33,18 Km
2 h 10 min
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33,18 km cycling route from Chartres to Illiers-Combray

After a last look back at luminous Chartres Cathedral, this stage leads you on towards the Loir (without an 'e') Valley and Illiers-Combray. This place is devoted to memory of the great novelist Marcel Proust. Around Illiers, the countryside begins to change from the Beauce Plain to the more undulating landscapes that typify the Perche area.

Elevation of the stage

40 m 74 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 15,46 km By road: 17,71 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 33,18 km


You leave Chartres following the Eure Valley west. You rejoin the Beauce Plateau, where a network of cycle tracks leads to Fontenay-sur-Eure. Then you continue on quiet roads through cereal-farming country down to Illiers-Combray. Note that there are few facilities for cyclists along this stage of the route.

Take care when using the bicycle path between Lucé and Fontenay-sur-Eure. Some bumps have been reported (May 2020).

Railway station

Chartres station : many Express Regional Transport (TER) from and to Paris-Montparnasse

Illiers-Combray station : many Express Rgional Transport (TER) from and to Chartres

Tourism Offices

  • Chartres : +33 2 37 18 26 26
  • Illiers-Combray : +33 2 37 24 24 00

Not to be missed

Chartres : the cathedral - The International Centre of stained glass, +33 2 37 21 65 72 - The fine arts museum, +33 2 37 90 45 80 -  The picassiette house – parks and gardens

Illiers-Combray :  Aunt Léonie's House (A la Recherche du temps perdu - Marcel Proust) – wash house 

Link routes and alternatives to this stage

This stage includes 3 liaisons (purple on the map)
Liaison 1
GPX track
Liaison 2
GPX track
Liaison 3
GPX track

Accommodation on the stage

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