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Paris & Fontainebleau

3-days tour around the forest of Fontainebleau

At the Paris’ gates, discover the forest of Fontainebleau and its castle, but also the village of painters, Barbizon, the valley of the Ecole and the riverbanks of the Loing.

Reference FO0301
  • Loop trip
  • 3 days
  • Easy
  • from February to November
  • Minimum age 10 years old
GPSGPS application available
239€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This 4-day bike tour will have you discover all facets of the Fontainebleau region. You start by cycling through the Fontainebeleau forest admiring the rock formations and its ancestral trees, which inspired so many artists of the 19th century. The bike tour also takes you to the castles of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Fontainebleau and Courances or the fortified castle of Blandy-lès-Tours.
    You will also ride on the riverbanks of the Seine river, admiring the famous eccentric mansions. You also meander along the charming l’Ecole river, which feeds the watercress beds. You take the towpath along the Loing and stroll through the medieval streets of Moret-sur-Loing, following the scent of its famous candy or in search of the spirit of the painter Alfred Sisley.

    Day 1

     
     

    Bois-le-Roi - Moigny-sur-Ecole

    Altitude
    ±190m
    Bike
    33km
    You reach either by small country roads and through country villages or by forest paths, Barbizon. It is known as the village of painters. In fact, what in 1850 was only a place of lumberjacks quickly became a fashionable place for pre-impressionist painters who sought inspiration from nature. Your bike ride takes you beyond the Fontainebleau forest through the Regional Nature reserve. You cross charming little villages and ride along the picturesque Ecole river. You pass the Dannemois mill, where famous French singer Claude François lived until his death, and can stop at the small museum it houses. A little further on, the private castle of Courances welcomes you before arriving in Moigny-sur-Ecole. Along the way, you can also stop at a watercress farm, an emblematic product of the region, or at an art glass factory.

    Day 2

     
     

    Moigny-sur-Ecole - Bourron-Marlotte

    Altitude
    ±175m
    Bike
    35/45km
    A path through the forest leads you to Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Cyclope, an immense sculpture (22.5m high!) Made of concrete, metal and partly covered with mirrors. You then pass through the pretty village of Milly-la-Forêt: do not miss the old wooden hall from the 15th century, the wash house, the Château de la Bonde, the St. Blaise chapel, a former leper colony from the 12th century and decorated by famous artist Jean Cocteau in 1959. You can also visit his house, now transformed into a museum. You continue passing the small villages located on the river Ecole or taking a detour through the beautiful Trois Pignons forest.
    You may also extend your bike ride through the Commanderie forest, which is home to large rocks suitable for climbing with names as evocative as Devil’s Rock or Elephant. This route takes you to Larchant, a small medieval village in the heart of which stand the remains of a monumental basilica.

    Day 3

     
     

    Bourron-Marlotte - Bois-le-Roi

    Altitude
    ±15m
    Bike
    44km
    From the charming little village of Bourron you reach Grez-sur-Loing, a small village on the banks of the Loing, which inspired many French and foreign painters of the late 19th century. You cross the Loing on a nice old bridge and do not miss to turn around for a nice look at the village clinging to the hillsides. You will then ride on the towpath along the canal. A little further away the Episy marsh, a protected natural area, offers a pedestrian discovery trail to discover the very rich diversity of local flora and fauna.
    You arrive in Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval city, which the painter Sisley liked so much. The ramparts, the keep, the church, the bridge and its mills, the Renaissance houses are all gems to discover .
    After strolling through the city, continue your cycling route along the Loing canal until the confluence with the Seine. You now continue along the Seine where you will find the famous "Affolantes" villas. You pass through the charming village of Samois-sur-Seine, known to be the last residence of musician Django Rheinhardt. You can also take a detour through Fontainebleau and its castle.
     

    Extension: Additional day to Vaux-le-Vicomte

    Bike
    38km
    You start the day north of the Fontainebleau forest. On small country roads and paths you quickly reach the charming village of Blandy-les-Tours and admire its fortified castle, a rare vestige of medieval military architecture. A few kilometers further you discover the magnificent 17th century castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte and its formal French gardens. After strolling there, you cut through the woods to reach Melun and the banks of the Seine. Along the Seine on the towpath, you can admire the "Affolantes", these 1900s mansions each competing in architectural boldness with the other.
  • Accommodation
  • B&B

    You stay in charming guest rooms selected for their charm and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.



    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description


    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
    To get to departure point:
    • By train: Transilien train from Paris-Gare de Lyon station to Bourron-Marlotte. To plan your trip you can use the Citymapper app
    • By car: You can park on site at your accommodation
  • Download
    the trip description
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