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French Mystique Tours offers private bike tours and specializes in biking day trips in the countryside near Paris, but also offers customized bike tours in Paris too. French Mystique Tours is the name of the company but it is a one man operation and that one man is me, Bruce McAleer. I've been offering my tours since 2011 and after all these years I am still the only bike tour company in Paris that does what I do, which is specializing in biking day trips in the countryside outside of Paris with a focus on getting off the beaten path and showing you the France you've always dreamed of outside of tourism. But if you'd like a biking in Paris tour then there is also the option for a customized tour in Paris that will be personalized and tailored to your tastes and interests.

CUSTOM PARIS TOURS

3-HOUR BIKE TOURS OUTSIDE PARIS

FULL-DAY TOURS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

  • Tour Conditions: Note that all tours are private tours and are not open to the general public. Thus, there are no regularly scheduled tours on specific days/dates open to the general public. It is also not possible to join another tour group, whether or not you are an individual or group seeking to share the cost of a tour with others. Tours are only done upon request.

 

  • Tour Costs: The tour costs noted for each tour are for an entire group and are not per person costs. In other words, if you are a single rider then you are responsible for the full tour cost whereas if there are 5 members in your group then the tour cost is split between the five of you.  The tour price for any tour is the same whether there is one rider or several riders in a group. Additional per person costs are listed below each tour description and in tour summaries.

  • Tour Summaries: Within each Tour Description (below) you will find a link to a Tour Summary for that particular tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on that tour. Please note that some Tour Descriptions have additional links (besides just a link to the Tour Summary) and it is IMPERATIVE that you click on additional links to learn about important information pertaining to the functioning of that tour. 

  • For an explanation of Level of Difficulty ratings please click here. Also, you will note within each Tour Description (below) that a Level of Difficulty rating is provided along with an explanation of the terrain you can expect to encounter on that tour.

  • Be sure to click on and read the ''Tour Conditions'' on the menu bar and then read each of the subheadings on the drop down menu. There is very important information here that will answer frequently asked questions and provide you with all the relevant info pertinent to the functioning of the tours. Once you have made a deposit to reserve a tour date you will need to refer to the ''Important Questions'' subheading and answer these questions.

 

3-Hour Custom Paris Tour €150

This is a custom-designed tour of Paris tailored to the specific demands of clients. There is no set itinerary as each tour will be unique. If you have a list of sites/places you'd like to cycle past then an itinerary based on your desires can be customized for you (provided sites aren't spread out in every corner of Paris). Whether you want to see the major tourist sites or go off the beaten path or do a mix of both, you're the boss! If you say "Hey, what's that over there?", then we'll go "over there" to find out! You can use the 3 hours as you like: cycle the whole time, stop at a café or raid the pastry shops, you choose the rhythm!

But if you don't know Paris well and aren't sure what to see and where to cycle, don't worry, you're covered. We've got two pre-planned tours we can propose: 

1) A circuit focused on the primary central Paris sites and attractions (ex. the banks of the Seine, The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, The Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Gardens, The Panthéon, etc.). You'll also get off the beaten path and see some of those quaint Parisian side streets you've been dreaming about, which are usually just a couple of blocks away from the main tourist trail. You'll see central Paris's main tourist sites, as well as its hidden away side streets, while adhering to the French Mystique Tours philosophy of offering a unique bike touring experience. Click here to see a Tour Summary of this tour.

2) An "off-the-beaten-path" circuit where you'll see a side of Paris you'd never find on your own (and which many Parisians I know have never seen). This circuit will take you through the eastern section of Paris (the Belleville and Ménilmontant neighborhoods) to show you "the real Paris" of your average Parisian, and it's just as beautiful and interesting as the main central Paris tourist sites. You'll absorb the full spectrum of Paris's vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods and have your own personal experience of finding those elusive, undiscovered gems you thought you'd never see. Click here to see a Tour Summary of this tour.

  • Meeting Time: The Meeting Time for this tour is flexible and can be discussed.

