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Paris and the Impressionists' Seine

[ Cycle routes The Avenue Verte London <> Paris ]
  • 54.5 km

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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The 4 stages of the section « Paris and the Impressionists' Seine »

  • Paris / Saint-Denis

    Paris / Saint-Denis [12.6 km]

    The last leg of the journey follows the waterways traditionally taken by boatmen to travel in and out of central Paris. You finish the trip in the historic heart of the capital, on l'île de la Cité, opposite Notre-Dame Cathedral. The building is stunning, with its breathtaking nave, its magnificent stained-glass windows and its fantastical gargoyles, plus it remains a very lively place, as well as one that is deeply spiritual.

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  • Saint-Denis / Nanterre

    Saint-Denis / Nanterre [11.3 km]

    Heading east along the Seine, from Colombes, you cut out the river's meander along which lies Gennevilliers's port. The cycle path in fact follows the route of the new T1 tramway from Gennevilliers to Saint-Denis station, taking you into this multi-ethnic city north of central Paris, dominated by its Gothic catehdral where most of the kings of France were buried.

    Difficulty: Expert view the detail
  • Nanterre / Le Pecq

    Nanterre / Le Pecq [13.8 km]

    From Le Pecq, opposite St-Germain-en-Laye on the Seine, a greenway follows the north bank of the river round towards Chatou. Here, you join the Promenade Bleue, a tourist cycle route plunging you into a world painted so memorably by the Impressionists, taking you past remarkable islands and parks. Cross the graceful footbridge over Nanterre's dock.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • Le Pecq / Conflans

    Le Pecq / Conflans [16.8 km]

    The proud historic boatmen's town of Conflans-Ste-Honorine stands at the confluence of the Oise River and the Seine. Take care because of the uneven road surface around here. A footbridge carries you across the Seine into the Forest of St-Germain-en-Laye, cutting out a meander in the river, taking you across to the waterside town of Maisons-Laffitte. The Seine then becomes your companion heading south.

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