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Loire a Velo: Orleans to the Atlantic

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  • 5 nights | 26 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €807
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Along this route, you can choose programs of 5, 9, or 13 nights.

Follow the cycling path "Loire à vélo." The "Loire à Vélo" trail runs through the Centre and Pays de la Loire regions. As of 2008, you are able to cycle through the Anjou, Touraine, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, and Cher areas over more than 250 miles of signposted tracks alongside the Loire River and its tributaries. Loire à Vélo is part of the future "Euroveloroute" running between Nantes and Budapest (1500 miles).

If you wish, you may book the optional Chateaux package for tickets to various castles and monuments along the route. See the Dates & Prices page for pricing.

Package options are as noted below:

From Orléans to Tours (5 nights)
Discover the royal valley by longing the majestic river from Orléans to Tours where thousands of treasures are waiting you including historical heritage and testimony with numerous chateaux, wonderful landscapes of different natural areas, and regional cuisine delights.

From Tours to Angers (5 nights)
This part of the Loire Valley is the most dotted in chateaux and vineyards. Follow the Loire river which will guide you from historical places to famous cellars for tasting. Enjoy the 'French art de vivre' along the peaceful and wild landscapes.

From Orleans to Angers (9 nights)
This tour combines the above two tours into one 9 night tour. Follow the Loire Valley from Orleans to Angers, and pass through historical places and beautiful landscapes.

From Orleans to the Atlantic (13 nights)
Discover the charms of the Western part of the Loire valley from all the way to Le Croisic on the Atlantic Ocean. This itinerary is your chance to visit the typical countryside by salterns and marsh to finally "take the plunge" into the Atlantic Ocean at Le Croisic or St Brévin.

Daily program

This itinerary below describes the full 13 night tour, from Orleans to St Brévin and the Atlantic. Orleans to Tours (5 nights) is described in days 1-6. Tours to Angers (5 nights) is described in days 6-10. You can also book a combination tour for 9 nights, from Orleans to Angers, described in days 1-10.

Day 1: Arrival in Orléans
Discover Orléans and its old historical center, situated between the large countryside fields of Beauce area, green pastures, ponds and forest of Sologne area. Orléans, known as the "City of Art and History," was liberated from the English siege in 1429 by Joan of Arc.
Overnight in Orleans.

Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency (17 miles/26 km)
Cycle along the wild river banks for a stage in calm and serenity through the charming and flowered city of Beaugency.
Overnight in Beaugency.

Day 3: Beaugency – Blois (29 miles/46 km)
Leave Beaugency by the river banks and pass by the prestigious château of Chambord, the widest Château of the Loire Valley masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Then, follow the direction of Blois presenting a rich historical heritage with the château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
Overnight in Blois. 

Day 4: Blois – Amboise (27 miles/42 km)
Follow the small countryside routes until the chateau of Chaumont overlooking the Loire river, before reaching Amboise and its royal chateau from 15th –16th century. A few streets further on is the last home of Léonardo Da Vinci: Manorhouse of 'Clos Lucé.' 
Overnight in Amboise.

Day 5: Amboise – Tours (16 or 19 miles/27 or 31 km)
Ride through the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars offering sweet white or sparkling wines. Then, enjoy the lovely chateau birthplace of Gabrielle d’Estrées, the favorite of King Henri IV. Continue to the heart of the city of Tours to discover the old quarters sheltering the famous 'Place Plumereau' and its half-timbered houses.
Overnight in Tours.

Day 6: Departure or continue to Azay le Rideau (25 miles/41 km)

If you booked the Orleans to Tours (5 nights) package, you will depart in the morning for your onward travels. If you booked the Orleans to Angers (9 nights) package, a combination of the Orleans to Tours (5 nights) and the Tours to Angers (5 nights) package, you would continue on to Azay le Rideau as described below in the Tours to Angers route. If you booked the Tours to Angers (5 nights) package alone, you will meet in Tours for your first day, and continue to Azay le Rideau on your 2nd day as described below.

