Accomodation and route along the Seine

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MachFran
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Accomodation and route along the Seine

Postby MachFran » 22 Jun 2016, 10:40am

Hi
I am planning a ride with the family (Retired member + two adult children) from Dives sur Mer (next to Cabourg) in Normandy to Paris along the Seine at the beginning of September. This will be a leisurely ride over 4 or 5 days taking in some of the interesting places en route, Rouen & Giverney for example. I should be grateful if any members know of bike friendly hotels for the stop overs and advice on routes which would take us away from busy roads and into good scenery preferably along the river.

I set up a preliminary route on www.routeyou.com, using some of the existing routes. Cabourg to Deauville is already set up, so I added Deauville (Trouville) to Honfleur and Honfleur to Tancarville where the route then follows the Le Havre to Paris route.

http://www.routeyou.com/fr-fr/route/vie ... -deauville
http://www.routeyou.com/en-fr/route/vie ... o-honfleur
http://www.routeyou.com/en-fr/route/vie ... ancarville
http://www.routeyou.com/en-fr/route/vie ... avre-paris

I have also downloaded the contact details of the French cycle clubs along the way but have not contacted any yet to see if they could give some advice. Would this be a good idea?

Any advice would be welcome.

sail&fish
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Re: Accomodation and route along the Seine

Postby sail&fish » 22 Jun 2016, 1:43pm

We did a trip similar to this last year starting in Le Havre, heading North before heading towards Rouen and Paris. 2 adults and 3 children age 13-18. Some of our route might be similar and the following might be helpful if you are at the budget end of the market:

prior to Rouen we stayed at le-relais-du-passage-de-la-roche: http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/le-rela ... b1a;dcid=5 . This was right beside the Seine in quite a rural area, we locked the bikes to a tree in the garden.

In Rouen we stayed at Hotel arts-et-seine: http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/arts-et ... 22c;dcid=2 . This had a secure Courtyard where we stored the bikes.

Near Les Andelys we stayed in some huts/lodges at reves-de-nature: http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/reves-d ... 22c;dcid=2 . This was not beside the Seine but brilliant if it is your thing. Again, quite remote and we locked our bikes up under shelter. They also gave us a free beer which we obviously looked like we needed as it is on top of the hill.

At Les Mureaux we stayed in a Formula 1. We have used these before and lock all the bikes together against a railing, lamp post or something.

Our next stop was Versailles where we stayed at appart-city-saint-cyr-l-ecole: http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/appart- ... 22c;dcid=2. This was an appartment hotel which appeared bike friendly as they were accommodating 100 or so participants in the Paris-Brest-Paris bike race. They allowed bikes upstairs with a damage deposit.

In Paris we used Air BnB and stayed in a place titled "very high in Paris". They had a garage in an underground car park for our bikes. Our bikes returned on eurostar 48 hours before we left and we resorted to the velib-bikes but it sometimes took time to round 5 up.

It was a great trip with lots to see. Sometimes we followed the river, other times we diverted away using an old fashioned map for both a change in scenary and gradient. There were lots of ferrys over the Seine which were free and marked on our map but they are not 24 hours.

Good luck and hope you enjoy it.

MachFran
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Re: Accomodation and route along the Seine

Postby MachFran » 22 Jun 2016, 5:42pm

Dear sail&fish
Thank you for a detailed and very useful reply, I will use the links for the preparation.

Our trip will be a bit shorter time wise than yours as one of the days will be spent in Paris, so we may not visit all the places you mention. I wasn't aware of the ferries across the Seine so that may be something we could use. I have some Michelin paper maps so these may show the location of the ferries.

It sounds like you had a good time, lets hope the weather is kind to us when we go.

Best regards & thanks again.

sail&fish
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Re: Accomodation and route along the Seine

Postby sail&fish » 22 Jun 2016, 6:55pm

The ferry website is http://www.seinemaritime.net/nos-action ... aires.html there is a pdf with maps and times
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MachFran
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Re: Accomodation and route along the Seine

Postby MachFran » 24 Jun 2016, 12:35pm

Dear sail&fish
Thanks for the information on the ferries. A quick check shows that using them may cut down some of the journey.
Regards