Loire à Vélo: bike tour from Nevers to Orléans

from 810 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 4 pers.)
Reference : L7
7 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Easy
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

Some questions about this trip ?
Contact us +33(0)2 54 78 62 52 or by email

Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

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.

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


The little extra with Biking France:


Private return transfer from Orléans to nevers – optional.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L7 STD
superior category
Reference: L7 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th 2019
    from September 1st to November 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
890 € / pers.
1 135 € / pers.
4 persons basis :(price per person)
810 € / pers.
1 070 € / pers.
Single supplement
285 € / pers.
430 € / pers.
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
930 € / pers.
1 195 € / pers.
4 persons basis :(price per person)
850 € / pers.
1 110 € / pers.
Single supplement
285 € / pers.
430 € / pers.
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Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

VTC GITANE bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 2 rear panniers (saddlebags)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

VTC SCOTT bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 rear panniers (saddlebags)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • Helmet

Equipment & Bike for children

We provide bikes and equipment for children such as:

children’s bike (from 18 to 24 inches)
trail-a-bike (for children from 5 to 9 years old)
trailer (for baby or 25 kg maximum children)
baby seat

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Nevers
> Return

Your journey

> Tour description

Mix of cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists (90%) and small traffic roads.

> GPX files

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we can provide on request the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application.

How to arrive in Nevers

> By car
From A77 highway > exit n°33 « Nevers Centre ».

 > By train
From Paris Gare de Bercy train station to Nevers train station.
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com

> By plane

  • From Roissy CDG airport:
    – Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station >> St Pierre des Corps train station or Lyon Part Dieu train station (by TGV train) >> Nevers train station (by regular train).

– RER B >> Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’  >> Metro line 6 – stop ‘Bercy’ >> Paris Bercy train station >> Nevers train station.
www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Bercy train station >> Nevers train station.

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud > > Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 6 – stop ‘Bercy’ >> Paris Bercy train station >> Nevers train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro) >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’  >> Metro line 6 – stop ‘Bercy’ >> Paris Bercy train station >> Nevers train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Bercy train station >> Nevers train station.

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> >> Metro line 1 – stop ‘Châtelet’ + line 14 – stop ‘Bercy’ >> Paris Bercy train station >> Nevers train station.
www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/

Return

> If you have to come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Orléans train Station >> Nevers train Station (by train) via Vierzon or Paris
    – Orléans >> Nevers (by taxi).

> If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports :

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Orléans train Station >> Paris Austerlitz Station (by train).
    – Orléans train Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps train Station (by train) >> Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station (by TGV train).

> Nearby airport :
– Tours Airport : www.tours.aeroport.fr/home


Trip overall rating : / 6 testimonials

Alison
USA
travel date: 07 September 2018.
" Everything was very well organized "

I would definitely recommend Randovélo! They are responsive to communication, well organized, and offer a high quality service. Accommodations were comfortable, bikes were well maintained, and instructions for the route were clear and detailed.

Luc
France
travel date: 16 September 2017.
" Parfait "

Ce fut pour nous tous une expérience très heureuse.

Ghislaine
France
travel date: 22 May 2016.
" Bien, à conseiller "

Je garderais un très bon souvenir de Rando vélo qui ma permis d’exaucer mes désirs Merci à toute l’équipe.

Alain
France
travel date: 06 June 2017.
" Merci infiniement. Bravo à tous. "

Au terme d’un voyage parfaitement réussi de NEVERS à TOURS en vélo, nous voulons témoigner de notre profonde satisfaction de ce voyage de 7 jours. La qualité et la rigueur du travail réalisé par les services de Rando Vélo a été permanente; elle a permis la réussite complète de notre projet. A l’occasion d’un événement imprévu et imprévisible survenu le 1er jour, nous avons pu mesurer la réactivité et la parfaite efficacité des services et de plus leur extrême gentillesse. Le matériel, les hébergements, les feuilles de route: tout était parfait et nous en sommes vraiment reconnaissants à tous les personnels concernés. Il est bien évident qu’avec un tel bilan, nous ne pouvons que recommander pleinement cet organisme pour vos projets de voyage itinérants. Christine et Alain: cyclistes bretons.

Clivia
Suisse
travel date: 01 September 2016.
" Tout était très bien. Nous avons adoré et pouvons vous recommander de bon cœur . "

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
France
travel date: 19 June 2015.
" Bon circuit "

Des balades magnifiques à travers un paysage varié.