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Continue to Azay le Rideau (25 miles/41 km)
Reach Savonnières for a journey in the heart of Petrifying Grottoes. Then proceed to Villandry with its famous Gardens, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed terraces, then Saché, the house of the famous novelist Honoré de Balzac. Finally arrive in Azay le Rideau where you can admire its Renaissance chateau, a jewel set over the Indre river.
Overnight in 
Azay le Rideau.

Day 7: Azay le Rideau – Chinon (22 miles/35 km)
Departure towards Langeais and its 15th century château offering a typical form of a medieval fortified castle where you could admire wonderful tapestries and piece of furniture. Then ride towards the 'Sleeping Beauty' chateau in Ussé which has inspired Perrault for its famous fairy tale story.
Overnight in Chinon.

Day 8: Chinon – Saumur (22 or 30 miles/36 or 48 km)
Before leaving the medieval city of Chinon, founded on the Vienne River, you may visit numerous cellars which propose the famous red wine such appreciated by Rabelais. Then, continue towards the abbey of Fontevraud, the largest monastic city remaining in Europe which is the Necropolis of the Plantagenêts sovereigns before reaching the lovely town of Saumur.
Overnight in Saumur.

Day 9: Saumur – Angers (35 miles/57 km)
First follow the Loire River before going through the vineyards of Anjou. You will reach the peaceful city of Angers and its chateau sheltering the famous Apocalypse Tapestry. 
Overnight in Angers.

Day 10: Departure or continue on to Montjean sur Loire (23 miles/37 km)

If you booked the Tours to Angers (5 nights) or Orleans to Angers (9 nights) packages, you will depart today after breakfast. If you booked Orleans to the Atlantic (13 nights), you will continue to Montjean sur Loire as described below.

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Continue to Montjean sur Loire (23 miles/37 km)
From the heart of the vineyards of Anjou: slopes of the River Loire, Aubance and Layon, to the banks of the Loire at Chalonnes, the confluence of the Rivers Loire and Layon. A ride through typical small villages and natural landscapes where life is running at the rhythm of the Loire River.
Overnight in Montjean sur Loire.

Day 11: Montjean sur Loire – Champtoceaux (25 miles/40 km)
A ride along the banks of the River Loire where you will enjoy the different natural landscapes and observe the wild animals and birds of the river. A peaceful ride on the cycling path until to Champtoceaux, in its magnificent setting marking the boundary between Anjou and Brittany.
Overnight in Champtoceaux.

Day 12: Champtoceaux – Nantes (20 miles/32 km)
Continue along the Loire River until reaching the capital of the western area: Nantes. This very dynamic city will offer you many choices, and you can enjoy a sightseeing through the numerous pedestrian streets.
Overnight in Nantes.

Day 13: Nantes – St Brévin (37 miles/58 km)
Leave the city via a small boat to cross the river and continue on the cycling path of "Loire à vélo." Further on, you will follow a narrow canal for a peaceful moment along marshlands and countryside to finish at the estuary of the Loire river in St Brevin les pins: a seaside resort which offers a large sandy beach surrounded by sand dunes and Pine trees forest. This is an ideal place to relax after long day biking.
Overnight in St Brévin.

Day 14: Departure
Departure after breakfast.

