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Loire à Vélo: bike tour from Nevers to Orléans Ref. : L7

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Discover the newest part of the « Loire a à Vélo » cycling paths and enjoy the wildest part of the Loire river. From Nevers to Orléans, follow the Santiago de Compostela paths, ride through the Sancerre vineyards, up to the canal-bridge in Briare … before the reaching Orléans, Joan of Arc’s town.

Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Day 1: Arrival in Nevers

Visit the charming town of Nevers : its pottery workshops (where its typical “Nevers Blue” was created in the 16th century) and the Ducal Palace, considered to be one of the first of the Loire châteaux, which was the home of the counts and then the dukes of Nevers.

Day 2: Nevers – La Charité sur Loire  |  45 km

To start this 1st Loire à Vélo trail, reach Cuffy which is the Official starting point of the “Loire à Vélo” cycling path. Continue to the monastic city of la Charité-sur-Loire where you ride on the oldest Loire river bridge (16th century) to reach the beautiful Romanesque Notre Dame church.

Day 3: La Charité sur Loire – Sancerre  |  31 km or 38 km

Ride through the “Loire Valley National Nature Reserve” and admire the vineyards and the bell tower of Pouilly sur Loire church. Continue between fields and woods towards the famous Sancerre vineyards. And don't hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Sancerre Blanc with typical Chavignol goat cheese! From Sancerre, overlooked by its 15th century “Tour des Fiefs” dungeon, a beautiful view over the valley is waiting for you.

Day 4: Sancerre – Briare  |  49 km

Leave Sancerre riding along the tow-path of the Canal Latéral towards Bannay and then Cosne sur Loire, a flowered city offering beautiful landscapes over the Loire river. Continue to follow the Loire à Vélo cycling paths to Belleville sur Loire, Beaulieu sur Loire and Briare. Bordered by 72 lampposts and magnificent pillars, its “canal bridge” is one of the must-see monuments : a unique structure of its kind... and for a good reason: until 2003, it was the longest canal bridge in Europe!

Day 5: Briare – Sully sur Loire  |  41 km

Ride over the Loire river using the “canal bridge” then continue towards Saint Brisson sur Loire and its mediaeval château specialized in catapults and cannons. Then reach the nice city of Gien and enjoy its exceptional panoramic view. Then, cycle to Sully sur Loire and its remarkable mediaeval château, surrounded by moats overlooking the Loire river.

Day 6: Sully sur Loire – Orléans  |  50 km

Here again, enjoy panoramic views until you reach Saint Benoit sur Loire and its 11th-13th centuries abbey church, one of France’s most remarkable Romanesque churches. Ride to Châteauneuf sur Loire, one of the major ports of the Loire during the 18th century before ending your tour in Orléans, the “City of Art and History” liberated in 1429 by Joan of Arc from the English siege.

Day 7: Departure during the day





Prices per person :
  • From March 25th 2017 to November 15th 2017 940,00 €
    Single room supplement : 260,00 €
    Bike discount : - 102,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +220,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 1 dinner (drinks not included)
  • 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist brochures
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle rental for 5 days with helmet
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • 5 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (6 nights included)
  • Train transfer from Orléans to Nevers
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Prices per person :
  • Extra night in Nevers

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    70.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 52.00 €
  • Extra night in Orléans

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    56.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 42.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +60 €

More info

> At the end of the tour:

. Leave your rented bike at the last hotel. We take care of its repatriation.

. Possibility to come back to Nevers from Orléans by train:

Orléans train station > Vierzon ville train station or Bourges train station > Nevers train station.



> Your rental bike:
VTC GITANE « Silence »  bike - 21 speed gears 

Equipped with : 2 rear pannier (saddlebags), 1 front pannier with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock + 1 counter.
Helmet and reflective vest included.


> You can rent an electric assistance bike!
GITANE - 7 speed gears
Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 front pannier with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock + 1 counter.
Helmet and reflective vest included.



See the FAQ for more information on the rental bikes.



> How to arrive in NEVERS :


From A77 highway > exit n°33  « Nevers centre ».

From Paris : Paris Bercy train station > Nevers train station.

The hotel is located 200m from the train station.

. From Roissy CDG airport : RER B + Métro line 6  > Paris Bercy train station > Nevers train station.


. From Orly or Beauvais : taxi or shuttle + Métro line 6 transfer: Paris Bercy train station > Nevers train station.

  • Clivia F. (Suisse) - Septembre 2016

    "Rando-vélo a organisé notre tour Nevers-Orleans avec beaucoup de professionnalisme , nous avons apprécié les bons vélos en parfait état, le transport des bagages , la bonne description du parcours et les hôtels à notre arrivée sans avoir à chercher."

  • Jacques P. (France) - Juin 2015

    "Des balades magnifiques à travers un paysage varié "