Beach in Saint Nazaire
Grapes in Chinon
Cycle path on the Loire
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Loire Cycle Path: Tours - Saint Nazaire

Wild-romantic all the way to the sea.

The wild-romantic Loire is one of Europe’s last remaining unregulated rivers flowing through gently undulating terrain towards the Atlantic. This river accompanies the culture-enthusiastic cycling-holidaymaker following its course along the Loire-cycle path from Orléans until Saint Nazaire past magnificent palaces and blooming gardens taking you back into France‘s glorious past – and you are off into the heart of the royal cycling holiday bliss. Look forward to one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, enjoy the sweet life à la francaise and admire impressive natural spectacles.

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Medium
Medium
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

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 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Tours
  Season 1
03.04.2021 - 23.04.2021
25.09.2021 - 09.10.2021

Arrival Saturday
Season 2
24.04.2021 - 18.06.2021
04.09.2021 - 24.09.2021

Arrival Saturday
Season 3
19.06.2021 - 03.09.2021

Arrival Saturday
Loire Cycle Path: Tours - Saint Nazaire, 8 days, FR-LORTS-08X
Base price
699.00
759.00
799.00
Surcharge single room 369.00 369.00 369.00

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

Season 1
Apr 3, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021
Sep 25, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Arrival Saturday
Season 2
Apr 24, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021
Arrival Saturday
Season 3
Jun 19, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021
Arrival Saturday
Loire Cycle Path: Tours - Saint Nazaire, 8 days, FR-LORTS-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
699.00
369.00
759.00
369.00
799.00
369.00

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

Season 1
Apr 3, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021
Sep 25, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Season 2
Apr 24, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021
Season 3
Jun 19, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021
Tours
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Saint Nazaire
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
65.00
110.00
55.00
100.00
65.00
110.00
55.00
100.00
65.00
110.00
55.00
100.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Tours
  Season 1
Apr 3, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021
Sep 25, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021

Arrival Saturday
Season 2
Apr 24, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021

Arrival Saturday
Season 3
Jun 19, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021

Arrival Saturday
Tours
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb 65.00 65.00 65.00
Extra night sgl/bb 110.00 110.00 110.00
Saint Nazaire
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb 55.00 55.00 55.00
Extra night sgl/bb 100.00 100.00 100.00
Filter
21-gear unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear gents incl. rental bike insurance
7-gear incl. rental bike insurance
rental bike PLUS incl. rental bike insurance
Electric bike incl. rental bike insurance
85.00
85.00
85.00
129.00
189.00

Our rental bikes

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance!
  • Return transfer by minibus to Tours every Saturday morning, costs EUR 79 per person incl. your bike, reservation is necessary, to be paid for at the time.
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Orléans, Tours or St. Nazaire train station
  • Public, fee-based covered car parks in Orléans
  • Multy-storey car park at the hotel approx. EUR 40 to EUR 45per 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.
Carina Glück
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Carina Glück, Customer Service
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