  • Touring Time: 3 hours from the time we begin cycling upon departure from the bike store where we will meet to get your rental bikes. However, the standard touring time can be customized to add additional touring time. There is a supplemental fee of €50 per hour (payable in increments of 15 minutes, meaning €12.50 per additional 15 minutes) if you wish to customize this tour to add additional touring time to allow you to enjoy your tour at a more leisurely pace (perhaps you'd like to stop at a café or pastry shop for a snack or a drink). Or, you may simply wish to do more cycling and experience more of the wonderful sites I could show than could be covered within the standard 3 hour touring time. Or maybe you'd like some combination of more cycling and some snack/drink/relaxing time. The choice is yours. You're the boss!

  • Distance: Flexible. You can cycle at your own pace and how much distance is covered will depend on your cycling pace and whether or not you want to stop for snacks/pastries or just to relax somewhere and enjoy your surroundings. Though I have outlined two circuits I can propose to you, whether we see all the sites covered in the Tour Summaries for these circuits will depend on your cycling pace.

  • Level of difficulty: Easy. Most of Paris has flat/slightly rolling topography. However, on the ''off the beaten path'' circuit there are some hills (on this tour we will gradually ascend to one of the highest points in Paris) but none of the hills are very steep and if needed you may walk them instead of cycling them.

Additional Per Person Costs: €15 (bike rental)

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3-Hour Marne River and Bois de Vincennes Tour €150

A lovely and easy 3-hour ride along the bucolic Marne river and through the Bois de Vincennes. Touring distance and sites seen will vary according to your cycling speed (you cycle at your own pace) but you will most certainly enjoy the lovely and lush banks of the Marne river with it's beautiful villas and depending on your cycling pace the Bois de Vincennes with its shady forest paths, small lakes and floral gardens (and maybe even the medieval Château de Vincennes) as well as one or two of the famous guinguettes on the banks of the Marne river are options at your disposal. Click here to see a Tour Summary for this tour.

  • Meeting Time: The Meeting Time for this tour is flexible and can be discussed



  • Starting the Day: The meeting point for this tour is at the RER A station Le Parc de Saint-Maur in the town of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, on RER line A. Clients will be given directions from their accommodation in Paris to this station. We begin cycling once you have arrived in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (meaning, we do not need to bring bikes on trains for this tour). I will meet you with the bikes at the RER station.

 

  • Touring Time: 3 hours from the time we begin cycling upon your arrival in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. However, the standard touring time can be customized to add additional touring time. There is a supplemental fee of €50 per hour (payable in increments of 15 minutes, meaning €12.50 per additional 15 minutes) if you wish to customize this tour to add additional touring time to allow you to enjoy this tour at a more leisurely pace (perhaps you'd like to stop at a café or pastry shop for a snack or a drink). Or, you may simply wish to do more cycling and experience more of the wonderful sites I could show than could be covered within the standard 3 hour touring time. Or maybe you'd like some combination of more cycling and some snack/drink/relaxing time. The choice is yours. You're the boss!

 

  • Touring Distance: Flexible. You cycle at your own pace and cover as much or as little distance as your desired cycling pace allows (or you may take breaks for pastries/drinks) within the standard 3 hour touring time limit.

 

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy. With the exception of a few minor inclines here and there, the terrain on this tour is fairly flat. Additionally, much of this tour will be on dedicated cycling paths (i.e. - on cycling paths not shared with auto traffic) and for those portions of the tour where we share the roads with traffic the traffic is very light.

Additional Per Person Costs: €5.60 (RER A train)

Bikes are included in the tour cost

3-Hour Paris's Nearby Countryside Tour €150

This tour is catered to those on a budget who wish to cycle through the countryside outside of Paris but for whom the cost of one of my full day countryside tours might be prohibitive. Unlike my full day countryside tours, roughly half of the tour will consist of cycling through pleasant suburban towns just outside of Paris and the other half of the tour will be in the "true countryside" (rural small towns/villages in the agricultural Brie region near to Paris). The tour starts with a ride through some pleasant suburban areas before we arrive in the more rural countryside and small towns/villages. After our cycle through the rural areas we will loop back to the suburban areas and finish the tour with a pleasant ride on a dedicated cycling path bordering the Marne River. A photographic Tour Summary of this tour will be available in the very near future.

