This tour runs in two directions from Paris to Montargis, and from Montargis to Paris based on the departure date. The departure dates and itineraries are both detailed below.
From Montargis: Jun 1, 2019
Day 1: Montargis (optional 22 miles/35 km)
Arrival of guests around noon. In Montargis, there are two Saturday markets and the museum Girodet. Possibility to make a bike tour in the afternoon.
Day 2: Montargis – Néronville (25-28 miles/40-45 km)
The day begins with a nice bike tour in a large forest (old oaks and beeches) east of Montargis. On our tour further north we are always near river and canal. Ferrières (abbey) and Dordives (glass museum) are on our way to Néronville, near the small town of Château- Landon on a hilltop.
Day 3: Néronville – Nemours (25-34 miles/40-55 km)
This day leads us on country roads to Nemours. Highlights are the covered market of Egreville and the prehistoric museum of Nemours, a small town on the river Loing.
Day 4: Nemours – St. Mammès (25-34 miles/40-55 km)
The Feniks sails from Nemours to St. Mammès, where the Loing and the Seine rivers meet. The Loing is a narrow stream with parallel the canal which is called after the river. Heading for St. Mammès we’ll meet a number of famous rock formations in a forest region. After lunch you can choose for a (short)er ride including visit to Moret on the river Loing. An other possibility is a ride in a lovely narrow river valley with a tea stop halfway. After some short but steeper slopes and nice views also this ride is leading to Moret. From there to the mooring place is only a few more kilometres.
Day 5: St. Mammes – Melun (28 miles/45 km)
The canals with the many locks now are behind us. Downstream the Feniks can cover longer distances in shorter time. We are now getting more close to Paris with now and then more traffic on the road. This region has an impressive history. Many places witnessed historic events. Many castles near Paris were used by French kings and nobility. Visit to the immense castle of Fontainebleau. Then a nice ride through the forest of Fontainebleau and a visit to the 19th-century artists village of Barbizon. Along the Seine river we cycle to Melun.
Day 6: Melun – Evry (22-37 miles/35-60 km)
Near Melun are Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (nice example of a 17th century castle with gardens in French style and the impressive medieval castle of Blandy-les-Tours. Because of the distance today only one castle can be visited, but you can choose which one. They are near each other. We follow our way along the river, with some villages, pass patches of forest and are getting more near to the big city. A boat trip after the bike tour is a nice way to pass the outskirts of Paris.
Day 7: Arrival Paris
The easiest way and nice also to enter Paris is to sail into the city. The ship will moor in the Port Arsenal (near Place de la Bastille) or in Bassin de la Villette (1.5 km east of Gare du Nord train station).
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast your holiday from the heart of France to the capital ends at 10:00am.
From Paris: May 25, 2019
Day 1: Paris – Evry
In the afternoon you are sailing upstream Seine to Evry. Try out the bikes.
Day 2: Evry – Melun (22-37 miles/35-60 km)
Today we leave the big city behind us and and find our way along the river Seine on relatively quiet roads along several villages. Nice views at the river. Mooring place is Melun. Option is a visit to one of the nearby castles of Vaux-le-Vicomte 17th century, 15 km extra) or Blandy-les-Tours (medieval), 25 km extra.
Day 3: Melun – St. Mammes (28 miles/45 km)
From Melun we follow the river Seine, partly on a bike path. In this region many places witnessed historic events. Many castles near Paris were used by French kings and nobility. Visit to the 19th century artists village of Barbizon at the edge of the immense forest of Fontainebleau with conspicious rock formations. At the other end of the forest is Fontainebleau with its famous castle. To be visited. Mooring will be St. Mammès at the confluence of Loing and Seine.
Day 4: St. Mammes – Nemours (22-31 miles/35-50 km)
The Feniks sails from St. Mammès to Nemours. The Loing is a narrow stream. Once the ;ship has left the wide Seine river, the ship is entering the Canal du Loing. This canal has been dug parallel to the river and has many locks. The passing takes its time. This also means that the distances between the next mooring places are relatively short. Because of this bike distances can be shortened if that’s convenient. Before lunch you can choose for a (short)er ride including visit to Moret on the river Loing. Another possibility is a ride in a nice river valley after climbing some short but steeper slopes. Halfway we will have lunch in a village. The forest continues and on our way to Nemours we’ll meet a number of famous rock formations. Nemours is situated between canal and river. The small town has a castle (museum) and a prehistoric museum.
Day 5: Nemours – Néronville (31 miles/50 km)
This day leads us on countryroads to Néronville, a hamlet near the medieval hilltop town of Chateau Landon. A highlight is the covered market of Egreville. The distance can be adapted to wishes. A ride in a nice valley can be added on demand. The nearest village is a few kilometers away from the mooringplace.
Day 6: Néronville – Montargis (28 miles/45 km)
Today we follow nice countryroads to Montargis. On our way we pass by Dordives (glassmuseum) and the small town of Ferrières (abbey, parts date back to 3rd century) in a lovely valley. Towards Montargis we cycle in a large forest (old oaks and beeches). Montargis (15.000 inh.) is one of the larger towns on our voyage to the south. It has many canals and bridges.
Day 7: Montargis (optional ride 22 miles/35 km)
Time to visit town (art museum Girodet).
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast your holiday from the capital to the heart of France ends at 10:00am.
Possible changes in itinerary or places to stay overnight reserved in connection with changes in local circumstances.