A mythical and wild river, an exceptional history and a classification of the Val-de-Loire as a world heritage site by Unesco, a land made of vineyards on hillsides, etc.
The Loire à Vélo is also a large part of the EuroVélo6, an itinerary that links the Atlantic to the Black Sea, over nearly 3600 km.
And the route, signposted and made up of cycle paths and quiet roads, is accessible to all, with the possibility of adapting the stages according to your abilities and desires...
We propose for our part an itinerary in 13 stages, in total 688km for an average of 52km per day.
The river is wide and powerful, with numerous sandbanks and vegetated gravel pits sheltering a rich fauna. The course of its many tributaries (the Cher, the Indre, the Loiret, the Vienne...) is just as pleasant.
The Loire Valley destination is inseparable from French history, and the many châteaux (Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois, Chambord etc...) have largely contributed to the classification as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2000.
The Loire by bike can also be considered as a superb wine route. You will cross the Sancerrois region and its vineyards and continue through more than 8000 hectares of AOC wines in the Loire Valley... Good wine tasting evenings are in prospect along the way.
Towns and villages:
Big and beautiful historical cities are crossed by the Loire and its tributaries (Sancerre, Orleans, Blois, Amboise, Tours, Angers, Nantes), but also charming and typical villages of the Loire Valley (Apremont sur Allier, Montsoreau...).
In case of emergency, call 112
Tips and hints-
Getting thereMany of the towns on the Loire à Vélo route (Orléans, Blois, Amboise, Tours, Saumur, Angers, Nantes) are very well served by the motorway network.
Before you leave:
- Make sure that the bike is in perfect mechanical condition, not to mention the tires and brakes
- Make sure that the bike is correctly adjusted to your body shape
- Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended
- Take a repair kit with you
- Remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies to cyclists in all circumstances
- Never drive more than two lanes at a time and pull into a single lane when traffic conditions require.
- Respect other users as you would like them to respect you
- Choose a route adapted to your physical abilities
- Inform your family and friends of your itinerary
- Find out about the weather conditions
- A first aid kit is not essential, but can be very useful
- Be informed and keep the emergency numbers.
- Respect the environment by not throwing your food packaging on the side of the road
- If you have to return at nightfall, make sure you see and also be seen
- 13 Stages