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Loire: from Tours to the Atlantic Ocean

Untamed Loire.

Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
969.00 €
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969.00 €

This cycle tour focuses on the Loire as a river: gentle, capricious, graceful and untamable! Its banks have never been regulated and to this day it can run unhindered through the landscape. It constantly changes its appearance, washes around bright sandbanks, loops around a village and flows quietly past idyllic gardens and vast forests. On your cycle tour from Tours downstream to the mouth into the Atlantic Ocean, there are many treasures and unknown spots to discover: from the caves near Saumur where people live, champagne bottles are stored or mushrooms are grown, to the dykes near Angers behind which picturesque villages are hidden, to the majestic granite cliffs off Nantes. You cycle on cycle paths, low-traffic farm tracks and side roads, with only a few short sections on busy roads. The cycle stages mostly lead through flat to slightly hilly terrain. You can look forward to a cycle tour that guarantees a varied vacation with a normal level of fitness.


The town is picturesquely situated on the Loire, has a rich history and is also known as the "town of art and history". The townscape is dominated by light-colored limestone and is therefore also known as the "white" town. 


Saumur Castle
The castle is located in the French town of the same name and is certainly the most famous and historic, with a Gothic core (14th/15th century) and Renaissance alterations (16th century).

Schloss Saumur

Angers, in the Loire Valley, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000, surprising visitors with its historic monuments, medieval castles and charming châteaux. 
Angers is one of the most beautiful treasures of the French way of life. 


Angers Castle
Angers Castle is located on the River Maine, near the confluence of the Maine and Loire rivers. Angers is now the capital of the Maine-et-Loire department in the Pays de la Loire region; it was the old capital of Anjou.

Schloss Angers

Die Hauptstadt des französischen Westens hält eine ganze Reihe Vergnügen für Sie bereit. 


Jules Verne Museum in Nantes
The Jules Verne Museum is located on the Sainte-Anne hill in a large 19th century bourgeois house. The writer was born in Nantes in 1828.

Museum Jules Verne

Chateau des ducs de bretagne in Nantes
Discover the castle of the Dukes of Brittany after its transformation... This unique symbol of the history of both the city and Brittany is located right in the center of Nantes and has been reopened to the public following its restoration. The entire ramparts are accessible and offer unparalleled views of the castle.

Chateau des ducs de bretagne

Loire: from Tours to the Atlantic Ocean

easy to moderate
Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
969.00 €
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Individual arrival in Tours. Tours is the historic center of Touraine, the much-praised "Garden of France".

The River Cher takes you straight to Villandry Castle with its terraced gardens. Of course, a visit to these famous gardens is a must. Shady walkways, flower-filled arbors, fountains and the artfully laid out vegetable garden will amaze every visitor. A few kilometers further on, you swap the banks of the Chers for those of the Loire, and the next castle beckons: Langeais. One look from the fortified tower (this castle was used exclusively for military purposes), and the river and the entire surrounding countryside lie before you. On the edge of the dark and mysterious forest of Chinon stands Ussé Castle, the Sleeping Beauty Castle. You approach your destination for today, Chinon, via small villages and side roads.

In the morning, leave the medieval town of Chinon and cycle to Candes-St. Martin. Stroll through the alleyways of the village to the highest point on the hill and enjoy the view of the confluence of the Vienne and Loire rivers. Today has another highlight in store for you: the mythical cliff dwellings of Souzey, which you cycle through. Saumur Castle awaits you at today's stage destination, from where you have another beautiful view of the Loire Valley.

From the white city to the black city. Your first cycle stage takes you past large sparkling wine cellars and mushroom farms that were once located in underground quarries. Over gentle hills, you reach some of the most beautiful villages on the Loire: Chénehutte, Cunault and Le Thoureil were once important inland ports where mainly wine and limestone was loaded. The ruins of castles, Romanesque churches and impressive villas of Dutch and English wine merchants bear witness to this period. At St. Mathurin, you cross the Loire and cycle through a varied polder landscape. Your stage destination is Angers, the black city - houses and roofs are built from the slate that is still mined here today. Look forward to a stroll through this beautiful city - it's worth it!

