Living the Seine River

Jan's Eiffel Tower Bike & Barge Tour in and around Paris

Paris, City of Light, is the central topic of this guided 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 Compiegne and  experience an evening 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 Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomph, museum Centre Pompidou, the Versailles palace and much more.

Route: Moret-sur-Loing > Melun >Vigneux s/Seine-Paris > Bassin de l’Arsenal/Bassin La Vilette PARIS > Bougival > Auvers s/Oise > I’Isle Adam > Creil > Compiegne

Price: $1230.00 USD per person based on double occupancy. A high season surcharge of $120.00 applies for the August 31 and September 7, 14, 21, 28 tours. Single use cabin surcharge is $315.00. Only one single use cabin is available per tour.

Please note this price may fluctuate based on the current exchange rate.
Payment in full at time of booking will protect against any future currency fluctuation.

Ask Nancy about discounts that may apply when payment in full is made at time of booking. Discounts may vary depending upon the tour date as well the current exchange rate.


2019 Dates on the Clair de Lune: May 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22; August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28.

Day by Day Itinerary

Paris and Beyond

Paris and Beyond

Day 1: Saturday – Moret-sur-Loing (or Saint Mammès)  Cycling appr. 7 km
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 mediaeval village famous for its impressionists painting souvenirs and artists like Alfred Sisley. In the evening you’ll make a short cycling ride to Saint Mammès, a traditional barge village at the confluence of the Seine and Loing rivers.

Day 2: 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. After this free visit you cycle alongside the river Seine you cycle and pass the villages of  Héricy and Samois sur Seine. Your trip ends today in Melun, an attractive  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.

Day 3: Monday – Melun – Vigneux s/Seine – Paris Cycling appr. 50 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 l’Arsenal located in down town Paris.

Day 4: Tuesday – Free Time in Paris
In the morning there’s a cruise by barge from Bassin de l’Arsenal to Bassin la Villette.  This impressive sailing trip on the Canal St. Martin (appr. 2.5 hours) takes you through a tunnel, along romantic bridges and through historic locks.  From 10:30 am you are free to explore Paris and its highlights such as the Eiffel Tower, museums (Louvre, Centre Pompidou), do some window shopping, etc.

Day 5: Wednesday – PARIS/Bassin La Vilette – Bougival      Cycling appr.  40 km
Starting in downtown Paris you make an easy going cycling tour 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.

Day 6: Thursday – Bougival – Auvers s/Oise – I’Isle Adam        Cycling appr.   40 km                                                     Your cycling trip passes the chateau 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 I’Isle Adam, a charming village situated on the banks of the river Oise.

Day 7: Friday – I’Isle Adam- Creil -Compiegne                 Cycling appr. 40 km
In the early morning you sail to the town of Creil. Here you start a scenic cycling trip alongside the river Oise that leads to the imperial city of Compiegne.There are several options for a visit: the beautiful park, the Napoleon III palace, the St. Jacques church (13th century). In the evening your tour leader may take you for a walk in the town centre.

Day 8: Saturday – Compiegne
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-Gaulle) leaves from Compiegne in the vicinity of the barge.

Each next tour will be in reverse: starting in Compiegne and ending in Moret-sur-Loing.

(subject to changes)

Included in tour:

  • Stay on board ( 8 days/ 7 nights)
  • Full board ( breakfast, packed lunch, 3-courses meal)
  • Tour leader for cycle tours and city walks (multilingual; English, German and Dutch)
  • Bike with 24 gears and pannier
  • Info booklet
  • Transfer by bus between Paris/Gare du Nor and Moret-sur-Loing
  • Several City walks
  • Visit to Castle Fontainebleau
  • Tasting of wine/cheese

Not included in tour:

  • Journey to and from Paris Gare du Nord and Compiegne
  • Bicycle Insurance
  • Excursions not in the program
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities to crew
  • We highly recommend you bring a bike helmet on this trip
  • Travel Insurance