Montargis to Paris

From € 1320

French Bike Tour: Cycle from Montargis to Paris

Quiet lanes through the graceful French countryside give way to lush forests, gently tilting hills and fertile valleys. Refuel both body and soul with a ruby Bordeaux and soft, Camembert on a fresh baguette sourced at a little village delicatessen. Did you ever think a piece of cheese and a glass of wine could taste so good? Glide along maze-like routes at a pleasant, easy pace—our Montargis to Paris Bike and Hotel Tour is slow travel at its very best.

Montargis to Paris

Montargis

A trip by bike in an area famous for its easy pace of life, mild climate, and a rich history. You will explore historic towns, castles, and villages and you’ll enjoy excellent food and wines in cozy towns along the way.

Paris to Montargis cycling tour description

On our cycling tour in France, set off at Montargis, considered the "Venice of the Gâtinais", and cross the finish line in Paris, the pièce de résistance. In between, trace the steps of the Gallo-Romans and Joan of Arc. Be inspired by stunning landscapes that inspired so many impressionist painters and relish meal-after-meal of a cuisine that is the envy of the world. From medieval Château Fontainebleau, which echoes centuries-old legends, to the flower-lined canals that waft sweet perfume, this bike holiday offers a slice of French country life that will stay with you for years to come.

Departure dates 2020
July 4, 11, 18
August 1, 8, 15

Price per person    
In double room € 1320
Single supplement € 420
Bike rental € 210
E-Bike supplement € 175

Highlights
  • Montargis, historicak canals and old bridges
  • Castle – Château Renard
  • Gallo-Roman traces 
  • Castle – Château Laudon 
  • Medieval cities of Ferrière en Gatinâis and Nemours
  • Moret-sur-Loing
  • Castle of Fontainebleau
  • Artists village Barbizon
  • Melun
  • Paris
Included
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  • accommodation in good 3* hotels
  • 7 x breakfast
  • 6 dinners (drinks not included)
  • one multilingual speaking tour leader on bike
  • tourist information and informative material
  • technical assistance
  • luggage transport
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Not included
  • travel to/from the start/end of the tour
  • drinks
  • bike rental
  • entrance fees to museums
  • taxes and fees
  • anything not specified in the entry “The price per person includes”.
Level

Easy moderate - 235 km (146 ml)

Montargis to Paris Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Saturday: Montargis
Meeting point at 5pm in Montargis where we will stay for two nights. Upon your arrival enjoy a welcome speech and drink as you are briefed on the upcoming week. In the evening you can visit the town.

Day 2 Sunday: Montargis ca.45 km | 28 miles
Montargis, with its 15,000 inhabitants, is the biggest town of the Loiret after Orléans. This former royal residence was destroyed by fire in the 16th century but its beautiful flower decorated canals still remain. Our Sunday round bike tour starts and ends here. Following the river L’Ouanne we cycle to Château-Renard, where you can visit the ruins of the castle dating from the 10th century, the house of Joan d’Arc, and the 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 3 Monday: Montargis – Néronville ca.45 km | 28 miles
Today’s route starts through a large forest with old oaks and beeches on the outskirts of Montargis. Further on our ride to the north, you'll discover the medieval town of Ferrière en Gâtinais, here we visit the hamlet and the abbey.

Day 4 Tuesday: Néronville – Nemours ca.40 km | 25 miles
We cycle to Château Landon, a beautifully situated fortified town on a rock with its old Abbey of St. Severin, dating back to the 13th century. Nearby, several Gallo-Roman traces can be found (Caesar occupied Gaul, now France, between 58 and 52 BC.). Traveling along nice country roads and crossing the magnificent forest, we arrive at the town of Nemours. Here you may visit the castle or the prehistoric museum of the Ile-de-France region.

Day 5 Wednesday: Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing ca.45 km | 28 miles
The Loing is the narrow river, which gives its name to the parallel canal. On our way there we will see some famous rock formations in the area. In the valley of the Loing, you will take a guided visit to a cheese factory and tasting. We stay overnight 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 6 Thursday: Moret-sur-Loing – Melun ca.25 km | 15 miles
On the sixth day of this French cycling tour, we cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. Our first destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its Royal Palace — a favorite among the French kings for its hunting grounds and the surrounding forests. In the castle itself, there is a museum dedicated to Napoleon. After this, we continue the tour to the artistic village of Barbizon where, in the first half of the 19th century, a group of landscape painters formed the ‘school of Barbizon’. Our final destination today is Melun, a town 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 Friday: Melun – Paris ca.35 km | 22 miles
From Melun, we visit the Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte: another fine example of a French castle. Through small streets and villages, biking across enchanted forests, we approach the big city. Sailing into Paris is the best and most pleasant way to end our French bike tour. A stroll in the city is a must! The Feniks is moored in the Port d’Arsenal, not far from Nôtre Dame.

Day 8 Monday: Paris
A farewell breakfast, then the tour is officially over.

Map

From € 1320

Duration: 8 Days

Start Point: Montargis

End Point: Paris

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