From Bourron-Marlotte on the banks of the Loing river, you ride along towpath passing locks and barges to reach the medieval city Moret-sur-Loing. This charming little town had already captivated last century the painter Alfred Sisley. You will easliy understand why, when you discover the bridge over the Loing river, the cobbled streets and the beautiful facades. This bike trip continues along the Loing until the confluence of the Seine. You then cycle along the banks of the Seine before venturing into the park of the Château de Fontainebleau. From there you can either ride back to continue on the cycle path along the Seine and cross charming villages like Samois-sur-Seine, known to be the last residence of musician Django Rheinhardt or dive into the heart of the Fontainebleau forest passing through Barbizon, also known as the impressionists’ village. The bike weekend ends in Bois-le-Roi. You can also extend your getaway with a bike ride in the hinterland to discover the Renaissance castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte and the fortified castle Blandy-lès-Tours.
Bourron-Marlotte - Fontainebleau
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 then fork to enter the forest and reach Fontainebleau.
Fontainebleau - Bois-le-Roi
On the towpath along the Seine you can admire the "Affolantes", these eccentric mansions from the 1900s. You pass through the charming village of Samois-sur-Seine, known for being the last residence of musician Django Rheinhardt. You can also choose to discover the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau by crossing this mythical forest through the village of impressionist painters, Barbizon.
Extension: Additional day to Vaux-le-Vicomte
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.
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
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")
Our word of advice :
- 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)
as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
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.