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The Loire Valley - from Nevers to Atlantic coast
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The Loire Valley - from Nevers to Atlantic coast
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Bike Tour: The Loire Valley - from Nevers to Atlantic coast - 15 days


The total ‘Loire à Vélo’ route runs from Nevers to ‘l'Océan‘, let's say from ‘source' to mouth. The route can be divided into 3 various stages which can also be booked separately. You can add additional detours during this trip. This excellently marked first stage varies from flat to slightly sloping.

Highlights :

  • Challenge yourself cycling the whole of the `Loire a Veló´ Route
  • Enjoy the varied lanscapes form the wild riverbanks, great engineering works and the final Atlantic coast destination
  • Visit castles, fortified towns and an ancient abbeys
  • Try different regional dishes accompanied by delicious local wines
  • Discover the essence of the Loire Valley and its people

The route descriptions we have made for this trip will be supplied via a travel app, for “GPS” navigation with visual/audio guidance (reading of the track on your smartphone). When you book this self-guided cycling holiday, we will send you explanations on how to use this app and send you an access code. The app contains routes and practical and tourist information.

Day 1: Arrival in Nevers
Day 2: Nevers - La-Charité-sur-Loire
Day 3: La-Charité-sur-Loire - Sancerre
Day 4: Sancerre - Briare
Day 5: Briare - Sully-sur-Loire
Day 6: Sully-sur-Loire - Orléans
Day 7: Orléans - Blois
Day 8: Blois - Amboise
Day 9: Amboise - Villandry
Day 10: Villandry - Saumur
Day 11: Saumur - Angers
Day 12: Angers - Ingrandes
Day 13: Ingrandes - Nantes
Day 14: Nantes - St-Brévin-les-Pins
Day 15: Departure from St-Brevin-les-Pins

Day 1:    Arrival in Nevers

You individually travel to Nevers. Check in at your hotel and take a walk through the charming town centre. Visit the potters, known for their faience pottery, a skill introduced by Italian craftsmen in the 16th century. Palais Ducal with its renaissance façade is also worth a visit. It’s one of the first castles that was built along the Loire. Nevers is a stop on the well known pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostella.


Day 2:    Nevers - La-Charité-sur-Loire
45 km

You leave the Burgundian town Nevers and you go on your way to the village Cuffy, the place where the Loire and the Allier unite. This is the official start of the long ‘Loire a Vélo’ route, 800 km in total, ending after 13 stages at the Atlantic Ocean. You go to the monastery town Charité-sur-Loire where you reach the magnificent Roman church ‘Notre Dame’ via the oldest bridge (16th cent) across the Loire. This monastery church, included in Unesco’s heritage, is certainly worth a visit.

Challenge: 45km, 210m ascent, 238m descent


Day 3:    La-Charité-sur-Loire - Sancerre
27 km

Cycle through the beautiful natural reserve ‘Loire Valley’ along vast, undulating vineyards. Admire the lovely bell tower/belfry of the church in Pouilly-sur-Loire. You go on through the woods and fields to the famous Sancerre wine region. Take a break on the way to taste a local wine grower’s (white) ‘Sauvignon Blanc’, of course this should be accompanied by a Chavignol goat’s cheese. Enjoy the magnificent view of the Loire Valley from Sancerre situated somewhat higher and dominated by its 15th cent donjon.

Challenge: 26.9km, 215m ascent, 72m descent


Day 4:    Sancerre - Briare
54 km

Leave Sancerre via the tow path along the ‘Canal Latéral’ and go via Bannay to the flower town Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, beautifully situated on the right bank. Then go to Belleville-sur-Loire, Beaulieu-sur-Loire and finally the small town Briare. Admire the metal canal bridge, a monumental piece of hydraulic engineering, realized at the end of 19th cent. It bridges the Loire by a giant step and connects the 2 adjacent canals. With its 72 lampposts and decorated pilasters a beauty of former technique.

Challenge: 53.9km, 117m ascent, 266m descent


Day 5:    Briare - Sully-sur-Loire
42 km

Cross the Loire river via the canal bridge, the ‘Pont Canal de Briare’, and cycle to Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire with its medieval castle, specialized in catapults and cannons. This is followed by the lively town of Gien with its panoramic view. Here too is situated the castle of Anne de Beaujeu, built about 1500, and the beautiful 18th cent bridge with 12 pillars. Your destination is Sully-sur-Loire with again a remarkable medieval castle, completely surrounded by canals/moats and with a gorgeous view of the river.

Challenge: 41.7km, 331m ascent, 347m descent


Day 6:    Sully-sur-Loire - Orléans
51 km

Today on your way to Orléans. Enjoy the grand views on the way to Saint-Benoit.Once there visit the 11th-13th cent abbey that belongs to the most remarkable Roman churches in France. Then go to Chateauneuf-sur-Loire, one of the important ports of the Loire in the 18th cent. You get the first sight of your destination: Orléans, the town of ‘art and history’, liberated from the English (rule) by Jeanne d’Arc. Be sure to take a walk through the beautiful, historic centre.

