Paris, City of Lights, is the central theme of this new Cycling & Sailing holiday in France. You will also visit the impressive castle Fontainebleau and pedal along the winding rivers Seine and Oise, You cycle right through some famous forests like Compiègne and you experience a spectacular Canal Cruise across 19th century Paris. See why the painters Van Gogh and Sisley were so inspired by picturesque villages like Auvers-sur-Oise and Moret-sur-Loing.
You have one free day to enjoy some Paris Highlights on your own, such as the the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, Arc de Triomph, the Louvre museum, Palace of Versailles and much more.
This tour starts in Moret sur Loing, then leads right through Paris and ends in Compiègne!
SATURDAY: Moret-sur-Loing (or Saint Mammès)
You arrive at the barge by bus transfer from Paris Gare du Nord you arrive in Moret-sur-Loing where the barge is moored. Moret is a picturesque mediaval village famous for its impressionists painting souvenirs and artists like Alfred Sisley.
In the evening you’ll make a short cycling ride to Saint Mammés, a traditional barge village at the confluence of the Seine and Loing rivers.
SUNDAY: Moret sur Loing – Melun Cycling appr. 45 km
Today you start cycling to the impressive castle and the beautiful gardens of Château de Fontainebleau. Along the river Seine you cycle and pass Héricy and Samois sur Seine.
Your trip ends today in Melun, an attractive small provincial town. Your tour leader may take you on an easy-going city walk and show you several nice bridges, attractive historical buildings and churches.
MONDAY: Melun – Vigneux s/Seine – Paris Cycling appr. 30 km
Cycling trip following the river Seine and crossing the forestry of Domaine de Senart to Vigneux sur Seine. Here you embark the barge and make the sailing trip on the Seine to Paris. The barge moors for the night in the historic Bassin de Bastille located in down town Paris.
TUESDAY: free day in PARIS
In the morning there’s a cruise by barge from Bassin de l’Arsenal to Bassin la Villette. This impressive sailing trip through Paris on the Canal St. Martin (appr. 2.5 hours) takes you through a tunnel, along romantic bridges and through historic locks. From 10.30 hrs. you are free to explore Paris and its highlights such as the Eiffel tower, museums (Louvre, Centre Pompidou), do some window shopping, etcetera.
WEDNESDAY: PARIS/Bassin La Vilette – Bougival Cycling appr. 40 km
Starting in down-town Paris you make an easy-going cycling tour mainly on cycle lanes following the river Seine, partly across the famous Bois de Boulogne to the village of Bougival, your peaceful mooring-place for the night.
THURSDAY: Bougival – Auvers s/Oise – l’Isle Adam Cycling appr. 40 km
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 used to live and work. In the late afternoon you embark the barge for a sailing trip to l’Isle Adam, a charming village situated on the banks of the river Oise.
FRIDAY: l’Isle Adam – Compiègne Cycling appr. 40 km
In the early morning you’ll sail to the town of Creil. Here you start a scenic cycling trip alongside the river Oise that leads to the imperial city of Compiègne. There are several options for a visit: the beautiful parc, the Napoleon IIIrd palace, the St. Jacques church (13th century). In the evening your tour leader may take you for a walk in the town centre.
End of tour after breakfast. Say good-bye to the crew and your tour leader. Your train to Paris-Gare-du-Nord or to the airport Charles-de-Gaules leaves from Compiègne in the vicinity of the barge.
Each alternate tour will be in reverse direction: starting in Compiègne and ending in Moret-sur-Loing.
THE BARGE Hotel Barge Clair de Lune
Since the summer of 2014 Marco Pouw and his wife Astrid are the owners of the barge CLAIR DE LUNE. This pretty ship has been sailing for us before under the names ‘Steile Bank’ and ‘Summerjazz’.
In the winter of 2014 the ship was totally renovated and prepared for a NEW Bike & Barge tour around Paris. Marco has great experience as a skipper on freighters in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and looks after his guests with enthusiasm.
RATING Easy to Moderate
Mostly flat, some uphill stretches. You cycle on paved country roads and some gravel roads and canal paths. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airport is Paris. Bus transfers from Paris Nord Rail Station to/from Moret-Sur-Loing are included in the tour price.
Transfers to and from Paris/Gare du Nord and Compiègne are not included.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates: (Most) Saturdays from May to September
|Price per person – double occupancy only||CAD||$1595|
|High Season surcharge: all September departures
This tour includes:
Transfer to and from Paris/Gare du Nord and Compiègne
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment