The area of the Valley of the Loire between the cities of Nevers and Montargis in France is a very suitable region for a relaxing bike & barge holiday. This area, approximately 100 kilometers in length, offers a landscape with slightly rolling hills and a mild climate. During the summer it is dry but never too warm. The Loire Valley region also knows a rich history and culture. The many impressive castles and small villages make this cycling holiday a unique experience. Of course you will get a taste of the fine Loire wines during this holiday!
Day 1: Arrival in Cours-les-Barres
Halfway the afternoon you leave from 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.
Day 2: Tour around Nevers, ~50 km/31 miles
From Cours-les-Barres you cycle to the town of Aprémont. You may visit the 12th century castle and its fabulous gardens. After that we cycle on to the beautiful town of Nevers. The trip ends again in Cours-les-Barres.
Day 3: Cours-les-Barres - Ménétréol, ~55 km/34 miles
First we sail in the morning to the village of Beffes. The cycle trip takes you to La Charité-sur-Loire, an ancient Roman town. Crossing the 16th century stone bridge to the center, you have a splendid view over the town and its Notre Dame church. Then you enter the region of the Pouilly Fumé wines. In Ménétréol, situated under the Sancerre vineyards, you will be given the opportunity to try some wine.
Day 4: Ménétréol - Beaulieu-sur-Loire, ~50 km/31 miles
For a start you visit Sancerre and then take a picturesque route right across the Sancerre vineyards. Your cycle ride continues and passes several wine villages that are situated in impressive and attractive scenery. The trip ends in Beaulieu, the stop for the night.
Day 5: Beaulieu-sur-Loire - Briare, ~40 km/25 miles
By bicycle you pass the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire and the aqueduct that will take you over the river Loire later on. After St. Brisson, where you pass a nice castle, you start your way back to the barge, while enjoying the fresh forest air in the Fôret de St. Brisson. In the evening you cross the river Loire through the magnificent aqueduct and stop for the night in Briare.
Day 6: Briare - Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, ~45 km/28 miles
First you have some time to explore Briare. The cycle trip leads to the castle ‘Pont Chevron’ which is picturesquely situated at a small lake. Via Ouzouer-sur-Trézée you go right across an area with some lakes to the 16th century castle near Bléneau. Your trip ends in the village Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its seven historical locks.
Day 7: Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses - Rogny, ~50 km/31 miles
The barge will stay in Rogny. Today you will cycle to the market in Châtillon-Coligny, from where the trip continues to the castle in La Bussière. Via Escrignelles the tour ends back in Rogny.
Day 8: Rogny - Paris
In the morning you may wish to go for a stroll. At approximately 11.00 a.m. your guide & crew will say good-bye and you travel by coach to Paris (Gare du Nord).
MS Anna Maria IV
The builders of this ship reckoned with the future sailing area: the French canals. Length, width and height are adjusted to sail the narrow waterways of France. During the season the ANNA MARIA IV sails the Loire region. The relaxed atmosphere aboard makes you’ll find yourself at home quickly. Cabins are provided with private facilities (2 cabins shared facilities), a sliding window and an electrical fan.
7 nights in cabin with bunk beds and some with shower/WC
6x packed lunch
English speaking tour guide
visit of a castle
rental bike with 24 gears
bus transfer Paris/Gare du Nord to boat and back
guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday
season I (from 885 €/person in double)
season II (+84 €/person)
no arrival possible
route (1)-(2): ~290 km/181 miles
flat on cycle tracks or smaller roads
how to get there
by car: motorway to Paris
by train: station Paris gare du Nord
by plane: airport Paris
possible in a underground garage near the Gare du Nord railway station, about 20 min by feet to the hotel, booking recommend
The transfer from the railway station Paris Gare du Nord to the embarkation and back is included. Rendezvous with the guide about 1.30 p.m, transfer to the boat about 2.30-3 p.m. The transfer back to Paris Gare du Nord leaves about 11am-Midday, arrival between 2.30 - 3 p.m.
The direction of the tour is changing every week.
Come with your own bike and get a reduction of 20 €/bike.
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