This area, approximately 100 kilometers in length, offers a landscape with slightly rolling hills and a mild climate. During the summer it is dry but never too warm. The Loire Valley region is also known for its rich history and culture. The many impressive castles and small villages make this cycling holiday a unique experience.
Day 1 Saturday:
Depart Paris at 3 pm and travel by road to Cours-les-Barres. You arrive at your barge in the early evening.
Day 2 Sunday Cours-les-Barres – Nevers – Cours-les-Barres (50 km):
From Cours-les-Barres cycle to the town of Aprémont. You may visit the 12th century Chateau and its fabulous gardens. Then continue on to the beautiful town of Nevers.
Day 3 Monday Cours-les-Barres – Ménétréol (55 km):
Cruise to Beffes, then cycle to La Charité-sur-Loire, an ancient Roman town. Crossing the 16th century stone bridge to the centre, you will have a fabulous view over the town and its Notre Dame church. In the afternoon you cycle through the vineyards of the Pouilly Fumé wines to Ménétréol.
Day 4 Tuesday Ménétréol – Beaulieu (50 km):
Today visit Sancerre then take a picturesque route through the vineyards of the Sancerre region to Beaulieu.
Day 5 Wednesday Beaulieu – Chateau St Brisson – Briare (40 km):
Cycle past the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire, and the aqueduct that will take you over the River Loire. Continue cycling to the Chateau of St. Brisson. Cross back over the River Loire through the magnificent aqueduct and stop for the night in Briare.
Day 6 Thursday Briare – Chateau Pont Chevron - Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses (45 km):
Explore Briare then cycle to the Chateau Pont Chevron, which is picturesquely situated by a small lake. Travel via Ouzouer-sur-Trézée, across an area with lakes to the 16th century chateau near Bléneau. Your trip ends in the village Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its seven historical locks.
Day 7 Friday Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses circtuit ride (50 km):
Cycle to the market in Châtillon-Coligny. Continuing on to the chateau in La Bussière before returning to the barge via Escrignelles.
Day 8 Saturday
Transfer back to Paris by 3 pm.
Moderate with plenty of rolling hills, so you need to have a reasonable level of fitness.