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Loire Valley - from Orléans to the Atlantic Coast
Loire Valley - from Orléans to the Atlantic Coast
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Duration :
13 days
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period:
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Code:
FRSB495
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Loire Valley - from Orléans to the Atlantic Coast
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Bike Tour: Loire Valley - from Orléans to the Atlantic Coast - 13 days

Cycling along a part of the famous  "Loire à Velo"  route through the world famous  "Pays des Châteaux", the most splendid  cultural part of the Loire Valley. Along magnificent castles : Blois, Amboise, Villandry…. Crossing the Anjou-Touraine natural reserve with its beautiful wild river landscapes and nice stops during the day to taste some of the excellent wines of the region. Then experiencing the immense changes in nature when approaching the ocean!

Highlights :

  • Cycle historic town to town with their prestigious castles
  • Enjoy the varied lanscapes form the wild riverbanks and the final Atlantic coast destination
  • Pass through most beautiful towns along the Loire: Orléans,Tours...
  • Discover natural sites: caves/troglodytes, mushroom houses, gardens
  • Try different regional dishes accompanied by delicious local wines

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. 

 

FRSB495
Route
Day 1: Arrival in Orléans
Day 2: Orléans - Beaugency
Day 3: Beaugency - Blois
Day 4: Blois - Amboise
Day 5: Amboise - Tours
Day 6: Tours - Azay-le-Rideau
Day 7: Azay-le-Rideau - Chinon
Day 8: Chinon - Saumur
Day 9: Saumur - Angers
Day 10: Angers - Saint Florent-le-Vieil
Day 11: Saint-Florent-le-Vieil - Nantes
Day 12: Nantes - Saint-Brévin-les-Pins
Day 13: Departure from Saint-Brévin-les-Pins

Day 1:    Arrival in Orléans

You individually travel to Orléans, the entrance/gateway to the heart of the famous Loire valley. Once it was a capital in the early French Middle Ages, but nowadays it’s a lively, modern town with a beautiful historic centre. An ideal place to start this route along Europe’s last wild river: the Loire.

 

Day 2:    Orléans - Beaugency
29 km

Once you have left the city noise behind, you soon reach the confluence of the Loiret and the Loire. A part of the day you follow the high banks with beautiful views of the surrounding undulating countryside. Don’t miss the charming and historic town Meung-sur-Loire. Finally arrive at historic Beaugency where you can admire the beautiful old Loire bridge. In 1429 Jeanne d'Arc's army was crossing this bridge to liberate the small town. You will find her statue here on a prominent spot.

Challenge : 29 km, 12 m ascent, 32 m descent

 

Day 3:    Beaugency - Blois
46 km

Today you will leave Beaugency along the river banks, passing the prestigious château of Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley and a Renaissance masterpiece. Continue cycling towards Blois, known for its light facades and blue roofs, its pedestrian streets gracefully preserving the flavour of lost centuries, and its serene atmosphere. The château in Blois offers an excellent illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

Challenge : 46 km, 78 m ascent, 101 m descent

 

Day 4:    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. Continue cycling along the Beuvron river to the majestic Loire river. 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 km, 173 m ascent, 163 m descent

 

Day 5:    Amboise - Tours
42 km

Leave the medieval atmosphere of Amboise behind you and cycle into the 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'. Here great experiences are awaiting you like the magnificent cathedral and basilica, the Olivier Debré Art Centre, the Botanical Garden, the flavors of the markets...

Challenge : 42 km, 163 m ascent, 173 m descent

 

Day 6:    Tours - Azay-le-Rideau
41 km

Touraine is known as “Le Jardin de la France” and Tours is a perfect central gateway for exploring it. This Loire à Vélo stage leads you along the south bank of the Cher River to the Château de Villandry, a major stop, with its world-famous gardens, before reaching Azay-le-Rideau and its castle. Many people believe this château to be the most beautiful in the whole Loire region, even though technically it sits by the Indre river, and not the Loire. Its elegant silhouette is reflected in the water of its huge moat, looming up like a huge stone ship. This stage proves extremely enjoyable.

Challenge : 41 km, 89 m ascent, 95 m descent

 

Day 7:    Azay-le-Rideau - Chinon
32 km

This is a star-studded Loire à Vélo stage, taking you from the glorious Château d’Azay le Rideau, on via the confluence of Loire river to the Fortress of Chinon via the fairytale Château d’Ussé. On this stage, you cycle along a raised levée beside the Loire, allowing you wonderful views of the great river. Today is marked by atmospheric islands in the Loire colonized by birds. At the Indre River’s confluence with the Loire, the setting is unspoilt. Today go and discover the charming medieval town of Chinon on the banks of the Vienne river. An impressive fortress, the historic quarters and small shops provide a really authentic feel.

