The tour features 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.
Aboard the Feniks your guides and crew will show you the famous attractions known by the big crowds, but will also take you to undiscovered treasures.
The cycle guide takes you on a tour of about 22-37 miles a day, but if you want to cycle a longer or shorter distance, they provide you with maps and all the information you need. Of course you can also stay on the boat and enjoy the landscape from the sundeck. In the evening the guide takes you for a stroll in town, to show you all its beauty.
The tour operators will provide you with all the information you need, serve you delicious food and let you taste the countries’ specialities; they listen to what you want to give you the holiday of a lifetime. No need to bring more than your personal belongings, you will have everything you need when staying on the Feniks.
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.
RATING – Easy to Moderate
The terrain is mostly flat, but we will also climb some low hills. Suitable for all levels of cyclist.
Flights go into Paris CDG Airport. There are trains and Metro from the terminal to the city centre every 10 minutes.
MS FENEKS 4*
Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. She is a very strong vessel with many years of meritorious service and is known because of her beautiful line and speed. In 1992 The Feniks was reconstructed to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for several sailing holidays. Since then The Feniks has undergone several refits to keep the ship up to date with all modern facilities.
From architect to captain, from consultant to sailor and cook, Marius welcome you on board. We work with an enthusiastic crew.: there is Rick, our permanent chief cook, and Sven, our tireless sailor.
We have an extended library on board, a varied collection of cds and dvds, a television and many magazines to entertain you. Of course we have several family/party games a board and not to forget lots of information and maps of the route, the sailing area and the places we are visiting.
Aboard you will find two deluxe cabins with twin beds side by side, three cabins with each two standard beds and two cabins with bunk beds.
The cabins are clean and well cared for, and equipped with:
There is a washer and dryer available and as well as a and everything else you need for a comfortable stay a board of the Feniks. Due to the narrow waterways the Feniks travels, the barge is narrower than barges some travelers may be accustomed to, and the bunk bed cabins are only about 4 square meters/43 square feet with bathrooms of about 2 square meters/21 square feet. Twin cabins are slightly larger.
Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take in the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on or you can sit under the awning which give you shelter from the sun or light rain. If the weather allows, we serve the meals outside on the deck. Have you always wanted to drive a ship? Winfred will welcome you in the wheel house.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2019: Aug 4: Paris to Montargis Aug 11: Montargis to Paris
|Per person, 7 nights||CAD||$1880|
|Single cabin (maximum 2 per departure)||Nil|
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Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment