Upon your arrival, the crew will welcome you on board the Elodie with a
nice cup of coffee or tea. Once acquainted with the crew, you will be given
an explanation of the rules on board and information on the program. After
this introduction we will do a short tour along the cycle paths of Paris: a
chance to get comfortable with your bike and make any necessary adjustments.
Paris is of course a very busy city, so you will be surprised to discover
that you can cycle without being bothered by traffic.
Paris - Melun
25 or 12 Miles
Optional excursion to Vaux le Vicomte Castle Appr. 9 extra miles
We start by sailing out of Paris in the early morning. After breakfast
we will arrive at Ablon sur Seine, where your cycle tour begins. It starts
along the river Seine where the riverbanks give us a relatively easy and
flat terrain. Our final destination will be the attractive city of Melun.
At this point you can either stay in Melun where the Elodie is already
waiting, or join the excursion to Vaux le Vicomte. This very impressive
castle is located a short distance up hill from Melun. (9 miles v.v.)
Melun - St
Through the forests of Chateaux de Fontainbleau we will ride to the
artist's village of Barbizon.
This was the home of many famous painters like Millet, Rousseau and Corot.
From here we continue on to the interesting little town of Fontainebleau
where we will have lunch. If time allows we will visit the "brocante", a
flee market typical of those found all over France. They often have a wide
variety of the most interesting things, pleasing to either see or purchase.
St Mammes -
Today there is no short mileage option. If you are joining us to cycle
to Montereau, it is all the way. However if you skip the tour, there is an
opportunity to cycle within the town of Moret sur Loing, so you wont be
totally deprived of your bicycle. This is a medieval town well worth
visiting. The Elodie can wait there to take you to Montereau. The full day
of cycling is through a rural landscape dotted with villages. A short visit
to a goat farm is planned. Montereau lies at a crossing where the Elodie
will leave the river Seine and start following the river Yonne which takes
us all the way to Auxerre.
Montereau - Sens
26 or 8 miles
Leaving the riverbanks we will find the farmland terrain more hilly with
lots of small villages. If you want to avoid hill-climbing you can stay on
the barge until Pont sur Yonne. From there we will cycle along the
riverbanks where you can see small cascades at the many locks we pass on
the way to Sens. The Elodie will moor in the centre of town, on a little
island. Traditionally a community of small fishing boats and freighters,
occupy the island.
Sens - Joigny
28 of 15 miles
The first part to Villeneuve sur Yonne where we will have lunch is
already a bit hilly. The second part to Joigny will be more hilly but ever
the more so rewarding with forrest, nice little villages and beautifull
scenery. There is the possibility to skip the first part and do 15 miles in
stead of 28. Our final goal for the day Joigny is a beautifull town with
lots of history and ancient buildings. It has three impressive churches and
a never finished castle wich dates back to the 12th century. In the music
cafe L'Escargot de Sab is good place to relax and enjoy the music.
Joigny - Auxerre
27 or 15 miles
From Joigny we will continue to follow the river Yonne. So no more hills!
Just the quiet and joyfull riverbanks and small lakes. Along the banks
you can see the "salmon stairs" where the have made a special passage for
the salmons to pass the locks. When we get to Auxerre your cycle tour is
not over yet!. From there we continue to cycle to Escolives. In this little
town at the heart of Burgundy you can have a taste of the regions most
We take leave of you after breakfast.