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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in a combination of B&Bs and 2-3 star hotels
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1420USD

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Overview

Trip Code: NLV

Trip highlights


  • Cycling on the newest section of the 'Loire a velo' cycle path
  • Visiting towns and villages from Burgundy to the Centre
  • Passing some of the region's most spectacular chateaux
  • Cycling through nature reserves and vineyards including Sancerre
  • Enjoying the culinary specialities of the region

Discover the wild side of the Loire, which mankind has tried to tame with canals and bridges, on the newest section of the 'Loire à vélo' cycle path between Nevers in Burgundy and Orléans in the Centre region. This cycling trip will take you over the oldest bridge on the Loire River, through nature reserves and vineyards, and passes by some of the region's most spectacular chateaux. As you cycle along the canals you will have the opportunity to admire the unspoilt surrounds and there is also plenty of time to explore and soak in the atmosphere of the delightful villages during the evenings. The journey ends in Orléans, the city of 'Art and History', which is best known as the town saved from the English by Joan of Arc.

For those keen to continue exploring the Loire by bike this trip can be combined with our 13 day Cycle the Loire - Orléans to the Atlantic Coast.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Nevers is a charming town at the confluence of the Loire and Nievre rivers and has many historic buildings despite being heavily bombed in WWII. Its typical ‘faience’ (pottery) workshops date from the 16th century and the Ducal Palace is considered to be one of the first chateaux of the Loire. The Magny-Cours circuit, a Formula 1 racetrack until 2008, is nearby. Nevers is also a place of pilgrimage as it is where Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes became a nun at St Gildard convent, dying here in 1879. She was beatified and later canonised in 1933. Nevers market days are Tuesday-Friday mornings and all day Saturday, at Marché Carnot.

Meals:  Nil

Departing Nevers, you cycle first to Cuffy, which is the official start point of the 'Loire a velo', then heading north, you continue to the monastic city of Charité-sur-Loire and ride on the oldest bridge of the Loire, dating from the 16th century, into the centre. Surrounded by ramparts, La Charité-sur-Loire is famous for its Clunisian priory, founded in the 11th century. This Benedictine monastery, along with its church, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Charité-sur-Loire is on the Way of St James, the pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Ascent 26m/85ft, descent 57m/187ft

Meals:  B

Your day starts with a cycle through the Loire Valley National Nature Reserve, then you can admire the vineyards and the bell tower of the Pouilly-sur-Loire church. From Pouilly you continue between fields and woods towards the famous Sancerre vineyards. We recommend a stop to visit a local wine producer, to sample a glass of Sancerre blanc (sauvignon blanc) with a tasting of the typical Chavignol chevre. A medieval hilltop town, Sancerre is overlooked by its 15th century 'Tour des Fiefs', a remaining tower of the feudal chateau. Ascent 171m/561ft, descent 27m/85ft

Meals:  B

You leave Sancerre along the tow path of the Canal Lateral towards Bennay, before reaching Cosne-sur-Loire, a town known for its flowers and offering beautiful landscapes over the Loire river. From here you follow the 'Loire a velo' to Belleville-sur Loire, Beaulieu-sur-Loire and finally your destination for today, Briare. Bordered by 72 lamp posts and magnificent pillars, its canal bridge is a 'must-see' monument, a unique structure - and until 2003, it was the longest canal bridge in Europe. Ascent 54m/178ft, descent 57m/187ft

Meals:  B

Cycle over the Loire on the 'canal bridge' and proceed to Saint Brisson-sur-Loire, which has a medieval chateau with catapults and cannons. Continue to the city of Gien, which was heavily bombed in WWII and has since been rebuilt, and enjoy its exceptional panoramic view. In the afternoon you cycle to Sully-sur-Loire, which has a remarkable chateau surrounded by moats overlooking the river, where you stay overnight. Ascent 26m/85ft, descent 57m/187ft

Meals:  B

You can enjoy panoramic views as you cycle to Saint Benoit-sur-Loire. Its abbey is one of the most renowned Romanesque churches of France and it has been a place of pilgrimage since 673, when relics of St Benedict were brought here. Ride to Chateauneuf-sur-Loire, one of the major ports of the Loire during the 18th century. Finish in Orleans, the 'City of Art and History', saved by Joan of Arc from the siege of the Plantagenets during the Hundred Years' War in 1429. Ascent 26m/85ft, descent 57m/187ft

Meals:  B

Your trip concludes after breakfast, or you can continue cycling on our Cycle the Loire - Orleans to the Atlantic Coast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts - breakfasts are continental style and consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 6 nights in a combination of B&B's and 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (option to upgrade to 3-4 star hotels and B&Bs, supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of max 20kg per person)
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room (GPS data files available on request)
  • 21 speed mens or ladies bike equipped with two panniers, helmet, anti-theft device, bike computer, map holder and repair kit (e-bikes available - supplement applies)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Nevers and from Orleans
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided cycle
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

INTRODUCTORY to MODERATE – GRADE 2 Daily cycles are between 31 and 50km / 19 and 31mi on flat to undulating terrain. The cycling is on a combination of dedicated cycle paths and low traffic side roads. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 1 Apr to 13 May and 20 Sep to 31 Oct - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$1420USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$80
  • Upgrade Supplement (3-4 star hotels & B&Bs)USD$230
  • Single Supplement - standard hotelsUSD$380
  • Single Traveller Surcharge- standard hotelsUSD$480
  • Single Supplement - upgrade hotelsUSD$590
  • Single Traveller Surcharge- upgrade hotelsUSD$640
*Prices listed are per person

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