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Loire à Vélo from Orleans to the Atlantic

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 667 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1840 Euro (EUR)

Follow the new cycling path "Loire à vélo." The “Loire à Vélo” trail runs through the Center and Pays de la Loire regions. You are able to cycle through the Anjou, Touraine, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret and Cher areas over more than 250 miles of signposted tracks alongside the Loire River and its tributaries. Loire à Vélo is part of the future “Euroveloroute” running between Nantes and Budapest (1500 miles). You can take 6, 7, 10, 11 or 15 days to discover this great valley and reach the Atlantic coast. The route consists of three stages; you can ride just one, or link two or all three together.

Stage A: From Orléans to Tours. Discover the royal valley by longing the majestic river from Orléans to Tours where thousands of treasures are waiting you: historical heritage and testimony with numerous chateaux, wonderful landscapes of different natural areas, regional gastronomy delights

Stage B: From Tours to Angers. This part of the Loire Valley is the most doted in chateaux and vineyards. Follow the Loire river which will guide you from historical places to famous cellars for tasting. Enjoy the "French art de vivre" along the peaceful and wild landscapes.

Stage C: From Angers to Le Croisic. Discover the charms of the Western part of the Loire valley: from Angers all the way to Le Croisic. This itinerary is your chance to visit the typical countryside by salterns and marsh to finally "take the plunge" into the Atlantic Ocean at Le Croisic.

Tour Itinerary:

Stage A.

Day 1: Arrival in Orléans. Discover Orléans and its old historical center, situated between the large countryside fields of Beauce area, green pastures, ponds and forest of Sologne area. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency (28 km/18 miles). Longing the wild river banks for a stage in calm and serenity through the charming and very flowered city of Beaugency. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 3: Beaugency - Blois (46 km/29 miles). Leaving Beaugency by the river banks passing via the prestigious château of Chambord: the widest Château of the Loire Valley masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Then, follow the direction of Blois presenting a rich historical heritage with the château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. Dinner and accommodation in 2-star hotel.

Day 4: Blois – Amboise (44 km/28 miles). Follow the small countryside routes until the chateau of Chaumont overlooking the Loire river, before reaching Amboise and its royal chateau from 15th –16th century. Few streets further on, is the last home of Léonardo Da Vinci: Manorhouse of "Clos Lucé". Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 5: Amboise – Tours (25 or 31 km/16 or 19 miles). A stage via the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars offering sweet white or sparkling wines. Then, enjoy the lovely chateau birthplace of Gabrielle d’Estrées, the favorite of King Henri IV. Continue to the heart of the city of Tours to discover the old quarters sheltering the famous "Place Plumereau" and its half-timbered houses. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 6: Departure.

Stage B.

Day 1: Arrival in Tours. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2: Tours – Azay le Rideau (36 km/23 miles). Reach Savonnières for a journey in the heart of Petrifying Grottoes. Then proceed to Villandry with its famous Gardens, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed terraces, then Saché, the house of the famous novelist Honoré de Balzac. Finally arrive in Azay le Rideau where you can admire its Renaissance chateau, a jewel set over the Indre river. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 3: Azay le Rideau – Chinon (39 km/24 miles). Departure towards Langeais and its 15th century château offering a typical form of a medieval fortified castle where you could admire wonderful tapestries and piece of furniture. Then ride towards the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé which has inspired Perrault for its famous fairy tale story. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 4: Chinon – Saumur 43 km/27 miles. Before leaving the medieval city of Chinon, founded on the Vienne river, possibility to visit numerous cellars which propose the famous red wine such appreciated by Rabelais. Then, continue towards the abbey of Fontevraud, the largest monastic city remaining in Europe which is the Necropolis of the Plantagenêts sovereigns before reaching the lovely town of Saumur. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 5: Saumur – Angers (64 km/40 miles). A stage following the Loire river before going through the vineyards of Anjou. You will reach the peaceful city of Angers and its chateau sheltering the famous Apocalypse Tapestry. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 6: Departure.

Stage C.

Day 1: Arrival in Angers. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2: Angers - Montjean or Ingrandes sur Loire (36 km/ 23 miles). From the heart of the vineyards of Anjou: slopes of the River Loire, Aubance and Layon, to the banks of the Loire at Chalonnes, the confluence of the Rivers Loire and Layon. Dinner and accommodation in 2-star hotel.

Day 3: Montjean or Ingrandes/Loire - Champtoceaux (40 km/ 25 miles). A ride along the banks of the River Loire to Champtoceaux, in its magnificent setting marking the boundary between Anjou and Brittany. Dinner and accommodation in 2-star hotel.

Day 4: Champtoceaux - Nantes (30 km/19 miles). From countryside and small villages to the big city of Nantes. Discover another point of view of the Loire in the capital of the western part. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 5: Nantes – St Brévin (55 km/34 miles). A stage along marshlands and countryside to finish at the estuary of the Loire river and enjoy the seaside and beaches. Dinner and accommodation in 2-star hotel.

Day 6: St Brévin – Le Croisic (53 km/33 miles). 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. Accommodation in 2-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 7: Departure.

Prices (per person, double occupancy):
- Stage A (6 days/5 nights):
* Tour package: EUR 667
* Single supplement (1 person per room): EUR 134
* Solo traveler supplement (not traveling with anyone else). Payable in addition to the single room supplement: EUR 147
* Bike rental (Scott "Sportster P6"): EUR 110

- Stage B (6 days/5 nights):
* Tour package: EUR 667
* Single supplement (1 person per room): EUR 143
* Solo traveler supplement (not traveling with anyone else). Payable in addition to the single room supplement: EUR 147
* Bike rental (Scott "Sportster P6"): EUR 110

- Stage C (7 days/6 nights):
* Tour package: EUR 940
* Single supplement (1 person per room): EUR 188
* Solo traveler supplement (not traveling with anyone else). Payable in addition to the single room supplement: EUR 191
* Bike rental (Scott "Sportster P6"): EUR 123

- Stages A and B (10 days/9 nights):
* Tour package: EUR 1166
* Single supplement (1 person per room): EUR 240
* Solo traveler supplement (not traveling with anyone else). Payable in addition to the single room supplement): EUR 209
* Bike rental (Scott "Sportster P6"): EUR 150

- Stages B and C (11 days/10 nights):
* Tour package: EUR 1340
* Single supplement (1 person per room): EUR 295
* Solo traveler supplement (not traveling with anyone else). Payable in addition to the single room supplement: EUR 272
* Bike rental (Scott "Sportster P6"): EUR 163

- Stages A, B and C (15 days/14 nights):
* Tour package: EUR 1840
* Single supplement (1 person per room): EUR 384
* Solo traveler supplement (not traveling with anyone else). Payable in addition to the single room supplement: EUR 297
* Bike rental (Scott "Sportster P6"): EUR 227.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation: on half board basis in 2-star hotels, double room with shower and toilets
- Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
- Maps and itineraries, tourist information
- Return transfer of rental bikes.

Price Excludes:
- Drinks, lunches and personal expenses
- Rental bike
- Personal bike transfer
- Train ticket for return transfer
- Luggage transportation on last day.

Note: Contact us if you need some extra nights or the transportation from the airport.

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