Loire Valley Bike & Barge

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traveller reviews

  • The Loire Valley Bike and Barge was an excellent trip, we had a great guide and he ensured that everyone enjoyed the experience. The itinerary was very interesting, although as we were the first tour of the season some of the sites were not open. The Barge was very comfy and the food provided was extraordinary. Would recommend the experience to all levels of cyclists. P McDonald NSW, Australia
  • Both trips in Europe - both the Danube and the Loire Valley bike/barge tours were just fabulous. They were very different - the Danube, bigger boat, more people on board, self guided etc. The Loire, small barge with only 15 passengers and we were guided. It was interesting to experience both in the one holiday. I truly enjoyed both trips and would certainly repeat this way of travel again....it is so good to have a base on the boat so as to avoid packing and carrying luggage each day. L. Sheldon. QLD Australia
  • We all had a wonderful holiday, I would do it all over again. We rode 55km a day and it was no problem. The meals of the barge were top class. S. Perrior. Oatley, NSW. Australia.
  • The crew on the barge were delightful - nothing was a problem - and first class meals every day. S. Fenton TAS. Australia
  • My Bike and Barge holiday in the Val de Loire was one of my best ever: the roads/tracks/paths/weather, scenery, towns and villages were wonderful, the crew and bike leader were terrific, the barge (accommodation and food etc) was great (tho I was glad to pay for a single cabin!) and the rest of the bikers (Germans and Aussies) were wonderfully cheerful and friendly. I will be back! Ian Mcpherson. Glasgow, UK.
  • We had a brilliant time. The other people in the group were fun and we all got on well together despite coming from different countries and walks of life. I'd go again anyday. J & K Merritt & Bushell. Albany, WA Australia
  • The guide and his team were all very professional, friendly and helpful. We could not ask for a better standard of service. The meals were fabulous. Our guide always had a smile on his face. P and D Butcher Ulverstone, TAS
  • The guide we had was outstanding going beyond our expectations. He was professional at all times. The crew onboard was amazing and the food also surpassed our expectations!! L and D Redman Ulverstone, TAS
  • Cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Well organised, clean accommodation, friendly, helpful and informative guide. Excellent hospitality with fantastic food. Was expecting standard tour food but was pleasantly surprised with quality. P Ockerby Ulverstone, TAS
  • Barge crew and guide went out of their way to help us and ensure an enjoyable trip for all. We cannot recommend them highly enough. In a couple of distances the difficulty seemed to exceed the rating, but still found some days difficult. P Stuart Figtree, NSW
  • We have booked holidays with W.E. and UTracks several times now and have never been disappointed! L.Rutter Melbourne, Australia
  • Everything was great and much appreciated! We were lucky to have the barge owners living on board during our trip. Being a single traveller I very much appreciate the style of trips you offer and (in my age group) that have you guided trips available. Many thanks!! M. Birrell Balgowlah North, NSW
  • The trip was well run, food generous and fresh. As i am a vegetarian I received a special meal and it was very thoughtfully prepared. The cycling was through spectacular country and our guide was great fun to be with. S. Ralston Docklands, VIC
  • Hosts and group leader were fantastic. M. & D. White Orange Grove, WA
  • The bike tour was an absolute highlight of our six weeks of travel through France and Italy S. Mitchell Bondi, NSW
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.
brief itinerary
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
trip dates

28 July 2018 - 04 August 2018 1 Closed Enquire »
04 August 2018 - 11 August 2018 2 Closed Enquire »
11 August 2018 - 18 August 2018 1 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
18 August 2018 - 25 August 2018 2 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
25 August 2018 - 01 September 2018 1 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
01 September 2018 - 08 September 2018 H 2 Closed Enquire »
08 September 2018 - 15 September 2018 H 1 Closed Enquire »
15 September 2018 - 22 September 2018 H 2 Closed Enquire »
22 September 2018 - 29 September 2018 H 1 Closed Enquire »
29 September 2018 - 06 October 2018 H 2 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
06 October 2018 - 13 October 2018 1 Closed Enquire »
H high season surcharge

Guaranteed Departure = Guaranteed departure. If a guaranteed departure is full our consultant will contact you to discuss an alternative date.

Closed = This departure is full or not available. Contact us to discuss similar trips or other options around your desired date.

Note: High season supplement applies for departures from 1 to 29 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 EUR27 (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).

what's included
MEALS: *7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners ACCOMMODATION: *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) GUIDES: *multilingual tour escort *information pack including overview map per cabin TRANSPORT: *group transfer Paris, Gare du Nord to the barge and return EQUIPMENT: *24 speed ladies or men's bike rental with pannier (bike insurance extra; electric bike available on request, 2 per departure - supplement applies) PLUS: *visit to a chateau and winery
Loire Valley Bike & Barge
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trip grading:
introductory to moderate
8 days
trip code:
CA $1,690
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