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Loire to Paris Bike and Cruise

Loire to Paris Bike and Cruise

From
€915 Per Person
 

Discover French history, culture and architecture on this fabulous, 15-day bike and cruise from Loire Valley to Paris on board Feniks.

  • Duration
    8 to 15 Days
  • Itinerary
    La Charité-sur-Loire to Paris
  • Cabins
    9
  • Max Passengers
    18
From
€915 Per Person
 

Discover French history, culture and architecture on this fabulous, 15-day bike and cruise from Loire Valley to Paris on board Feniks.

  • Duration
    8 to 15 Days
  • Itinerary
    La Charité-sur-Loire to Paris
  • Cabins
    9
  • Max Passengers
    18
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or bunk beds) with en-suite bathroomItineraryItinerary 8 to 15-day cruise between Loire Valley and ParisMealsMeals 7x breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week. Gluten and lactose free diets are welcome, other diets at request.GuideGuide Multilingual tour guide

Summary

On board Feniks, explore the historic and famous castles of the Loire Valley region and admire the beautiful countryside on this 15-day bike and cruise journey. This 18-passenger floating hotel cruises in Belgium, France and Netherlands. The barge was originally built in 1928 as a freight barge for Belgium, France and Netherlands waterways and was converted into a hotel barge in 1992. She offers 9 comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, cosy lounge, library with a collection of CDs and DVD and a spacious deck with tables and chairs where you can relax. The ship's friendly crew consists of a captain, general assistant and a bike guide.

Your tour starts in the valley of the Loire river in central France and it brings you to sparkling Paris. The tour is characterised by a combination of history, culture, nature and nice bike tours with sometimes some extra exercise (hills) in a various landscape. You are following rivers and canals with a lot of locks and (former) lockkeepers houses and you will visit a lot of small towns.


Highlights

  • Discover the beautiful hilltop town of Sancerre known for its wine.
  • Visit a goat farm in Cosne.
  • Cruise between Beaulieu and Briare and cross the famous Briare aqueduct.
  • Discover the famous 'stairs' of 7 locks in Rogny.
  • Visit the beautiful castle of La Bussiere including its garden.
  • Explore the stunning Chateau de Fontainebleau and Château Vaux-le-Vicomte.


Inclusions

  • Cabin accommodation in a twin or bunk beds with shower/toilet ensuite
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • 7x breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week. Gluten and lactose free diets are welcome, other diets at request. Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Daily check and cleaning of your cabin
  • Care of your personal laundry


Exclusions

  • Non-alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore. Soda, beer and wine are available at reasonable prices, cork fee of €5 if you bring your own wine.
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (at your own discretion, avg. €50 per cabin/week)
  • 24 speed bikes with helmets, pannier, lock and water bottle (€65 p/w, excl. 21% VAT) electric bikes €115 p/w (excl. 21% VAT)

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Dates & Prices 

Price Per Person

Feniks 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks
Low Bed 950 Euros 1,825 Euros 2,575 Euros
Bunk Bed 915 Euros 1,750 Euros 2,300 Euros

Bike Rental per person/per week

Hybrid bike 65 Euros + 21% VAT
Electric bike 115 Euros + 21 VAT
Itinerary 

La Charite to Paris

Day 1, Saturday - La Charité/La Chapelle Montlinard (ca. 12 km)
Arrival and welcome on board ship at mooring place. Try out of the bikes (12 km) in nearby countryside.

Day 2, Sunday - La Chapelle Montlinard - Ménétréol (ca. 45/50 km)
The tour starts easy along the river on quiet country roads. Coffee stop in Pouilly (wine centre of the Pouilly Fumé). The tour continues in undulating landscape with vineyards. After lunch, again in the Loire valley, we are heading for Sancerre on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards. Slopes vary between light and more serious ones, but you will be rewarded by marvellous views. Downhill to the mooring place is spectacular!

