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From Paris to the Loire

Cycling in the royal garden of France

Paris
Paris Charles de Gaulle

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Briare
Paris Charles de Gaulle

This one-week bike and barge tour starts in thriving Paris and ends in Briare on the Loire River. It offers a combination of history, culture, nature and agreeable rides in a varied countryside. You will bike in a historically very interesting part of France and will visit the palace Fontainebleau and its vast forest. The tour is not only historically, but also culturally interesting.
It leads you along famous painters’ villages like Barbizon and Moret-sur-Loing where Alfred Sisley lived and painted. Most of the time you ride through slightly sloping countryside with occasionally some steeper hills. Daily average distance of 40 – 45 Km. This is a one week tour and can easily be fitted into your other holiday plans like for instance staying on the Clair de Lune and riding further along the Loire River to Nevers. Briare has good train connections to Paris.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8
  • Distance 40
  • Paris!
  • Castles Vaux-le-Vicomte or Blandy-les-Tours
  • Fontainebleau, castle and forest
  • Artists village Barbizon
  • Historic towns like Moret-sur-Loing, Chateau Landon and Montargis

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Paris, sailing to Evry

Saturday: Paris, sailing to Evry

Arrival between 12 and 2 pm. The Clair de Lune will be moored near the Seine river in central Paris. Departure at 3 pm for a river cruise to and on the Seine, around the Isle de la Cité (Notre Dame) and then to Evry.

Day 2

Sunday: Evry - Melun

40KM
Sunday: Evry - Melun

Near Melun are Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 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 arrive in Melun later in the afternoon.

Day 3

Monday: Melun – St. Mammès

45KM
Monday: Melun – St. Mammès

This region has an impressive history. Many places witnessed historic events. Many castles near Paris were used by French kings and nobility. You will pay a visit to the to the 19th-century artists village of Barbizon, and make a nice ride through the forest of Fontainebleau to visit the immense castle. By many considered to be the most beautiful of all castles.

Day 4

Tuesday: St. Mammès - Nemours

40KM
Tuesday: St. Mammès - Nemours

The Clair de Lune sails from St. Mammès, where the Loing and the Seine rivers meet to Nemours. The Loing is a narrow stream parallel to the canal which is called after the river. Heading for Nemours we’ll meet a number of famous rock formations in a forest region. We also visit Moret-sur-Loing wich is famous for the painter Alfred Sisley who lived and painted there at the end of the 19th century.

Day 5

Wednesday: Nemours – Néronville

42KM
Wednesday: Nemours – Néronville

This day leads us on country roads from Nemours to Néronville, a small village along the Loing. Highlights are the covered market of Egreville and the musuem on prehistoric times in Nemours.

Day 6

Thursday: Néronville - Montargis

40KM
Thursday: Néronville - Montargis

We leave Néronville via the small town of Château- Landon on a hilltop, and bike via Dordives (glass museum) and Ferrières (abbey) to the charming old town of Montargis.

Day 7

Friday: Montargis - Briare

55KM
Friday: Montargis - Briare

Your last bike ride this week will lead you to the village Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its historical seven locks. Via the 16th-century castle near Bléneau you will cycle through a region of lakes to Ouzouer-sur-Trézée and eventually to Briare. A long riding day and a worthy ending of your bike adventure in the heart of France.

Day 8

Saturday: Briare, departure

Saturday: Briare, departure

After breakfast: debarkation before 10 AM.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
8/8/2020 - 8/15/2020 Available Paris Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Clair de Lune Prices are per cabin 0 0
Clair de Lune Split level bed cabin € 2058,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Double bed cabin € 2058,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Split level bed cabin € 1190,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard, incl. bike helmet €90
Electric bicycle, unisex Electric bicycle, unisex Batavus, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €170
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40
Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard, incl. bike helmet €92.50
Electric bicycle, unisex Electric bicycle, unisex Batavus, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €175
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €20
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40

Included

  • All nights on board, (Sat.-Sat. 8 days / 7 nights), cabin in the booked category;
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7 x three course dinner)
  • Use of bed linen and 2 towels (change of towels possible)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • Min. 3 city walks with the tourguide
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck
  • Road book, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not included

  • Reservation fee of € 20,- per booking
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • (non) alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore
  • Personal and cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Entrance fees

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival info

You are expected at the barge on Saturday afternoon, between 12.00 AM and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the barge, but not
before 11.00 AM. We are busy cleaning the barge, but we can provide you with suggestions to have a nice walk into town.

The mooring place of the barge in Paris: Bassin La Vilette or Bassin de l’ Arsenal near the Seine in the center of Paris.

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). From the airport you can take a train to Paris Gare du Nord. The train runs on a very regular basis and the travel time is about 35 minutes.

Train

The nearest train stations to the embarkation point of the barge are the Gare du Nord or Gare de l’ Est. From there you can take a metro to very near the embarkation points. If you take a taxi that will take you between 10 and 20 minutes and cost between 25 en 40 euro, depending on where the barge will be moored.

Car

Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. Finding a parking place in Paris is not easy and is expensive. More information on parking in Paris: https://en.parisinfo.com/practical-paris/how-to-get-to-and-around-paris/getting-around-by-car-car-parks-and-parking-paris

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later in Briare on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Briare. The mooring place of the barge in Briare: on the Canal Lateral á la Loire at Rue du Pont Canal

Our ship, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedaling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury. Free WiFi is (limited and subject to availability of connections) available in lounge and on deck.

What are the cabins like?

Your barge has can hold a maximum of 17 passengers and has 9 cabins. 3 with a 2-persons bed, 5 with a split level bed and 1 with a single bed. All cabins have their own private shower, toilet & sink, 220 voltage, central heating and air-conditioning. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

The team, hospitality comes first

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing.
The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English/French, some speak German and/or Spanish).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you.
If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.

You and the group, new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France and United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, solo travelers, couples and also families with children (during the school holidays).

The most beautiful cycling routes

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 40/45 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. A road book is included (1x per cabin). Bike maps can be purchased when booking and will be handed over to you on board.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring from one place to another.

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    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.

  • Which countries do the participants come from?

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

    The common language on board is English.

  • What languages do the guides speak?

    All tour guides speak English. Some of the the tour guides speak German and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
    The common language on board is English.

  • What are the cabins like?

    The Standard Plus category has bunk beds.
    The Comfort category is similar to Standard Plus, except there are low beds in the cabins.
    The ComfortPlus category is similar to Comfort, but the maximum capacity is 14 people (instead of 20/24 people).
    The Comfort DeLuxe category gives you about 9 square meters in the cabins, very well furnished with low beds and a comfortable equipped bathroom.

    In all categories the cabins have private shower/toilet and a porthole or window.
    There is room for a moderately sized suitcase per person.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets?

    Must be notified when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus.
    In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

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Accommodations

Clair de Lune
Clair de Lune

About  the barge

History Clair de Lune: The Clair de Lune was originally built in 1936 as a freight ship in Belgium.  In 1982 the barge was built into a passenger ship, first named ‘Steile Bank’ and ‘Summerjazz’.
Since May 2014 we named the ship ‘Clair de Lune’. Aboard there is a big and cozy salon with big windows for a perfect view. The barge is 34.15 meters long and 5.05 meters wide, which makes it possible to boat in France with its narrow locks.

Cabin Plan

Below, the "Clair de lune" has  9 Cabins: 3 with a 2-persons bed, 5 with a split level bed and 1 with a single bed. All Cabins have their own shower, toilet & sink and air-conditioning.

  • Offical name Clair de Lune
  • Length 35 m
  • Width 5 m
  • Capacity 17 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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