This exciting Loire Valley bike tour can be enjoyed on its own or can be combined with our other tours in this beautiful region of France, famous for its world-class wines. Add on Orléans to Tours and Tours to Angers and you will have an epic vacation in this valley of the Kings and Queens.
This tour begins in Orléans, and leads west all the way to Le Croisic on the Atlantic Ocean and is dotted with the chateaux that served as feudal castles and pleasure palaces.
This Angers to Le Croisic route includes the vineyards at Anjou, the rivers Loire and Layon, Champtoceaux in its magnificent setting, Nantes, and the beaches of St. Brévin and Le Croisic.
Day 1: Arrival in Angers
Day 2: Angers - Montjean sur Loire, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 3: Montjean sur Loire - Champtoceaux, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Champtoceaux - Nantes, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 5: Nantes - St. Brévin, 37 mi. (59 km)
Day 6: St. Brévin
OPTION: Possibility to plan an extra bike stage to Le Croisic + extra night | 33 or 38 mi. (53 or 60 km)
All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions, or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours necessary due to roadwork or other unforeseen circumstances that will not be reflected on your maps or route descriptions. In this case, please follow the directions posted locally.
Day 1: Arrival in Angers
After checking-in and settling in to your hotel, take a stroll through the peaceful city of Angers and its chateau, housing the famous and immense Apocalypse Tapestry.
Day 2: Angers – Montjean sur Loire, 23 mi. (37 km)
From the heart of the vineyards of Anjou, you bike along the slopes of the Loire, Aubance, and Layon Rivers. Eventually, you come to the banks of the Loire at Chalonnes, the confluence of Loire and Layon rivers.
Day 3: Montjean sur Loire – Champtoceaux, 25 mi. (40 km)
Another pleasantly scenic ride stretches before you today along the banks of the Loire River. You bike to Champoceaux, beautifully located, this town marks the boundary between Anjou and Brittany.
Day 4: Champtoceaux – Nantes, 20 mi. (32 km)
You cycle from Champtoceaux, through the countryside and small villages of the typical French landscape, to the big city of Nantes, providing another aspect to the Loire region. You have experienced the rural, now you can enjoy the urban. Nantes is the capital of the western region.
Day 5: Nantes – St. Brèvin, 37 mi. (59 km)
Get ready to hit the beach! Along the marshlands and countryside, you will finish the day at the estuary of the Loire river and enjoy the seaside and beaches.
Day 6: St. Brèvin
Today is the official end to your tour. Why not extend your stay by continuing on to Le Croisic?
OPTION: St. Brèvin - Le Croisic + extra night | 33 or 37 mi. (53 or 60 km)
From the estuary of the River Loire to the wild sea coast of Le Croisic. Take time to discover the famous salt marshes of the medieval town of Guérande. In the heart of a classified natural park, this medieval city offers you many testimonies of its historical past. Then, continue on the wild coast before reaching Le Croisic, a fishing harbor and a very beautiful village on the coast.
If you are looking for a longer journey, it is possible to combine this tour with our other Loire Valley Tours: Loire Valley: Tours to Angers and Loire Valley: Orléans to Tours. Please contact us for details.
- Tours to Angers route includes Villandry with its famous gardens, a Renaissance château in Azay Le Rideau, the 15th château in Langeais, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ château in Ussé, the abbey of Fontevraud, the vineyards of Anjou, and the château in Angers.
- The Orléans to Tours Loire Valley bike tour includes the historic town of Orléans, the flowered city of Beaugency, the Château of Chambord, the Château of Blois, the Château of Chaumont, and ‘Clos Luce’.
Hotels & Bikes
Choose one of the following categories:
Standard category: 2 and 3 star
Superior category: 3 and 4 star
- Counter (one per booking)
- One bottle (100% recyclable)
- Repair kit and life/visibility jacket
- Front pannier with map holder
- Rear rack and pannier (2 panniers on e-bike)
- Child trailer (up to 5 years old)
- Maximum weight: 37kg
- Steel structure
- 2 seats with a security system
- Wheels: 20" quick release
- Waterproof polyester hood
- Anti-insect net
- Storage at the back
- Child helmet and repair kit
- 'Follow-me' tandem (5 to 8 years old)
- Lock, child helmet, and life jacket
- Trail a bike (5 to 8 years old)
- Aluminium frame
- Adjustable seat post
- Wheel: 20"
- Lock, child helmet, and life jacket
- Accommodations for 5 nights
- Luggage transportation
- 27-speed hybrid Scott sub sport 20 touring bicycle (4 day rental) available in both men & women’s frames (please specify when you book).
