Paris and it’s royal splendor will await you on this cycle trip. Bike and Barge France, it’s amazing! We are heading south, passing the impressive royal gardens of times long go by, where the French Kings spend there summers, entertaining there guests or joining there “maitresse”. Imagine them enjoying a picknick in the garden as you are eating your croissant or petit pain out of the kitchen of the lovely Fleur, the premium barge that fits in these small French locks.
Pass the villages and enjoy there romantic, medieval and not that tidy villages! Life sometimes seems to have passed by. Here you still buy your bread early in the morning at the local bakery. Have a coffee at a terrace, or a glass of wine at lunchtime. See the old guys playing there petanque. Understand why the impressionists painted these towns! Enjoy the forest and the countryside, see the flowers and just smell the clean air and enjoy the silence. Vive la France….Read more
14.00 h Arrival in Paris. You find the Fleur in the center of Paris not far from the Notre Dame
14.30 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
15.00 h Free time in Paris
18.15 h Welcoming drink
18.30 h Dinner
20.00 h Town walk
Sunday: Paris - Melun bike tour 35 km
While the Fleur is sailing out of Paris, you are enjoying breakfast having a look at Paris from the Seine. It’s a lazy cruising morning, after lunch you start biking from the lock of Evry. Following the banks of the river, we head for Melun, which is known as the “domaine des reines blanches”, the domaine of the widows of French Kings. No longer the wife of the chief in power, they resided here.
Monday: Melon to Moret-sur-Loing bike tour 35 km
The 18th Century Forests of Fontainebleau offer great bikepaths takings us to the artistic village of Barbizon, great inspiration to painters of the 19th century, a local museum shows there art.
Next: 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. the town of Fontainebleau is pleasant to walk around and 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.
Tuesday: Moret-sur-Loing to Nemours bike tour 40 km
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.
Wednesday: Nemours to Neronville bike tour 40 km
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.
Thursday: Neronville to Montargis
Chateau-Landon is our launching place today. Beautifully situated town, where we visit the Abbey of St.-Severin which dates from the 13th century. We cycle to the medieval town of Ferrieres with its old town center, 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 you will explore the local cuisine in one of the local restaurants.
Friday: Montargis Bike round trip 45 km
Last call: a little tour de France on our last day of cycling. We bike along the Ouanne, another little river, to Chateau-Renard to have a look at the ruins of the 10th century castle. Honey, we visit the beekeepers today and have a look at the traditional process of the “production” of the liquid gold.
Saturday: time to say goodbye to the Fleur
After breakfast we say goodbye to each other!
For those of you who have been on the IRIS: the Fleur looks like a little sister: same colours, style, just a bit smaller. The French Canals and Locks are remains from hundred years ago and just do not provide much space.
Although a bit smaller, the Fleur is a very lovely ship with an excellent level of service and great meals. It’s a great way to visit France and it’s docking in the middle of Paris is unbeatable.
cabins on the Fleur
Your double bed cabin has it’s private facilities, a shower, sink and toilets. Like at home: running hot&cold water and a flushing toilet.
Rooms and facilities are cleaned on a daily basis. Towels are changed on demand.
breakfast buffet and dinners served in the salon, where you mingle with your fellow-bikers.
Included in the price
– 8 days / 7 nights
– 7 x breakfast
– 6 x dinner on board
– Packed lunches for bike trips
– Coffee and tea on board
– Tour guide (from 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’s Living Museum
– Reservation fee € 15
– Bike rental 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 80 per person
– Personal insurances
– Gratuities (at your discretion)
– Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)
– E-bike rental
– Special diets