Visit the castle, where the world-famous "Apocalypse of Angers", a monumental series of tapestries from the 14th century, is exhibited in a specially built gallery, before leaving Angers on the Maine, the last major tributary of the Loire before the Atlantic. You follow this river until it flows into the Loire at La Pointe-Bouchemaine. At the foot of a slate-granite massif, the route continues to Savennières, with the oldest church in the region. Some of the greatest wines of the Loire Valley grow here, fruity, dry white wines - a visit to a winegrower is a must. A detour to Béhuard, the only village on an island in the Loire, is not to be missed. Béhuard is located on one of the many islands formed by the Loire. From La Poissonnière, your route takes you over dykes, with beautiful views of the Loire, to the former Loire port of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil. In St-Florent-le-Vieil, high above the old town (next to the church), there is a magnificent viewpoint.

Another change of scenery! Soon the valley narrows noticeably and the Loire finally enters Brittany, forcing its way through slate and granite cliffs to Nantes. The cycle path changes banks several times, with a few small climbs to contend with - but always with beautiful views. Your cycle stage takes you past horticultural farms where lamb's lettuce, carrots and lily of the valley are produced on a large scale. You follow the Loire to the center of Nantes. Although it is still 70 km to the mouth of the Loire into the Atlantic, the influence of the sea can already be felt and seen here with the ebb and flow of the tide.

Today you follow the ever-widening river towards the Atlantic. You cycle downstream through the tranquil countryside and many small villages until the Loire flows into the Atlantic. To reach your destination, Saint Nazaire, you now cross the impressive bridge over the Loire. In Saint Nazaire, visit the submarine bunker, which is also accessible by bike, or the Atlantic shipyard, which is one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world. With so many impressions in your luggage, you can round off the trip in the evening by the Atlantic.

An eventful and impressive cycle tour through the unknown valley of the Loire comes to an end today. If you would like to return to Tours, we recommend our return transfer service, which takes you back to your hotel in Tours every Saturday morning by minibus from Saint-Nazaire (reservation required).



Prices per person in EUR


All-carefree service
    • Overnight stay with breakfast
    • room with D/bath/WC
    • luggage transport
    • Cycling map with marked route
    • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
    • Tips for trip preparation
    • Tourist information
    • 7-day hotline service
Things to know about your trip

Below you will find specific information about the Loire Valley Bike Tour. If you have any further questions about this tour, please call us:
Tel: 06421 - 886890.

Arrival by train

Tours can be reached by train.
For current timetables and prices, please visit www.bahn.de

Parking at arrival hotel

In Tours you have the possibility to park your car in a public garage (costs approx. 10,00 € per day). Detailed parking information will be sent to you with your travel documents approximately 3 weeks before your arrival.

Road conditions

The route is mainly on paved and well gravelled cycle paths, with some minor roads through the Loire Valley. There are a few short connecting sections on roads with heavier traffic. The terrain is mostly flat to slightly hilly. A bike tour that guarantees a varied holiday with a normal level of fitness. 

Available bikes

You can choose from 7-speed unisex bikes with hub gears and back pedal brakes, or 21-speed unisex or men's bikes with derailleur gears and freewheel, as well as electric bikes (unisex).

Cycling in France

Cyclists in France are required to wear conspicuous clothing. As of October 1, 2008, you must wear a reflective safety vest at night outside built-up areas and on days when visibility is poor. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to 135 euros.

Reflective vest mandatory!

Return to the starting hotel

On Saturday, you have the option of taking a minibus back to Tours in the morning. The driver will come to your hotel and have room for you, your luggage and your private bike if you have one. He will take you back to your starting hotel, ensuring a perfect return service without the hassle of changing buses or lugging suitcases. It is possible to bring your own bikes for an additional fee. 

Extra costs not included in the tour price

Tourist tax is not included in the tour price and must be paid at the hotel.

7-day hotline service

If your bicycle chain breaks, floods make it impossible to continue your trip, or other nasty surprises await you: We are available around the clock, including weekends, and will organize help as quickly as possible.

Passport and Visa Requirements

For EU citizens there are no special passport, visa or health requirements for this trip.

Travel insurance

The statutory insolvency insurance is already included in the travel price. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance after receiving your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of cancellation, curtailment, illness or accident.

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