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The Loire Valley

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Price: €960

By Bike and Boat across the Loire Valley: rural villages, stilled canals and excellent wines make this a perfect cycling holiday.

Datum Schip Prijs
23-05-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
30-05-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
06-06-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
13-06-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
20-06-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
05-09-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
12-09-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
19-09-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
26-09-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960
03-10-2020 Anna-Maria V € 960

The Valley of the river Loire between the towns of Nevers and Montargis in France is a very attractive region for a relaxing bike and boat tour.

This area, approximately 100 kilometers in length, offers a landscape with slightly rolling hills and a mild climate. The summers are dry but not too warm. The Loire Valley region also knows a rich history and culture. The impressive castles and small villages make this cycle tour a unique experience.
Of course you will have a taste of some fine Loire wines like Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé during this special cycling holiday!

Highlights of the bike and barge tour ‘The Loire Valley’

• great cycle tours along the ancient canals next to the Loire river
• pretty views on the Loire river and valley
• relaxing in genuine French villages and towns
• tasting of superb Loire wines like Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé
• sailing through the famous aqueduc of Briare over the Loire river

Saturday:
Halfway the afternoon you leave from the Paris train station ‘Gare du Nord’ by coach to Cours-les-Barres. You arrive in the beginning of the evening at the ship where you meet your tour leader and the crew and settle in. Subsequently dinner will be served aboard..

Sunday: cycle trip: ± 50 km.
From Cours-les-Barres you cycle to the village of Aprémont-sur-Allier. You may visit the 12th century castle and its fabulous gardens. The beautiful town of Nevers is the next stop before you cycle back to the boat in Cours-les-Barres.

Monday: cycle trip: ± 55 km.
First you make a relaxing morning trip by boat. Todays trip by bike takes you to La Charité-sur-Loire, an ancient Roman town. Crossing the 16th century stone bridge to the centre, you have a splendid view over the town and its Notre Dame church. Then you enter the region of the Pouilly Fumé wines. Near Ménétréol, situated under the Sancerre vineyards, you will be visiting a winery and taste some delicious wines.

Tuesday: cycle trip: ± 50 km.
For a start you visit the village of Sancerre and then pedal a picturesque route right across the area of the Sancerre vineyards. Your ride continues and passes several wine villages that are situated in a rural and attractive scenery. The trip ends in Beaulieu-sur-Loire, the stop for the night.

Wednesday: cycle trip: ± 40 km.
By bike you pass the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire and also the aquaduct that will take you by boat over the river Loire later on. After St. Brisson, where you pass the mediaeval castle, you cycle your way back to the barge, while enjoying the fresh forest air in the Fôret de St. Brisson. In the late afternoon you sail by ship over the river Loire through the magnificent aquaduct to the lively village of Briare.

Thursday: cycle trip: ± 45 km.
First you have some time to explore Briare. The cycle trip passes castle ‘Pont Chevron’. Via Ouzouer-sur-Trézée the bike trip leads through a lke area to the 16th century castle near Bléneau. Your trip ends in the village of Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its seven historical locks.

Friday: cycle trip: ± 50 km.
First you have some time to explore Briare. The cycle trip passes castle ‘Pont Chevron’. Via Ouzouer-sur-Trézée the bike trip leads through a lke area to the 16th century castle near Bléneau. Your trip ends in the village of Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its seven historical locks.

Saturday: In the morning you may wish to go for a little stroll. At approximately 11.00 hrs. your guide & crew will say good-bye and you travel by coach to Paris.

(Subject to change)

Each next week tour by bike and barge will be in reverse: starting in Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses and ending in Cours-les-Barres.

  • Stay aboard in double cabin (8 days/7 nights)
  • Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
  • Tourleader
  • Information booklet
  • Transfer Paris/Gare du Nord-Barge v.v.
  • Journey to and from Paris Gare du Nord
  • Bicycle with 24 gears and cycle bag: € 60,00
  • E-bike € 155,00 (excl. insurance). Limited availability
  • Bicycle insurance: € 30,00 a person
  • E-bike insurance: € 40,00 a person (obliged)
  • Excursions within tour program (wine tasting and visit to castle)
  • Drinks on board
  • Surcharge High Season € 95,00 (Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26)
  • Surcharge single use cabin: €230,00 (on request)

We highly recommend to bring a bike helmet on this trip and to wear it.

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