- Included accessories: 1 rear pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, pump, odometer, & helmet
- Route descriptions & maps (one set per room)
- GPS tracks available (must be requested in advance!)
- City taxes
- 7-day hotline
What’s Not Included
- Lunches & dinners
- Entrances to the individual chateaux
- Bike protection
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrivals from March 1 to October 31, 2022
Tour Package Standard Superior Twin/double $ 1537 £ 877 $ 1,400 € 1005 ₪ 3758 NZ$ 1699 kr 10987 $ 1,085 $ 1683 £ 960 $ 1,533 € 1100 ₪ 4114 NZ$ 1860 kr 12026 $ 1,188 Single supplement $ 329 £ 188 $ 300 € 215 ₪ 804 NZ$ 364 kr 2350 $ 232 $ 459 £ 262 $ 418 € 300 ₪ 1122 NZ$ 507 kr 3280 $ 324 5 dinners, excl. drinks $ 229 £ 131 $ 209 € 150 ₪ 561 NZ$ 254 kr 1640 $ 162 $ 260 £ 148 $ 237 € 170 ₪ 636 NZ$ 287 kr 1859 $ 184
Supplement for solo traveler: $ 528 £ 301 $ 481 € 345 ₪ 1290 NZ$ 583 kr 3772 $ 372
Excursion to Le Croisic, extra night, breakfast & bike rental included Standard Superior Twin/double $ 225 £ 128 $ 205 € 147 ₪ 550 NZ$ 249 kr 1607 $ 159 $ 410 £ 234 $ 373 € 268 ₪ 1002 NZ$ 453 kr 2930 $ 289 Single supplement $ 92 £ 52 $ 84 € 60 ₪ 224 NZ$ 101 kr 656 $ 65 $ 237 £ 135 $ 216 € 155 ₪ 580 NZ$ 262 kr 1695 $ 167
Standard Superior Angers $ 89 £ 51 $ 81 € 58 ₪ 217 NZ$ 98 kr 634 $ 63 $ 113 £ 65 $ 103 € 74 ₪ 277 NZ$ 125 kr 809 $ 80 Single supplement $ 54 £ 31 $ 49 € 35 ₪ 131 NZ$ 59 kr 383 $ 38 $ 76 £ 44 $ 70 € 50 ₪ 187 NZ$ 85 kr 547 $ 54 St. Brevin $ 96 £ 55 $ 88 € 63 ₪ 236 NZ$ 107 kr 689 $ 68 $ 153 £ 87 $ 139 € 100 ₪ 374 NZ$ 169 kr 1093 $ 108 Single supplement $ 69 £ 39 $ 63 € 45 ₪ 168 NZ$ 76 kr 492 $ 49 $ 122 £ 70 $ 111 € 80 ₪ 299 NZ$ 135 kr 875 $ 86
Electric bicycle rental: $ 61 £ 35 $ 56 € 40 ₪ 150 NZ$ 68 kr 437 $ 43 Extra day electric bike rental: $ 46 £ 26 $ 42 € 30 ₪ 112 NZ$ 51 kr 328 $ 32 Extra day hybrid bike rental: $ 31 £ 17 $ 28 € 20 ₪ 75 NZ$ 34 kr 219 $ 22
Trailers, tag-alongs, and baby seats are available on request.
Transfer from Paris CDG to Angers: coming soon
Transfer from Saint-Brevin to Paris CDG: coming soon
Skill Level — Easy
This is an easy self-guided hotel to hotel tour with 4 days of cycling ranging from 20 to 37 miles per day. The terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills. After all, you are in France!
The closest international airport to your tour start in Angers is Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG).
You can take the RER train from CDG airport to Angers St. Laud with one transfer (depending on time of departure) or TGV train with zero transfers (depending on time of departure.) Please note that TGV travel requires advance reservations. You can visit the SNCF website for more information and to book.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. The climate in the Loire Valley is favorable most of the year, the river often acting as a line of demarcation in France’s weather between the northern climate and the southern. The river has a significant effect on the microclimate of the region, adding a few degrees of temperature. The climate can be cool with springtime frost while wine harvest months may have rain. Summers are hot, however, influences from the Atlantic moderate the temperature with a breeze.
It is highly recommended to book the extra night with excursion to Le Croisic and extra night there or combining this tour with one of our other Loire Valley tours.
Electric bicycles are available upon request. E-bikes are Scott E sub Active with a universal frame, 9 speeds and come equipped with 2 rear panniers, 1 handlebar bag with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock, 1 mileage counter, and helmet. E-bikes have 80 to 100 km of autonomy.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, visa requirements and acquisition, blank passport pages required for your destination (s), etc.
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Country Entry Requirements
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Extra nights available in Angers and St. Brevin. See pricing.
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