An epic cycle journey of over 500km following the banks of the Loire River from Orléans to the Atlantic Coast, following the cycling path 'Loire à vélo'. Discover the royal valley as you cycle along the majestic river where thousands of treasures await including numerous chateaux, wonderful landscapes and regional gastronomic delights. Discover the charms of the Western part of the Loire valley: from Angers all the way to Le Croisic. A chance to visit the typical countryside of vineyards and chateaux, of salterns and marshes, and to finally 'take the plunge' into the Atlantic Ocean at Le Croisic.
DAY 1 Arrive in Orléans DAY 2 Cycle to Beaugency (26km / 16mi) DAY 3 Cycle via Chambord to Blois (46km / 28.5mi) DAY 4 Follow the Loire River to Amboise (42km / 26mi) DAY 5 Explore Amboise, cycle to Tours (27-31km / 16.5-19mi) DAY 6 Cycle via Villandry to Azay le Rideau (41km / 25.5mi) DAY 7 Continue past chateaux to Chinon (32-35km / 20-21.5mi) DAY 8 Cycle past the abbey of Fontevraud to Saumur (36-48km / 22-30mi) DAY 9 Continue through vineyards en route to Angers (57km / 35.5mi) DAY 10 Cycle via the confluence of the Loire and Layon rivers to Montjean or Ingrandes sur Loire (37km / 23mi) DAY 11 Continue to Champtoceaux (40km / 25mi) DAY 12 A contrast from the rural landscapes to the city of Nantes (32km / 20mi) DAY 13 Cycle along marshland to St Brévin (59km / 36.5mi) DAY 14 Continue to Le Croisic (46-50km / 28.5-31mi) DAY 15 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
To extend this trip please see our 7 day cycle from Nevers to Orleans.
*14 breakfasts, 14 dinners *8 nights in 3 star hotel and 6 nights in 2 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies) *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room (GPS data files available on request) *21 speed mens or ladies bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) equipped with two panniers, helmet, bike lock, bike computer, map holder and repair kit *taxi or bus transfer from St Brévin to St Nazaire *emergency hotline