Between Nevers and Montargis is a superb region in the Loire Valley (just over 100 kilometres in length) where you’ll find history, culture and splendid scenery. By cycling the quiet side roads you’ll enjoy the charm of the gently rolling countryside.
The region is famous for its wines from Sancerre & Pouilly-sur-Loire, and the pottery of Nevers. Several castles, ancient towns & charming villages ensure that you’ll have a unique cycle holiday. Your barge hotel provides the perfect moving home as you only unpack once!
This tour has two optional start locations: Cours-les Barres or Rogny-les-7-Ecluses. Each alternate week the following itinerary will be in reverse order.
Mid-afternoon you’ll be transferred by coach from Paris Gare du Nord to Cours-les Barres. In the early evening you board your barge/hotel for the next 7 nights, where you’ll meet your tour leader and the crew and settle in. Dinner will be served aboard.
Sunday: cycle approx. 50 km/ moderate terrain
From Cours-les-Barres you cycle to the town of Aprémont. You may visit the 12th century castle and its fabulous gardens. After that we cycle on to the beautiful town of Nevers. The trip ends again in Cours-les-Barres.
Monday: cycle approx. 55 km/some hills
First we sail to the village of Beffes before cycling to La Charité-sur-Loire, an ancient Roman town. Crossing the 16th century stone bridge to the centre, you have a splendid view over the town and its Notre Dame church. Then you enter the wine region of the Pouilly Fumé wines. In Ménétréol, situated under the Sancerre vineyards where you will be given the opportunity to try some wine, you’ll find the barge moored.
Tuesday: cycle approx. 50 km/some hills
For a start there is a picturesque route right across the Sancerre vineyards. Your cycle ride continues and passes several Wine villages that are situated in an impressive and attractive scenery. The trip ends in Beaulieu, the stop for the night.
Wednesday: cycle approx. 40 km/moderate terrain
By bicycle you pass the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire and the aquaduct that will take you over the river Loire later on. After St. Brisson (nice castle), you start the way back to the barge, while enjoying the fresh forest air in the Forêt de St. Brisson. In the evening you cross the river Loire by sailing above it in the magnificent aquaduct and stop for the night in Briare.
Thursday: cycle approx. 45 km/moderate terrain
First some time to explore Briare. The cycle trip leads alongside a river to the castle ‘Pont Chevron’ which is picturesquely situated at a small lake.
Via Ouzouer-sur-Trézée we go right across an area with some lakes to the 16th century castle near Bléneau. Your trip ends in the village Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its seven historic locks.
Friday: cycle approx. 50 km/moderate terrain
The barge will stay in Rogny.
Today you will cycle to the market in Châtillon-Coligny, from where the trip continues to the castle in La Bussière. Via Escrignelles the tour ends back in Rogny.
In the morning you may wish to go for a stroll around Châtillon-Coligny.
Around 11am your guide and the crew will say good-bye and you will be transferred by coach to the railway station in Paris.
This 3 star rated hotel barge has been especially designed for the narrow waterways, canals, and locks of France. It is 38m long by 5.05m wide.
The barge has just 10 twin bunk-bed cabins, holding a maximum of 20 persons. Cabins are small but do have a private bathroom with shower and toilet, eiderdown duvets, central heating and sliding windows.
Tour Character – Easy to moderate
Mostly flat, with just a few uphill stretches. You cycle on paved country roads and some gravel roads. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
Airport / Transfers
The nearest airport is Paris. Bus transfers from Paris Nord Rail Station are included in the tour price.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2019: Departs every Saturday from April 27 to October 5
Notes: Each alternate Saturday will be in reverse: starting in Chatillon-Coligny and ending in Plagny.
|Per person, double occupancy only||CAD||$1595|
|High season surcharge: Aug. 31 and all September departures||$140|
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment