This wonderful Bike & Barge cruise not only takes you through beautiful scenery, iconic locations and fascinating villages, it allows you a unique view of one of the world’s most romantic and loved cities. Between Moret-sur-Loing and Compiègne you’ll visit one of France’s largest royal châteaux, the impressive Palace of Fontainebleau surrounded by forest. Pedal scenic bike paths criss-crossing the winding rivers of Seine and Oise and through the symbolic forest of Compiègne where both the 1918 Armistice and the 1940 Armistice were signed with Germany.
On an evening cruise in France’s capital, discover 19th century Paris. You’ll also have a day free in Paris to enjoy the city’s stylish shopping, artistic treasures and quintessential architecture.
Day 1 Paris – Moret-sur-Loing. Cycling (7km):
A bus transfer from Paris Gare du Nord (train station) will take you to your barge in Moret-sur-Loing. Moret is a picturesque medieval village on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau. This evening take a short cycle ride to Sant Mammès, a traditional barge village at the confluence of the Seine and Loing rivers.
Day 2 Moret-sur-Loing – Melun. Cycling (45km):
Cycle to the ‘true home of kings’ - the magnificent 1900-room palace and beautiful gardens of Château de Fontainebleu. Follow cycle paths along the River Seine through the quaint villages of Héricy and Samois-sur-Seine to the lovely little town of Melun.
Day 3 Melun – Vigneux-sur-Seine - Paris. Cycling (50km):
Cycle along the Seine and through the forest of Sénart, one of the oldest forests in Ile-de-France. When you reach the town of Vigneux-sur-Seine, it’s back on the barge and a cruise on the river Seine to Paris. The barge will moor for the night in the historic Bassin de Bastille in downtown Paris.
Day 4 Paris
Free day in PARIS!
Day 5 Paris – Bougival. Cycling (40km):
Starting from downtown Paris following the River Seine, partly across the famous Bois de Boulogne to the village of Bougival, your peaceful mooring-place for the night.
Day 6 Bougival - Auvers s/Oise - L'lsle Adam. Cycling (40km):
Today your cycling trip passes the Château St. Germain-en-Laye, leads through Conflans Ste Honorine, the French barging capital, to the village of Auvers s/Oise. Here Vincent Van Gogh lived and worked. Cruise to l’Isle Adam, a charming village situated on the banks of the River Oise.
Day 7 L’Isle-Adam → Creil → Compiègne. Cycling (40km)
Cruise to the town of Creil to start a scenic cycling trip alongside the River Oise to the imperial city of Compiègne. This lovely town boasts a wonderful park, imposing palace built for Louis XV and St. Jacques church (13th century).
Arrangements end in Compiegne after breakfast.
Every alternate week the trip operates in the opposite direction i.e. Compiègne to Moret-sur-Loing.
Easy cycling on quiet roads and cycle paths.