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 – Ferrière en Gâtinais 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: Ferrière en Gâtinais – 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 we 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.