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Paris & Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau by bike: bike weekend on riverbanks

The best of the Fontainebleau region in just 2 days: from the banks of the Loing to the banks of the Seine through the forest

Reviews (2) :
4.50 / 5
Reference FO0202
  • Itinerant trip
  • 2 days
  • Very easy
  • from March to November
  • Minimum age 8 years old
GPSGPS-app available
179€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • 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.

    Day 1


    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.

    Day 2


    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.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You are accommodated in ** / *** hotels with all the necessary comfort after a day spent outdoor. These family hotels welcome you warmly. 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.


    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.
  • Practical information
  • 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

    To get back to starting point:

    You take the transilien train if you want to return to your starting point. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free.

    Meeting time:

    You have a meeting at 9:30 AM to pick up your bikes, and the last day of your trip you have a meeting at 5:00 PM to drop off your bikes. We can arrange the meeting time depending on your arrival time, please let us know in your booking request.

  • Reviews
  • 2 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5

    Super week end

    On the 2023-07-31 by Aurélien
    Super week end organisé avec ma femme qui n’est pas très vélo. Après ce week end elle m’a dit qu’elle était prête à repartir ... alors n’hésitez pas. Parcours agréable, hôtel partenaire excellent, vélo partenaire confortable

    A Great Experience

    On the 2021-10-17 by Jaimie
    This is an outstanding service. We were impressed with the organization, the service and the equipment. Everyone was responsive and helpful in response to our requests. The route was exceptional, and your app is one of the best route guides I've used. This was an extremely enjoyable trip and well worth the value. I would highly recommend Vélo Voyageur to any cyclist. I've traveled across the U.S. and Europe on my bicycle in years past, and I came away from this trip very satisfied.
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