Montargis to Paris

From € 1080

France: 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

Guided / Self-guided | Easy moderate | 8 days

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, immerse in nature once craved by Impressionist painters.

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, Joan of Arc and Napoleon. Be captivated 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.


Dates 2020

Guided
On request

Dates 2021

Self-guided
Saturdays March 20 to October 23

Guided
July 3, 10, 17
August 7, 14, 21

Prices 2020

Ask for a quote 8 day
Guided *  --
Bike rental  --
E-bike  --
Single room supp.  --

* Price per person based on double occupancy.

Prices 2021

  8 day
Self-guided * € 1080
Guided * € 1745
Extras All tours
Bike rental € 154
E-bike € 294
Single room supp. € 315
Extras Self-guided
Half-board supp. € 266
Solo traveller € 256
What's Included

Self-guided tour
7 overnight stays with breakfast
Luggage transport
Tour information & maps
Route briefing in first hotel
7 Day Service Hotline
GPS tracks available

Also in Guided tour
6 dinners
1 wine-tasting
Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum
Transfer Melun-Paris
Multilingual guide on bicycle
Guided tours in main attraction points
City/Tourist taxes

Not Included

All tours
Travel to/from the start/end point 
Drinks and Lunches
Entrance fees to museums and parks
Gratuities
Travel insurance

Guided tour
One dinner

Self-guided tour
Dinners
Tourist taxes (approx. 2-4 eur per night)

Day 1: Montargis
Our first hotel in Montargis is located in the city center. The old town on the water awaits us for a relaxing stroll to discover its medieval bridges and hidden corners bustling with life. For the early-birds we suggest to indulge in the famous Pralines Mazet, a XVI century recipe (at Place Mirabeau) or a visit to the ruins of the 10th century Castle. In the late afternoon a briefing with the presentation of the program followed by the bike fitting. Overnight in Montargis.

Day 2:  Montargis  ca. 45 km | 28 miles
An ancient royal residence, Montargis carefully preserves its splendid flower-decorated canals and the medieval quarter. On our Sunday ride we will cycle on quiet roads to Château-Renard, where it is possible to visit the ruins of the 10th century Castle, the house of Joan of Arc and the Living Museum of Apiculture, here you can see beekeepers and their bees at work, and you’ll be able to sample their delicious honey. Return along the L'Ouanne river to Montargis and overnight.

Day 3:  Montargis – Ferrière en Gâtinais  ca. 50 km | 31 miles
The route today meanders between the Canal de Briaire, the first man-made canal in France dating from the XVII century and the Loing River alongside the beautiful lake of Chalette-sur-Loing, where you can stop for a nice swim. A lush nature dotted with small lakes will accompany us to Ferrière en Gâtinais, a picturesque medieval jewel. Here we will visit the St Peter's Abbey, the adjacent Church Notre Dame de Bethlem (843 AD), and the fortified village. Our hotel is located just outside the hamlet.

Day 4:  Ferrière en Gâtinais – Nemours  ca. 40 km | 25 miles
From Ferrière en Gâtinais a gentle climbs takes us to Château-Landon, a fortified town delightfully situated on a fortress. From the Abbey of St. Severin (XIII century), splendidly overlooking the Fusain Valley, we can admire the landscape at 360 degrees. Cycling on pleasant country roads once beaten by Caesar's troops (52 BC) we reach the magnificent Forest of Nemours, where you can visit the Castle or the Museum of Prehistory. Overnight in Nemours.

Day 5:  Nemours – Moret-sur-Loing  ca. 45 km | 28 miles
A day characterized by pleasant fresh water baths along the Loing Valley, we encounter quaint medieval villages such as Larchant and Grez-sur-Loing and mysterious rock formations midst in the forest. The path takes us to Moret-sur-Loing, a charming fortified city strategically located on the river bank, where the painter Sisley found inspiration for his splendid paintings. Ancient water mills frame the waterfalls that flow into the bend of the river forming natural swimming pools. Overnight in Moret-sur-Loing.

Day 6:  Moret-sur-Loing – Barbizon  ca.25 km | 15 miles
Today we will cycle through the imposing forest of Fontainebleau. Our first goal will be the Royal Residence, preferred by the French Kings as a hunting ground because of the surrounding forests. In the castle you can visit the museum dedicated to Napoleon. Our journey continues towards Barbizon, still considered a village of artists. In fact, in the first half of the 19th century, Corot, Millet, Daubigny and Rousseau among other painters started the "Barbizon School" from which Van Gogh himself drew great inspiration. Overnight in Barbizon..

Day 7:  Barbizon – Paris  ca. 25 km | 15 miles
Today's route takes us along the Seine to Melun, a city known as "The domain of the White Queens" because in the past the widows of the French kings resided there. Here we will visit the village and the Island of Saint Étienne, on which the Church of Nôtre Dame stands. Our journey continues in the beating heart of Paris with a bicycle ride through the narrow streets of the historic center and along the lively quays of the Seine. Overnight in Paris.

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

 

Highlights

  • Montargis, historical canals and old bridges
  • Castle – Château Renard
  • Gallo-Roman traces 
  • Castle – Château Landon 
  • Medieval cities of Ferrière en Gatinâis and Nemours
  • Moret-sur-Loing
  • Castle of Fontainebleau
  • Artists village Barbizon
  • Melun
  • Paris

Map

From € 1080

Duration: 8 Days

Start Point: Montargis

End Point: Paris

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