Challenge: 51.1km, 359m ascent, 371m descent


Day 7:    Orléans - Blois
63 km

Once in the country you soon reach the confluence of the Loiret and the Loire. A great part of the day you follow the high banks with beautiful views of the surrounding undulating countryside. Don’t miss the historic towns Meung-sur-Loire and Beaugency. These old towns and the modern power station of St. Laurent-des-Eaux very clearly show how important the Loire has always been. A wonderful, flat track takes you, in a very relaxed way, to the special and unique landscape of the world famous ‘Pays des Châteaux’.

Challenge: 62.7km, 389m ascent, 419m descent


Day 8:    Blois - Amboise
42 km

From Blois you follow the southern bank of the Loire. Between rolling hills with vineyards you cycle to Cande-sur-Beuvron. Cycle back along the Beuvron to the majestic Loire. High on the bank is the elegant castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire surrounded by beautiful gardens. You are in the historic region Touraine. Visit a wine grower and taste a local ‘sauvignon blanc´. Enjoy the grandeur of the Château Amboise and Clos-Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci once stayed. There are some short climbs on the way.

Challenge: 42.5km, 337m ascent, 343m descent


Day 9:    Amboise - Villandry
50 km

Today you go to the wine region of the prestigious ´Montlouis’ wines. The ideal microclimate, close to where the Loire and Cher unite, produces grapes of a unique quality. Discover this yourself during a visit to a wine cellar or a lunchbreak. A fine track leads to Tours, the friendly capital of what is called ´the garden of France´. Continue along the beautiful southern bank of the Cher to the castle of Villandry, with its gorgeous gardens. Here, close by the modest Cher flows out in the broad Loire.

Challenge: 49.7km, 421m ascent, 446m descent


Day 10:    Villandry - Saumur
64 km

Via the ‘Bec du Cher’ along the Loire to the Château of Ussé. On the high bank you have beautiful views of the river and its islands full of water birds. The landscape is unspoiled where the Indre flows out in the Loire. Enjoying the magnificent panoramas you go on to the lovely Candes-St-Martin where the Vienne and Loire confluent. This is Anjou, known for its wines and troglodytes. Choose the track close to the Loire or follow the higher, more exciting but also more strenuous track across the vineyards. Both end at the castle of Saumur.

Challenge: 63.6km, 554m ascent, 557m descent


Day 11:    Saumur - Angers
58 km

Go right along the southern bank of the river. Admire the monuments of local white tuff stone, such as the church in Cunault and St-Maur Abbey. Once in St-Mathurin-sur-Loire you follow the northern bank of the Loire through a former swamp that was drained in the Middle Ages. Some time later you see tracks of the old slate quarries of Trélazé. Then, taking a small ferry, you cross the Authion river. Faraway your destination Angers, situated on both sides of the river Maine, attracts your attention.

Challenge: 58.5km, 695m ascent, 680m descent


Day 12:    Angers - Ingrandes
42 km

n the heart of Anjou, this Loire à Vélo stage goes from opposite Angers’s central castle out via the green setting of the Lac de Maine.
This urban stage is startling, avoiding motorized traffic, taking you through parkland and alongside the Maine River. Bouchemaine is great for a stop, for its typical quayside restaurants or a picnic beside the Loire.
Continue to La Pointe, in a tremendous setting in the heart of Anjou, where the Maine River joins the Loire. A bit west, this magical Loire à Vélo stage allows you glimpses of the prestigious vine-covered slopes of Savennières. You follow the wild Loire closely here. Don’t miss Béhuard Island before going on to cross Chalonnes’s island, one of the largest on the Loire. Nearby, along the south bank, are the celebrated Coteaux du Layon vineyards, then the pretty perched villages of Montjean-sur-Loire and Ingrandes.

Challenge: 42km, 348m ascent, 360m descent


Day 13:    Ingrandes - Nantes
65 km

From Ingrandes, you quickly reach the village of St-Florent-le-Vieil, with its great views of the Loire Valley, this Loire à Vélo stage goes on to Champtoceaux, a historic fortified site with further tremendous river views, standing on Anjou’s frontier with the Pays d’Ancenis on the north bank. It’s worth conquering the heights of St-Florent and Champtoceaux for the panoramas! The route is along quiet roads and greenways.
Designated European Green Capital in 2013, the city of Nantes comes into view, a shaded towpath offering a gentle way into town.
The new Tabarly Bridge leads over to L’île de Nantes, home to extraordinary outsized machines you can ride on, and to the Malakoff Quarter, being completely renovated. This island makes for a great introduction to the joyous tumult of the largest city along the Loire à Vélo cycle route.

