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Biking through the Loire

8 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your CroisiBike vacation.
This morning, your bike trip will follow the curves of the Loire River. You’ll pass under verdant canopies in magnificent forests and enjoy the peacefulness of the river. Your countryside journey will take you to Saint-Etienne-de-Montluc and around Lavau-sur-Loire. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll jump back on your bike and continue to follow the river. In the southern-most part of the Loire, you’ll discover sumptuous and varied landscapes. At the end of the day, you’ll arrive in the old port city of Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic coast. Take a tour of the shipyard museum before returning to the ship. 
Bike itineraries: to Lavau-sur-Loire 17 mi./27.4 km. (400 ft./122 m. elevation gain) - to Saint-Nazaire 35 mi./56.3 km. (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain) - from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire: 45 mi./70.8 km. (100 ft./305 m. elevation gain).
Today's tour will begin with a trip to La Baule, a spectacular seaside resort where the most beautiful villas in France majestically line the ocean beaches. We’ll then continue on to the Guérande salt marshes, and you’ll have some free time to visit on your own. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising. 
Bike itinerary: to La Baule 8 mi./12.9 km. (200 ft./61 m. elevation gain) — to the salt marshes 21 mi./33.8 km. (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain).
You’ll set off today for Oudon, known for its impressive medieval castle. Your journey will bring you through quaint villages before returning to the ship. Spend the afternoon catching some rays on the sun deck. Dinner will be followed by an evening of entertainment.
Bike itinerary: to Oudon 19 mi./30.6 km. (698 ft./213 m. elevation gain) — to Ancenis 25 mi./40.2 km. (801 ft./244 m. elevation gain).
DAY 5: The Loire Valley and its châteaux
We’ll take a minivan to the starting point of today’s journey into the heart of the Loire Valley, passing in front of the most beautiful castles in the world. Take some time to stop at the Château de Villandry. Once owned by Napoléon Bonaparte, this majestic palace includes what many consider to be the most stunning gardens ever conceived. The water garden and decorative flower garden are not to be missed. Then you’ll get back on your bikes for a pleasant trip to the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, one of the oldest Renaissance castles in France. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. Spend the afternoon touring the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau on your own. Your journey for today will finish up with a glimpse of vineyards and troglodyte homes before you arrive at your final destination, Saumur. You’ll return to the ship in Bouchemaine and enjoy an evening of dancing. 
Bike itineraries: to Villandry 16 mi./25.7 km (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain) to Rigny-Ussé 39 mi./62.8 km (1401 ft./427 m. elevation gain) - to Saumur 43 mi./69.2 km (1499 ft./457 m. elevation gain).
DAY 6: The Loire Valley and its châteaux
Today’s trip will begin with a ride along the south bank of the Loire. You’ll pass through Les Ponts-de-Cé - the scene of a brief conflict between Marie de Medici’s troops and her son’s army in 1620 - and Brissac Quincé, where the Château de Brissac is located. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. The afternoon will be spent at the Château de la Mulonnière, where we’ll be able to taste some wines. Afterwards, you’ll continue through the charming countryside and return to the ship. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Bike itineraries: to Thouarcé 21 mi./33.8 km (699 ft./213 m. elevation gain) - to Bouchemaine 39 mi./62.8 km (1299 ft./396 elevation gain) - to Rochefort-sur-Loire 31 mi./72.4 km. (1400 ft./457 m. elevation gain).
You’ll begin your trip in Chalonnes-sur-Loire (or Bouchemaine depending on the water level) for your last journey through the Loire. The ship will be waiting for us in Ancenis at the end of the morning. The afternoon will be spent cruising to Nantes. Spend one last afternoon on the sun deck enjoying the scenery float by. Tonight is our festive gala evening and dinner.
Chalonnes-sur-Loire bike itinerary: 31 mi./38.6 km. (1400 ft./122 m. elevation gain)
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
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River Cruise Highlights
  • A great way to visit France: Bucolic landscapes, picturesque villages and grand châteaux await you on this extraordinary and unique bike trip
  • English-speaking tour guide for the entire cruise
  • Bike provided
  • On-call maintenance and repair service
All This Included
A mixture of river cruising and cycle rides through historical and idyllic landscapes: embark on an amazing cruise on the Loire. Discover this sublime region and explore its most emblematic sites by bike. You will be able to ride along the legendary river lined with castles, abbeys and beautiful natural landscapes which are still a major source of inspiration to many artists.
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Loire Princesse
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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