Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £799 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Follow the River Loire to its outlet on the Atlantic Coast.
• Visit the picturesque towns of Saumur, Angers and Nantes.
• Explore the vineyards of the Loire Valley along the way.
• Discover the former harbour city of Nantes now experiencing a cultural rennaissance.
Cycle Route profile
The well-marked route follows the course of the river and can be mastered without significant inclines. The majority of the route leads along quiet tarmac country roads or bike paths.Only the length of the daily stages and some headwind from the Atlantic require a bit more than a “beginner’s fitness”. Alternative transport options by rail are available throughout the entire route.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st day: Arrival in Tours
2nd Day: Tours – Chinon ~ 60 km
The tributary of the Loire, the Cher, leads you straight to Villandry castle with its terraced gardens. Of course, you cannot miss a visit to these famous gardens. Shady promenades, flowery arbours, fountains and the artistically laid out vegetable garden will astonish every visitor.
A few kilometers further on, you change back to the banks of the Loire, and the next castle already awaits you: Langeais. The view from the defense tower (this castle was only used for military purposes) has the river and the entire surrounding area unfold below you. Passing through small villages and taking by-roads, you approach your destination Chinon, which impresses visitors with its mighty castle.
3rd Day: Chinon – Angers ~ 80 km
You leave Chinon with its mediaeval streets and follow the Vienne to Candes-St-Martin. An enjoyable walk through the village to the highest point of the hill offers an impressive view of the confluence of the two rivers Vienne and Loire. You should not miss out on a further panoramic view of the wide Loire Valley from Saumur Castle.
Immerse yourself in the vineyards on the southern bank of the Loire after that and cycle towards your next big stop, Angers. If the stage seems too exhausting for you, there are alternate travel options by train from Saumur.
4th Day: Angers – Saint-Florent-le-Vieil/surroundings ~ 45 to 55 km
Take a little time to explore the small, vibrant university town of Angers before briefly following the Maine, the last significant tributary of the Loire, to its confluence into the Loire at La Pointe-Bouchemaine. We continue along at the foot of a slate granite massif to Savennières with the oldest church in the region. Some of the most splendid wines of the Loire Valley grow here, fruity, dry white wines – a visit to a winemaker seems like a great idea.
Don’t miss visiting Béhuard, the only village in the Loire. Béhuard is located on one of the numerous islands that make up the Loire. From La Poissonnière, your journey will take you via dikes into the former Loire ports of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil or Ingrandes-sur-Loire. High above the old town, a famous vantage point beckons in St.-Florent-le-Vieil.
5th Day: Saint-Florent-le-Vieil/surroundings – Nantes ~ 50 to 60 km
Another day along the Loire through ever-changing landscapes is next. The valley narrows noticeably today, the Loire now finally enters Brittany and squeezes through slate and granite rocks to Nantes. The bike path changes from one river bank to the other several times while some smaller inclines have to be mastered – which in turn give you beautiful views.
Your journey leads you past horticultural farms where field salad, carrots and lilies of the valley are produced on a grand scale. The Loire “escorts” you to the centre of the historic capital of Brittany, Nantes. Although it is still about 50 km to the estuary of the Loire into the Atlantic, the influence of the sea is already noticeable and visible here.
6th Day: Nantes – Saint Nazaire ~ 55 km
The river is now getting wider, the landscape increasingly serene. The journey continues downstream through small villages to the seaside resort of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, nestled between the estuary of the Loire and the Atlantic Ocean.
The impressive – but unfortunately also very busy – 3.5 km long bridge is all that separates you from Saint Nazaire, which is why we have included a shared transfer to the destination hotel for its crossing. Saint Nazaire ranks among the most impressive cities in the Loire delta. Visit the Atlantic Shipyard, one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world, or the submarine bunker which is also passable by bike.
7th Day: Round trip to the sea or the Brière ~ 40 to 60 km
At the end of your trip, you can relax and unwind and choose from various tour suggestions to suit your mood and desires.
a) Tour along the coast with bays and seaside resorts to the coastal resort of La Baule. Back to St. Nazaire through the back country or via the medieval town of Guérande.
b) Bicycle tour along the coast via La Baule to Batz-sur-Mer and the fishing port of Le Croisic. Return journey to St. Nazaire by train.
c) Tour of the Brière moorland where you will have the opportunity to take a boat tour through the canals of this very special landscape.
8th Day: Departure from Saint Nazaire
An extensive recreational bike trip along the Loire has thus come to an end. You would like to take the opportunity and relax for a few more days on the Atlantic Ocean?
You cycle on small filed paths and side roads with light traffic. On some short connecting parts of the route one has to count with heavy traffic. The daily stages are mostly flat to slightly hilly.
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Tour Route Map
The Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast tour stays in 2** and 3*** hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
Full hotel lists are available on request.
- 7 x overnight stay as described
– 7 x breakfast
– Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
– Collective transfer incl. bicycle over the bridge to St. Nazaire (8th day)
– Travel documents per room in English
– GPS-Tracks available on request
– Service hotline in German and English
All touring bikes are high quality, comfortable aluminium unisex 21-gear /Shimano) touring bikes, with 2 hand brakes, 28–inch wheels and dependable Continental-toptouring tyres.
The bikes are also equipped with a comfortable saddle, a tachometer, two bags, a bike lock, a bicycle pump, a small repair kit and a spare inner tube.
It is possible to adjust the saddle and angle of the handlebars for extra comfort. This can easily be done yourself at any time during your trip. All cycles are checked after every trip by our qualified staff to ensure maximum safety.
Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast, 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Every Saturday from 11th May to 21st September 2019
11.05. – 07.06.2019
31.08. – 21.09.2019
08.06. – 30.08.2019
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Hotel Category Descriptions
The overnight stays are planned in well-maintained hotels of the typical 2*/3* level in a central location.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
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Holiday Price: £799
Single Supplement: £229