 

  • Meeting Time: The Meeting Time for this tour is flexible and can be discussed



  • Starting the Day: The meeting point for this tour is at the RER A station Le Parc de Saint-Maur in the town of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, on RER line A. Clients will be given directions from their accommodation in Paris to this station. We begin cycling once you have arrived in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (meaning, we do not need to bring bikes on trains for this tour). I will meet you with the bikes at the RER station.

 

  • Touring Time: 3 hours from the time we begin cycling upon your arrival in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. This tour must be completed within 3 hours once we begin cycling from your arrival point at the RER A station Le Parc de Saint-Maur. There is a supplemental fee of €50 per hour (payable in increments of 15 minutes, meaning €12.50 per additional 15 minutes) if you can not complete the 40km cycling distance within 3 hours. However, if you wish to customize this tour to add additional touring time (for the supplemental touring time fee noted) to allow you to enjoy this tour at a more leisurely pace (perhaps you'd like to stop at a café or pastry shop for a snack or a drink) then that is an option. But, it is still required that you are experienced cyclists to do this tour. 

 

  • Touring Distance: 40km / 25 miles from your RER A train arrival in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés until we have cycled all the way back to Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.

 

  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate. While much of the terrain on this tour is flat to gently rolling there are some steepish hills/inclines (notably the first hill we encounter, which is just under 1km in length) that will require some effort. Thus, this is not a suitable tour for inexperienced/novice cyclists.

 

Additional Per Person Costs: €5.60 (RER A train)

Bikes are included in the tour cost

This tour is only for experienced cyclists used to riding steep hills

Houdan to Bourdonné Tour €265

Like all of our tours this tour will show you the lovely countryside and small villages not far from Paris. Unlike our other tours, however, you will have some options to customize this tour. Normally on our countryside tours we stop at a boulangerie to buy our picnic lunch supplies and that is still an option for this tour. But, if you'd like to extend your touring time and have lunch at an unusual and quintessentially French restaurant then you are in for a real treat. I could bring you to a wonderful French restaurant on any of our tours but since French Mystique Tours specializes in unusual and unique off the beaten tourist path experiences then it is only fitting that you are presented with a restaurant that adheres to that philosophy.

Once you read the Tour Summary for this tour then towards the end of the tour description you will learn about this most unusual dining experience I (meaning me, Bruce) am proposing.

 

Below you will note the standard information and logistics that apply to this tour without modification/customization. It is essential that you read below the following logistical details and click the noted links since this tour can be customized and otherwise has various aspects that are too numerous to summarize in a brief paragraph or two.

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 8:50AM and take a 9:58AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Houdan at 10:54AM. We will take a train departing from Houdan at 2:06PM and arrive in Paris at 3:02PM. For those wishing to extend the touring time to dine in the restaurant or for any other reason, there are trains departing from Houdan once every hour at 6 minutes past the top of every hour (i.e. 3:06PM, 4:06PM etc.).

  • Total round trip train time: 1 hour 52 minutes

  • Touring Time: 3 hours 12 minutes from train arrival in Houdan to train departure from Houdan

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 9km / 5.5 miles

  • Touring Distance: 18km / 11 miles from train arrival in Houdan to train departure from Houdan

  • Total biking distance: 27km / 17 miles

  • Level of difficulty: Easy. The terrain on this tour varies from flat to gently rolling with no significant hills (and only a few inclines). This tour is suitable for all levels of cyclists.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to have a picnic lunch on this tour that is an option but please note that purchasing picnic lunch food and eating your picnic lunch must be completed within the standard 3 hour 12 minute tour time noted in the standard tour logistics. If you read below and click on the appropriate links you will learn about the options for extending the standard touring time.
 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€17.80 (train) + €30 (bike rental)


 

If you click here you can see the Tour Summary for this tour. The Tour Summary will provide you with a photographic description of what you can expect to see on this tour. You will note that near the end of the Tour Summary I will continue to provide you with the details/description of the restaurant dining option I am proposing for this tour.


 

Though you will certainly learn more about the restaurant option I am proposing once you've read the Tour Summary, in the meantime I'm going to tempt you by allowing you to click on the following link to see a brief video which highlights our restaurant. The video is in French but that shouldn't matter. I think the visual presentation transcends language barriers. Click here to see the video.

