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Chartres / Illiers-Combray

[ Cycle routes Veloscenic, Paris <> Mont-St-Michel ] [ Between Eure and Loir Valleys ]
  • 33.3 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

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.

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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.

Railway station

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

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



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 

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Marcel Proust and Aunt Léonie's House

The great novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922) made the little town of Illiers famous, describing it in fascinating detail under the name of Combray in his great work, A la Recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time). As a boy, between the ages of six and nine, Proust came regularly to Illiers to stay with his aunt, whose house near the church has become a museum. In 1971, the literary name of Combray was added to the town's name to mark the centenary of Proust's birth!  




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