Loire Cycle Path: Orléans - Saint Nazaire
Wild-romantic all the way to the sea.
Arrival in Orléans
The first day is perfect for the start of the cycle tour. Perfectly signposted, leading on flat terrain throughout and featuring best trail conditions the Loire-cycle path presents its best side. Beautiful views onto the river, the off majestic villa and little palaces keep you on your toes en route to Blois. Apart from the palace the cathedral, the beautifully restored historic centre and the stone bridge across the river Loire are especially worth a visit.
Sample hotel: Anne de Bretagne
Fascinating views onto the gold-shimmering sandbanks of the Loire and with the characteristic cliff dwellings of this region are lying in front of you. Half way along the route the most royal palace of all Loire-palaces awaits: Amboise palace. It was home to five kings and one Roman emperor. Also a genius from the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his last few years here in Amboise, draws attention to it. You can also visit his manor. You proceed along the shores of the Loire until Tours.
Sample hotel: Hampton by Hilton
The river Cher, a Loire tributary, leads you directly to Villandry palace with its terraced gardens. Certainly, you should not miss paying a visit to this famous installation. Every visitor will be amazed by the shadowy footpaths, the flower-bedecked bowers, the fountains and the artistically laid out vegetable gardens. Some kilometres further on you will exchange the bank of the Cher for the bank of the famous Loire. And again you will be tempted by the next castle – Langeais. From the top of the fortified tower (this castle exclusively served for military purposes) you will see the river and its whole surroundings lying in front of you. Via small villages and on side roads you will reach today’s Day Finish – Chinon, impressing visitors with its mighty castle complex.
Sample hotel: Ibis Styles
You leave Chinon with its medieval alleyways and follow the river Vienne to Candes-St. Martin. A charming stroll through the village up to the highest point of the hill enables an impressive view onto the confluence of both rivers Vienne and Loire. Shortly before arriving in Saumur there is a special highlight. The bike path leads right through the mystic rockhouses of Souzey. We highly recommend another panoramic view onto the vast Loire-valley later from Saumur palace.
Sample hotel: Hotel Kyriad Saumur Centre
After some kilometres you enter the vineyards situated at the southern shores of the Loire. On gentle hills you cycle right through the wineyards. Back again at the coast you cycle through quiet, medieval villages towards your next big Day Finish Angers. Be inspired by the lively university town situated at the Maine. In case this tour is too strenuous for you, you can bypass the route by train from Saumur onwards.
Sample hotel: Le Progres
Angers is situtated on the river Maine, the final significant tributary of the Loire before the Atlantic. You follow this river until is joins the river Loire at La Pointe-Bouchemaine. You continue along the foot of a slate-granite massif until Savennières featuring the oldest church of the region. Some of the best wines of the Loire-valley are grown here, fruity, dry white wines – we recommend a visit to one of the vintners. From La Poissonnière the route leads you via dykes with wonderful views onto the river Loire into the trim little town Saint-Florent-le-Vieil.
Sample hotel: Logis Hostellerie la Gabelle
Another day along the Loire river through continuously changing scenery awaits. The Loire now finally enters Brittany and carves through slate- and granit rocks all the way to Nantes. The cycle path changes the side of the river several times, which also includes tackling a few smaller ascents – which again rewards you with beautiful views. The Loire ‚escorts‘ you into the centre of the historic capital of Brittany, Nantes. Although the Loire estuary into the Atlantic is another 70 km away the influence of the sea is already noticable and visible.
Sample hotel: Mercure Grand Hotel
Now the river becomes ever wider, the scenery increasingly placid. You proceed through little villages always to the Loire ending in the Atlantic Ocean. Only the impressive bridge over the Loire River seperates you from Saint Nazaire. Visit the Atlantic shipyard, which is one of the largest ship building corporations in the world, or the submarine bunker, which is also accessible by bike.
Sample hotel: Comfort Hotel de l'Europe
Departure or extension
You cycle on asphalted and gravelled cycle paths, partially also along side roads. There are only a few ascents worth mentioning to be tackled along the very well signposted route, occasionally you may encounter some headwind.
| Season 1 |
01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023
30.09.2023 - 07.10.2023
| Season 2 |
15.04.2023 - 12.05.2023
09.09.2023 - 29.09.2023
| Season 3 |
13.05.2023 - 08.09.2023
|Loire Cycle Path: Orléans - Saint Nazaire, 10 days, FR-LOROS-10X|
|Base price|| |
|Surcharge single room||499.00||499.00||499.00|
Category: 3***-hotels (French classification)
| Season 1 |
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
Sep 30, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023
| Season 2 |
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023
| Season 3 |
May 13, 2023 - Sep 8, 2023
|Double room p. P.||85.00||85.00||85.00|
|Surcharge single room||65.00||65.00||65.00|
|Double room p. P.||65.00||65.00||65.00|
|Surcharge single room||45.00||45.00||45.00|
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Luggage transfer
- EUROBIKE developed route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (GE, EN)
- Navigation-App and GPS-data is available
- Service hotline
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance!
- Return transfer by minibus to Tours or Orléans every Saturday morning, costs per person to Tours EUR 95,- or to Orléans EUR 119,-, costs for your own bike EUR 29,-, reservation is necessary, to be paid in advance
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Orléans, Tours or St. Nazaire train station
- Airport Paris
- Garage approx. EUR 7,- per day in Orléans
- Hotel underground car park approx. EUR 50,- per week in Tours. No reservation possible/necessary
- On weekends direct train connections, bikes can be taken free of charge, from St. Nazaire via Tours to Orléans
Thinigs to note:
- For this trip, high quality rental bikes are provided by our local partner
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!