Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast

The Loire is famous for being one of Europe’s only remaining unregulated rivers. Flowing towards the Atlantic, the surrounding land can be characterised by nature and gentle rolling hills. A cycling tour here will enchant culture lovers, the course takes you to Orléans and finishes in Saint Nazaire passing sights to peak into France’s past and one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is a culture-loving cyclist’s dream.

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

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Itinerary

Get acquainted and say hello to this lovely city.

Time to set off on your adventure! Following the River Cher, a tributary of the Loire, you will reach Villandry Palace which is not worth a miss. Full of culture and history, there are also terraced gardens to be seen. Be enchanted by the shady footpaths, flower-covered bowers, fountains, and the amazingly organised vegetable gardens. As you head a few more kilometres you will swap the bank of the Cher for the bank of the Loire, where the beautiful castle Langeais awaits you. You’ll have the chance to go to the top of the tower (now used for military purposes) where you can enjoy views of the river and all the surrounding areas. Before reaching Chinon you will pass quaint villages and side roads. Chinon has an impressive castle complex to impress you.

Time to part ways with the medieval city of Chinon and follow the river Vienne to Candes-St.Martin. Here you can go by foot to the highest point of the village, where you can see the confluence of both rivers Vienne and Loire. There’s then one more treasure to be seen before arriving Saumur, which is the mystic rock houses of Souzey. When you arrive in Saumur there is but another panoramic view to visit from the Samur Palace.

Travel a few kilometres to the southern shores of the Loire and find yourself in the vineyards which you’ll pass through on gentle hills. Afterwards you’ll be back on the coast heading through quiet, medieval villages to your home for the night of Angers. This university cite is located at the Maine and has a friendly and buzzing atmosphere.

Angers is on the River Maine, which is the last major tributary of the Loire River before the Atlantic. You will go along the Maine until it joins with the Loire at La Pointe-Bouchemaine. Follow the foot of the slate-granite massif until you reach Savennières which is home to the oldest church in the region. Some of the most popular wines from the Loire-Valley are grown here. Try some fruity or dry white wines at one of the vintners. From La Poissonnière head via dykes with amazing views of the river until you reach the dainty town of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil.

Today offers another day along the Loire River with ever-changing scenery. It’s time to have your first glimpse of Brittany where the buildings transform into a vision of slate and granite rocks up until you reach Nantes. You’ll switch sides of the river a few times and will come across a few short gradients but it’s worth it for the stunning views you will see. Accompany the Loire all the way to the centre of Nantes, the historic capital of Brittany. The Atlantic lives some 70km away from this city but you can feel its influence already here.

Here the river widens and the scenery more serene. Head towards the finish line of the Atlantic Ocean by heading downstream through quaint villages. To arrive in your final destination of Saint Nazaire there is a  bridge to cross over the Loire River. Spend your last day visiting the Atlantic Shipyard, one of the biggest ship building corporations in the world or the submarine bunker which can only be accessed by bike.

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Route overview

Difficulty: Medium

Start point: Tours

End point: Tours

Total distance: approx. 335 and 385km

This loop is mostly on cycle routes and some secondary roads with low traffic levels, all of which are well signposted. In the vineyard areas, there are some more hills which you must climb.

Bike hire options

This cycling holiday benefits from high-quality bike hire options that have been carefully selected for the tour. Each well-maintained bike has modern V-brakes, aluminium wheels and puncture-proof tyres based around a KTM frame. Dynamo lights, small panniers, repair accessories, a handlebar bag and a comfortable saddle ensure that you have everything you need for an enjoyable cycle tour. Rental bike insurance is included in every booking.


Standard Unisex Bike 21/24-gears

Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm (heights approx. 148 cm to 190 cm)


Standard Men’s Bike 21-gears with crossbar

Sizes: 63 / 60 / 56-51 cm (heights approx. 165 cm to 205 cm)


Rental Bike PLUS
Rental Bike PLUS is designed for a slightly sportier sitting position and finely tuned gears offer excellent riding flexibility. The KTM aluminium frame has a high-quality Suntour suspension fork and puncture-proof tyres.
Sizes: 63 / 60 / 55 / 51 / 50 / 46 cm (heights approx. 155 cm to 205 cm)


Unisex Electric Bike
The electric bikes available on this tour assist up to 25 km/h whilst pedalling. The pedalec motor is in the frame’s bottom bracket, and the detachable batteries last approximately 120 km. Each bike has an illuminated LCD and 8-speed internal hub gears. They weigh 23 kg and have a back-pedal brake. Only limited numbers are available.
Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 46 ‘xs’ cm (heights approx. 148 cm to 195 cm)

What’s included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Well developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Not included

  • Flights to/from the start and finish
  • Evening meals (unless stated)
  • Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
  • Helmets
  • Water Bottles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike hire (optional supplements, with rental bike insurance included)
  • Bike Insurance (unless stated)
  • Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
  • Transfers (unless included)
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