Cycle the Loire - Orléans to the Atlantic Coast

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traveller reviews

  • Just a short note to let you know that we have all returned safely from the above trip that you organised. Everything went extremely well and we only got partially lost a couple of times - this was part of the fun. All of the arrangements were first class. The baggage transfer system worked perfectly,the hotels were exceptionally clean and well located,the dining arrangements and restaurants were very good and the bikes were solid and reliable (not one puncture and when one bike incurred a problem Randovelo came out to where we were and replaced it). The French people were friendly,helpful and vehicle drivers were courteous to us at all times. I have a couple of people interested in your trips so could you please send me a couple of booklets that I can give them. We will probably do another trip in due course. Thanks again for your help and assistance - first class service ( let your boss know !! ) K. Langdon. Wembley, WA. Australia
  • A fabulous journey, even for a novice cyclist like me,,beautiful scenery, delicious meals, friendly locals, plenty to see and explore along the way, loved every minute, sad to arrive at Le Croisic actually, as didn't want the fun to finish! We did get lost a few times, due to missing signs but lucky for us Claire spoke French so that helped. Would suggest that anyone doing this cycle stay an extra night or two at beautiful Orleans at the start and a couple of extra nights at Le Croisic at the finish.....we were so glad we did. K. Banks. Pacific Palms, NSW. Australia
  • Bikes were great - good cruisers. Food was amazing and variety of restaurants excellent. We had a fantastic holiday. It helped that I spoke French. Some of the map instructions were a bit tricky and we did get lost a few times, but it didn't matter. We loved it all!! C.Stanger Newcastle, Australia
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.
brief itinerary
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 (35km/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 (58km/36mi) DAY 14 Continue to Le Croisic (53-60km/33-37mi) DAY 15 Trip concludes
trip dates
Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
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To extend this trip please see our 7 day cycle from Nevers to Orleans.

what's included
MEALS: *14 breakfasts, 1 dinner ACCOMMODATION: *14 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies) BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room (GPS data files available on request) *luggage transfer *emergency hotline EQUIPMENT: *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
Cycle the Loire - Orléans to the Atlantic Coast
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trip grading:
introductory to moderate
15 days
trip code:
US $3,090
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