Paris, known as the City of Light, is a metropolis rich in culture, history and surprises. However, if you're looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and an outdoor adventure, the Véloscénie is the ideal route. This 450-kilometre long cycle route links Paris to the majestic Mont Saint-Michel, crossing some of France's most beautiful landscapes. With 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 2 to 3 day escapades, and a total journey of 7 to 10 days, the Véloscénie offers an adventure to suit all tastes.
The first few kilometres of La Véloscénie from Paris
If you're looking for a shorter experience, we invite you to enjoy an exciting micro-adventure along the first few kilometres of the Véloscénie. This section is remarkably well signposted, bearing the distinctive Véloscénie logo along the way. You'll discover some unusual places along the way, and rest assured that equipment is available to deal with any breakdowns.
From Porte de Vanves to Domaine de la Vallée du Loup
Your adventure begins at our bike hire agency, Paulette, located at 115 Rue Brancion. From there, you'll head to Porte de Vanves, where you'll hop on your bikes and take to the well-maintained cycle lanes. You'll pass through the bustling streets of Paris before setting course for the Domaine de la Vallée du Loup, a stopover that opens onto an exceptional experience.
From the Vallée du Loup to the Domaine and Parc de Sceaux
Along the way, you'll reach the Domaine and Parc de Sceaux, which you can easily reach via the coulée verte. This park and its château are a haven of peace for nature lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike. Stroll through the carefully tended gardens, picnic by the fountains and admire the sculptures that adorn the estate.
From Jouy-en-Josas to Versailles: A Passage through Culture
As you continue your adventure towards Versailles, don't forget to make some important cultural stops. Explore the Musée français de la photographie in Bièvres, delve into the literary heritage at the Musée littéraire de Victor Hugo, and discover the fascinating history of the toile de Jouy and its famous manufacture founded by Oberkampf at the Musée de la toile de Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas. Each of these stops adds a cultural dimension to your trip.
From Jouy-en-Josas to Versailles
Your final stop will take you to the city of Versailles, renowned for its sumptuous palace and lush gardens. Explore the Château de Versailles, a masterpiece of classical French architecture, and stroll through the formal gardens that surround it.
If you're keen to extend your adventure, there are bike drop-off points along the Véloscénie route. You'll find them in Chartres, Alençon and even Mont Saint-Michel, making the logistics of your trip easier.
La Véloscénie offers you a unique opportunity to discover the treasures of France while nurturing your passion for cycling. Pack your gear, hop on your bike and set off on a memorable cycling micro-adventure. Have a great trip!
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