Montargis to Paris

From €1250

French Bike Tour: Cycle from Montargis to Paris

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.

Montargis to Paris

Montargis

Cycling on quiet roads and through a rolling landscape, this tour blends history, poetry, and natural beauty. We find traces of the Gallo-Roman era and the famous Château Fontainebleau, as we follow the steps of Joan d’Arc through the beautiful countryside that inspired the impressionists painters. A land of forests, legends, medieval castles and flower filled canals in a voyage leading to Paris.

The average distance is 25/30 miles a day. The route follows asphalted secondary roads and here and there field paths. There are some hilly stretches which you can also walk. You will ride through forest landscapes, following rivers and canals with their many locks and (former) lock-keepers houses.

This area is famous for its easy pace of life, a mild climate and its friendliness. It has a rich history and is well-known for excellent its cider and cheeses. We will explore historic towns, castles and villages and you’ll enjoy excellent food and wines in cozy towns along the way.

Our experienced guide will offer a briefing after dinner of the route of the coming day. In the evening it will be possible to have a walking tour in the city.

Description

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.

 

Available Dates

July 6th, 13th, 20th
August 3rd, 10th,17th

 

Price per person

In double room € 1250
Single supplement € 420
Bike rental € 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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Excluded
  • 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”.
Warnings

Easy moderate - 235 km (146 ml)

Itinerary

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.

Map

From €1250

Duration: 8 Days

Start Point: Montargis

End Point: Paris

Easy moderate. 235 km (146 ml) 2 Nights Montargis, 1 Night Ferrière en Gâtinais, 1 Night Nemours, 1 Night Moret-sur-Loing, 1 Night Barbizon, 1 Night Paris.

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