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Enchanting Seine / Sensual Paris by Bike + Boat

Seine Valley / Royal splendor in a wooded surrounding

map Paris + Montargis by Bike + Boat

Route

Tour Profile / Level 1

This is an easy to moderate bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 22 and 34 miles. Participants should be in good physical shape and comfortable with cycling around 25 miles before the tour. Most of the cycling is on relatively flat roads and in river valleys, but to enjoy the tour fully, guests should be able to manage (moderate) slopes of up to about max. 2 kilometers.

Itinerary Paris – Montargis

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 the cycle tour takes you through the beautiful forests of Fontainebleau to the artists’ village of Barbizon. After visiting the local museum, you continue on to the castle of Fontainebleau, which was particularly popular with the French kings due to the many hunting opportunities in the surrounding forests. The Fleur awaits you in Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town that inspired the artist Sisley to create 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 the cycle tour takes you to the medieval town of Ferrieres. In the middle of the narrow alleyways is a beautiful monastery. Today you end the tour in Montargis, which, with 15,000 inhabitants, is the largest town in the Loire after Orleans. Unfortunately, this former royal residence was destroyed by fire in the 16th century. But the canals that give the town its charm still exist. There is no dinner on board today. You can visit one of the French restaurants in 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.

Itinerary Montargis –​​​​​​​ Paris

Day 1: Montargis
The small town of Montargis on the Loing is the starting point of your journey. After embarking at 2 p.m. today, you will be briefed by the ship’s crew about safety on board, followed by a welcome drink and dinner. During an evening tour of the pretty town of Montargis, you will learn more about the town’s eventful past.

Day 2: round trip Montargis, approx. 39 - 46 km
After breakfast we bike from Montargis along the l’Ouanne 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 3: Montargis – Néronville, approx. 39 - 46 km
Today the cycle tour takes you through the forests of Montargis. After a few kilometers you reach Ferrières-en-Gâtinais. Known for its saffron production since the 13th century, the town has a very well-preserved town center. In Égreville, visit a sculpture garden. The garden is dedicated to the artist Antoine Bourdelle and features 56 of his impressive bronze figures. You will spend the night in the rural surroundings of Néronville, not far from the Loing.

Day 4: Néronville – Nemours, approx. 29 - 43 km
Our route today is through an old area, cultivated already in the Gallo-Roman era. First stop is the old Gallic strongholt 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 or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de  France region.

Day 5: Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing, approx. 32 - 43 km
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 mediaeval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings. We can visit the house where he was born.

Day 6: Moret-sur-Loing – Melun, approx. 40 km
Today you cycle through the forest of Fontainebleau to Barbizon, an artists’ village, where you will visit the village museum. The stately castle complex of Fontainebleau was once a royal hunting residence and has a rich art treasure. Today’s stage ends in Melun - famous for its soft Brie de Melun cheese. The somewhat distant Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is also worth a visit. Today there is no dinner on board, you can visit one of the many nice restaurants in the town on your own.

Day 7: Melun – Paris, approx. 31 km
We are getting near to Paris which means we have to deal with more traffic. In the 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. 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 city walk.

Day 8: Paris
After breakfast you will leave the ship. Disembarkation till 9.30 a.m.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

Services

  • 7 nights in cabins with shower/WC

  • Full board (breakfast buffet, packed lunch, 6x dinner, coffee & tea on board)

  • Welcome drink

  • Use of bed linen and towels + Daily cabin cleaning

  • Air-conditioned cabin

  • Daily program briefings

  • Fully guided bike tours (for 18 guests or more: 2 guides : 2 guides, 2 groups)

  • Some short tours

  • Fees for ferries

  • Entrance to the garden of Bourdelle
  • Visit to a beekeeping museum

  • Visit to the town hall of Bourron-Marlotte

  • Guided visit of Chateau-Landon

  • Rental helmet

  • Rental pannier

  • GPS tracks

  • Wifi

  • For the environments benefit: use of a biodegradable water bottle and compensation of the CO2 emitted by the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S2   29.06. - 06.07.25
    Paris - Montargis
    S1   13.07. - 20.07.25
    Paris - Montargis
    S2   08.06. - 15.06.25
    Montargis - Paris
    S1   06.07. - 13.07.25
    Montargis - Paris
    S1   20.07. - 27.07.25
    Montargis - Paris

    Extras

    Bicycles & Equipment
    E-bike  266
    Own bike NOT possible
    Rental helmet included

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome aboard the MV FLEUR!

    Facilities

    The Fleur started cruising in 2002. This tasteful passenger barge with its sleek lines was built to fit the smaller locks and canals in France and has been cruising the French waters ever since. Reint Dragt has been the owner for many years now. These years of experience and commitment are reflected in every detail and guarantee that your vacation will be a pleasant one. The Fleur can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests on her trips on the French waterways.

    The Fleur has two decks. On the top deck there is a lounge with large windows, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a half-covered sun deck. The sundeck is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif. In the lounge the Fleur offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The salon has central heating and air-conditioning.


    Catering

    Full board: breakfast, picnic lunch during bike tours, 3-course-dinner, coffee and tea.


    Cabins

    On the lower deck the Fleur has 10 comfortable guest cabins (8 m², single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Also the cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.


    Non-smoking Ship

    The interior of the ship is a non-smoking area: smoking is only allowed on the (outside) sun deck.


    Languages on board

    German, English

    Bicycle

    Important: Due to safety reasons and space limitations it is not possible to bring own bikes on board.


    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The ship’s own rental bikes are state-of-the-art e-bikes with 7 or 8-speed hub gears, step-by-step selectable aid of pedaling power. The bikes have a powerful Panasonic or Bosch pedelec mid-motor and strong lithium-ion battery, one battery charge is enough for up to 65 kilometers. You conserve your battery by starting with the lowest possible assistance and increasing it as needed. You charge the batteries at night in your cabin using a charger.

    You will be equipped with a rental helmet and a waterproof pannier for your tour.


    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can befixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may ask your guide on spot.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Paris / Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris / Orly (ORY)

    Tour start in Paris
    For this tour, it is best to use Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport. From the airport, take an RER (metro) to the ship. You can buy a ticket at the entrance to the metro. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport. >>Shuttle reservation

    Tour start in Montargis
    See tour start in Paris + train journey below.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: 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,-. 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.

    Current train connections and prices you will find >>here


    Arrival by car

    Parking in Montargis: unguarded parking space next to the train station free of charge
    Parking in Paris: parking spots at the Gare de Lyon (Quay de Bercy), approx. € 80,- /week

    We can not book or reserve this spaces for you in advance. More details you will find in your travel documents.


    Additional information

    It is not permitted to bring your own bikes/e-bikes on this tour (due to limited space on deck)

    For reasons of space we would like to ask you to refrain from luggage with hard shells, the storage space in the cabin is very limited!

    Helmet mandatory for ALL cyclists!

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