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 castle and gardens at Apremont, the ancient Roman town of La Charité-sur-Loire and the local market in Châtillon-Coligny. By night retire to our private barge custom built for sailing on the French canals. The relaxed atmosphere onboard will make you feel at home quickly as will the comfortable cabins, most of which have private facilities.
DAY 1 Join Paris (Gare du Nord) and transfer to Cours-les-Barres DAY 2 Cycle to Apremont, Nevers and back to Cours-les-Barres (50km) DAY 3 Cycle to the ancient Roman town of La Charité-sur-Loire and sample wines in Ménétréol (55km) DAY 4 Cycle through the picturesque Sancerre vineyards to Beaulieu (50km) DAY 5 Pass the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire and cycle through the Forest of St Brisson to Briare (40km) DAY 6 Cycle to the Castle 'Pont Chevron' to Rogny-les-Sept- Écluses, known for its seven historic locks (45km) DAY 7 Cycle to Châtillon-Coligny and the castle in La Bussière, return to Rogny (50km) DAY 8 Return to Paris, trip concludes
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High season supplement applies for departures from 31 August to 21 September. The itinerary operates in reverse on alternate departures.
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners *7 nights accommodation in bunk bed cabin on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *bicycle with 21 gears & pannier (bike insurance extra - allow EUR19.20) *visit to a castle and winery *tour leader *transfer Paris, Gare du Nord to the barge and return *information pack including route notes & maps