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Loire Cycle Path: Orléans - Saint Nazaire

Wild-romantic all the way to the sea.

Royal, romantic, idyllic, vibrant, relaxed - our 10-day cycle tour along the Loire, which starts in melodious Orléans and ends in picturesque Saint Nazaire on the Atlantic coast, is all this and much more. Explore with us the famous castles, the artistic gardens, the wildly beautiful landscape and the great cities. But don't forget the pleasures of the French way of life!

Details of the tour from Orléans to Saint Nazaire

When people think of Orléans, they often associate the originally Celtic city with Joan of Arc, who saved the city in 1429. The eventful history is reflected in many sights, such as the Cathedral. Linger a little at the delightful Place du Martroi before setting off with your energies charged.

Blois, Tours, Chinon, Nantes and, last but not least, Saint Nazaire: on your journey you will discover beautiful, lively cities where French traditions blend beautifully with modernity. France is world famous for its cuisine and Loire Valley for its regional specialities. Taste tarte tatin, quince jelly, goat cheese and, as you get closer to the Atlantic, the specialities of the sea and, of course, the first-class wines.

Highlights of the 10-day cycling tour along the Loire Cyle Path

  • The impressive cultural monuments of the Loire castles: Around 400 castles make this region so unique and spectacular. You will get to know the Cháteau d'Amboise, among others, which was converted from a medieval fort to a Renaissance château and where Leonardo da Vinci also spent some years. The castles of Villandry, Lengeais and Saumur are also on the route.
  • Idyllic natural experience: The few climbs on the tour provide magnificent views of the Loire Valley. The Loire is not slowed down by any dams or locks here; it is one of the last rivers to flow completely freely. From Nantes onwards, you can increasingly notice the maritime influences before the wildly beautiful Atlantic coast spreads out before you.
  • Lively French towns: explore Blois by coach, visit one of the wine cellars around Chinon, stroll through the alleys of Saint-Florent-de-Vieil and visit one of the world's largest shipyards in Saint Nazaire - one thing we can promise you: you will come home with countless memories.
  • A bold leap into the waves of the Atlantic: Beautiful seaside resorts, sandy and rocky coastlines - at this point, the Atlantic not only invites you to swim, but also to linger. If possible, add a few more days to your beach holiday...

Useful information about the tour to the Atlantic Coast

The route runs mostly along cycle paths or quiet side roads, the quality of which is very good. We provide you with detailed travel documents that will help you to easily reach all destinations. The tour is suitable for cyclists of all abilities, the 40 to 75 km long stages have only a few steep inclines.

 

Medium
Medium
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Itinerary

Sample hotel: des Cedres

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: Ibis Styles Tours

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

 

Tour character

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.

Prices and events

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Orléans
  Season 1
09.04.2022 - 22.04.2022
01.10.2022 - 08.10.2022

arrival thursday
Season 2
23.04.2022 - 20.05.2022
10.09.2022 - 30.09.2022

arrival thursday
Season 3
21.05.2022 - 09.09.2022

arrival thursday
Loire Cycle Path: Orléans - Saint Nazaire, 10 days, FR-LOROS-10X
Base price
949.00
999.00
1,049.00
Surcharge single room 469.00 469.00 469.00

Category: 3***-hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 8, 2022
arrival thursday
Season 2
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022
arrival thursday
Season 3
May 21, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
arrival thursday
Loire Cycle Path: Orléans - Saint Nazaire, 10 days, FR-LOROS-10X
Base price
Surcharge single room
949.00
469.00
999.00
469.00
1,049.00
469.00

Category: 3***-hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 8, 2022
Season 2
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022
Season 3
May 21, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
Orléans
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Saint Nazaire
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
79.00
65.00
55.00
45.00
79.00
65.00
55.00
45.00
79.00
65.00
55.00
45.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Orléans
  Season 1
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 8, 2022

arrival thursday
Season 2
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022

arrival thursday
Season 3
May 21, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022

arrival thursday
Orléans
Double room p. P. 79.00 79.00 79.00
Surcharge single room 65.00 65.00 65.00
Saint Nazaire
Double room p. P. 55.00 55.00 55.00
Surcharge single room 45.00 45.00 45.00
Filter
21-gear unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear gents incl. rental bike insurance
rental bike PLUS incl. rental bike insurance
Electric bike incl. rental bike insurance
99.00
99.00
155.00
219.00
Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (GE, EN)
  • Navigation-App and GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance!
  • Return transfer by minibus to Tours or Orléans every Saturday morning, costs per person to Tours EUR 79,- or to Orléans EUR 99,- ,costs for your own bike EUR 19,-, reservation is necessary, to be paid in advance
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Orléans, Tours or St. Nazaire train station
  • Airport Paris
  • Public, fee-based covered car parks in Orléans
  • Hotel underground car park approx. EUR 40 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:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Julia Bann
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Julia Bann, Travel specialist
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