 

It is imperative that you click HERE to learn more about this tour since it can be customized and has various aspects which must be understood prior to requesting this tour. Other essential details for this tour are also provided by clicking the above link.

Montfort-l'Amaury €290

Like all of our tours this tour will show you the lovely countryside and small villages not far from Paris. We start our tour in the tiny village of Tacoignières and cycle through several more anonymous little villages and some pretty countryside before we arrive in the charming medieval town of Montfort-l'Amaury. This is a lovely and lively little medieval town with narrow, cobbled streets and lots of local stores, cafés and restaurants and is the highlight of this tour. This tour is a fairly easy ride on flat to gently rolling terrain and the tour distance is only 24km. I have allowed a touring time of 4 hours and 7 minutes to complete this tour but it is possible to complete this tour in under 3 hours if you cycle at a moderate pace. This touring time will allow you time to stop and buy picnic lunch supplies and have a little picnic. Since we start the tour cycling through tiny villages with little or no commerce before arriving in Montfort-l'Amaury then your picnic lunch supplies would be purchased in Montfort-l'Amaury, where you would also eat your picnic lunch. Or, you may want to just buy some pastries/snacks from a boulangerie and after taking a short time to eat your tasty treats you may want to get off the bikes and stroll around town and window shop (or dom some actual shopping). So if there is remaining tour time to use up before we have to leave town and cycle to the train station you'll have options to choose from. The choice will be yours to spend your time as you wish.

If you can cycle at a reasonable pace then there may be time to dine in one of the restaurants in Montfort-l'Amaury as opposed to having a picnic lunch (note that neither the cost of the restaurant nor the picnic lunch supplies are included in the tour cost. Tour participants pay for their own picnic lunch or restaurant costs). To dine in a restaurant it is recommended that we arrive in Montfort-l'Amaury at least two hours prior to our scheduled train departure. It is only 18km from the tour start in Tacoignières until we arrive in Montfort-l'Amaury so it is not unreasonable that this would be feasible.

I have not dined in any of the restaurants in Montfort-l'Amaury so can not give you any restaurant recommendations. However, I will provide you with a link to the tourist office website which has an interactive map detailing the various dining/eating options in town so you can spend some time at your own leisure if you'd like to do some research on dining/restaurant options. You can also try researching on google using phrases like ''restaurants Montfort-l'Amaury'' and browse the results that search will yield. Here is the link to the tourist office website that you can copy and paste into your browser:

https://www.montfortlamaury.fr/culture-tourisme/hebergements-et-restaurants/

Click HERE to see a Tour Summary for this ride which is full of photos of the sights you will see.


 

Below you will note the standard information and logistics that apply to this tour.

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 8:50AM and take a 9:58AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Tacoignières at 10:48AM. We will take a train departing from Montfort-l'Amaury at 3:25PM and arrive in Paris at 4:02PM.

  • Total round trip train time: 1 hour 27 minutes

  • Touring Time: 4 hours 17 minutes from train arrival in Tacoignières to train departure from Montfort-l'Amaury

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 9km / 5.5 miles

  • Touring Distance: 24km / 15 miles from train arrival in Tacoignières to train departure from Montfort-l'Amaury

  • Total biking distance: 33km / 21 miles

  • Level of difficulty: Easy. The terrain on this tour varies from flat to gently rolling with no significant hills (and only a few inclines). This tour is suitable for all levels of cyclists.

Additional Per Person Costs:

€16.40 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

Marne River €235

After taking the RER A train with our bikes to the starting point of this tour (Noisiel) we will start by seeing the Menier chocolate factory (once the largest chocolate factory in the world) and its adjacent utopian styled workers village before moving along to see the Château de Champs-sur-Marne (you'll have 15-20 minutes to visit the gardens here). Next we head to the lovely and lush banks of the Marne river, biking along a designated bike path and experiencing river life. Near the end of the tour we make a couple of stops where I'll first recount some famous French gangster history and then we'll see the most emblematic of the Parisian area guinguettes (I'll tell you what a guinguette is if you don't know). One of my customers made a nice video montage of their Marne River Tour experience so click here if you'd like to watch that.

