On the way to the Atlantic coast in 10 days! 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 Tours, 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 Tours
We recommend to visit the historical center and the gothic cathedral.
Day 2: Tours - Azay-le-Rideau, ~41 km/25 miles
A bike path leads you along the dreamy Cher River to Villandry castle whose gardens are the most beautiful of all castles in the Loire valley. Then you'll ride to the Indre River and discover Azay-le-Rideau and its Renaissance castle from the 16th century.
Day 3: Azay-le-Rideau - Chinon, ~35 km/21 miles
You'll ride back to the Loire River and arrive at Langeais and its big castle of the 15th century. Its rooms have original furniture of that time. You'll continue along the Loire River on a very nice path before you'll discover the next castle in Ussé. Finally, the medieval town of Chinon awaits you for a stay on Vienne River. There are a lot of wine cellars that invite you to taste the good red wines which Rabelais already appreciated very much!
Day 4: Chinon - Saumur, ~36-48 km/25-28 miles
You always continue along the Loire River before you make a detour to the Fontevraud Abbey where you'll find the tombs of King Henry II of England and that of King Richard I of England and their French wives. The gothic cloister and especially the Romanesque kitchen are also worth a visit. From the abbey you will ride on little roads to Saumur whose castle dominates the Loire valley.
Day 5: Saumur - Angers, ~57 km/34 miles
The Loire River conducts you to Angers. We recommend to visit the old town and particularly the Norman castle where you can admire the very famous tapestry of the Apocalypse (14th century).
Day 6: Angers - Montjean-sur-Loire, ~37 km/22 miles
From the heart of the vineyards of Anjou you will follow the slopes of the River Loire to Aubance and Layon. Continue along the banks of the Loire to Chalonnes, where Loire and Layon are running together.
Day 7: Montjean-sur-Loire - Champtoceaux, ~40 km/24 miles
A ride along the banks of the River Loire will lead you to Champtoceaux. In its magnificent setting marking the boundary between Anjou and Brittany.
Day 8: Champtoceaux - Nantes, ~32 km/20 miles
From countryside and small villages you will pedal to the elegant city of Nantes. Discover another point of view of the Loire in the capital of the western part.
Day 9: Nantes - Saint Brévin, ~58 km/35 miles
It is this a stage along marshlands and countryside to finish at the estuary of the Loire River. Enjoy the seaside and beaches here.
Day 10: Alas! Departure
Back by train to Tours.
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 to the wild sea coast of Le Croisic. An opportunity to discover the famous salterns of the medieval town of Guérande.
9 nights in 3*** and 4**** hotels in cat. A
9 nights in 2** and 3*** hotels in cat. B
9x copious breakfast
1 dinner (3 course menu)
luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
complete documentation with maps
self-guided tour - 10 days / 9 nights
arrival every day
route (1)-(2): ~340 km/215 miles
flat and sometimes hilly
how to get there
by car: motorway to Tours
by train: station Tours, from Paris (1h30) direct with TGV
by plane: Airport Nantes Atlantique
from Saint-Brevin to Tours for 495 €/ride, max. 5 persons, transfer of customer bike for 15 €/bike
are available in Tours and Saint-Brevin in both categories in double and single room, prices on request
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