The Loire Valley cycle route #1 from Nevers to Orleans

The wildest and most natural part of the Loire Valley


The natural reserve "Val de Loire"
Sancerre and its vineyard
The Renaissance castle in Sully sur Loire
The "Loire à vélo" cycling route

The Loire à vélo from the beginning of the itinerary km 0

Starting from Nevers, this trip takes you to Orléans in 5 beautiful cycling days. Discover the wildest parts of the Loire Valley...

Your journey starts in Nevers. Visit the earthenware makers (faïenciers) district and the Ducal Palace, a 15th and 16th century castle, residence of the counts and dukes of Nevers. The next morning hop on your bike. Your adventure starts and takes you to the beautiful Loire riverbanks. In Nevers the Loire River is most faithful to its nature … a free, untameable, wild river. Also, the “Loire à Vélo” cycling route of is a beautiful nature trail! Along the riverbanks discover the famous Bec d’Allier and the Guétin canal bridge.

Carte séjour Loire à vélo de la source - Nevers à Orléans
Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1


Welcome to Nevers! We invite you for a briefing during the afternoon in this beautiful city, old capital of french earthenware.

Briefing Orientation

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From NEVERS to LA CHARITE SUR LOIRE 47km 95m Niveau Loisir

From Nevers, join kilometre zero of the Loire à Vélo and then take the Canal Latéral à la Loire. Halfway along the route, take a break in Marseilles-Lès-Aubigny, a charming river port. You finish at La Charité-sur-Loire, a monastic town.

Day 3

From LA CHARITE SUR LOIRE to SANCERRE 28km 75m Niveau Facile

You are in the heart of the natural reserve of the Loire Valley. Two wine regions are on your day’s agenda. We guide you after a small detour to the first in Pouilly-sur-Loire and its vineyards, village and bell tower. You then get back on your bike on an easy path that allows you to gain strength before the climb to the Sancerre hill. Arrival in Sancerre, enjoy a breathtaking view from La Tour des Fiefs, the last of the 6 towers on the feudal castle of Sancerre.

  • For a few more km 35km 284m Niveau Loisir
Day 4

From SANCERRE to BRIARE 48km 165m Niveau Forme

A few pedal strokes will take you to a first gourmet stop in Chavignol. You can choose to taste the famous goat cheese of the same name, and visit an emblematic cellar to taste the famous white wine of Sancerre of a remarkable finesse. After this pleasant moment, it is time to leave the peaceful wine-growing landscapes to join the channel to the side of the Loire that you follow by alternating with the banks of the river. You reach Cosne sur Loire and its museum of the Loire then Briare where you stay for the night to discover more deeply its aqueduct, classified as part of the UNESCO heritage.

Day 5

From BRIARE to SULLY SUR LOIRE 43km 229m Niveau Loisir

By small, slightly hilly roads you will discover the castle of Gien whose city is a high place of world renowned earthenware. You are slowly moving towards the Val de Loire territory classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous Renaissance castle of Sully sur Loire symbolizes the door of the castles of the Loire that its military architecture defended. Behind its military armor, the castle reveals all the grace of the Renaissance interiors which gratified its owner, the Duke of Sully.

Day 6

From SULLY SUR LOIRE to ORLEANS 52km 211m Niveau Forme

Today, many beautiful stops are available to you, including the views offered on the Loire. In Saint Benoît sur Loire, we invite you to visit the exceptional setting of the 12th century Roman basilica. Save some time at the end of the day for a visit to Orleans, the iconic city of Joan of Arc.

Day 7


End of stay after breakfast.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
facade cote cour cote jardin nevers hotel mille et une feuilles Chambre colorée de l'Hôtel du Cerf halte vacances à vélo devanture hôtel marguerite à Orleans

Starting from 815€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
facade cote cour cote jardin nevers hotel mille et une feuilles Chambre avec grand lit hotel-saint-martin séjour à vélo Chambre colorée de l'Hôtel du Cerf halte vacances à vélo Hotel Burgevin hotel les cèdres Orleans

Starting from 887€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a double room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Day 1 : Chambre d’hôtes Côté Parc Côté Jardin - Meeting with our guide in Nevers
  • A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

Price does not include

  • bike rental (see option)
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
  • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)


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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.

Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise pour vacances à vélo


With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Children Bike

20″ or 24″ bike

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Departure city : NEVERS

Coming by car

  • at from PARIS
  • at from BORDEAUX
  • at from LYON

Coming by train

  • Nevers train station - 2h from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Nevers airport
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

Arrival city : ORLEANS

Coming by car

  • at 1h45 from PARIS
  • at 4h30 from BORDEAUX
  • at 4h15 from LYON

Coming by train

  • Orléans train station - 1h30 from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Orléans airport
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

* Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

How to get back to the starting point

  • By train from Orléans to Nevers in 2h20
  • Return by car in 2h30 to your starting point ?
  • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

Recommended equipment


  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil


  • Suitcase for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers (limited to one per person when possible)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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