Day 3, Monday - Ménétréol-Beaulieu (ca. 40/80 km)
Today, you will have a choice for an easy ride in the river valley including a visit to Cosne and a goat farm. This region is famous for its Chavignol (goat cheese). The alternative is a visit to a very special building site near Guédelon. Here dozens of workers are building a medieval castle in the traditional way as utilised in the middle ages. Guédelon is pretty far away from the river. The ride is very nice and passes several hills, of average rise. The way back to the Loire valley is easier. Total distance of this alternative is almost 80 km.

Day 4, Tuesday - Beaulieu - Briare (ca. 35 km)
The Loire river is, like many smaller French rivers in general, not navigable. In centuries past, canals have been dug parallel to some rivers to connect the natural waterways. Although the most famous castles are situated more to the west (where the Feniks can’t come) you can visit other castles. A special highlight is to cross the famous ‘pont-canal’ (aqueduct) near Briare by ship. The canal crosses the Loire at a level of many meters. Enjoy the boat trip between Beaulieu and Briare. Start of a round trip on the bike from Briare. The town has an enamel- and shipping museum.

Day 5, Wednesday - Briare - Rogny-les-sept-Ecluses (ca. 50 km)
We cycle along the river to Gien, a town famous for its earthenware production. There is an impressive view at town from the river. We end our day trip in Rogny with its famous 'stairs' of 7 locks. Although they are not in use any more this ‘stairs’ is still an interesting tourist attraction. Nowadays the ships use newer locks. At the end of the day you might like to play petanque (the famous French ball-game).

Day 6, Thursday - Rogny – Chatillon Coligny (ca. 40/45 km)
Our goal today is Chatillon Coligny, a picturesque small medieval town. On your way to here you will visit the garden and park of the castle of La Bussière, where you can eat your lunch. Mooring place of Feniks is in or near Chatillon.

Day 7, Friday - Chatillon-Coligny – Montargis (ca. 50 km)
In the morning and afternoon, a ride in a nice landscape. Coffee and lunch stop in Chateau Renard, a cosy small town. The last kilometres you are following the canal to Montargis (ca. 15.000 inw.), famous for its many canals and bridges.

Day 8, Saturday - Montargis
For those who cycle with us for a week the tour ends after breakfast at 10 am. Arrival of new guests of the 2nd week around noon. For those who stay this is a rest-day in Montargis, with its two Saturday markets and the museum Girodet. Possibility to make a bike tour in the afternoon of ca. 35 km.

Day 9, Sunday - Montargis - Néronville (ca. 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 10, Monday - Néronville - Nemours (ca. 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 11, Tuesday - Nemours – St. Mammès (ca. 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 shorter 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 12, Wednesday - St. Mammes - Melun (ca. 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 3 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 13, Thursday - Melun -Evry (ca. 35/50/60 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 14, Friday - Arrival in 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 15, Saturday - Paris
After breakfast, your bike/sailing holiday from the heart of France to the capital ends at 10:00 a.m.


Paris to La Charite

Day 1, Saturday - Paris - Evry
In the afternoon, you are sailing upstream Seine to Evry. Try out of bikes.

Day 2, Sunday - Evry – Melun
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, Monday - Melun – St. Mammes (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, Tuesday - St. Mammes – Nemours (ca. 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 bikedistances 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, Wednesday - Nemours – Néronville (ca. 50 km)
This day leads us on country roads 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 mooring place.

Day 6, Thursday - Néronville – Montargis (ca. 45 km)
Today, we follow nice country roads to Montargis. On our way we pass by Dordives (glass museum) 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, Friday - Montargis
Time to visit town (art museum Girodet). Option: ride with the guide, ca. 35 km.

Day 8, Saturday - Montargis - Chatillon-Coligny (ca. 50 km)
The first kilometres we follow the bike path along the canal. In undulating countryside we find our way to the small town of Chateau Renard for coffee/lunch. A church high up the hill is to be visited. Heading south we have to climb some hills. After that the reward is a ride in lovely valley. Some slopes further we return to the river valley. Following the canal we finally reach Chatillon-Coligny.