Challenge: 64.4km, 442m ascent, 447m descent


Day 14:    Nantes - St-Brévin-les-Pins
58 km

Surprising works of art at unusual places enliven the start of this trip along the mouth of the Loire. After Le Pellerin the Martinière canal is your guide. You cycle via small, quiet roads through landscapes belonging to the mouth of a big river: broad swampy areas and vast forelands. From Paimboeuf you follow a part of the coastal route ‘Velodyssey’ and you more and more notice the strong influence of tides and currents on the Loire. The end is in sight: St-Brevin, a lively seaside resort on the Atlantic.

Challenge: 58.3km, 337m ascent, 335m descent


Day 15:    Departure from St-Brevin-les-Pins

Breakfast marks the end of the trip. 



All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

For this trip you can choose between Comfort and Comfort +. The accommodations for a Comfort+ trip, will be in 3*/4 * hotels wherever possible (supplement applied).

B&B Côté parc / Côté jardin (Nevers)
Hôtel Mille et une Feuilles*** (La Charité sur Loire)
Hôtel Mille et une Feuilles*** (La Charité sur Loire)
Hôtel Le Panoramic**** (Sancerre)
Hôtel Le Panoramic**** (Sancerre)
Hotel Le Cerf ** (Briare)
Hotel La Closeraie *** (Sully-sur-Loire)
Escale Oceania *** (Orléans)
Hotel Anne de Bretagne *** (Blois)
Hotel Le Chaptal*** (Amboise)
Hotel Le Cheval Rouge*** (Villandry)
Ibis Styles Saumur Gare Centre*** (Saumur)
Hotel le Progrès *** (Angers)
Hotel le Progrès *** (Angers)
Hotel Au Poisson d'Argent*** (Ingrandes)
Hotel Amiral *** (Nantes)
Hotel le Petit Trianon ** (St-Brevin-les-Pins)
Confort +
B&B Côté parc / Côté jardin (Nevers)
B&B Côté parc / Côté jardin (Nevers)
Hôtel Mille et une Feuilles*** (La Charité sur Loire)
Hôtel Mille et une Feuilles*** (La Charité sur Loire)
Hôtel Le Panoramic**** (Sancerre)
Hôtel Le Panoramic**** (Sancerre)
Hôtel Domaine des Roches**** (Briare)
Hôtel Domaine des Roches**** (Briare)
Hôtel Burgevin*** (Sully sur Loire)
Hôtel Burgevin*** (Sully sur Loire)
  Escale Oceania *** (Orléans)
Escale Oceania *** (Orléans)
Hôtel Mercure Blois Centre*** (Blois)
Hôtel Mercure Blois Centre*** (Blois)
Hôtel Bellevue*** (Amboise)
Hôtel Bellevue*** (Amboise)
Hôtel Auberge le Colombien*** (Villandry)
Hôtel Auberge le Colombien*** (Villandry)
Hôtel Anne d'Anjou**** (Saumur)
Hôtel Anne d'Anjou**** (Saumur)
Hôtel de France**** (Angers)
Hôtel de France**** (Angers)
Hôtel Palais Briau (Varades)
Hôtel Palais Briau (Varades)
Hôtel Graslin*** (Nantes)
Hôtel Graslin*** (Nantes)
Hotel le Petit Trianon ** (St-Brevin-les-Pins)
Hotel le Petit Trianon ** (St-Brevin-les-Pins)
Bike rental

The bike rental includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return

VELO DE VILLE, 21 speed

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

Vélo de Ville 21 speed

ARCADE E-Bike 7 speed, system Bosch 400WH

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

 ARCADE E-Bike 7 vitesses

Our rental bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Practical info

14 Nights included


2/3 Star Hotels or 3/4 Star Hotels (supplement applied)

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next accommodations. Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum)

For time tables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

We strongly advise you to download the sncf mobile app prior to departure.

If you want to travel on a train with your bike, you can find more information via this link.

Parking informations on request

We will supply the directions of this trip with a personalized code which gives you access to our travel App.

Arrival info

The international Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the North and Orly in the South are served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines.They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Nevers, see below.

From Paris, you can take a train to Nevers (approx. 2h). On the end of your trip you can take a train from Saint-Nazaire. 

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

From Paris to Nevers (approx. 2h40 - 250 km/155 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.



This trip was fabulous. I loved biking through the countryside on the levees seeing all the cropping and the views in the distance. It was great getting to a lovely hotel each evening, knowing our bags would be there. The breakfasts were great. 
The accommodation at the B&B was OK but the owner spoke only French which was understandable but our stay would have been nicer if we could have chatted to her (in English). 
While the APP was adequate, I think there is room for improvement. The spoken instructions only happened sometimes. (Annoying but not a huge problem). Also it would be great if the points of interest could be advised/shown while using the navigation (at the km), especially the names of the villages we passed through. Particularly if the sound was working. The app could be expanded. 

Adrienne V.H.

Comfort Comfort +
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