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Loire Valley

*For groups* Angers to Nantes, 6 days along the Loire River

Go off to explore the Loire Valley from Angers to Nantes thanks to this trip specially designed for the groups, in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reference GL0601
  • Itinerant trip
  • 6 days
  • Moderate
  • April to November
  • Minimum age 8
319€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This trip is specially made for the groups - between 10 and 30 participants.

    Discover the Loire Valley from Angers to Nantes. Your itinerary starts in the Anjou’s heart biking amidst the vineyards. Further, you ride along the Loire enjoying the beauty of the river with its traditional boats named "toues". You’ll cross the cutest villages nested on the hill tops, Montjean-sur-Loire and Saint-Florent-le-Viel which offers a spectacular view on the valley from its magnificent abbey. Your route is either on cycling paths or small countryroads through bocage, vineyards and farmland.

    You reach the beautiful city of Nantes and its Ducs de Bretagne’s castle, its cathedral and its famous "machines de l Ile". Enjoy this vibrant classified "Art and History" City. From Nantes, different trips are possible either to the North along the Erdre river or to the South along the Sèvre Nantaise. A very varied trip in the heart of the Loire valley.

    Day 1

     
     

    Angers

    Angers is a real cycle city, thanks to its 150 km of bike lanes. You bike down to the old medieval city of Angers, only to discover the beautiful thirteen-century fortress and his 17 major towers. Do not miss out the 104 meter-large tapestry, the largest medieval tapestry. Walk around the animated little streets, visit the Saint-Maurice cathedral and the Adam House, built at the end of the 15th century. Do not miss out the famous "quernons d’Ardoise" a famous sweet imitating the blue slater.

    Day 2

     
     

    Angers - Montjean-sur-Loire

    Bike
    39km
    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 3

     
     

    Montjean-sur-Loire - Ancenis

    Bike
    29km
    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 4

     
     

    Ancenis - Nantes

    Bike
    39km
    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 5

     
     

    Suggested day trip : along the Erdre

    Bike
    41km
    Not possible with trailer bike or bike trailer
    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.
     

    Suggested day trip : Along the Sevre nantaise

    Bike
    46km
    Not possible with trailer bike or bike trailer
    You start the day discovery the last large tributary of the Loire river, the Sevre nantaise. Ride along the cycle path up to Vertou and its lock. Leave the banks of the river and reach the hillsides of the Nantes vineyards, the muscadet area! Ride up to the elegant castle of Goulaine, nowadays official museum of the famous biscuit factory LU, then through the Goulaine marsh. Between romantic Sèvre, vineyards, marsh and riverbanks, this trip offers you a concentrate of the local tresory.

    Day 6

     
     

    Departure from Nantes

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

    All of the accommodations on this itinerary are specialised in hosting groups and cyclists: hostels, educational holiday centers, sports centers, dedicated to social and family tourism.

    They all have the label "Acceuil Vélo" and offer breakfasts made considering the sport effort that you will have to do during the day. They can also make you picnics for lunch on demand. Dinner can be served at the accommodations if you book half-board.
    * 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


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • 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.(included in your bike rental)

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

    GPS tracks


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



    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

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Paris or Angers.
    • By train: Direct trains TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse. The duration of the trip is about 1h40. To plan your trip,www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Angers, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center, close to the train station. The location and contact details of the car park will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish (46min). They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 16€/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.

    If you chose the luggage transport, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 5pm at the pick up location (Valid only from June 1st to September 20th).


    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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