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La réputation touristique de Paris n'est plus à faire, mais sait on assez que l'Île-de-France, aujourd'hui Paris Région qui l'entoure, est une destination française des plus agréables à découvrir à vélo ? L'Île-de-France est dotée d'un patrimoine remarquable : châteaux et palais royaux ou impériaux, villages et villes historiques, églises et cathédrales merveilleuses... La nature est également bien présente avec d'immenses forêts, de puissantes rivières et autres canaux qui sont autant de terrains de jeux alléchants pour les cyclistes. Et, Paris étant Paris, de nombreux grands itinéraires y convergent, tels que l'Avenue Verte London-Paris ou la Véloscénie Paris Le mont Saint-Michel à vélo, et bientôt bien d'autres décrits sur ce site...

cycling route in Paris-Île-de-France :

  • Paris and the Impressionists' Seine

    Paris and the Impressionists' Seine [54.5 km]

    Paris > St-Denis > Nanterre > Le Pecq > Conflans-Ste-Honorine
    • Family from Nanterre to Le Pecq and from Le Pecq to Conflans-Ste-Honorine
    • Intermediate from Paris to St-Denis
    • Expert from St-Denis to Nanterre

    Along the final section of the Avenue Verte, you switch from the Oise to the Seine at Conflans-Ste-Honorine, an historic boatmen's port at the confluence of the two rivers. You then follow the meanders in the Seine eastwards, crossing the Forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Maisons-Laffitte. After enjoying a further meander in the great river, you join the Promenade Bleue from Rueil-Malmaison to Colombes, a route paying homage to the Impressionists who painted river scenes along here so memorably. As you cycle beside the Seine, passing through riverside parks and close to islands in the river, you can still feel the atmosphere the Impressionists enjoyed. Crossing to the multicultural cathedral city of Saint-Denis, the route then takes you into the French capital via stretches of canal traditionally used by boatmen before you arrive beside the Seine in central Paris. You end your trip on the wonderful Ile de la Cité, outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame.

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  • Along the Banks of the Oise

    Along the Banks of the Oise [39.3 km]

    Conflans-Ste-Honorine > Auvers-sur-Oise > Asnières-sur-Oise
    • Intermediate from Conflans-Ste-Honorine to Auvers-sur-Oise and from Auvers-sur-Oise to Asnières-sur-Oise

    You follow the Oise River from Picardy into the Ile-de-France region in this section, switching from one bank of the river to the other as you head down from Royaumont abbey via L'Isle-Adam and Auvers-sur-Oise to Pontoise. You can stop at many remarkable towns and villages along this stretch and you'll discover how this part of the Oise Valley proved a source of inspiration for many great painters, most notably Vincent Van Gogh.

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  • The Vexin Area and the Epte Valley

    The Vexin Area and the Epte Valley [114.2 km]

    Conflans-Ste-Honorine > Vigny > Villarceaux > Bray-et-Lu > Gisors > St-Germer-de-Fly > Vernon
    • Family from Bray-et-Lu to Gisors and from Bray-et-Lu to Vernon
    • Intermediate from Conflans-Ste-Honorine to Vigny and from Vigny to Villarceaux and from Villarceaux to Bray-et-Lu and from Gisors to St-Germer-de-Fly

    This section of the Avenue Verte takes you through historic frontier territories. You start by following the Normandy-Picardy border, passing via the important frontier town of Gisors. You then enter the former border territory between Normandy and the Ile-de-France (the region surrounding Paris), as you cross through the unspoilt areas of the Vexin Normand and Vexin Français. You'll pass by many beautiful old villages, forts and manors along the way. As an extra treat, make a short but memorable detour down the Epte Valley to Giverny near the Seine, where you can visit Monet's famed Impressionist gardens.

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  •  Paris and the Ile-de-France Region

    Paris and the Ile-de-France Region [92.6 km]

    Paris > Massy > Versailles > St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse > Rambouillet > Limours > St-Arnoult-en-Yvelines > Épernon
    • Family from Paris to Massy and from Massy to Versailles
    • Intermediate from Massy to Limours and from Limours to St-Arnoult-en-Yvelines and from St-Arnoult-en-Yvelines to Rambouillet
    • Expert from Versailles to St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and from St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse to Rambouillet

    The kilometer zero of French routes marks the beginning of your Veloscenic journey! Find the famous wind rose marking this point in front of Notre Dame Cathedral before leaving the City of Lights. Once you have reached Montparnasse, the Coulée Verte (greenway) leads you southwest, away from motorized traffic, to Sceaux and Massy. Then, you follow in the Sun King’s footsteps heading to Versailles and take a breath of fresh air in the Chevreuse Valley and the forest of Rambouillet. Another way offers a less hilly route by Orsay, Limours and Saint-Arnoult in Yvelines. This option (in red on the map) is not signposted yet. We advise to download the roadbooks and gps tracks or prefer the route by Versailles.

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  • The Royal Eure Valley

    The Royal Eure Valley [37.5 km]

    Épernon > Maintenon > Chartres
    • Intermediate from Épernon to Maintenon and from Maintenon to Chartres

    This short but pleasant section of La Véloscénie takes you from Epernon to Chartres. Meander through the Drouette Valley before joining the royal Eure Valley. The way along little roads leads to Maintenon's grand château and aqueduct. Pretty villages line the Eure as you join a greenway, with the towers of Chartres's Notre-Dame Cathedral calling from afar. You arrive at the dramatic capital of stained glass and light, the city of Chartres.

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