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting Time: The Meeting Time for this tour is flexible and can be discussed



  • Starting the Day: The meeting point for this tour is at the RER A station Le Parc de Saint-Maur in the town of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, on RER line A. Clients will be given directions from their accommodation in Paris to this station. We take the bikes on the RER train to Noisiel and start the ride from there and cycle back to Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. I will meet you with the bikes at the RER station.

 

  • Train time: I will provide you with the train time from your location in Paris to the RER A station Le Parc de Saint-Maur where we will meet. Once we board the RER A train with our bikes at Le Parc de Saint-Maur our arrival in Noisiel will take roughly 35-40 minutes (depending on the frequency of trains). We will make one transfer (switching RER A trains) on the way to Noisiel.

 

  • Touring Time: 4 to 4.5 hours from the time we arrive in Noisiel until we've finished cycling back to our starting point of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. This tour must be completed within 4.5 hours of our RER A train arrival in Noisiel. After doing this tour for many years I can assure you this is more than ample time to complete the 25km cycling distance for this tour (most clients complete the tour in 4 hours or less, including the time to buy and eat their picnic lunch). There is a supplemental fee of €50 per hour (payable in increments of 15 minutes, meaning €12.50 per additional 15 minutes) if you can not complete the 25km cycling distance within 4.5 hours.   

 

  • Total Tour Time: 4 hours 40 minutes to 5 hours 10 minutes, which is inclusive of the RER A train travel time from Saint-Maur-des-Fossées to Noisiel.

 

  • Touring Distance: 25km / 16 miles from RER A train arrival in Noisiel until we have cycled all the way back to Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.

 

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy. A mostly flat ride with only one not too steep hill in Noisiel. Much of the bike tour will be on a dedicated cycling path along the banks of the Marne river with the remainder on very quiet and minimally trafficked roads. This tour is good for families and novice bikers.

 

Additional per person costs: €11.65 (RER A train)

Bikes are included in the tour cost

The tour starts with a pleasant ride through the countryside and small villages before we arrive in the pretty little town of Maintenon for a brief viewing (and history explanation) of the Château de Maintenon (the château of Louis XIV's mistress/wife). We continue on a short distance to a prehistoric site to see some dolmens and menhirs (don't worry, I'll explain what those are) and then see more countryside and small villages before we finish the tour in Chartres, where you'll have time to visit the world famous cathedral and do a little cycling around its medieval downtown.

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting Time and Train Times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 8AM and take a 9:06AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Epernon at 9:50AM. We will take a train departing from Chartres at 3:35PM and arrive in Paris at 4:50PM.

 

  • Total round trip train time: 2 hours

 

  • Touring Time: 5 hours 45 minutes from train arrival in Epernon to train departure from Chartres

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 9km / 5.5 miles

  • Touring Distance: 40 km / 25 miles from train arrival in Epernon to train departure from Chartres

  • Total biking distance: 49km / 30.5 miles

  • Level of difficulty: Easy. The ride is on flat to gently rolling terrain (with the occasional incline) and is suitable for novice bikers provided they can pedal the above cited distance. There is one steep hill in the old medieval section of Chartres but tour participants can walk their bikes up this hill if desired.

 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€30.40 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

Important Note: This tour is only offered on weekdays. This tour is not offered on weekends or holidays.

We start with a visit of the beautiful (and completely unheard of) medieval town of Crépy-en-Valois, where we'll do a little cycling around town before heading off on our journey. The ride continues through countryside, forest and tiny villages before we make our one major ascent to an agricultural plateau where we'll visit the remains of a 2nd century Gallo-Roman amphitheater and its associated bath and temple remnants. You'll also learn a little bit about the history of tanks here. For the remainder of the ride we'll be cycling through the forest of Compiègne with a stop along the way in the tiny, adorable village of Saint-Jean-aux-Bois and also in the town of Pierrefonds, where you will admire the majesty of its magnificent medieval castle (well, it was reconstructed in the 19th century but I'll explain that). After leaving Pierrefonds we'll pick-up a dedicated bike path for 14km until arriving at our destination of Compiègne, where you'll have time to stretch your legs for a brief stroll on the grounds of its château before we do a little cycling in town. This is a tour for those who love cycling in forests as roughly half of this tour will be through forested terrain.

