Day 1 Saturday Montargis
Meeting point at 5PM in our rst hotel 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 biketour start 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 Montargis – Ferrière en Gâtinais 45 km | 28 ml
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, 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
Our first visit is to the glass museum in Dordives. We continue 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.). Along nice country roads and crossing the magnificent forest we arrive to 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 to there we will see some famous rock formations in the area. In the valley of the Loing 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 – Barbizon ca.25 km | 15 miles
Today we cycle through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau. Our first destination is the city of Fontainebleau, with its palace, favorite among the French kings, because of its hunting grounds and the surrounding forests. In the castle itself, there is a museum dedicated to Napoleon. After this, continue your 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’.
Day 7 Friday Barbizon - Melun – Paris ca.35 km | 22 miles
Today we cycle coasting the river Seine to 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.
Here we will visit the medieval citadel and the Saint Etienne Island with the Notre Dame church.
We enter Paris by train and close our tour with a bike ride in the city center along the lively banks of the Seine.
Day 8 Monday Paris
After breakfast end of services.