Montargis- Ferrière en Gâtinais – Nemour – Moret-sur-Loing – Barbizon – Melun – Paris
Cycling on quiet roads and through a rolling landscape, this tour blends history, poetry, and natural beauty. We find traces of the Gallo-Roman era and the famous Château Fontainbleu, as we follow the steps of Joan d’Arc through the beautiful countryside that inspired the impressionists painters. A land of forests, legends, medieval castles and flower filled canals in a voyage leading to Paris.
The average distance is 25/30 miles a day. The route follows asphalted secondary roads and here and there field paths. There are some hilly stretches which you can also walk. You will ride through forest landscapes, following rivers and canals with their many locks and (former) lock-keepers houses.
This area is famous for its easy pace of life, a mild climate and its friendliness. It has a rich history and is well-known for excellent its cider and cheeses. We will explore historic towns, castles and villages and you’ll enjoy excellent food and wines both on board and in cozy towns along the way.
Our experienced guide will offer a briefing after dinner of the route of the coming day. In the evening it will be possible to have a walking tour in the city.
Places of historical and artistic interest
Montargis, canals and old bridges, Castle – Château-Renard – Gallo-romain traces – Château Laudon– medieval cities of Ferrière en Gatinâis and Nemours – Moret-s/Loing – Castle of Fontainebleau – artists village Barbizon – Melun – Paris.
Montargis to Paris – bike&bateau – 8 days
Day 1 Saturday Montargis
Meeting point at 5PM in Montargis where we will stay for two nights. Upon your arrival enjoy a welcome speech and drink as you are briefed on the upcoming week. In the evening you can visit the town.
Day 2 Sunday Montargis ca.45 km | 28 miles
Montargis, with its 15,000 inhabitants, is the biggest town of the Loiret after Orléans. This former royal residence was destroyed by fire in the 16th century but its beautiful flower decorated canals still remain. Our Sunday round biketour start and ends here. Following the river L’Ouanne we cycle to Château-Renard, where you can visit the ruins of the castle dating from the 10th century, the house of Joan d’Arc and the 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 Monday Montargis – Néronville ca.45 km | 28 miles
Today’s route starts through a large forest with old oaks and beeches on the outskirts of Montargis. Further on our ride to the north, the medieval town of Ferrière en Gâtinais, here we visit the hamlet and the abbey.
Day 4 Tuesday Néronville – Nemours ca.40 km | 25 miles
We cycle to Château Landon, a beautifully situated fortified town on a rock with its old Abbey of St.-Severin dating back to the 13th century. Nearby several Gallo-Roman traces can be found (Caesar occupied Gaul, now France, between 58 and 52 BC.). Along nice country roads and crossing the magnificent forest we arrive to the town of Nemours. Here you may visit the castle or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.
Day 5 Wednesday Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing ca.45 km | 28 miles
The Loing is the narrow river, which gives its name to the parallel canal. On our way to there we will see some famous rock formations in the area. In the valley of the Loing a guided visit to a cheese factory and tasting. We stay overnight 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 6 Thursday Moret-sur-Loing – Melun ca.25 km | 15 miles
Today we cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. Our first destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its Royal Palace, favorite among the French kings, because of its hunting grounds and the surrounding forests. In the castle itself, there is a museum dedicated to Napoleon. After this, continue your tour to the artistic village of Barbizon where, in the first half of the 19th century, a group of landscape painters formed the ‘school of Barbizon’. Our final destination today is Melun, a town 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 Friday Melun – Paris ca.35 km | 22 miles
From Melun we visit the Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte, another fine example of french castle that escaped his garden in its own style. Through small streets and villages, biking across enchanted forest we approach the big city. Sailing into Paris is the best and most pleasant way to close our bike journey. A stroll in the city is a must! The Feniks is moored in the Port d’Arsenal, not far from Nôtre Dame.
Day 8 Monday Paris
After breakfast end of services.
On the Feniks you will find a comfortable and well lit saloon, where you can relax on the sofa or have a good meal. The cabins are clean and well cared for. All cabins have an individual bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. There is an extended library on board, a varied collection of cds and dvds, television and many magazines, several family/party games and of course information and maps on the routes, the sailing area and the places of interest. During the cruises in the Netherlands, an internet connection is available.
Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take in the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on or you can sit under the awning which gives you shelter from the sun or light rain. If the weather allows, meals are served outside on the deck.
- Cabin with private shower/toilet
- Standard Plus
- Length: 39.0
- Width: 5.4m
- Nr. Cabins: 9 (7 double, 2 triple)
- Completely equipped
- Crew speaks Dutch, English
- 220 V electric supply
- Safety Equipment
- Warm water
Montargis to Paris – bike&bateau – 8 days
Price per person
In double room bunk bed: € 1018
In double room low bed: € 1057
Single supplement: € 739
Bike rental: € 83
The price per person includes
Accommodation on board the standard plus barge MPS Feniks for 7 nights with breakfast, 7 x lunch pack, 6 dinners (drinks not included), use of the washing machine and dryer, one multilingual speaking tour leader on bike, tourist information and informative material, technical assistance.
The price per person does not include
Travel to/from the start/end of the tour, bike rental, drinks, entrance fees to museums and anything not specified in the entry “The price per person includes”.
Additional services on request
Extra night(s) in the city of arrival or departure of the tour.
Terms of payment
– At the time of booking we require a down payment of 30% of the total price of the package tour.
– The balance must be paid no later than 42 days before departure.
– If the reservation is made less than 42 days before departure, you will be required to pay the total package tour price at once.
For more info go to “How to pay”
– The traveller himself shall be responsible for having the required documents, for example a passport that meets all validity requirements, or, when accepted, an identity card and the possibly required visa, proof of inoculations and vaccinations and driving licence.
– The traveller himself shall be responsible to obtain the necessary additional information from the authorities concerned and shall also check well on time before the departure whether the previously obtained information has not been changed in the meantime.
– If the traveller cannot make the trip (in part or in its entirety) because a (valid) document is missing, this and all related consequences shall be at his expense.
– The substitution is possible provided that the organizer is informed via email at least 7 days before the date fixed for the departure, receiving communication of the identity of the transferee and that the substitute meets all the conditions for using the service and the requirements regarding documents that are necessary to partecipate in the tour.
– The incumbent is required to reimburse the organizer the cost for the substitution (€ 30), the communication costs and all additional costs incurred in the substitution.
– The organizer has the right to refuse a substitute for valid reasons and is required to communicate and motivate this decision in writing via email or fax to the traveller and transferee.
The travel organiser shall be entitled to change the program due to climate and organizational reasons, without prior notification.