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France: Seine Valley, Paris- Montargis or vv

Duration: 7 Days
Price: € 1125
Level: Easy
  • Royal splendor in a wooded surrounding

    This tour starts on Paris, where you find the Fleur in the center of the city, not far from the Notre Dame. We follow the Seine in southern direction. This region has a rich, royal history and the  castle of  Fontainebleau is a  magnificent example of this past. Just as impressive are the royal gardens, which the French kings had their royal architects lay out for them. The perfectly symmetrical gardens  are a fine example.  We cruise the woods of Fontainebleau heading for the artists village Barbizon.

    We follow the Seine up to Moret-sur-Loing, a cosy village on the banks of the Loing. From there we follow the canal du centre to the beautiful medieval towns Ferrieres and Chateau-Landon. Our final destination is Montargis, a pictoresque town with beautiful little canals.

    Itinerary: Paris – Melun – Moret-sur-Loing – Chateau-Landon – Montargis

    NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.


  • Available dates in 2017:
    Paris – Montargis
    Montargis – Paris
    Single supplement on request
    Aug 5
    Aug 12
    € 1.125
    €1.125
    Available dates in 2018:
    Paris – Montargis
    Montargis – Paris
    Single supplement on request
    July 7 / July 21 / Aug 4 / Sept 1 / Sept 15
    July 14 / July 28 /  Aug 11 / Sept 8
    € 1.150
    €1.150

  • Barge Fleur (20 passengers/10 cabins)                               Premium

    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.
    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.

     

  • Day 1 (Sat): Paris
    14.00 h Arrival in Paris. You find the Fleur iin the center of the city, not far from the Notre Dame
    14.30 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    15.00 h Free time in Paris
    18.15 h Welcoming drink
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 2 (Sun): Paris – Melun
    Biketour: about 30 km
    7.45 h Breakfast while sailing. You spent the morning on board to enjoy Paris from the river.
    9.00 h Safety lecture
    13.00 h After lunch the bike tour starts from the lock of Evry. You stay along the banks of the river for a while. Final destination of your bike 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.
    18.30 h Diner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 3 (Mon): Melun – Moret-sur-Loing
    Biketour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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 mediaeval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings.
    18.30 h Diner

    Day 4 (Tue): Moret-sur-Loing – Nemours
    Biketour: about 25/45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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.
    1830 h Diner

    Day 5 (Wed): Nemours – Néronville
    Biketour: about 42 km
    8.00 h Breakfast during sailing.
    9.00 h 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.
    18.30 h Diner

    Day 6 (Thu): Néronville – Montargis
    Biketour: about 25/45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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.
    18.30 h Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Montargis.

    Day 7 (Fri): Montargis
    Biketour: about 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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.
    18.30 h Diner

    Day 8 (Sat): Montargis
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Montargis
    14.00 h Arrival in Montargis. Montargis is, 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 certain charm.
    15.00 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    16.00 h Bike fitting and Safety lecture
    18.15 h Welcoming drink
    18.30 h Diner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 2 (Sun): Montargis
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    8.00 h  Breakfast
    9.00 h  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 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. 19.00 h Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Montargis.

    Day 3 (Mon):Montargis – Néronville
    Bike tour: about 43 km
    8.00 h  Breakfast while sailing
    9.00 h  Today we first join the Fleur to the lock of Cepoy. Our bike tour goes through the forests of Montargis, north-east of the town. These forests are old and beautiful. Next stop is 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. After this we bike to Egréville where we will visit the sculpture garden Bourdelle. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 4 (Tue):  Néronville – Nemours
    Bike tour: about   30/40 km
    8.00 h  Breakfast
    9.00 h  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.
    18.30 h Diner

    Day 5 (Wed):Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing
    Bike tour: about 25/45  km
    8.00 h  Breakfast
    9.00 h  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 is a charming mediaeval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspira   tion for his beautiful impressionist paintings. We can visit the house where he was born.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 6 (Thu): Moret-sur-Loing – Melun
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h  Breakfast
    9.00 h  Today we bike through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. First destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its palace, 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. After this, we continue our 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’. We can visit the local museum. Final destination of your bike 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.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 7 (Fri):  Melun – Paris
    Bike tour: about 30 km
    8.00 h  Breakfast
    9.00 h  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.
    13.00 h Lunch on board. The mooring place of the Fleur is in the center of Paris not far from the Notre Dame
    18.30 h Diner
    20.00 h City walk

    Day 8 (Sat):  Paris
    8.00 h  Breakfast
    9.00 h  Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the price
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – 6 x dinner on board
    – Packed lunches for bike trips
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Tour guide (from 18 guests 2 guides)
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate-controlled cabins
    – Welcome drink
    – Entrance Jardin Bourdelle
    – Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 75 (2017) / € 80 (2018)
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    On request
    – E-bike rental
    – Special diets

  • Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
    NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.

    Bike rental
    Fleur: 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (Pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    E-Bike rental: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

    Points of departure: Paris or Montargis
    The trip begins in either Paris or in Montargis.
    In Paris the Fleur is moored in the Port d’Arsenal near the Place de la Bastille or at the quai de Bercy, depending on your travel date.
    In Montargis the Fleur will be docked at the Rue du Port.
    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.
    You are expected aboard the Fleur at approx. 14.00 hrs.
    If you will be arriving late Saturday night, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    CONTACT:
    Tel Fleur: +31 (0) 622738010 / +31 (0) 631783857
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring Paris:

    Mooring Montargis

    Montargis weergeven op een grotere kaart