Loire Valley - Angers to St. Brévin/Le Croisic
France Bike Tours
Take a cycle tour in this famous French Valley…
The three Loire Valley bicycle tours from Orléans to Tours, Tours to Angers, and this tour Angers to Le Croisic can be taken individually or combined. Starting in Orléans, the routes travel west all the way to Le Croisic on the Atlantic Ocean. The area of the Loire Valley comprises about 800 square kilometers (310 sq mi) and is referred to as the Garden of France. There are an abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards which line the banks of the Loire river
- The Orléans to Tours Loire Valley bike tour includes the historic town of Orléans, the flowered city of Beaugency, the Château of Chambord (see Château Country tour), the Château of Blois, the Château of Chaumont, and ‘Clos Luce.’
- 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.
- 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.
Highlights for this specific itinerary:
- Charms of the western part of the Loire Valley
- Typical Loire Valley countryside
- Saltmarsh landscape
- Ocean ending
Fly to Paris CDG International Airport
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 check schedules on SNCF site and note that for all TGV tickets, advance reservation is necessary.
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 breeze. A good website to visit to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related information is weatherbase.com.
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Where You’ll Stay
Standard category: 2 and 3 star
Superior Category: 3 and 4 star
- Accommodations for 5 nights
- Luggage transportation
- 27-speed hybrid touring bicycle (Scott sub sport 20)equipped with one rear pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, pump, odometer, lock, and helmet (4 day rental)
- Route descriptions & maps (one set per room)
- City taxes
- 7-day emergency hotline
- GPS files (must be requested in advance!)
What’s Not Included
- Arrival and departure travel
- Meals other than those indicated as included
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Extra nights available in Angers and Le Croisic. See pricing.
2019 and 2020
Arrival possible daily from March 1 to October 31
This is an easy self-guided hotel to hotel tour with 4 days of cycling ranging from 19 to 37 miles per day. The terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills. Afterall, you are in France!
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. The itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, route disturbances due to repairs, detours, etc.
Day 1: Arrival in Angers
Take time to visit 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 – Champoceaux, 25 mi. (40 km)
Another pleasantly scenic ride along the banks of the Loire River you bike to Champoceaux. In its magnificent setting, this town marks the boundary between Anjou and Brittany.
Day 4: Champtoceaux – Nantes, 20 mi. (32 km)
Today the biking brings you from the countryside and small villages to the big city of Nantes. Discover another point of view of the Loire in the capital of the western region.
Day 5: Nantes – St. Brèvin, 37 mi. (59 km)
Get ready to hit the beach! Along 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
Departure or highly recommended extending your stay by continuing on to Le Croisic
OPTION : St. Brèvin - Le Croisic + extra night | 53 / 60 km
From the estuary of the River Loire to the wild sea coast of Le Croisic. Take benefit 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 fish harbor and a very beautiful village on the coast.