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