 

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour. 

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 7:45AM and take an 8:34AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Crépy-en-Valois at 9:10AM. We will take a train departing from Compiègne at 4:10PM and arrive in Paris at 5:25PM.

 

  • Total round trip train time: 1 hour 50 minutes

 

  • Touring Time: 7 hours from train arrival in Crépy-en-Valois to train departure from Compiègne

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 3km / 2 miles

  • Touring Distance: 50km / 31 miles from train arrival in Crépy-en-Valois to train departure from Compiègne

  • Total biking distance: 53km / 33 miles

  • Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Most of the ride is on slightly undulating to flat terrain. There is one steep hill on this ride with an ascent time of 5+ minutes and it is roughly one kilometer in length. Due to this and the length of the ride participants should be fit and have cycling experience to do this tour. 

 

 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€27.30 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

Important Note: This tour is not offered on Saturdays or holidays due to inconvenient train schedules.

This is a great tour for those who are looking for a relaxing and non-strenuous ride, which also happens to be full of beauty and wonderful sites along the way. It's got a great mix of countryside, forest and quaint villages with the highlights being a visit of the gorgeous medieval town of Senlis (where we'll have our picnic lunch in a beautiful park) and an exterior viewing of the fairytale like Château de Chantilly. This tour is a real crowd pleaser and it's no wonder it seems to be our most popular tour.

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting time and train times for weekdays: On weekdays we will meet at the bike rental store at 11:25AM and take a 12:16PM train leaving Paris and arriving in Chantilly at 12:40PM. We will take a train departing from Chantilly at 5:28PM and arrive in Paris at 5:54PM.

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  • Meeting time and train times for Saturdays: On Saturdays we will meet at the bike rental store at 12:00PM and take a 12:49PM train leaving Paris and arriving in Chantilly at 1:12PM. We will take a train departing from Chantilly at 5:57PM and arrive in Paris at 6:23PM.

  • Meeting time and train times for Sundays: On Sundays we will meet at the bike rental store at 12:15PM and take a 1:07PM train leaving Paris and arriving in Chantilly at 1:30PM. We will take a train departing from Chantilly at 5:57PM and arrive in Paris at 6:23PM.

 

  • Total round trip train time: 50 minutes



  • Touring Time On Weekdays: 4 hours 48 minutes from train arrival in and departure from Chantilly

  • Touring Time On Saturdays: 4 hours 45 minutes from train arrival in and departure from Chantilly

  • Touring Time On Sundays: 4 hours 27 minutes from train arrival in and departure from Chantilly

 

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 3km / 2 miles

  • Touring Distance: 28km / 17 miles from train arrival in and departure from Chantilly

  • Total biking distance: 31km / 19 miles

  • Level of difficulty: Easy. The topography on this ride is flat to gently rolling with no hills but rather a few inclines. This tour is suitable for novice bikers provided they can cycle the above noted distance.

 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€17.40 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

Picardy is a pretty nondescript tour title, eh. Well, I told you my tours are about getting off the beaten path so why not delve into your curious nature and discover the beauty of this little visited region. This is a tour for experienced cyclists used to hills/inclines (but none too long or too steep and plenty of rolling terrain). Since it's an off the beaten path tour you aren't going to see any sites or places that anyone (even most French people) has ever heard of. But fear not, you'll experience lovely countryside, forests, quaint villages, anonymous châteaux, medieval churches, Gallo-Roman ruins (as described in the Compiègne-Pierrefonds Tour) and otherwise have a completely off the beaten path experience. If you are an experienced cyclist who loves varied terrain (and of course, beautiful scenery) then this tour is for you. Trust me, you'll love it.

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 7:45AM and take an 8:32AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Villers-Cotterêts at 9:22AM. We will take a train departing from Crépy-en-Valois at 4:32PM and arrive in Paris at 5:10PM.

