La Loire à Vélo

The Loire à Vélo is one of the most beautiful bike routes in France. This 900km itinerary starts at Cuffy (near Nevers) and goes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean at Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (Loire-Atlantique). The route runs primarilythrough areas listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

On a long trip or just for a day ride, the Loire à Vélo is easy to do, for families or for a first experience of cyclo-tourism.

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Suggested route - 7 days - 288 km

Taking a week to ride the route from Cuffy to Blois is a great way to discover the wild side of the Loire river, its islands, the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, the canal-bridge of Briare, the Sully-sur-Loire chateau, Orléans, the Chambord and Cheverny chateaux, the royal city of Blois.

Stages and highlights

  • Cuffy - Sancerre (58 km) : le bec d'Allier et le pont-canal du Guétin, la Charité-sur-Loire, Pouilly-sur-Loire, le piton rocheux de Sancerre

  • Sancerre - Ousson-sur-Loire (45 km) : le canal latéral à la Loire, l'écluse de Bannay, les îles de Bonny-sur-Loire

  • Ousson-sur-Loire - Sully-sur-Loire (46 km) : L'écluse de Mantelot, le Pont-Canal de Briare, le château de Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire, Gien, le château de Sully-sur-Loire

  • Sully-sur-Loire - Orléans (49 km) : l'abbaye de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, l'île des Mahis, l'oratoire carolingien de Germiny-des-Prés, Chateauneuf-sur-Loire, l'île Charlemagne, Orléans

  • Orléans - Muides-sur-Loire (47 km) : le château de Meung-sur-Loire, les jardins de Roquelin, Beaugency, les "eaux bleues" à Tavers

  • Muides-sur-Loire - Chambord - Blois (43 km) : Saint-Dyé-sur-Loire, les châteaux de Chambord et Cheverny, la cité royale de Blois

Turn-key solution

You can choose a turn-key solution, including accommodation with the breakfasts, luggage transfer between each stage, bike rental (electric bikes are possible), a travel file and a 24/7 hotline with the company Loire Valley Travel, specializing in bike tours from the past 30 years.

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