The Loire by bike from Tours to the Atlantic

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Your dream cycling holiday

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Duration

10 days

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Duration

399Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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Level 2/5

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.

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Linear

The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Tours
Individual arrival in Tours. After settling your luggage, take the opportunity to visit the city of Tours. We recommend exploring the old part of the city, the pulsating heart of which is Place Plumereau, a lively square framed by typical half-timbered houses and animated by the terraces of cafes and restaurants that overlook it.

Day 2: Tours – Azay le Rideau (44 km)
First, you will reach the village of Savonnières where, if you wish, you can visit the site known as the Petrifying Caves, so called because here the water turns into stone or rather, into extraordinary white limestone creations. Continue to Villandry Castle, famous for its gardens, unique in Europe, where flowers mix with fruit trees, vegetables and aromatic herbs. The itinerary then passes through Saché, house museum of the writer Honoré de Balzac, and ends in Azay le Rideau, where you can admire the beautiful Renaissance castle, a jewel set in the Indre River.

Day 3: Azay le Rideau – Chinon (35 km)
Departure in the morning towards Langeais and its fifteenth-century fortress castle. Then continue towards Ussé Castle whose turrets, pinnacles and dormer windows inspired Perrault in the creation of his famous fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. You will spend the evening in the beautiful medieval town of Chinon, on the banks of the Vienne River, famous for its elegant red wines.

Day 4: Chinon – Saumur (36 km)
Before leaving Chinon, visit one of the cellars where the famous red wine is aged. The itinerary then continues towards the Fontevraud Abbey, one of the largest monastic complexes in Europe, housing the tombs of the Plantagenet dynasty kings. The tour ends in the beautiful town of Saumur.

Day 5: Saumur – Angers (58 km)
The itinerary first follows the course of the Loire before crossing the vineyards of Anjou. You will arrive in the quiet city of Angers with the imposing castle fortress which houses the largest medieval tapestry in the world: the Apocalypse Tapestry.

Day 6: Angers – St Florent le Vieil or Ancenis (50 or 65 km)
Today you will cycle in the heart of the Anjou vineyards like Coteaux de la Loire and Coteaux de l'Aubance. We recommend visiting Savennières before reaching the surprising river island of Chalonnes, one of the biggest in the Loire Valley. An incredible journey through traditional villages and natural landscapes, where life moves at the slow rhythm of the river, up to the village of Saint Florent le Vieil or Ancenis.

Day 7: St Florent le Vieil or Ancenis – Nantes (55 or 44 km)
Cycling along the Loire banks, you will cross a wide variety of natural habitats, home to lots of wildlife and river birds. A quiet cycle track will then take you to Champtoceaux, immersed in one of the most beautiful views of the Loire and located on the border between Anjou and Brittany. The itinerary follows the Loire to Nantes, capital of the Loire-Atlantique department and one of the most dynamic cities in France with an immense historical, artistic, architectural and cultural heritage, which you can discover by strolling through its many pedestrian streets.

Day 8: Nantes – Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins (58 km)
Leaving the city, you will cross the river aboard a small boat and continue on the cycle paths of La Loire à Vélo. The itinerary then follows a narrow canal, passing through a wetland area and countryside until reaching the Loire estuary in St Brevin les Pins, a seaside resort with a large beach framed by sand dunes and a pine forest, the ideal place to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation at the end of the trip.

Day 9: Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins – Le Croisic (53 km)
Today you will cycle from the estuary of the Loire to the wild coast of Le Croisic. You will start with a short bus ride crossing the Saint-Nazaire, the longest bridge crossing the Loire River, connecting the town of Saint Nazaire with Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins. After, take the opportunity to explore the famous salt pans of the medieval city of Guérande. In the heart of a nature park, this medieval city offers many testimonies of its historic past. Then continue along the wild coast before arriving in Le Croisic, a beautiful port and seaside town in the Loire-Atlantique.
 
Day 10: Le Croisic
After breakfast, end of services and individual departure.

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • APP
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • City tax
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • Bus transfer from Saint
  • Brevin
  • Les
  • Pins to Saint
  • Nazaire (day 9)

Not included

  • GPS Tracks
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • Minimum non-refundable rate: 50
  • From 29 days before the departure date: refund of 75%
  • From 13 days before the departure date: refund of 50%
  • From 7 days before, the amount is non-refundable.

The Loire by bike from Tours to the Atlantic

  • To cover the last stretch of the beautiful cycle route of The Loire by Bike along the course of the last wild river of Europe
  • To immerse oneself in the most suggestive and wild landscapes of the Loire
  • To reach the wild coast of Le Croisic, a beautiful port and a coastal city in the Atlantic Loire
  • To discover the Valley of the Loire by bike and travel through the history of France visiting the most beautiful castles such as: Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais and Ussé

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Your dream cycling holiday

Starting from 1505per person

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