 

  • Total round trip train time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

  • Touring Time: 7 hours from train arrival in Villers-Cotterêts to train departure from Crépy-en-Valois

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 3 km / 2 miles

  • Touring Distance: 50km / 31 miles from train arrival in Villers-Cotterêts to train departure from Crépy-en-Valois

  • Total biking distance: 53km / 33 miles

  • Level of difficulty: Moderate. There are three or four small hills and a few steeper hills on this tour but most of the ride is on flat to gently rolling terrain. There is one steep hill with an ascent time of 5+ minutes and a distance of about 1km but the other smaller hills will also require some effort so you should be an experienced cyclist and fit to do this tour. This tour is best suited to those who cycle regularly and are fit.

 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€26.40 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

This tour is only for experienced cyclists used to riding steep hills

If the tour title got your attention then you must know that you'll be paying a visit to Monet's house and gardens in Giverny on this tour. While you may assume that is the highlight of this tour I can assure you that even if there was no visit to Monet's famous house and gardens you would still be captivated by the beautiful countryside scenery on this tour, which will take you through the valley of the river Epte (which forms a portion of the border between the Normandy and Île-de-France regions). This tour is almost completely on flat terrain (with a few exceptions) and 31km of the total 43km touring distance are on dedicated bike trails (old rail lines). The Epte river valley is located in a region historically known as the Vexin region, which in my opinion has some of the prettiest countryside scenery you'll find in such close proximity to Paris. Unlike most of my tours where we enjoy châteaux and other major sites/attractions from the exterior you'll have time for a one hour visit of Monet's house and gardens (over the years my clients have assured me this is ample time for an enjoyable visit).

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 7AM and take an 8:12AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Vernon at 9:03AM. We will take a train departing from Gisors at 3:56PM and arrive in Paris at 5:25PM.

 

  • Total round trip train time: 2 hours 20 minutes



  • Touring Time: 7 hours from train arrival in Vernon to train departure from Gisors

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station:  4.5km / 3 miles

  • Touring distance: 41km / 25 miles from train arrival in Vernon to train departure from Gisors

  • Total biking distance: 45.5km / 28 miles

  • Level of difficulty:  Easy. The terrain on this ride is very flat (with a short exception of about 5km, which is gently rolling). A total of 31km out of the 41km on this tour is on a dedicated bike trail (on an old rail line converted to a bike trail). This is a great ride for anyone who is looking for an easy but very scenic bike ride combined with a visit to Monet's house and gardens in Giverny (you will have one hour for your visit here). However, due to the distance involved it is best that you be fit and are capable of riding 41km in distance.

   

Additional Per Person Costs:

€28.70 (train) + €30 (bike rental) + €10.50 pp (Monet's House and Gardens Ticket, one hour visit)

Important Note: Due to a change in ticket purchase and security procedures at our departing train station customers should bring passports as they may be necessary as proof of identity to purchase train tickets and clear security barriers.

Our tour starts in Melun (yes, I'm sure you've never heard of Melun) where we'll pick up our picnic lunch supplies and cycle around its medieval downtown for a few minutes before heading off for the peace and serenity of the countryside. There are some hills on this tour so it is only a tour for experienced cyclists but the hills encountered are not long or steep and the majority of the terrain is flat to gently rolling. This tour will bring us through the agricultural countryside of the Brie region (as in the famous cheese) and its small towns and villages. Along the way we will cycle past the amazing Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (which I consider to be the most elegant château in France) where we'll stop for a few minutes while I recount some of its fascinating history (the grounds of this château were Louis XIV's inspiration for the grounds of Versailles). Then we'll move from classical architecture to medieval architecture as we pay a visit to the little village of Blandy-les-Tours to view its impressive medieval fortress. From here we continue onward, cycling through the agricultural countryside and passing through anonymous but quaint little villages and seeing the occasional château here and there.

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 9:45AM and take a 10:46AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Melun at 11:11AM. We will take a train departing from Mormant at 4:25PM and arrive in Paris at 5:12PM.

 

  • Total round trip train time: 1 hour 15 minutes



  • Touring Time: 5 hours 15 minutes from train arrival in Melun to train departure from Mormant

    

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 4.5 km / 3 miles

  • Touring distance: 40km / 25 miles from train arrival in Melun to train departure from Mormant

  • Total biking distance: 44.5km / 28 miles

  • Level of difficulty: Moderate. While most of the tour is on flat to gently rolling terrain, there are about a half dozen hills/inclines that will require some effort. This tour is best suited to experienced cyclists who are fit and cycle regularly.

