Day 1: Paris – Evry
This trip starts in Paris, where you will find the Fleur in the middle of the city, not far from Notre Dame. Check-in is at 1 pm, followed by a welcome and introduction of the crew. The boat leaves the port of Paris at 3 pm at the latest and sails along the Seine to Evry, where you will spend the night. We recommend that you arrive in Paris one or more days early so that you have enough time to discover the city.
Day 2: Evry – Melun, approx. 30 km
After breakfast, the cycle tour begins at the Evry lock. You stay on the banks of the Seine for a while. The first stop is the typical French market in Corbeil-Essonnes. The destination of the cycle tour is Melun, a town also known as the domaine des reines blanches ("domain of the white queens"), as it was the residence of the widows of French kings. After dinner, you can take part in a tour of the town.
Day 3: Melun – Moret-sur-Loing, approx. 40 km
Today we 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, we continue our 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, approx. 38 - 51 km
We stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the townhall of Bourron-Marlotte we can admire a few magnificent impressionist paintings. We 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, approx. 35 - 45 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, approx. 30 - 41 km
Today we start in Chateau-Landon, a beautifully situated town, where we visit the Abbey of St.-Severin which dates from the 13th century. Our bike tour goes to the mediaeval 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. 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. But the canals are still there. They are decorated with lots of 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.
Day 7: Round trip Montargis, approx. 45 km
From Montargis we bike along the l’Ouanne by bike to Château-Renard, where we can visit the ruins of a castle from the 10th century. We will also visit a 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 8: Montargis
After breakfast you will leave the ship. Disembarkation till 9.30 a.m.