Day 9, Sunday - Chatillon Coligny – Rogny (ca. 40/45 km)
The big city is far away by now. The quiet countryside invites you for a nice ride. Our goal today is Rogny, village on the canal, site of the famous 7 locks-in-row (not in use anymore). Nowadays the ships use newer locks. On your way to here you will visit the garden and park of the castle of La Bussière, where you can eat your lunch. At the end of the day you might like to play petanque (the famous French ball-game) near the ship.

Day 10, Monday - Rogny-les-sept-Ecluses – (Briare ca. 50 km)
Fields, patches of forest, a few small villages. Just a few slopes in a relatively flat landscape. In Gien, a town famous for its earthenware production, we meet the Loire river. After our visit we cross the river. From the other bank there is a beautiful view at the town. We enter a region which is ideal for cycling. Only once up and down the valley rim we stay near the river. The famous canal bridge at Briare high above the Loire river leads boats, cyclists and walkers across. We will meet our ship in Briare. The town has an enamel- and shipping museum.

Day 11, Tuesday - Briare - Beaulieu (ca. 30 km)
The Loire River is, like many smaller French rivers in general, not navigable. In centuries past canals have been dug parallel to some rivers to connect the natural waterways. A special highlight is to cross the famous ‘pont-canal’ (aqueduct) near Briare by ship. This morning you can enjoy that, including a sailing tour to the next destination. From here you can start on a round trip. Nearby are the former locks and hauling system of the days before the ‘pont-canal’ was constructed (around 1900).

Day 12, Wednesday - Beaulieu – Ménétréol (ca. 40/80 km)
Today, you will have the choice for an easy ride in the river valley including a visit to Cosne. This region is famous for its Chavignol (goat cheese). A visit to a goat farm is an option.

The alternative is a visit to a very special building site near Guédelon. Here dozens of workers are building a medieval castle in the traditional way as utilised in the middle ages. Guédelon is pretty far away from the river. The ride is very nice and passes several hills, of average rise. Lunch will be held in the castle grounds. First part back is slightly downhill, then some slopes have to be done. From Cosne you follow the river. The distance of this alternative is almost 80 km. The ship will be moored in the canal near the village of Ménétréol. On the hilltop Sancerre is waiting for a visit.

Day 13, Thursday - Ménétréol – La Chapelle Montlinard (ca. 45/50 km)
After the long ride of the day before, this morning gives enough time to visit Sancerre on the hilltop, surrounded by vineyards. Light till moderate slopes with a few more serious ones, but you will be rewarded by marvelous views. Downhill is a thrill. After crossing the river we do reconnaissance of the region to the east. Getting nearer to Pouilly (wine centre of the Pouilly Fumé) we see more and more vineyards. The tour ends easy along the river on quiet country roads. Historic La Charité is beautifully located at the Loire. There is even a river island. But the river is not navigable and the ship is therefore moored in the canal, some 2 km. away from town.

Day 14, Friday - La Chapelle Montlinard - Nevers (0/35/75 km)
Today, you have time to visit La Charité and Nevers. You can take the train to Nevers (30 min.), go by bike (75 km.) or choose for bike and train. Most trains have some space to transport bikes. You only have to pay for yourself. It would reduce the distance by 50%. Nevers is the nearby bigger town. Of course a cathedral and a castle are part of it! Bernadette Soubirous, the girl of the miracle of Lourdes, took the vow and entered a convent in this town. The bike ride is long but quite easy. On your way you will pass another ‘pont-canal’.

Day 15, Saturday - La Chapelle Montlinard
After breakfast, your bike/sailing holiday from Paris into the heart of France ends at 10:00 am.

Cruise Details 
  • Capacity: 20 passengers
  • Length x Width: 39 x 5.4 meters
  • Cabins: 9 total (2 cabins include an extra bunk bed to become triples, 3 cabins with 2 standard beds and 6 cabins with bunk beds)
  • Shower and toilet
  • Central heating and 220 volt sockets
  • Laundry service available
  • No Wifi available on board

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