Arrival in Tours
The river Cher, a Loire tributary, leads you directly to Villandry palace with its terraced gardens. Certainly, you should not miss paying a visit to this famous installation. Every visitor will be amazed by the shadowy footpaths, theflower-bedecked bowers, the fountains and the artistically laid out vegetable gardens. Some kilometres further on you will exchange the bank of the Cher for the bank of the famous Loire. And again you will be tempted by the next castle –Langeais. From the top of the fortified tower (this castle exclusively served for military purposes) you will see the river and its whole surroundings lying in front of you. Via small villages and on side roads you will reach today’s Day Finish –Chinon, impressing visitors with its mighty castle complex.
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. We highly recommend another panoramic view onto the vast Loire-valley from Saumur palace. After that you enter the vineyards situated at the southers shores of the Loire and cycle towards your next big Day Finish Angers. In case this tour is too strenuous for you, you can bypass the route by train from Saumur onwards.
Take a little time to explore the small, vibrant univerity town of Angers before briefly following the Maine, the last significant tributary of the Loire, to its confluence into the Loire ar La Pointe-Bouchemaine. We continue along at the foot of a slate granite massif so Savennières with the oldest church in the region. Some of the most splendid wines of the Loire Valles grow here, fruity, dry white wines - a visit to a winemaker seems like a great idea. Don't miss visiting Bèhuard, the only village in the Loire. Bèhuard is located on one of the numerous islands that make up the Loire. from La Poissonière, your journey will take you via dikes into the former Loire ports of Saint-Florent-le-Viele or Ingrandes-sur-Loire. High above the old town, a famous vantage point beckons in St.-Florente-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 route leads you past market gardens, which produce lamb’s lettuce, carrots and lily of the valley on a large scale. 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 resort Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, with its location embedded between the Loire estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. OnlytheimpressivebridgeovertheLoireRiverseparatesyou fromSaintNazaire. The place of your overnight stayis one of the most impressive towns in the estuary delta. 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.
At the end of your holiday allow yourself to leave all your cares behind. A beautiful cycle tour takes you along the coast to La Baule-Escoublac. The charming village with its 8 km long sandy beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful an most important beaches on the Atlantic coast. Full of impressions you cycle on quiet paths bach to Saint Nazaire.
Departure or extension
The route is signposted well and follows the course of the river and is without any ascents worth mentioning. The majority of the route leads along country roads with very little traffic or cycling paths. Only maybe the length of the daily tours and some headwind require a bit more than just a basic fitness level. There are bypass options by train always available along the entire route.
Category: 2** or 3*** hotels (French classification)
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing (German, English)
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- developed route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room with route maps, route descriptions, local attrations, important telephone numbers
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Train station Tours or St. Nazaire
- Multi storey car park costs € 40 per week, no reservation possible/neseccary
- Return transfer by minibus to Tours or Orléans every Saturday morning, costs EUR 79 to Tours and EUR 99 to Orléans per person incl. your bike, to be paid on site, reservation is necessary
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance!