Charles de Gaulle or Orly
Le nombre de participants varie entre 12 (le minimum) et 24 personnes.
During this tour, which starts in Montargis, with all her charming canals, we follow the Seine downstream to Paris.
But the first couple of days we follow the canals Du Centre, where shipping knows a rich history. We cruise to Moret-sur-Loing, a mediaeval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings. We also visit the medieval towns of Ferrieres and Chateau-Landon. 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. We cruise the woods of Fontainebleau heading for the artists village Barbizon. Final destination is Paris, where the Fleur will be moored in the Port d’ Arsenal, not far from the Notre Dame.
Saturday: Montargis, Embarkation
Embarkation between 12 and 2 PM. Choosing and adjusting the bikes. Possibility to make a bicycle tour in the afternoon
Sunday: Montargis, round tour45km
Montargis – Néronville ca. 40 km
The day begins with a nice bike tour in a large forest (old oaks and beeches) east of Montargis. On our tour further north we are always near river and canal. Ferrières (abbey) and Dordives (glass museum) are on our way to Néronville, near the small town of Château- Landon on a hilltop
Monday: Montargis - Néronville40km
Néronville – Nemours ca. 40/55 km.
This day leads us on country roads to Nemours. Highlights are the covered market of Egreville and the prehistoric museum of Nemours, a small town on the river Loing.
Tuesday: Néronville – Nemours40km
Nemours – St. Mammès ca. 40/55 km.
The Feniks sails from Nemours to St. Mammès, where the Loing and the Seine rivers meet. The Loing is a narrow stream parallel to the canal which is called after the river. Heading for St.Mammès we’ll meet a number of famous rock formations in a forest region. After lunch you can choose for a (short)er ride including visit to Moret on the river Loing. Moret-sur-Loing is famous for the painter Alfred Sisley who lived and painted there at the end of the 19th century. Another possibility is a ride in a lovely narrow river valley with a tea stop halfway. After some short but steeper slopes and nice views also this ride is leading to Moret-sur-Loing. From there to the mooring place is only a few more kilometres.
Wednesday: Nemours - Moret-sur-Loing35km
St. Mammès – Melun ca. 45 km
The canals with the many locks now are behind us. Downstream the Feniks can cover longer distances in shorter time. We are now getting closer to Paris with now and then more traffic on the road. This region has an impressive history. Many places witnessed historic events. Many castles near Paris were used by French kings and nobility. Visit to the immense castle of Fontainebleau. Then a nice ride through the forest of Fontainebleau and a visit to the 19th-century artists village of Barbizon. Along the Seine river we cycle to Melun.
Thursday: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun45km
Melun – Evry ca. 35/50/60 km.
Near Melun are Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (nice example of a 17th century castle with gardens in French style and the impressive medieval castle of Blandy-les-Tours. Because of the distance today only one castle can be visited, but you can choose which one. They are near each other. We follow our way along the river, with some villages, pass patches of forest and are getting more near to the big city. A boat trip after the bike tour is a nice way to pass the outskirts of Paris.
Friday: Melun - Paris35km
The easiest way and nice also to enter Paris is to sail into the city and see the Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower from the barge. The Feniks will moor in the Port Arsenal (near Place de la Bastille) or in Bassin de la Villette (1,5 km east of Gare du Nord train station).
|Hébergement||Cabine||Prix par cabine||Enfants de 0-2 ans||Enfants de 3-11 ans|
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|Feniks||2-berth cabin with low beds||€ 2590,-||0||0|
|Feniks||2-berth cabin with low beds||€ 2190,-||0||0|
|Feniks||2-berth cabin bunk bed||€ 1850,-||0||0|
Place of departure Montargis.
You are expected at the boat on Saturday afternoon, between 11.00 AM
and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the ship, but not
before 10.30 AM. We are busy cleaning the ship, but we can provide you
with suggestions to have a nice walk into town.The mooring place of the Feniks is Quai du Patis, Montargis
The tour ends in Paris.
The barge Feniks will be docked at the Bassin de la Villette, Quai de la Seine, Paris
Finding a safe place to park your car in Paris is possible, but it is expensive. We advise you to
park your car in a garage. The price is ca. 150 euro per week. In Montargis you can park your car
for free in the parking in front of the police station.
The barge Feniks sails in different countries and in France in quite remote regions, internet and even cell phone reception is often very poor. We don’t want to disappoint our guests, so decided not to install a Wi-Fi device. If you need to be on the internet, we can show you the nearest place to send your mails. And while you are biking you will visit towns and café’s with public internet. While you are on board you can enjoy the conversation with the other guests. It’s amazing how fast you learn to live without internet.
Le nombre de participants varie entre 12 (le minimum) et 24 personnes.
L’âge moyen se situe entre 35 et 75 ans. Bien sûr, il y a aussi des personnes plus jeunes et plus âgés. Pendant les vacances scolaires (Juillet/Août), il y a plus d’enfants à bord.
La plupart des personnes se munissent alors de vêtements de pluie. Si le temps ne permet absolument pas de faire du vélo (cela n’arrive presque jamais !), l’accompagnateur organisera un programme alternatif qui peut être composé d’excursions culturelles et de visites de villes.
La distance moyenne est de 40 à 50 kilomètres par jour. N’oubliez pas que les Pays-Bas sont plats et qu’on fait du vélo tranquillement. Une journée de vélo dure environ 7 à 8 heures, pauses et visites comprises. Le temps passé sur votre vélo est environ 4 heures par jour.
On our guided tours a tour guide will accompany the group during their cycling route.
When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided. We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems. Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you will come across.
Originally the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. In 1992 the Feniks was reconstructed to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for several sailing holidays. On board you will find a comfortable and well lit saloon, where you can relax and have a good meal. Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on; or you can sit under the awning which give you shelter from the sun. If the weather allows, the meals will be served outside on the deck.
All cabins have an individual bathroom with sink, shower and toilet.
3 cabins with beds on the floor and 6 cabins with bunk beds.
Cabins are equipped with central heating and 220 volt sockets.
Washer and dryer available, as well as a hair dryer, shampoo, soap and everything else you need for a comfortable stay a board of the Feniks.