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  • good quality bikes

Montargis to Paris

Royal splendor in the Seine Valley

Charles de Gaulle or Orly

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Charles de Gaulle or Orly

This one-week bike and barge tour starts in Montargis in central France and ends in thriving Paris. 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. This cycle 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. The tour is most of the time in slightly sloping countryside with occasionally some steeper hills. Daily average distance of 40 – 45 Km, or 4 to max. 5 hrs. by bike. This is a one week tour and can easily be fitted into your other holiday plans. Montargis has excellent railway connections with Paris to continue your trip in Europe.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 42 km, average per day
  • Montargis
  • Thriving Paris
  • Beautiful castles and ruins
  • The palace of Fontainebleau

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Montargis, Embarkation

Saturday: Montargis, Embarkation

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

Sunday: Montargis, round tour

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

Monday: Montargis - Néronville

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

Tuesday: Néronville – Nemours

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

Wednesday: Nemours - Moret-sur-Loing

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

Thursday: Moret-sur-Loing - Melun

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

Friday: Melun - Paris

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

Breakfast and departure before 10 AM.


Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/1/2019 - 6/8/2019 Limited Montargis Feniks Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin 0 0
Feniks 2-berth Luxury cabin with low beds € 2590,- 0 0
Feniks 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2190,- 0 0
Feniks Bunk bed cabin for 2 people € 1850,- 0 0
Feniks Bunk bed cabin for 1 person € 1095,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week 24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €90
Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Incl. bike helmet €135


  • 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
  • Bicycle insurance


Not included

  • 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
  • The program is subject to change without notice

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.

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Frequently asked questions

  • 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.

  • 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 € 925,- * * There are no extra's included in this price



About the barge Feniks

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, central heating and 220 volt sockets. Washer and dryer available, as well as hair dryer.

• 2 Luxury cabins: twin beds, wardrobe, table.
• 3 Low bed cabins
• 2 single traveler cabins with bunk bed (double occupation possible)

  • Offical name Feniks
  • Length 39 m
  • Width 5.4 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.
Cycletours - 06/10/2017

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