The Loire Valley cycle route #1 from Nevers to Orleans

The wildest and most natural part of the Loire Valley

Highlights

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 begins in Nevers where you take the opportunity to visit its earthenware district and the Palais Ducal, a 15th and 16th century castle, residence of the counts and then dukes of Nevers.
The next day it’s time to hop on your bike and start your adventure. You’ll cycle to the magnificent banks of the Loire. It is at the start of the route, in Nevers, that the Loire is at its most faithful to what it has always been… a free, untamed, wild river. The route of the “Loire à Vélo” here is also a beautiful nature trail! On its banks you’ll discover the famous Bec d’Allier and the pont-canal du Guétin.

Then, between the lateral canal and the major river bed, a series of floodplains, meanders and unlikely islands herald the Val de Loire nature reserve. Then you climb up to Sancerre, a historic town overlooking the Loire, which is encircled by world-famous vineyards!

You’ll continue on to Briare and its magnificent Pont-canal before entering the UNESCO World Heritage Val de Loire area. This one takes you from the famous Renaissance castle of Sully to the finish of your cycling adventure in Orléans, city of Joan of Arc with its many historical and heritage assets that make it so famous.

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

NEVERS

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

Meeting with our local guide

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 314m Niveau Loisir

    For the more motivated gourmet-oenologists, before reaching Sancerre, you can explore the Sancerre vineyards. You’ll also discover the home of the famous crottin de Chavignol. The pairing of goat’s cheese and white wine is a long debate. Take a photo and tell us what you think! Then head for Sancerre.

Day 4

From SANCERRE to BRIARE 50km 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 224m 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 113m 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

ORLEANS

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 805€/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 colorée de l'Hôtel du Cerf halte vacances à vélo Hotel Burgevin hotel les cèdres Orleans

Starting from 875€/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 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • 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
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • 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

    appareil GPS TwoNav Cross

    • 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.


    Tourring bike

    Comfort tourring bike

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 2 rear panniers
    • 1 helmet kit
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • anti-theft device
    • repair kit
    • 1 inner tube
    • smartphone holder

    Ebike

    BOSCH engine range 80 to 100 km

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 2 rear panniers
    • 1 helmet kit
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • anti-theft device
    • repair kit
    • 1 inner tube
    • smartphone holder

    Getting here

    Departure city : NEVERS

    Coming by car

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

    Parking*

    • Parking Champ de Foire – NEVERS
    • Parking Port de Médine – NEVERS
    • Parking gare de Nevers – EFFIA – NEVERS

    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

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * 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

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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