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Duration: 7 days
Location: Seine Valley
Price: € 1125

Bike and Barge Tour France: Paris – Montargis | MS Fleur

Royal splendor in a wooded surrounding

This tour starts on Paris, where you find the Fleur in the port d’Arsenal, not far from the Notre Dame. We follow the Seine in southern direction. 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. The perfectly symmetrical gardens  are a fine example.  We cruise the woods of Fontainebleau heading for the artists village Barbizon.

We follow the Seine up to Moret-sur-Loing, a cosy village on the banks of the Loing. From there we follow the canal du centre to the beautiful medieval towns Ferrieres and Chateau-Landon. Our final destination is Montargis, a pictoresque town with beautiful little canals.

Itinerary:
Paris – Melun – Moret-sur-Loing – Chateau-Landon – Montargis or the other way around

NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.


  • Barge Fleur (20 passengers/10 cabins)                               Premium

    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. Reint Dragt has been the owner for many years now. These years of experience and commitment are reflected in every detail and guarantee that your vacation will be a pleasant one. The Fleur can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests on her trips on the French waterways.
    The Fleur has two decks. On the top deck there is a lounge with large windows, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a half-covered sun deck. The sundeck is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif. In the lounge the Fleur offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The salon has central heating and air-conditioning.
    On the lower deck the Fleur has 10 comfortable guest cabins (8 m2, single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Also the cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Paris
    14.00 h Arrival in Paris. You find the Fleur in the center of the city, 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

    Day 2 (Sun): Paris – Evry | Evry – Melun, Bike tour: about 35 km / 21 miles
    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.

    Day 3 (Mon): Melun – Moret-sur-Loing, Bike tour: about 35 km
    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.

    Day 4 (Tue): Moret-sur-Loing – Nemours, Bike tour: about 25/45 km
    We stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-Loing. In the townhall 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.

    Day 5 (Wed): Nemours – Néronville, Bike tour: about 40 km
    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.

    Day 6 (Thu): Néronville – Montargis, Bike tour: about 35 km
    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.

    Day 7 (Fri): Montargis, Bike tour: about 45 km
    From Montargis we bike along the l’Ouanne by bike 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 8 (Sat): Montargis
    After breakfast you will leave the ship. Disembarkation till 9 am.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
    Daily guided bike tours.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Montargis
    14.00 h Arrival 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.
    15.00 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    16.00 h Bike fitting and Safety lecture
    18.15 h Welcoming drink
    18.30 h Diner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 2 (Sun): Montargis, Bike tour: about 45 km
    After breakfast we bike from Montargis 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. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Montargis.

    Day 3 (Mon): Montargis – lock of Cepoy | lock of Cepoy – Néronville, Bike tour: about 35 km
    Breakfast while sailing, 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. And in the middle of the narrow streets we find a splendid monastery. After this we bike to Egréville where we will visit the sculpture garden Bourdelle. Final destination of today is rural Néronville.

    Day 4 (Tue):  Néronville – Nemours, Bike tour: about 40 km
    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. 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 (Wed):Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing, Bike tour: about 25/45  km
    Today we stay in the valley of the Loing and visit Grez-sur-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.

    Day 6 (Thu): Moret-sur-Loing – Melun, Bike tour: about 45 km
    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 (Fri):  Melun – Paris, Bike tour: about 35 km
    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 in the center of Paris not far from the Notre Dame. After diner you can join the city walk.

    Day 8 (Sat):  Paris
    After breakfast you will leave the ship. Disembarkation till 9 am.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
    Daily guided bike tours.

  • Included in the price
    – Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.) from/to Paris or Montargis;
    – Full board; 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x three course dinner;
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning service of the cabin;
    – Welcome drink, presentation of barge + crew and briefing on the first evening;
    – Tour leader (multilingual) for fully guided cycling tours, daily briefings of the bike tours, (from 18 guests 2 guides);
    – Entrance Jardin Bourdelle;
    – Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum;
    – Complimentary daily coffee and tea.

    Not included
    – Transfers to/from the docking places in Paris and Montargis;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Rental of bicycle or E-Bike;
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fees; 
    – entrance fees & excursions (not mentioned under included);
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Rental bicycle:
    11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike, hand brakes, pannier bag, water bottle and helmet: € 80 per week
    Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

  • PRICES “SEINE: PARIS – MONTARGIS”, BARGE FLEUR 2018, per person

     Cabins:forall departure dates
    Twin cabin   2 pers.€  1,150
    Single use of cabin1 pers. On request

    Limited number of single cabins (twin cabin for single use) available: booking of single cabins only on request.

    SEASON DATES BARGE FLEUR 2018: SEINE: PARIS – MONTARGIS (dd/mm):
    Paris to Montargis:  departure on: 07/07, 21/07, 04/08, 01/09, 15/09
    Montargis to Paris:  departure on: 14/07, 28/07, 11/08, 08/09.

  • BICYCLES:
    The bicycles on board are 11-speed hybrid bicycles with hand brakes, pannier bag, water bottle and bike helmet. A limited number of e-bikes (electrically assisted bicycle) are available on request (early booking is strongly recommended). Other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, tandems, etc.) are not available in this area and cannot be ordered for these tours.  Due to limited space on deck guests cannot bring their own bicycles or E-bikes. Only in exceptional cases when you need a special bike or tandem. Please let us know well in advance when you would like to bring your own special bicycle/tandem. This is only possible after reconfirmation by us. Neither crew nor tour operator are liable/ responsible for any damage, loss or theft of own bicycles.
    In France adult cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Children till 12 yrs are obligated to wear a bike helmet. There are bike helmets available on board.

    Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
    NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.

    Points of departure: Paris or Montargis
    The trip begins in either Paris or in Montargis.
    In Paris the Fleur is moored in the Port d’Arsenal near the Place de la Bastille or at the quai de Bercy, depending on your travel date. Click here to open a new window with the map of the mooring place in Paris.
    In Montargis the 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?

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours. Children are very welcome on board, however, before booking, we advise you strongly to check whether your child is able to manage a cycle trip of ca. 50 km in hilly surroundings with up to 350 meters of altitude (aggregate) over two cycling days. Of course you may stay on board and skip cycling for one or more days; children under the age of18 years must be under supervision. For this tour a child discount is NOT available. The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Update: May 16th, 2017

    Mooring Montargis

    Montargis weergeven op een grotere kaart