Challenge : 32 km, 121 m ascent, 137 m descent

 

Day 8:    Chinon - Saumur
45 km

Take some time in the morning to visit the world-famous abbey of Fontevraud. The vast Royal Abbey with its delightful architecture. Then you cycle to Montsoreau: its magnificent castle overlooking the Loire, enjoy a river boat ride in a traditional wooden boat or bargain at the monthly ‘brocante’ and ‘puces’ market. The delightful village of Candes St Martin is worth a detour too, walk up to the panorama to look out over the Loire and Vienne rivers. Your destination today is Saumur, with its famous castle and Cadre Noire horse riding school. In summer horse drawn carts and river boats provide alternative ways of transport too. Saumur boasts the biggest tank museum in the world. Don’t forget the well-known sparkling wine either!

Challenge: 45km, 281m ascent, 256m descent

 

Day 9:    Saumur - Angers
59 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 enjoy crossing the Authion River via a little chain ferry.  Your destination Angers, situated on both sides of the river Maine, attracts your attention.

Challenge: 59km, 192m ascent, 190m descent

 

Day 10:    Angers - Saint Florent-le-Vieil
51 km

You leave the busy town in a surprisingly calm way through a park like setting. Cycling along the Maine river you reach Bouchemaine, with pleasant restaurants and nice picnic places. Here the Maine river flows out in the Loire. Somewhat more to the west the vineyards of Savennières and Coteaux du Layon begin. You cycle close to the river and cross the island of Chalonnes. Via calm tracks you reach the high Montjean-sur-Loire with beautiful views. In the charming St-Florent-le-Vieil you finish this day.

Challenge: 51km, 79m ascent, 98m descent

 

Day 11:    Saint-Florent-le-Vieil - Nantes
56 km

Start the day on the Mont Glonne with a great view of the Loire. Set off to the fortified Champtoceaux via calm roads and tracks, and have a go at a climb for a magnificent panorama. Here, in the department Loire-Atlantique you already begin to experience the influence of the Atlantic. The Muscadet vineyards on the islands and the fields with vegetables provide a variation in landscape. After Mauves-sur-Loire you notice the outlines of Nantes, the biggest and maybe the most attractive town on the Loire.

Challenge: 56km, 40m ascent, 52m descent

 

Day 12:    Nantes - Saint-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 acts as your guide. You cycle along small, quiet roads through landscapes belonging to the mouth of a big river: broad marshes and meadows. From Paimboeuf you follow a part of the coastal route ‘Velodyssée’. You will notice the strong influence of tides and currents on the Loire. Your trip ends in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, a lively seaside resort on the Atlantic coast.

Challenge: 58km, flat

 

Day 13:    Departure from Saint-Brévin-les-Pins

Breakfast marks the end of the trip. You can travel back to Orléans by train. Some time left? We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful Atlantic Coast.

 

Accommodation
Hotel Escale Océania
Hotel Escale Oceania *** (Orléans)
Hotel Relais des Templiers
Hotel Relais des Templiers** (Beaugency)
Hôtel Anne de Bretagne
Hotel Anne de Bretagne *** (Blois)
Hotel le Chaptal
Hotel Le Chaptal*** (Amboise)
Hotel Mirabeau
Hôtel Mirabeau** (Tours)
Hotel de Biencourt
Hôtel de Biencourt*** (Azay-le-Rideau)
Hôtel Diderot - Chinon - FBT
Hotel Diderot*** (Chinon)
Hotel Ibis Style Gare Centre
Hotel Ibis Style Gare Centre *** (Saumur)
Hotel le Progrès
Hotel le Progrès *** (Angers)
B&B Tour de la Gabelle
B&B Tour de la Gabelle (Saint-Florent-le-Vieil)
Hotel Amiral
Hotel Amiral *** (Nantes)
Hotel Petit Trianon
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

 

SCOTT E-Sub 

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

Practical info

12 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)

Parking informations on request

GPS tracks are available on request

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 Orléans, see below.

You can get to Orléans by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Saint-Nazaire. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF 

 

From Paris to Orléans (approx. 1h50 - 135 km/84 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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