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The Loire bike path

Wildly romantic to the sea

As one of the last unregulated rivers in Europe, the wild, romantic Loire flows through gently undulating terrain towards the Atlantic Ocean. Following its course along the Loire cycle path from Orléans to Saint Nazaire, it guides the culture-loving cyclist past magnificent castles and blooming gardens back into the glorious past of France – and into a royal cycling pleasure. You can look forward to one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, enjoy the sweet life à la française and admire impressive natural spectacles.
France
Easy to moderate
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

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The tributary of the Loire, the Cher, leads you straight to Villandry castle with its terraced gardens. Of course, you cannot miss a visit to these famous gardens. Shady promenades, flowery arbours, fountains and the artistically laid out vegetable garden will astonish every visitor. A few kilometers further on, you change back to the banks of the Loire, and the next castle already awaits you: Langeais. The view from the defense tower (this castle was only used for military purposes) has the river and the entire surrounding area unfold below you. Passing through small villages and taking by-roads, you approach your  destination Chinon, which impresses visitors with its mighty castle.

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.

After some kilometres you enter the vineyards situated at the southern shores of the Loire.  On gentle hills you cycle right through the vineyards. 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.

Angers is situated 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..

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.

Now the river becomes ever wider, the scenery increasingly placid. You proceed through little villages always downstream to the Loire ending in the Atlantic Ocean. 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..

An extensive recreational bike trip along the Loire has thus come to an end. You would like to take the opportunity and relax for a few more days on the Atlantic Ocean?

The route

You cycle on small filed paths and side roads with light traffic. On some short connecting parts of the route one has to count with heavy traffic. The daily stages are mostly flat to slightly hilly. This is a bike tour that guarantees eventful holiday fun for a normal constitution.

Prices and events

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: Tours
  Season 1
30.03.2024 - 12.04.2024
28.09.2024 - 12.10.2024

saturday
Season 2
13.04.2024 - 10.05.2024
07.09.2024 - 27.09.2024

saturday
Season 3
11.05.2024 - 06.09.2024

saturday
Loire Cycle Path: Tours - Saint Nazaire, 8 days, FR-LORTS-08X
Base price
969.00
1,029.00
1,099.00
Surcharge single room 469.00 469.00 469.00

Sustainability with Rückenwind!

Help us to achieve greater sustainability. If you choose to use the digital route book and forgo the printed version you will help us to reduce our environmental impact and we’ll give you a discount of 20 Euro per room as a thank you.

Season 1
Mar 30, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024
Sep 28, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
saturday
Season 2
Apr 13, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024
saturday
Season 3
May 11, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024
saturday
Loire Cycle Path: Tours - Saint Nazaire, 8 days, FR-LORTS-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
969.00
469.00
1,029.00
469.00
1,099.00
469.00

Sustainability with Rückenwind!

Help us to achieve greater sustainability. If you choose to use the digital route book and forgo the printed version you will help us to reduce our environmental impact and we’ll give you a discount of 20 Euro per room as a thank you.

Season 1
Mar 30, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024
Sep 28, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
Season 2
Apr 13, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024
Season 3
May 11, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024
Tours
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Saint Nazaire
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Tours
  Season 1
Mar 30, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024
Sep 28, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024

saturday
Season 2
Apr 13, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024

saturday
Season 3
May 11, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024

saturday
Tours
Double room p. P. 65.00 65.00 65.00
Surcharge single room 45.00 45.00 45.00
Saint Nazaire
Double room p. P. 65.00 65.00 65.00
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
169.00
259.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services & Extras

Services

Included:

  • 7 Overnights in hotels of the booked category incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • At best elaborated route with maps (GE,EN,FR)
  • Detailed travel documents with maps 1x per room (GE,EN,FR)
  • GPS-Tracks
  • For rental bikes, rental bike insurance
  • 7-days-service-hotline

Not included:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Costs for parking
  • City tax
  • Transfers
  • Optional sightseeings
  • City maps
  • Repairs of own bike
  • Travel Insurances
  • Costs of the private requirements

 

Extras

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Orléans, Tours or St Nazaire train station
  • Airport Paris
  • Garage approx. € 10,- / day in Orléans
  • On weekends, continuous train connections with free bike transport from St. Nazaire via Tours to Orléans.
  • Return transfer by minibus to Tours or Orléans every Saturday morning, cost per person to Tours € 99,- or Orléans € 125,-, for own bike additional € 39,-, reservation required, payable in advance.
 
Hotels

French hotel classification

 

Category X: Overnight stays in quality hotels of the 2*/3* category. All rooms with shower/bath and WC.

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

This tour has 1 more variation

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Barbe S. DE | 30.07.2018
Sehr schöne Tour
Dies ist eine sehr abwechslungsreiche Radtour durch schöne Landschaften und interessante Städte. Gut gefallen hat uns auch die Kombination mit der Atlantikküste. Wir wurden überall sehr freundlich aufgenommen und sind bestimmt nicht das letzte Mal in Frankreich gewesen! Nur die Übernachtung in St. Florent war etwas unglücklich, da dort am Montag alles geschlossen war und es kaum unternehmungsmöglichkeiten gab. Im ganzen ist die Tour absolut empfehlenswert 👍🏻

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