Arrival in Paris, you will find the barge in the center of the city, not far from the Notre Dame.
Breakfast while sailing. You spent the morning on board to enjoy Paris from the river. Around 9 am there will be a safety lecture. After lunch the bike tour starts from the lock of Evry. You stay along the banks of the river for a while. 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. After diner you can join the town walk.
Today we bike through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. First destination is 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’. You can visit the local museum. After this, we continue our tour to the palace of Fontainebleau, 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. We find the Fleur again in Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town, strategically situated on the banks of the Loing, where painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings.
We stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the town hall of Bourron-Marlotte we can admire a few magnificent impressionist paintings. We meet the Fleur again in Nemours. There we may visit the castle or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.
Breakfast during sailing. Today we bike through a wooded area with rugged rocks. Before lunch we will visit the sculpture garden Jardin Bourdelle. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.
Today we start in Chateau-Landon, a beautifully situated town, where we visit the Abbey of St.-Severin which dates from the 13th century. Our bike tour goes to the mediaeval town of Ferrieres with its old town center, which has been preserved beautifully. And in the middle of the narrow streets we find a splendid monastery. Final destination of today is Montargis, 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 lot of charm. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Montargis.
From Montargis we bike along the lOuanne by bike 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.