Cycling the quiet roads of the Loire Valley we encounter this region's rich history, culture and delightful scenery. Our itinerary takes in the highlights including the magnificent 12th century chateau and gardens at Apremont, the ancient Roman town of La Charité-sur-Loire and the local market in Châtillon-Coligny. Enjoy the charm of the rolling landscape as you cycle along quiet country roads passing world famous vineyards and charming old towns where there is plenty of time set aside for discovering the cultural and consumable delights the region offers. By night retire to our private barge custom built for cruising on the French canals. The relaxed atmosphere aboard will quickly make you feel at home as will the cabins, most of which have private facilities.
DAY 1 Join Paris (Gare du Nord) and transfer to Cours-les-Barres to board the barge DAY 2 Cycle to Apremont, Nevers and back to Cours-les-Barres (50km / 31mi) DAY 3 Cycle to the ancient Roman town of La Charité-sur-Loire and sample wines in Ménétréol (55km / 34mi) DAY 4 Cycle through the picturesque Sancerre vineyards to Beaulieu (50km / 31mi) DAY 5 Pass the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire and cycle through the forest of St Brisson to Briare (40km / 25mi) DAY 6 Cycle to the Chateau 'Pont Chevron' to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its seven historic locks (45km / 28mi) DAY 7 Cycle to Châtillon-Coligny and the chateau in La Bussière, return to Rogny (50km / 31mi) DAY 8 Return to Paris, trip concludes
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Note: High season supplement applies for departures from 2 to 23 September. Single use cabins are not available on this trip. If you are travelling solo we will match you with someone of the same gender (subject to availability). Itinerary operates in reverse each alternate departure. All departures include a group transfer from Paris Gare du Nord to the barge and return. Optional bike insurance is available for this trip - allow EUR26 (payable locally, subject to change).
1 Trip begins in Cours-les-Barres.
2 Trip begins in Rogny (refer to itinerary 2 in our detailed itinerary notes).
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners *7 nights on a Category C barge in a twin share cabin with bunk beds and ensuite facilities (2 cabins have shared facilities, discount applies) *24 speed ladies or men's bike rental with pannier (bike insurance extra; electric bike available on request, 2 per departure - supplement applies) *visit to a chateau and winery *multilingual tour escort *group transfer Paris, Gare du Nord to the barge and return *information pack including overview map per cabin