Bike Tour to Compiègne and Pierrefonds
We start in the town of Crépy-en-Valois with its quaint cobbled streets, impressive gothic churches, medieval castle and ramparts and an abundance of charm.
Leaving town we enter a valley of forests, meadows and fields dotted with villages touting historic churches. The valley was once the realm of a fairy kingdom in ancient times.
Out of the valley we ascend the heights of a large agricultural plateau to visit some Roman ruins comprised of a small amphitheater, temple and bath. The next part of our ride will take us through the Forest of Compiègne, long a royal hunting ground, where we'll stop by a charming village that was formerly a fortified farm and still boasts a gothic church.
Next we visit one of Frances most spectacular looking châteaux, Pierrefonds. It's no wonder the château is the setting for the BBC television series Merlin, as a more mythical, fairytale looking château would be difficult to find.
After some more riding in the forest, visiting a lovely village on the way, we arrive at Compiègne, a former royal town with a prestigious château built by the Louis XV. The château is now a museum featuring apartments from the 18th and 19th century, a museum of the Second Empire and an automobile museum. The town is loaded with charm with its windy cobbled streets and ancient buildings in the heart of the old town. There are also several notable churches and its impressive town hall and clock tower.
Starting the Day: We start the day meeting at the bike rental store and then pedal through Paris to the train station Gare du Nord. We take the bikes on the train to Crépy-en-Valois and start the ride. At the end of the ride we take the train back from Compiègne to Garde du Nord and then ride to the rental store to return the bikes.
Tour Cost: €285 - This is the price for your group, not a per person cost.
Additional Costs: Train Ticket – €27.30pp Bike Rental – €30pp
Total round trip train time: 1-1/4 hour to 1-3/4 hour
Touring Time: 5.5 to 6.5 hours
Total Tour Time: approx. 7 to 8 hours
Distance: 50km / 30 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Most of the ride is on slightly undulating to flat terrain. There is one 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 to do this tour.