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Loire Valley - from Saumur to Atlantic coast
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Loire Valley - from Saumur to Atlantic coast
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In search for the Ocean


Bike Tour: Loire Valley - from Saumur to Atlantic coast - 6 days


Follow the majestic Loire winding to the Atlantic. Visit historic Angers and Nantes. Taste a red Saumur-Champigny or a white Savenières on the way. Enjoy the wide views of wild river landscapes and experience the immense changes in nature when you approach the ocean!

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.

Day 1: Arrival in Saumur
Day 2: Saumur - Angers
Day 3: Angers - Ingrandes
Day 4: Ingrandes - Nantes
Day 5: Nantes - St-Brévin-les-Pins
Day 6: Departure from St-Brevin-les-Pins/Saint-Nazaire

Day 1:    Arrival in Saumur

You individually travel to Saumur. Check-in at your hotel. Have you got some time left then visit the horse town Saumur, the home base of the prestigious riding academy Cadre Noir, where the elite of the French horsemen is trained. Enjoy the beautiful houses with their white tuff stone fronts in the centre. Admire the proud castle and all the other classified monuments.


Day 2:    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. Your destination Angers, situated on both sides of the river Maine, attracts your attention.

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


Day 3:    Angers - Ingrandes
42 km

In 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 4:    Ingrandes - Nantes
64 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 5:    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 6:    Departure from St-Brevin-les-Pins/Saint-Nazaire

Breakfast marks the end of the trip. You can travel back to Saumur by train.



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 more comfort, when it's possible we can upgrade the hotels with 3*/4 * category (supplement applied).

Hotel Ibis Style Gare Centre *** (Saumur)
Hotel le Progrès *** (Angers)
Hotel Au Poisson d'Argent Ingrandes
Hotel Au Poisson d'Argent*** (Ingrandes)
Hotel Amiral *** (Nantes)
Hotel le Petit Trianon ** (St-Brevin-les-Pins)
Bike rental

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

SCOTT Sub Cross Men/Lady Alloy Frame, 24 Speed 

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



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

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

Practical info

5 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 Saumur, see below.

Also, possibility of arrival in Nantes Airport (NTE), Rennes Airport or Tours Val de Loire Airport (TUF)

You can get to Saumur by train. 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 Saumur (approx. 3h10 - 325 km/202 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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