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Montargis to Paris

Royal splendor in the Seine Valley

Charles de Gaulle or Orly

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Charles de Gaulle or Orly

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.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 30 km
  • Montargis
  • An Apiculture's Living Museum
  • Beautiful castles and ruins
  • The palace of Fontainebleau

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Montargis, Embarkation

Embarkation at 3 AM 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. In the afternoon, welcome speech and crew introduction. In the evening, welcoming drink, dinner and town walk.

Day 2

Sunday: Montargis, round tour


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.

Day 3

Monday: Montargis - Néronville


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. In the middle of the narrow streets we find a splendid monas tery. After this we go west to the archeological site of Sceaux-du Gatinais. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.

Day 4

Tuesday: Néronville – Nemours


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. We will have a guided tour with a local guide. 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.

Day 5

Wednesday: Nemours - Moret-sur-Loing


Today we have two possibilities. If we choose the long option, we follow the valley of the Lunain with its old farmhouses and castle ruins. On our way we pass a fruit farm and a cheese farm. You might end up with home-made jam in your pannier! In case we bike the shorter option we stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grezsur-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, strate gically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings. We can visit the house where he was born.

Day 6

Thursday: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun


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.

Day 7

Friday: Melun - Paris


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. Lunch on board, the mooring place of the Fleur is the port d’Arsenal, not far from the Notre Dame. In the evening, city walk.

Day 8

Saturday: Paris

Breakfast and departure.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
8/12/2017 - 8/19/2017 Available Montargis Fleur Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Fleur 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2250,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
24-speed Bike Hybrid €75


  • 7 x breakfast
  • 6 x packed lunch
  • 6 x dinner (3 courses)
  • Bed linen
  • Tour guide (from 18 guests 2 guides)
  • Welcome drink
  • 1 x lunch on board
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Cabins cleaned daily

Not included

  • Bike rental: €75,- per bike
  • Entrance fees for museums, monuments, etc.
  • Travel and annulment insurance
  • Miscellaneous beverages and expenses on excursions

Special details

This tour will be operated by our partner.

Please take good notice of our booking conditions.

No bike insurance available for this tour.

The program is subject to change without notice.

Place of departure Montargis.
In Montargis the barge will be moored at the rue du port, close to the police station.
We expect you on board the Fleur on Saturday at about 15.00 hours. You can drop off luggage
from 13.00 h, but because the crew is busy with the turnover it is not possible to stay on the barge
before 15.00 h In Montargis, best take a taxi from the train station to the barge. If you let us know your time of arrival
a few days in advance, we will order a taxi to pick you up. If not ordered, there will be no taxi’s
ready at the station.

The tour ends in Paris.
The barge will be docked in the port d’ Arsenal, close to the place de la Bastille.

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. 120 euro per week. In Montargis you can park your car
for free in the parking in front of the police station.

There is a WIFI system on board. A limited amount of data is free. You have the option to buy
more data.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    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’ll come across.

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

  • How long are the daily cycling stages?

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles).  But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.
    The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

  • What happens if it rains?

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

More questions

Price starting from € 1125,- * * There are no extra's included in this price



About the barge

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. The Fleur can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests on her trips on the French waterways.

Cabin plan

Central heating

Air conditioning

10 comfortable guest cabins for two (no bunk beds) and each cabin has a private bathroom

Lounge, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a sun deck

  • Offical name Fleur
  • Length 38.66 m
  • Width 5.07 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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