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Montargis to Paris

Royal splendor in the Seine Valley

Paris
Charles de Gaulle or Orly

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Montargis
Charles de Gaulle or Orly

During this cycling holiday, which starts in Montargis, with all her charming canals, we follow the Seine Valley 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/Feniks will be moored.

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

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Montargis, Embarkation

Saturday: Montargis, Embarkation

Barge Fleur

Embarkation 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.

Barge Feniks Embarkation between 12 and 2 PM. Choosing and adjusting the bikes. Possibility to make a bicycle tour in the afternoon

Day 2

Sunday: Montargis, round tour

45KM
Sunday: Montargis, round tour

Barge Fleur

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 Living Museum. There you can see beekeepers and their bees at work, and you’ll be able to sample their delicious honey.

Barge Feniks 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

Day 3

Monday: Montargis - Néronville

40KM
Monday: Montargis - Néronville

Barge Fleur
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 monastery. After this we go west to the archeological site of Sceaux-du Gatinais. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.

Barge Feniks 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.

Day 4

Tuesday: Néronville – Nemours

40KM
Tuesday: Néronville – Nemours

Barge Fleur
Our route today is through an old area, cultivated already 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.-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/Feniks again in Nemours. There we may visit the castle or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.

 

Barge Feniks 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.

Day 5

Wednesday: Nemours - Moret-sur-Loing

35KM
Wednesday: Nemours - Moret-sur-Loing

Barge Fleur

Today we have two possibilities. If we choose the long option 55 km , 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 35 km 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, strategically 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.

Barge Feniks 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.

Day 6

Thursday: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun

45KM
Thursday: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun

Barge Fleur

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. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Melun.

Barge Feniks 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.

Day 7

Friday: Melun - Paris

35KM
Friday: Melun - Paris

Barge Fleur

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. In the evening, citywalk.

Barge Feniks

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).

Day 8

Saturday: Paris

Saturday: Paris

For both barges:

Breakfast and departure before 10 AM.

 

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/30/2018 - 7/7/2018 Available Montargis Feniks Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/14/2018 - 7/21/2018 Available Montargis Fleur Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/28/2018 - 8/4/2108 Available Montargis Feniks Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/28/2018 - 8/4/2018 Available Montargis Fleur Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/11/2018 - 8/18/2018 Available Montargis Fleur Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin
Fleur 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2300,-
Feniks 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2014,-
Feniks 2-berth cabin bunk bed € 1940,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
11 speed hybrid bicycle barge Fleur 11 speed hybrid bicycle barge Fleur Gudereit €80
24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks 24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks Batavus Galibier €80

Included

Barge Fleur

  • Cabin with private bathroom
  • 7 x breakfast 6 x dinner on board
  • Packed lunches for bike trips
  •  Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide (cycles with the group; more than 18 guests: 2 guides)
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabins
  • Welcome drink
  • Entrance Jardin Bourdelle
  • Entrance Apiculture Living Museum

Barge Feniks

  • Cabin with private bathroom
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 x dinner
  • Packed lunches for bike trips
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 24-speed hybrid bicycles with pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Tour guide ( cycles with the group)
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily check of your cabin, once a week extra cleaning, and clean bed linen
  • Route program with city maps
  • Shampoo, shower gel and soap
  • Ferry fares on the route

 

Not included

Barge Fleur

  • Reservation fee € 20
  • Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle)
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

Barge Feniks

  • Reservation fee € 20
  • Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle)
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel or cancellation insurance
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • (non-) alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore

 

 

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.

Barge Fleur

In Montargis the barge Fleur will be docked at the Rue du Port.
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.
You are expected aboard the Fleur at approx. 14.00 hrs.
If you will be arriving late Saturday night, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail.

Barge Feniks

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 Fleur will be docked in the port d’ Arsenal, close to the place de la Bastille in Paris
The barge Feniks will be docked at the Bassin de la Villette, Quai de la Seine, Paris

Parking
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.

Internet
The barge Fleur offers free Wi-Fi in de lounge. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable
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.

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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 € 1150,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Feniks
Feniks

About the barge

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.

Cabin plan

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.

  • Offical name Feniks
  • Length 39 m
  • Width 5.4 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
Fleur
Fleur

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

Montargis to Paris

 

What others think of this tour

Staff were very welcoming and went out of their way to accommodate us. The breakfasts & dinners were excellent.
anonymous - 06/10/2017

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