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The Loire by bike

From Tours to St Brévin les Pins

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730€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Tours to St Brévin les Pins, discover the Loire and its estuary, by bike.

Ride at your own pace along pretty cycle paths and quiet roads, between the Loire levees and Angevine countryside, fertile valleys and the Nantaise area before reaching the beautiful estuary.

Don’t forget to rebuild your strength by tasting fresh fish from the Loire, the region’s famous biscuits and local oysters - there really is something for everyone!

  • DestinationFrance, Loire Valley
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip8 days and 7 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Cycling along the longest cycle route in France: La Loire by bike
  • Varied landscapes stretching out to the horizon
  • Gastronomic specialities
  • A beautiful arrival into St Brévin les Pins

Complementary informations

  • Accommodation in hotels
  • 8 days 7 nights including 6 days of cycling

Program

  • Day 1

    Tours

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    The city warmly welcomes you into its historic neighbourhoods, with the heart of the city located on the famous Place Plum’: a place held dear to the Tourangeaux. Don’t forget to try out the local specialities at one of the many ‘guinguettes’ of the city: fried delicacies from the Loire or a ‘sandre (Zander fish) au beurre blanc’, accompanied by a cold glass of wine, just for you. Night in a B&B.

  • Day 2

    From Tours to Chinon

    • Distance : 68 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Momentarily step out of the Loire to reach the banks of the River Cher. Villandry awaits you, inviting you into its three-tier, terraced gardens. Next, part ways with the River Cher to take in a chateau built on the Ile de l’Indre: Azay-le-Rideau. Rejoin the Loire and discover the Château de Rigny-Ussé; a castle straight out of a fairytale and which is otherwise known as the Château of Sleeping Beauty. Next, head south towards Chinon, crossing the famous vineyards (which have been given AOC status), to arrive at a 12th century château which hosted the meeting of Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) and the future King Charles VII. Don’t hesitate to taste the local wines, including Rabelais, which has been noted for its quality since the 16th century. Night in Chinon in a B&B.

  • Day 3

    From Chinon to Saumur

    • Distance : 39 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    After the previous day’s epicurean stage, hop back on your bike and head towards Candes St Martin, at the mouth of the Vienne and the Loire. If you are tempted by the thrill of a detour, you have the option to visit Fontevraud with its royal abbey, which is one of the largest in Europe. Constructed in 1101, the abbey was transformed over many centuries, from monastery to prison! You can also explore the extensive troglodytic cliffs, before arriving in Saumur; a town dominated by its majestic château… You are now in the capital of horseback riding,  so go and discover the Cadre Noir de Saumur at the National Equine School. You can also taste the celebrated Saumur Brut in of the many troglodytic caves of the town - you will be spoilt for choice! Night in Saumur in a B&B.

  • Day 4

    From Saumur to Angers

    • Distance : 56 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    As you leave Saumur, ride along the left bank of the Loire. The rich architectural heritage transports you back in time: the dungeon and Roman church of Trèves, the Prieurial church in Cunault, the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre in Gennes…Continue along the levee and don’t miss a break in the superb village of Thoureil- this former barge port still houses many typical guinguettes. Switch over to the other river bank now to cross through ancient marshlands created by the levees along the River Loire. Next, leave the royal river and take the ferry across the Authion, passing the impressive Trélazé slate quarries to arrive in Angers, a city dominated by its imposing bi-colour château, overlooking the Maine. Night in Angers.

  • Day 5

    From Angers to St Florent le Vieil

    • Distance : 47 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Leave the Maine to rejoin the Loire at the river mouth and the village of Bouchemaine. Then, enter the Angevine countryside, following along the river and its many islands. Take a welcome pause amongst beautiful sculptures in the village of Montjean. Then continue along the levee as far as St Florent le Vieil, the birthplace of Julien Gracq. Night in St Florent le Vieil.


     

  • Day 6

    From St Florent le Veil to Nantes

    • Distance : 56 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    With the Loire ever-present, you enter the Loire Atlantique at Ancenis, continuing on to reach the pretty village of Oudon. Riding on along cycle paths, between the hills and the Divatte levee, you quickly arrive in Nantes. As you are welcomed into the City of Dukes, be seduced by its many architectural, cultural and historical relics… Don’t miss the opportunity to get lost in its ports, go and say hello to the famous Elephant of the Ile des Machines, take a stroll through the covered passages and the medieval district of Bouffas. The Château of the Dukes of Brittany and the cathedral are also well worth a look… Night in Nantes in a hotel, on a B&B basis.

  • Day 7

    From Nantes to St Brévin les Pins

    • Distance : 59 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    And we’re off again - hop back on your bike and let the Loire guide you to the Atlantic. Staying on the right bank, ride along the quays, taking in beautiful views of the Ile de Nantes and its harbour on the Loire. In Couëron, you board the Pellerin ferry to cross to the other side and rejoin the Canal de la Martinière.  With the St Nazaire bridge in your sights, rejoin the Loire Estuary and head south to reach the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. 
    Night in a hotel in St Brévin, on a B&B basis.

  • Day 8

    St Brévin

      End of trip after breakfast.

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Formalities

      • A valid official ID.
      • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
         
    • Accompanying

      Free Ride:
      Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

    • Luggage

      You only carry the items of the day and the picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle.

      1 piece/person and limited to 15kg/piece.

    • Food

      Picnics and dinners are not planned.

      For each step, we offer a non-exhaustive list of restaurants of different categories with their contact details.

    • Accommodation

      Nights in double rooms in hotels and/ or guest rooms.

      Bed and Breakfast (night and breakfast included)

      We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

      Selection: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 to 3 people in hotels or guest rooms, of category ** or ***.  Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you. (Single room option - See rates on our website)

    • Difficulty level

      You have a good physical condition and regularly practice cycling over long distances. Stages from 39 to 59 km per day. Very good pavement of bike paths, roads with low traffic. No elevation gain.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      DEPARTURE AND APPOINTMENT: Free departure from 2 people.  Arrival in Tours (37)

      How to get there:

      By car: Highway A10, direction Tours

      By train: Train station of Tours-centre or St Pierre des Corps + shuttle

      By plane: Airport of Tours then shuttle to the city center

    • Options

      - Bike rental + equipment,

      - Additional accommodation before or after the stay,

      See rates on the website or consult us.

    Dates and price

    Information

    Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
    For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Premium hotel version
    Registration at 2 people780
    Registration at 3 people770
    Registration at 4 people750
    Registration at 6 people730

    Options

    Single room supplement (Selection formula): 160 €

    The price includes

    - Reservation of accommodation, in B&B formula (night and breakfast provided, free dinner not included)

    - The topoguide with extracts of official maps La Loire à Vélo

    - Daily luggage transport: 1 piece of luggage per person, maximum 15 kg

    - Organisation and logistics costs

    - LaRébenne Emergency Hotline

    The price does not include

    - Dinners and picnics,

    - Beverages,

    - Personal expenses,

    - Personal bicycle equipment (helmets, gloves),

    - Bicycles,

    - Transportation to the meeting point,

    - The return to Tours from St Brévin les Pins (www.sncf-connect.com),

    - Entries into tourist sites,

    - Parking,

    - Insurance.

    The destination

    • Loire Valley

      The Loire Valley offers of course magnificent panoramas on the river, but also the unmissable castles of the Loire, natural parks, charming villages, a unique gastronomic offer. To say, the Loire Valley is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since November 30, 2000 as a cultural landscape. Nothing but that!

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