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Loire Valley

Cycling the Loire Valley: from the Anjou area to the sea

Ride the last leg of the Loire Valley from Saumur to Saint-Brevin. The landcapes of the Loire river disappear gradually to leave place to dunes ans sand beaches.

Reference L0806
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • From June 1st to Sept 20th
  • Minimum age 1 year
779€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Discover the last leg of the Loire Valley from Saumur to Saint-Brévin. You’ll enjoy the changing colors of the Loire Valley, the vineyards around Saumur and the castle of Angers and its magnificient medieval tapestry, the best well-preserved in Europe.

    During your trip, you’ll ride along the Loire islands up to Montjean-sur-Loire, Saint-Florent-le-Viel and its beautiful abbey , Ancenis and its castle or Oudon and its dungeon. Then you’ll reach Nantes, its "Ducs de Bretagne" castle, its cathedral and its amazing machines. You’ll have the oppotunity to discover the surroundings biking along the Erdre, the Sèvre nantaise or decide to see the ocean at Saint-Brévin. With this last option, you’ll ride along the Loire river up to the estuary to the seaside resort.

    This varied tour takes you from the heart of the Anjou countryside to the breeze of the ocean. Quite a change!!

    Day 1

     
     
    Discover the charming old town of Saumur and its magnificent castle crowning the city. Saumur is not only the capitale of the equestrian art but also a gastronomy center surrounded by a rich wine area.

    Day 2

     
     
    This journey gives you the opportunity to fully enjoy the beauty of the Loire valley. You leave Saumur and follow the Loire on the bike path "Loire à vélo", along which you will discover many beautiful little villages with their medieval churches.

    In Trèves you stop for a visit of the 15th century-old dungeon. Shortly before reaching Gennes your path will lead you through a magnificent forest, along a beautiful pond. It’s the perfect place to picnic!

    Day 3

     
     
    You continue to enjoy the charms of the Loire valley. You ride along the small villages of the Loire and enjoy the many small cafés to relax in the shade of the willows. Then you cross the Loire and the Loiret in Ponts-de-Cé and ride down the Loire to the confluence of the Maine. Finally, Angers appears with its castle, its fortress and its lively streets.

    Day 4

     
     
    Discover the beautiful city of Angers, its castle and its busy streets. You’ll leave the city riding along the Maine river, along the lake and across the woods until the confluence with the Loire river. Then, the itinerary leaves the river taking you to the hillside of the prestigious vineyards of Savennières.

    You reach the southside of the river crossing the Chalonnes’ island, one of the largest in the Loire river. Your daytrip ends in the lovely village of Montjean-sur-Loire. Just before the village, you ride by the large headframe of an old coal mine and the limekilns, witnesses of the mining history.

    Day 5

     
     
    You leave Montjean-sur-Loire riding on the elevation along the Loire river. Discover the charming village of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, birthplace of the writer Julien Gracq. The town with its magnificient XVIIth century abbey atop the Mont Glone is classified « Petite Cité de Caractère ». From the abbey, you’ll embrace a spectacular panorama over the Loire valley.

    Then, you keep on riding on small country roads. Crossing again the Loire river you enter Ancenis, former Bretagne harbour admiring the medieval castle and its moats.

    Day 6

     
     
    Start the day reaching the lovely town of Oudon and its impressive dungeon guarding the city. You get to the left bank of the river to Champtoceaux, old medieval fortress. Riding along the river and its islands, you’ll cross the first lamb’s lettuce fields near Nantes.

    Eventually, a nice shady cycle path will take you to the Dukes’ city. Pass by the former LU biscuit factory, nowadays cultural and artistic center. Your itinerary ends in front of the beautiful Ducs de Bretagne castle, in the historical center of Nantes.

    Day 7

     
     
    You leave the vibrant city to found the quietness of the riverbank. The Erdre was named by the king François Ier "the most beautiful river in France". When riding, through woods and marsh, appreciate the diversity of wildlife and flora. Along your tour, you’ll catch sight of beautiful mansions and small castles which have been built along the river by rich shipowners during the XIXth century. The lovely town of Sucé-sur-Erdre will be the ideal place for a stop in its harbour.
     
    This ride takes you to the Atlantic ocean, last leg of the Loire Valley! The comtemporary art follows you all the way with different creations. Leave Nantes through the former shipyards and get to the south riverbank. This itinerary is the same as the well-known Vélodyssée and run along the quiet and lovely Martinière canal.

    You are not very far from Nantes but you already can feel the ocean breeze, the very impressive Saint Nazaire bridge takes shape far off and the estuary appears, grand. You enter Saint-Brévin, its pine-tree lined streets, its sand beaches and its surprising sea snake. Enjoy the seashore resort atmosphere before crossing the Saint Nazaire bridge by bus to take your train back to Nantes.

    Day 8

     
     
    After a nice breakfast, enjoy furthermore the gorgious city of Nantes before leaving.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with ** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.

    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description


    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Nantes or Tours, then train to Saumur.
    • By train: TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse and connection in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps or Angers to take a regional train to Saumur. The duration of the trip varies from 2h00 to 2h30. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.

    Parking

    If you drive to Saumur, you can park your car for free in a open car park located in the city center. The location and contact details of the car park will be given in your travel documents.

    To get back to starting point (Nantes-Saumur) :

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point from Nantes if you wish (about 1h20). They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 23€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    We can also organise a transfer in a private vehicule on demand.

    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.



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