Loire Valley to the Atlantic Cycling Holidays
Start: Saumur

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Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £739 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Follow the River Loire to its outlet on the Atlantic Coast.
• Visit the picturesque towns of Saumur, Angers and Nantes.
• Explore the vineyards of the Loire Valley along the way.
• Discover the former harbour city of Nantes now experiencing a cultural rennaissance.

Cycle Route profile
You cycle on small filed paths and side roads with light traffic. On some short connecting parts of the route one has to count with heavy traffic. The daily stages are mostly flat to slightly hilly.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

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Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


1st day: Arrival to Saumur

In the early evening welcome briefing and bike distribution (if booked). Saumur, known as the ‘white city’ because of the light lime sandstone that characterises the city is an ideal starting point for your bike tour: situated picturesquely on the Loire bank, the city is dominated by a mighty castle, the most western of the Loire castles.

2nd day: Saumur – Angers approx. 50 km

Your first stage takes you at first past a big sparkling wine cellar and a champignons farm, located in a former quarry. Continuing across soft tree-covered hills you reach some of the most beautiful Loire villages: Chénehutte, Cunault, or Le Thoureil used to be important inland harbours where wine and lime sandstone were usually loaded.

There are some fortress ruins from this period here, also Romanesque churches (Cunault), as well as impressive villas of Dutch and English wine merchants. You cross the Loire near St. Mathurin and cycle through a varied landscape that lies under the water level of the Loire during floods.

The route is flat, hamlets and farmsteads are situated side by side, and the land is fertile and has been cultivated for centuries for gardens and seed production. The destination of the day is Angers, the black town – houses and roofs are built from slate that is still produced here today.

3rd day: Angers – Ingrades-sur-Loire approx. 45 km

Set some time aside for the small lively university town of Angers, especially for the fortress where you can see the world-famous “Apocalypse of Angers,” a monumental tapestry from the fourteenth century that is exhibited in a special gallery of its own.

Angers is situated on the Maine, the last important tributary of the Loire before the Atlantic. You follow this river to where it joins the Loire near La Pointe-Bouchemaine. You continue along the foot of a slate-granite massif to Savennières, with the oldest church in the region. Some of the greatest wines of the Loire Valley grow here: fruity dry white wines.

You can visit a wine estate. You should not miss a detour to Béhuard, the only village in the Loire. Béhuard is located on one of the numerous islands that the Loire forms. From La Poissonnière, the path takes you across the dykes, with beautiful insights into and views of the Loire, to the charming town of Ingrades-sur-Loire. Continuing to the former Loire ports of saint Florent-le-vieil or Ingrandes.
High above the old town of St Florent le Vieil, the magnificent viewing point is well worth a visit.

4th day: Ingrades-sur-Loire – Nantes approx. 60km

Before us another day along the Loire through constantly changing landscapes.
Soon the valley narrows down; the Loire finally enters the Bretagne and pushes its way through slate and granite rock to Nantes.

The cycle path changes the bank a few times. Some small ascents have to be conquered in the process – however, they offer beautiful views of the surroundings. Your path takes you past some garden farms where salad, carrots and lilies of the valley are grown in big quantities. The Loire ‘escorts’ you into the centre of the historical capital of the Bretagne, Nantes. Albeit the sea is still 70 km away, its influence can be already felt here: boats, ebb and flow…

5th day: Nantes – Mesquer-Quimiac approx. 60 km

Use the time before noon for a tour through the former harbour city Nantes and discover its rich architectural and cultural heritage. To reach the Atlantic take the train to the harbour and shipyard town Saint-Nazaire.

You are on the Peninsula of Guérande, a small region of amazing landscape and culture variety. Peat mining, thatched roofs, reed-overgrown channels and islands that the fog sometimes covers with a white sheet, characterise this mystic landscape.

You will find an unique flora and fauna in the wide fields and reeds here. Small islands with picturesque hamlets and whitewashed houses rise above the moor regions. Use the opportunity and explore this fascinating region with a typical punting boat – a wonderful experience and highlight of every visit to the Brière.

You should smell the sea by now: your accommodation for the next three days is situated in the small sea resort Mesquer-Quimiac, only a few hundred meters away from the beach.

6th day: Rock coasts and lovely bays approx. 50-70 km

Enjoy this day at and in the sea. From your hotel you cycle along the coast road into the romantic fishing harbour La Turballe (sardines). Next, you cycle across the salt gardens to Batz-sur-Mer and finally, onto the furthest land tip to the harbour of Le Croisic.

North of Le Croisic, you continue along the Côte Sauvage, a rock coast that shows that this used to be an island. It was connected gradually to the mainland by the sand of the Loire. The small town Batz-sur-Mer is situated at the most narrow point of this sand bridge.

The church tower of Batz is a unique vantage point over the sea, the bay and the salt gardens – the more than 200 steps should not stop you from enjoying this grand view. Enjoy the trip along this charming coastal landscape and the views of the blue sea. Your accommodation is again in Mesquer-Quimiac.

7th day: Moor lands of the Brière approx. 55 km

Today’s tour takes you at first through a slightly hilly but fascinating landscape with old Breton farmsteads and hamlets and through lonesome salt gardens. The real destination of today’s bike trip is the natural preserve “La Grande Brière”, one of the biggest uliginous and lagoon territories of the French inland.

Peat mining, reed covered houses and canals and islands overgrown with reed, often wrapped in fog, make the mystic moor lands unique. You can find an extraordinary fauna and flora. Small islands are rising from the moor lands, with pictorial hamlets and low houses.

Use the opportunity to discover this fascinating swathe of land with the typical punt. It will be a swell experience and highlight of every Brière visit. Your accommodation is again in Mesquer-Quimiac.

8th day: Departure or extension

A bike tour full of events ends today. We can also book some extra days in Saumur or Mesquer-Quimiac for you.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
You cycle on small filed paths and side roads with light traffic. On some short connecting parts of the route one has to count with heavy traffic. The daily stages are mostly flat to slightly hilly.

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast tour stays in 2** and 3*** hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Full hotel lists are available on request.

Services

- Accommodation as mentioned
– French breakfast or buffet
– Personal welcome-briefing
– Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
– Well elaborated route
– Maps and information material
– Train ticket Nantes – Saint-Nazaire
– Service hotline

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Rental Bike Information

All touring bikes are high quality, comfortable aluminium unisex 21-gear /Shimano) touring bikes, with 2 hand brakes, 28–inch wheels and dependable Continental-toptouring tyres.

The bikes are also equipped with a comfortable saddle, a tachometer, two bags, a bike lock, a bicycle pump, a small repair kit and a spare inner tube.

It is possible to adjust the saddle and angle of the handlebars for extra comfort. This can easily be done yourself at any time during your trip. All cycles are checked after every trip by our qualified staff to ensure maximum safety.

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Your Prices

Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast, 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.

2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 08.04. – 21.04.2017 | 23.09. – 07.10.2017
Arrival Saturday
Season 2: 22.04. – 30.06.2017 | 26.08. – 22.09.2017
Arrival Saturday
Season 3: 01.07. – 25.08.2017
Arrival Saturday

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £709 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £739 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £759 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £199
Half Board Upgrade: £139
Electric Bike Upgrade: £89

Hotel Category Descriptions
Mainly little charming hotels of national typically /* level, mostly in central location. In Mesquer-Quimiac in the near of the sea. All rooms are equipped with shower/WC.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

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Holiday Price: £739
Single Supplement: £179

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