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Bike Tour Along the Marne River
Tour Location
Country:
France
From:
Paris
To:
Paris
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
5.5 hours
Level:
Easy
Terrain:
Flat (mostly)
Bike Options:
Bike included, Loop / Roundtrip
Tour Language:
English
Tour Type:
Family
Cost From:
€47
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
25 Km
Tour Operator:
French Mystique Bike Tours

Bike Tour Along the Marne River

5.5 Hours Easy 25 Km

Our first stop brings us to The Menier Factory, the worlds first automated chocolate bar production facility. Five generations of the Menier family oversaw the construction and operation of one of the worlds largest chocolate production facilities of the 19th century. The factory exemplifies the grand ideals of 19th century industrial era philanthropy whereby the factory was the source of enlightenment and liberation for the workers. Its grand architecture is one expression of this ideal but its defining legacy is the workers village constructed for its employees. The village was the Menier's attempt to improve the lives of their workers by providing them affordable but attractive homes with gardens, education, healthcare, decent wages, entertainment, retirement housing and everything needed for the basics of day to day living. Today it is a charming village of attractive brick town homes and buildings that leaves the visitor nostalgic for a time that once was.

Next, we will ride to the stately château of Champs-sur-Marne and visit its Le Nôtre-inspired gardens.

Along the river we'll learn about guinguettes (famous drinking/dancing establishments), gangsters and some other interesting historical tidbits. Mostly we'll enjoy a beautiful ride along the banks of the river, lined with willows, flowers and 19th century villas.
Options
Train Ticket – €11.40pp
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