Bike and Barge: the Seine

Biking on the Seine in France
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$5395
  • Style/Level Bike and Boat 1.5
  • Countries France
  • Begin/End Paris/Montargis
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This week-long bike and barge cruise takes you along the Seine River Valley, passing by splendid estates including the castle and grounds at Fontainebleau, and through small medieval towns on the way to Montargis. Enjoy this scenic ride on easy canal paths, with frequent stops to sip café au lait in quaint French villages. Our boat for the week floats quietly along the Seine River, slipping through locks and under bridges while sumptuous meals are prepared onboard. This tour is ideal for anyone who loves the French joie de vivre, and those who are new to cycling and want to try bicycle traveling without having to pack and unpack their bags.

***Extend this trip 3 days with our Bike and Barge: the Seine Plus! Castles of the Loire ***

Highlights

  • Paris

  • Castle of Fontainebleau

  • “artists’ villages” – towns that inspired 19th and 20th century Impressionist painters

  • medieval fortified towns and castles

  • private castle visit

  • brie tasting.

Includes

  • 8-days, 7 nights accommodation on Fleur

  • meals as noted in itinerary

  • guided visit of Fontainebleau castle, bee farm visit, brie cheese tasting

  • All Bike and Boat tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

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Date Price Private room fee Note
Aug 24-31, 2024 USD$5395 USD$1150 Sold out – waitlist available. 
DateAug 24-31, 2024
PriceUSD$5395
Private room feeUSD$1150
NoteSold out – waitlist available. 

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  • Total distance 276 km (171 miles)
  • Average daily distance 46 km (29 miles)
  • Tour style Bike and Boat
  • Tour level 1.5

Highlights: Paris

Meet early afternoon at our docking point in central Paris. We’ll take a test ride with the bikes this afternoon and you’ll have time to explore the surroundings before we gather to meet everybody including the barge crew. We’ll enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board tonight. And how about a post-dinner stroll in central Paris?

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge

Highlights: Cruise the Seine during breakfast, audio guide visit Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, bicycle along river paths and forest lanes, Melun town

Avoid the city traffic by cruising through Paris on our private barge, enjoying views from the river and relaxing on board. Breakfast and a leisurely morning onboard prepare us for late-morning departure along the Seine River and through the Sénart Forest. Deboard and it’s a pleasant ride to Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, where you’ll enjoy an audio guide visit. Afterwards you’ll reach the small town of Melun where our boat will dock for the night on the ancient village island. Melun, born as a Gallic town was then a Roman mutatio. We’ll taste another specialty of town, the Brie de Melun.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge

Highlights: Artists’ village of Barbizon, Fontainebleau castle (UNESCO site), fortified medieval town.

Start your delightful ride along the river lined by sumptuous villas. Enjoy the quiet bike path before we leave the river to dive into the expansive Fontainebleau forest, centered around the famous Fontainebleau castle which was home to French monarchs for about eight centuries. Our first stop is the small village of Barbizon, formerly home to mid-19th century painters including Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet. Continue through the forest to reach the magnificent Fontainebleau castle, one of France’s most spectacular royal palaces. Continue pedaling to return to our boat, moored tonight in a medieval fortified town along a small tributary of the Seine River.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge

Highlights: Medieval town of Moret-sur-Loing, Loing River biking, Nemours.

Spend some time this morning wandering the streets of quaint Moret-Sur-Loing, the fortified medieval town that inspired Impressionist painters including Monet and British artist Alfred Sisley. Our ride today takes us along the Loing River to another artist village. From here, you can choose to take a longer ride or continue along the river to reach our boat, docked in tiny medieval Nemours. Visit town and its medieval castle or, for a different take on the region’s (pre)history, enjoy a visit to the interesting prehistorical museum, which houses rich archaeological collections from the Paleolithic period through the end of the Iron Age, excavated in the Île-de-France region.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge

Highlights: Medieval castles and towns

The Loing River was “improved” in the early 18th Century in an effort to increase visits from merchants. We’ll leapfrog the canal today as we pedal through forested areas and rural countryside to reach a private castle open to us for a visit and lunch. After lunch, we’ll keep pedaling to the impressive fortified medieval town of Chateau Landon. A quick downhill brings us to our boat, docked on the Loing Canal in a tranquil spot for the night. After dinner, we’ll head back to Chateau-Landon for an engaging guided walk to learn more about the historical importance of this town.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge

Highlights: Bourdelle Sculpture Garden, Ferrières Abbey, Montargis

An optional 13 km ride this morning takes you to a unique art spot in a nearby town. This garden museum honors influential and prolific 19th Century sculptor Antoine Bourdelle by hosting 58 of his bronze statues in a lovely garden. Keep pedaling to the small medieval town of Ferrières with its impressive Benedictine Abbey, tiny alleyways and historic wash houses. Take a break and wander through town before continuing south to arrive in Montargis, the second largest town of the region and a fitting ending destination to our barge trip as its medieval center is crisscrossed with canals and rivers. Our home for the next two nights! Enjoy dinner in town tonight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Fleur Barge

Highlights: Ouanne River ride; 10th Century Castle Ruins, Bee-Keeping Museum

A loop ride today takes us to another small town in the countryside to visit a unique, thriving honey making farm and “living museum” where a short visit highlights the peculiar place of bees in the world. Return to Montargis and make sure to visit some of the sights like the gardens and ruins of the central Chateau, the cathedral and several Renaissance palaces and gardens.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge

Highlights: Montargis

Tour ends this morning after breakfast, return to Paris by easy train connections or continue on your travels in France.

***If this sounds great but you’d like a longer tour, check out our Bike and Barge the Seine Plus! Castles of the Loire tour, which extends this itinerary by 3 days.***

Meals : Breakfast

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  • I loved riding on the rural country roads and observing the fabulous French countryside. I also loved the dinners prepared by the chef.

    Bonnie G., Santa Fe, NM – June 2019
  • This tour was amazing! We loved our bikes, we loved the routes and we loved the tours! We think this would be an incredible multi-generational tour based on the home base of the barge. Could be a very fun teens, families with small babies (who could just ride the barge), parents and grandparents kinda trip.

    Mei R., Cottonwood, AZ – August 2019
  • This tour was amazing! We loved our bikes, we loved the routes and we loved the tours! We think this would be an incredible multi-generational tour based on the home base of the barge. Could be a very fun teens, families with small babies (who could just ride the barge), parents and grandparents kinda trip.

    Mei R., Cottonwood, AZ – August 2019