 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€17.80 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

This tour is only for experienced cyclists used to riding steep hills

We'll be on the trail of the Impressionist painters on this tour. We start our tour in the pretty little countryside town of Moret-sur-Loing, which was home to Alfred Sisley from 1880 to 1897 (he was a major figure in the Impressionist art movement and some of his works are displayed in the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay). After we cycle around Moret a bit we'll ride along a nearby canal and then detour through the countryside before rejoining towns along the Loing river to finish up our tour. This area attracted artists from all over the globe from the late 19th through the early 20th century, but unless you are an art historian then you've likely never heard of any of the artists who were drawn to this area. But don't worry, you don't need to be an art historian to enjoy this tour. In fact, you can be an art hater and just enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery and quaint villages we'll bike through. Satisfaction guaranteed and no art diploma required.

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 7:15AM and take an 8:16AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Moret-sur-Loing at 9:04AM. We will take a train departing from Bourron at 1:41PM and arrive in Paris at 2:43PM.

  • Total round trip train time: 1 hour 50 minutes



  • Touring Time: 4.5 hours from train arrival in Moret-sur-Loing to train departure from Bourron

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 7km / 4 miles

  • Touring Distance: 24km / 15 miles from train arrival in Moret-sur-Loing to train departure from Bourron

  • Total biking distance: 31km / 19 miles

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy. The topography on this ride is flat to gently rolling. There are a few small hills/inclines but nothing very strenuous. This tour is suitable for novice cyclists provided you can cycle the distance noted above.

 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€17.80 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

Important Note: This tour is only offered on weekdays. This tour is not offered on weekends or holidays.

 

 

We start this tour in the little medieval town of Crécy-la-Chapelle, which is referred to as "the Venice of the Brie region" due to the canals that cut through town. Like Moret-sur-Loing, this town and others nearby were the haunts of many international artists from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. Also like the Moret-sur-Loing Tour, unless you are an art historian you've likely never heard of any of the artists that were drawn to this area. But anyway, after leaving Crécy we'll leave the art behind and see some lovely countryside landscapes (no wonder painters were attracted to the area) and cycle through the usual quaint little villages before we finish up our tour in the town of Coulommiers, where we'll briefly cycle through its pretty little town center. Here you will have the option of cycling uphill and outside of town to see Coulommier's Knights Templar Commandery (exterior viewing only) or you can pay a brief visit to its little museum, which has an unusual little religious grotto and a very unusual and interesting original apothecary preserved from the 19th century (you'll see that doctors did actually prescribe weird and unusual treatments that today seem like something from the witch doctor's handbook). This tour does have hills so is only suitable for experienced cyclists, but like other tours with hills the majority of the terrain is gently rolling and the hills are not long or arduous (with one or two brief exceptions, that hill climbers will appreciate).

Click HERE to see the Tour Summary for this tour, which will provide you with a sampling of photos of some of the sights you will see on this tour.

  • Meeting time and train times: We will meet at the bike rental store at 8:45AM and take a 9:31AM train leaving Paris and arriving in Crécy-la-Chapelle at 10:22AM. We will take a train departing from Coulommiers at 3:36PM and arrive in Paris at 4:42PM.

 

  • Total round trip train time: 2 hours

  • Touring Time: 5 hours 15 minutes from train arrival in Crécy-la-Chapelle to train departure from Coulommiers

  • Distance round trip from bike store to train station: 2.5km / 1.5 miles

  • Touring Distance:  30km-35km / 18.5-21.5 miles

  • Total biking distance: 32.5km-37.5km / 20-23 miles

  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate. The topography on this ride is gently rolling to hilly. This is a ride for those who are physically fit, regular bikers that can handle a few hills with ascent times of 5 to 8 minutes. A tour for experienced cyclists.

 

Additional Per Person Costs:

€17.80 (train) + €30 (bike rental)

This tour is only for experienced cyclists used to riding steep hills

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