You want to try the cycling adventure that will take you all the way to the sea thanks to the Seine by bike route but you don't know exactly how much time you need to plan? Paulette - bike rental gives you some tips on how to best estimate the duration of your cycling adventure! The main thing to know is that there is no universal duration, everything depends on different criteria, notably the composition of your group, your desires and your physical condition.
Estimate your pace and your desires along your cycling trip.
The length of the Seine cycle route will vary according to different criteria, so it is essential to define them before organising your cycle trip. You will need to answer the following questions:
Who are the people you are travelling with? Do they all have the same pace and level of endurance? Are you travelling with your family, especially with children? Note that electric bicycles can be an alternative for heterogeneous groups.
Do you want to pedal all day to make rapid progress or would you prefer to be able to combine cycling with other activities: cultural visits, hikes etc.?
Would you like to cycle the entire Seine à Vélo from Paris to Deauville or Le Havre, or just one or more sections?
Is this your first trip by bike or are you used to this type of adventure? It is necessary to bear in mind that as the kilometres go by, fatigue starts to accumulate.
Would you like to make detours along the Seine by bike to visit certain towns or monuments that are not on the route?
Once you have thought about all these questions, you will have a clearer idea of the number of kilometres you need to cover each day, and thus define your stages along the Seine by bike.
How many kilometres can I cycle per day?
- At an "average" pace, if you cycle for 4 to 5 hours, you will complete stages of around 40/50 kilometres per day, which means that you will cover the whole of the Seine à Vélo in 9 days.
- A slower pace is preferable, especially if you are cycling with children, want to visit the many points of interest along the Seine by Bike or combine your cycling adventure with other activities. You can target stages of 35-40 km per day and count on a dozen days of cycling. Don't hesitate to plan days without cycling so that you can take advantage of all that the route has to offer and take short breaks, especially for the children (and your calves!)
- For a more sustained pace, which will suit the more athletic, you can imagine stages of 80-100 km per day. This way, you can cover the whole of the Seine à Vélo route in 4-5 days!
Once again, all these data are indicative, it is necessary to identify your pace and the desires of the group to program the different stages.
What are the main stages of the Seine by bike?
As you can see, the stages you will complete will depend on the pace you adopt on your bike. We have listed the main stages of the route here.
We advise you to start from this list in order to plan the stages of your cycling adventure. Some people will do two stages on the same day, while others will cut one stage in two. And there is no right answer, the best option is the one that suits you and allows you to finish your cycling adventure looking forward to the next one.
From Paris to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (55 kilometres by bike)
During this stage, put your bike down to visit the Parc des Impressionnistes!
Conflans- Mantes-la-Jolie (47 kilometres by bike)
Take time to visit the Parc du Peuple de l'Herbe and the Villa Savoye, built by the famous architect Le Corbusier. Visits that will quickly make you forget the hustle and bustle of Paris!
Mantes-la-Jolie - Vernon (44 kilometres by bike)
En route, you can stop off along the Seine à Vélo to visit the Château and the vegetable garden of La Roche-Guyon.
Vernon - Poses (56 kilometres by bike)
On this stage, enjoy the splendid view of the Seine from the Château Gaillard!
Poses - Rouen (46 kilometres by bike)
The discovery of the city of a hundred steeples at the end of a cycling stage is worth its weight in gold!
Rouen - Jumièges (54 kilometres by bike)
On this stage you cycle through the Boucles de la Seine Regional Nature Park. You pedal along the fruit road, which is lined with fields of crops; many local producers will welcome you during your breaks!
Jumièges - Maris-Vernier (43 kilometres by bike)
Here again, there are many possible visits as you cycle along the thatched cottage road which passes through many typical villages. Cycling offers the freedom to stop when a monument, a town or a café catches your eye.
Maris-Vernier - Honfleur (26 kilometres by bike)
Between Honfleur and the village of Berville-sur-Mer, you have the choice of visiting a condensed Norman authenticity!
Honfleur - Deauville (47 kilometres by bike)
You have arrived at your destination! Drop off your bikes and enjoy all the Normandy specialities! A seafood platter and a glass of dry white wine to start with?
If you would like more information about this route, we recommend that you visit the website of La Seine à Vélo. Or give us a call and we'll be happy to advise you.
For more simplicity in the logistics of your organisation, go to our Paulette agency in Paris, located at 115 Rue Brancion in the 15th arrondissement, where you can rent your bikes on departure and drop them off in Rouen or Deauville on arrival! No need to think about how to bring your bikes back. You pick them up at the start with all the accessories you might need and leave them at the finish of your cycling adventure.
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