Dates

Daily: Mar 25-Oct 31, 2018

Prices

Orleans to the Atlantic (13 nights)
Per person, double occupancy
€2025
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€882
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€519
Optional dinner package
€456
Per person, Chateaux package
€90
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€167
Electrically assisted bike
€328
Child's Tag-Along Bike
€145
Extra Nights, Orleans
Per person, double occupancy
€134
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€106
Extra Nights, St Brévin
Per person, double occupancy
€112
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€89
Transfer
Per vehicle (1-4 persons) Paris CDG to Orléans
€290
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-17 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Orleans to Angers (9 nights)
Per person, double occupancy
€1563
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€831
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€213
Optional dinner package
€334
Per person, Chateaux package
€80
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€123
Electrically assisted bike
€239
Child's Tag-Along Bike
€100
Extra Nights, Angers
Per person, double occupancy
€73
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€45
Extra Nights, Orleans
Per person, double occupancy
€134
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€106
Transfer
Per vehicle (1-4 persons) Paris CDG to Orléans
€290
Per vehicle (1-4 persons) Angers to Paris CDG
€750
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-17 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Orleans to Tours (5 nights)
Per person, double occupancy
€907
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€538
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€163
Optional dinner package
€156
Per person, Chateaux package
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€78
Electrically assisted bike
€128
Child's Tag-Along Bike
€56
Extra Nights, Orleans
Per person, double occupancy
€134
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€106
Extra Nights, Tours
Per person, double occupancy
€100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€89
Transfer
Per vehicle (1-4 persons) Paris CDG to Orléans
€290
Per vehicle (1-4 persons) Tours to Paris CDG
€475
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-17 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Tours to Angers (5 nights)
Per person, double occupancy
€807
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€413
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€188
Optional dinner package
€223
Per person, Chateaux package
€30
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€78
Electrically assisted bike
€128
Child's Tag-Along Bike
€56
Extra Nights, Angers
Per person, double occupancy
€73
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€45
Extra Nights, Tours
Per person, double occupancy
€100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€89
Transfer
Per vehicle (1-4 persons) Angers to Paris CDG
€750
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-17 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Loire Valley Travel Terms and Conditions

Ccancellations of a booking:

  • cancellation more than 30 days before departure: 10% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 30 & 21 days before departure: 25% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 20 & 8 days before departure: 50% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 7 & 2 days before departure: 75% of the total amount of the trip
  • less than 2 days before departure: 90% of the total amount of the trip
  • no show: 100% of the total amount of the trip

For any interruption of stay, no refund will be made.

The tour operator requires prior notice to alter the Tour program at the request of the client.

For any modification of a confirmed booking (date, tour) fees will be invoiced to the client on the following basis:

  • more than 30 days before departure: €50 per booking
  • between 30 & 8 days before departure : €150 per booking
  • between 7 & 2 days before departure : any change will be considered like a cancellation and cancellation fees will be applied

 CHILDREN  REDUCTIONS

  • Children 0-4 in parents' room: 50% discount
  • Children 5 to 12 in parents' room: 20% discount
  • Children 5 to 12 in children's twin room: 10% discount

All photos used by permission. ©Loire Valley Travel

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 5
  • 4 Star 2
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.6
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 4.6
  • Hotels or boat 4.1
  • Scenery 4.9
  • Ease of navigation 4
  • Tour documents 4.3
  • Local tour company services 4.1
  • Route selection 4.4
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Shlomo November 12, 2017

Great trip in the Loire

It was my first multi-day bike trip and it was great. All the equipment and instructions were 100% .
2 comments: No one from the local company met us (so, for example, I couldn't ask how to reset the distance meter). And, there was no mobile number to which I could WhatsApp in case of problem (and I had no local calls package). Other than that it was great.

JW25 June 27, 2017

Loire Valley Self Guided Bike Tour

The trip was so interesting with beautiful scenery and good weather.

CamL June 8, 2017

Exceptional bike tour

A wonderful bike trip through beautiful scenery including lovely farmlands and iconic french villages. Plus easy cycling.

CJ4EY September 27, 2016

Highly Recommend to Every Cyclist!

Great Overall Biking Trip. The scenery was splendid and loved cycling up to chateaus. As an intermediate cyclist it was a relatively easy trip. The bikes and navigation signs/written information was the best we've had (and this was our 6th trip.)

Granny Annie July 18, 2016

Perfect Family Trip

We were a family of 12 ranging in age from 11 to 86. It was PERFECT! Wonderful hotels, fantastic food, a beautiful trail, good bikes, short rides each day so we could enjoy the features along the way like the chateaux and the Magic Museum in Blois.

Jonathan M July 1, 2016

Amazing ride along the Loire!

We loved the tour. It is relatively easy riding along very well marked trails, so the navigating is much simplified. The route follows dedicated bikepaths or very sleepy country roads with few cars. The French countryside is beautiful, and there are many interesting places to stop. Friendly people and delicious food, too.