France Bike, your partner for cycling holidays in France recommends this bike vacation through this less known region along the Loire River. On daily bike tours you'll discover varied landscapes, the impressive estuary mouth and finally the Atlantic coast with the famous Salines of Guérande and the salt marshes. Dreamy villages, little towns and elegant and historic cities like Angers and Nantes will certainly astonish you. And if you booked the additional day at the end of the tour you finally 'take the plunge' into the Atlantic Ocean at Le Croisic.
Day 1: Arrival in Angers
Angers is called ‘black town’ because of its schist houses. Once a totally preserved castle, in its museum you will see the world famous tapestry ‘Apocalypse of Angers’ (14th century).
Day 2: Angers - Montjean-sur-Loire, ~37 km/22 miles
From the heart of the vineyards of Anjou you will follow the slopes of the Loire River to Aubance and Layon. Continue along the banks of the Loire until you come to Chalonnes, where Loire and Layon run together. And finally you will arrive in Montjean-sur-Loire, where you’ll spend the night.
Day 3: Montjean-sur-Loire - Champtoceaux, ~40 km/24 miles
Today you ride along the banks of the River Loire to Champtoceaux that is marking the boundary between Anjou and Brittany.
Day 4: Champtoceaux - Nantes, ~32 km/20 miles
From the countryside and small villages you will pedal to the elegant city of Nantes, historical capital of Brittany. Discover another point of view of the Loire in the capital of the western part.
Day 5: Nantes - Saint Brévin, ~58 km/34 miles
The stage leads along marshlands and countryside to finish at the estuary of the Loire River and enjoy the seaside and beaches.
Day 6: Alas! Departure
You’ll get back to Angers individually by train.
Optional day: Saint Brévin - Le Croisic, ~53-60 km/33-38 miles
It is possible to add another stage from Saint Brévin to Le Croisic at the end of the tour. The overnight stay and breakfast in Le Croisic are included. From the estuary of the River Loire you will ride to the wild sea coast of Le Croisic. The opportunity to discover the famous salterns of the medieval town of Guérande should not be missed.
5 nights in 3*** and 4**** hotels in cat. A
5 nights in 2** and 3*** hotels in cat. B
5x copious breakfast
5x tourist tax
luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
complete documentation with maps
self-guided tour - 6 days / 5 nights
arrival every day
route (1)-(2): ~167 km/104 miles
flat and sometimes hilly
how to get there
by car: motorway to Angers
by train: station Angers, Paris-Angers (1h45) direct with TGV
by plane: airport Nantes Atlantique or Paris
from Saint-Brevin to Angers for 440 €/ride, max. 5 persons, transfer of customer bike for 15 €/bike
are available in Angers and Saint-Brevin in both categories in double and single room, prices on request
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