Bike Tour in Picardy
We start in the town of Villers-Cotterêts, birthplace of writer Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo) and where Francis I built a château and signed a decree proclaiming French to be the official language of the kingdom.
We move into the countryside and shortly after we stop in the village of Vez to view its impressive medieval keep. Just down the road we pass a picturesque abbey ruin and ride through several charming villages and some scenic countryside before arriving at the lovely village of Morienval, whose gothic church is noted for being among the first to use the ribbed vaulting technique and which displays several medieval and Renaissance statues.
Next we'll visit some Roman ruins comprised of a small amphitheater, temple and bath complex. From the amphitheater we'll ride on designated scenic roads through the countryside and charming villages.
Our journey ends in Crépy-en-Valois. Crépy-en-Valois is a little gem of a medieval village with quaint streets, old buildings, gothic churches and a medieval castle and ramparts.
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 Villers-Cotterêts and start the ride. At the end of the ride we take the train back from Crépy-en-Valois to Garde du Nord and then ride to the rental store to return the bikes.
Tour Cost: 270€ - This is the price for your group, not a per person cost.
Additional Costs: Train Ticket – 26.40€pp Bike Rental – 30€pp
Total round trip train time: 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 Hours
Touring Time: 6.5 hours
Total Tour Time: 8 hours
Distance: 50km / 31 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. There are three or four small hills on this ride but most of the ride is on slightly undulating to flat terrain. There is one somewhat steep hill with an ascent time of 5+ minutes but the other smaller hills will also require some effort so you should be fit to do this tour. This tour is best suited to those who ride regularly and are fit.