century. We 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. Return to the barge in Montargis.

Meals:  B,L,D

Your tour ends after breakfast. Disembarkation is in Montargis by 9:30am. Note: Itinerary operates in reverse every alternate departure i.e. Montargis to Paris (see below). Itinerary is provided as a guide and small amendments may occur.

Meals:  B

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Arrive at the barge in Montargis, with embarkation at 2:00pm (you can leave your luggage on board from 11:00am). At 3:00pm there will be a welcome briefing with your guide and an introduction to the crew. Following this will be a bike fitting and safety briefing. At 6:15pm there will be a welcome drink, followed by dinner on board the barge. 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 flowers and give the town a lot of charm.

Meals:  D

From Montargis we bike along the l’Ouanne to Château-Renard, where we can visit the ruins of a castle from the 10th century. We 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. Return to the barge in Montargis.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will enjoy breakfast as we cruise to the lock of Cepoy. We then start our cycling tour which takes us through the forests of Montargis, heading north-east out of the town. These forests are old and beautiful. Next stop is the medieval town of Ferrieres with its old town center, which has been preserved beautifully. And in the middle of the narrow streets we find a splendid monastery. After this we bike to Egréville where we will visit the sculpture garden of Bourdelle. Our final destination of today is the rural town of Néronville.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our route today is through an old area, cultivated during the Gallo-Roman era. Our first stop is the old Gallic stronghold of Château-Landon, a beautifully situated fortified town on a rock. Its Abbey of St Severin dates from the 13th century. Later on we find the rocks of Nemours on our way and we meet the Fleur again in Nemours. There we may visit the castle which is now a prehistoric museum of the Ile-de France region.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the town hall we can admire a few magnificent impressionist paintings. We stay overnight in Moret-sur-Loing, which is a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. Our first destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its palace, which was much in favor among the French kings due to the extensive hunting grounds in the surrounding forests. In the castle itself there is a museum dedicated to Napoleon, among other things. Fontainebleau is also a pleasant town to walk around or to shop in. After this, we continue our cycling 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 we can visit the local museum. The final destination of today 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. Dinner will be at leisure with an opportunity for you to sample one of the local restaurants in town.

Meals:  B,L

This morning there is a short bike ride, following the river banks of the Seine to the lock of Evry, from where we will join the Fleur into Paris. We will take lunch on board as the barge cruises to Paris. The mooring place of the Fleur is in the center of Paris not far from the Notre Dame. After diner you can join the group city walk.

Meals:  B,L,D

Your tour ends after breakfast with disembarkation by 9:30am.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks)
  • Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a Category A barge in a cabin with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis. The compact cabins are configured with twin lower beds. We do not match clients together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin - limited and on a request basis, supplement applies.
  • 11 speed trekking bike rental with pannier and helmet (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4pm
  • Multilingual tour leader for fully guided cycling tours and daily briefings (two for groups of 18 or more)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps (one set per cabin)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Entrance to Bourdelle garden and an Apiculture's Living Museum, guided visit of Chateau-Landon and visit of town hall Bourron-Marlotte
  • Linen and change of towels as required
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Ferry fees
  • wifi
  • GPS Tracks on request

  • Travel to and from Paris / Montargis
  • Drinks and other items of a personal nature
  • 1 dinner
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified
  • Transfers not specified
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
  • Bike insurance - payable locally (EUR10 for standard bikes and EUR25 for e-bikes) - further details of this Limitation of Liability (damage) policy are available on request

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The cycling is moderate (3) grade with daily cycling distances from 25 to 45km/15.5 to 28mi along usually well graded low traffic roads. There are some short stretches on some busier roads and off-road bike paths. The cycling is generally along virtually flat terrain, with about 4 hours of cycling each day. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. A good level of fitness and cycling experience is required to fully participate in this trip.


Departure dates


Notes

IT1
Trip commences in Paris.
IT2
Trip operates in reverse, commencing in Montargis - refer to second itinerary in trip notes.

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Total Priceper person from

$2150USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$180
  • Single Supplement (single in twin cabin - one only per departure)USD$870
*Prices listed are per person

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