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France: Seine Valley, Paris- Montargis

Duration: 7 Days
Price: € 1199
Level: Easy
  • Royal splendor in a wooded surrounding

    This 8 day bike & barge tour starts in Paris, where the barge Fleur is docked in the center of the city, not far from the Notre Dame Cathedral. Unlike other river cruise ships, you will follow the Seine upstream, in southern direction. This region has a rich, royal history and the castle of  Fontainebleau is a magnificent example of this past. The castle was much in favor among the French kings, because of the extensive possibilities to hunt in the surrounding forests. Just as impressive are the royal gardens, which the French kings had their royal architects lay out for them. You will cycle through the wonderful forests to the painters village of Barbizon, where since the first half of the 19th century many painters (Barbizon School) have lived and worked. Next stop is Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing river, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings. From there you will follow the Canal du Centre to the beautiful medieval towns of Ferrières with its splendid monastery and Château-Landon with the Abbey of St. Severin. Your final destination is Montargis, a picturesque town with beautiful little canals. The canals are decorated with many flowers and give the town a lot of charm. The bicycle tours go mainly over quiet country roads, off the beaten track.

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

    NB: With 18 guest or more, 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.


  • TOUR DATES 2018 – FLEUR:
    Montargis – Paris: departures on July 28 and August 11

    Cabin type Max passengers Price
    Twin
    Single (on request)
    2
    1
    € 1150
    € 1725

    TOUR DATES 2019 – FLEUR:
    Paris – Montargis: departures on July 6, July 20, August 31
    Montargis – Paris: departures on June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, Sept 7

    Cabin type Max passengers Price
    Twin
    Single (on request)
    2
    1
    € 1199,00
    € 1798,50
  • 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
    Embarkation and check-in at 2 p.m. at the Quai de Bercy on the Seine river in the center of Paris. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for a walking tour through Paris. After dinner on board there is a first briefing about the barge, bicycles and tour program.

    Day 2 (Sun): Paris – Evry | Evry – Melun  (30 km/19 mi.)
    Breakfast while sailing. You will spend the morning on board to enjoy Paris from the river. Around 9 a.m. there will be a safety lecture. After lunch, the bicycle tour starts from the lock of Evry. You will stay along the banks of the Seine river for a while. Destination of your first 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.

    Day 3 (Mon): Melun – Moret-sur-Loing (40 km/25 mi.)
    Today you will cycle 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 “Barbizon School”. You can visit the local museum. After this, you continue your tour to the palace of Fontainebleau, much in favor among the French kings, because of the extensive possibilities to hunt in the surrounding forests. The castle itself houses a museum of Napoleon, among other things. Fontainebleau is also a pleasant town to walk around or to shop. You will find the Fleur again in Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing river, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings.

    Day 4 (Tue): Moret-sur-Loing – Nemours (21 km/13 mi. or 45 km/28 mi.)
    You will stay in the valley of the Loing and visit 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.

    Day 5 (Wed): Nemours – Néronville (35 km/22 mi.)
    Breakfast during sailing. Today you will cycle through a wooded area with rugged rocks. Before lunch you 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. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.

    Day 6 (Thu): Néronville – Montargis (44 km/27 mi.)
    Today you will first cycle to Chateau-Landon, a beautifully situated town, with the Abbey of St. Séverin from the 13th century. Your bicycle tour goes 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.

    Day 7 (Fri): Montargis (45 km/28 mi.)
    From Montargis you will cycle 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.

    Day 8 (Sat): Montargis
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

    Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
    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).

  • Day 1 (Sat): Montargis
    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.

    Day 2 (Sun): 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.

    Day 3 (Mon): 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.

    Day 4 (Tue):  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.

    Day 5 (Wed): 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.

    Day 6 (Thu): 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.

    Day 7 (Fri): 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.

    Day 8 (Sat):  Paris
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

    Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
    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).

  • Included in the cost of the tour
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – Packed lunches
    – 6 x 3-course dinner
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Welcome drink
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate-controlled cabin
    – Daily briefings
    – Fully guided cycling tours (from 18 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
    – Some short walking tours
    – Maps (1 per cabin)
    – GPS tracks
    – Use of a helmet
    – Use of a waterproof pannier bag
    – Water bottle
    – Fees for ferries
    – Entrance garden Bourdelle
    – Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum
    – Visit town hall Bourron-Marlotte
    – 2019: Guided visit Chateau-Landon
    – Wi-Fi

    Not included
    – 1 x dinner in Montargis
    – Drinks
    – Bike rental or E-bike rental
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Entrance fees and excursions excursions (not mentioned under included)
    – Transfers to / from the docking place
    – Parking fees

    Bike rental: € 85 per week
    E-bike rental: € 175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
    Gluten free or lactose free diet: € 50 per week. only on prior reservation and payment

  • Good to know
    With 18 guest or more, 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. Not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.
    In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

    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.

    Type of bike
    The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Gudereit with 11 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    E-bikes: There are only 2 E-bikes of the brand Gudereit with 8 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    N.B. E-bikes are only on request, limited number available, early booking 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.
    You are expected aboard the Fleur at approx. 2 p.m.
    If you will be arriving late Saturday night, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    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. € 20,- 

    Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the organizing operator, but the travel agent for this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Fleur BV in Monnickendam (NL).

    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