Loire à Vélo: bike tour from Nevers to Tours

from 1 230 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 4 pers.)
Reference : L32
11 days / 9 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Ride the Loire à Vélo cycling paths, from Nevers to Tours. A 10-day enjoyable living experience into communion with the Loire river: from Sancerre vineyards to the old Briare canal-bridge, on the footsteps of Joan of Arc or Leonardo Da Vinci, to the most beautiful Loire chateaux such as Chambord, Sully sur Loire and Blois.

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 first 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 : Orléans – Beaugency | 26 km


After the visiting Orléans, its historical quarters and its sumptuous Sainte-Croix cathedral, leave the town le via the « Loire à Vélo » cycling tracks and follow the wild Loire river banks up to the nice chateau de Meung-sur-Loire, then to the flower-filled city of Beaugency overlooked by its 11th century dungeon.

Day 8 : Beaugency – Blois | 46 km


Leaving Beaugency in the direction of Blois which presents a rich historical heritage with the château, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century. You will also discover the Sologne area and of course Chambord, a masterpiece of the French Renaissance period.

Day 9 : Blois – Amboise | 39 km


Follow the ‘pays des châteaux’ cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which majestically dominates the Loire river and the little town, before reaching the city of Amboise and its royal château. The castle’s chapel shelters Leonardo Da Vinci’s tomb, and a few streets further on, you can see the last residence of this genius : The Clos Lucé Manor house.

Day 10 : Amboise – Tours | 24 km or 32 km


Crossing the vineyards of Vouvray or Montlouis discover the numerous cellars producing the region’s famous sweet white and sparkling wines. Then you will reach the city of Tours to discover the old neighbourhood with its typical half-timbered houses.

Day 11 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


Private return transfer from Tours to Nevers – optional.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L32 STD
superior category
Reference: L32 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 5th 2019
    from November 1st to 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
1 305 € / pers.
1 750 € / pers.
4 persons basis :(price per person)
1 230 € / pers.
1 675 € / pers.
Single supplement
420 € / pers.
785 € / pers.
Mid season
  • from April 6th to June 30th 2019
    from September 1st to October 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
1 370 € / pers.
1 825 € / pers.
4 persons basis :(price per person)
1 295 € / pers.
1 750 € / pers.
Single supplement
420 € / pers.
785 € / pers.
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
1 390 € / pers.
1 850 € / pers.
4 persons basis :(price per person)
1 315 € / pers.
1 775 € / pers.
Single supplement
420 € / pers.
785 € / 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


Ces hébergements offrent tout le confort pour un repos mérité après une journée à vélo (salle de bain privative) et une situation idéale pour profiter des centres d’intérêts à proximité.
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/en

> 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/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Tours train Station >> Nevers train Station (by train)
    – Tours >> Nevers (by taxi).

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

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France.
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Tours train Station >> Paris Austerlitz Station (by train).
    – Tours train Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by TGV train)
    – Tours 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 : / 1 testimonials

Holger
Germany
travel date: 21 June 2018.
" Great trip! "

Thanks so much for a perfectly planned trip. The service was flawless and met all my expectations. It was a great six day trip from Nevers to Angers. All worked out well: the bicycle rent, the itinerary, the hotels.