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11-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Nevers-Tours Level 4
Ride the Loire à Vélo cycling paths from Nevers to Tours. An 11-day beautiful experience to the Loire River: from Sancerre vineyards to the old Briare canal-bridge, following the footsteps of Joan of Arc and Leonardo Da Vinci, to the most beautiful Loire chateaux such as Chambord, Sully sur Loir and Blois.
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Arrival in Nevers
Visit the charming town of Nevers: Its pottery workshops (where "Nevers Blue" was created in the 16th century) and the Ducal Palace, considered to be one of the first of the Loire châteaux, which was the home of the counts and then the dukes of Nevers.
Nevers – La Charité sur Loire | 45km
To start this first “Loire à Vélo” trail arriving at Cuffy which is the Official starting point of the “Loire à Vélo” cycling path. Continue to the monastic city of la Charité-sur-Loire where you'll cycle on the oldest Loire river bridge built in the 16th century to reach the beautiful Romanesque Notre Dame church.
La Charité sur Loire – Sancerre | 31km or 38km
Ride through the “Loire Valley National Nature Reserve” and admire the vineyards and the bell tower of Pouilly sur Loire church. Continue between fields and woods towards the famous Sancerre vineyards. A must stop and visit a local wine producer to sample a glass of Sancerre Blanc with typical Chavignol goat cheese! From Sancerre, overlooked by its 15th century “Tour des Fiefs” dungeon, a beautiful view over the valley is waiting for you.
Sancerre – Briare | 49km
Leave Sancerre riding along the tow-path of the Canal Latéral towards Bannay and then Cosne sur Loire, a beautiful city offering amazing landscapes over the Loire river. Continue to follow the Loire à Vélo cycling paths to Belleville sur Loire, Beaulieu sur Loire and Briare. Bordered by 72 lampposts and magnificent pillars, its “canal bridge” is one of the must-see monuments : a unique structure of its kind and for a good reason: until 2003, it was the longest canal bridge in Europe!
Briare – Sully sur Loire | 41km
Ride over the Loire river using the “canal bridge” then continue towards Saint Brisson sur Loire and its mediaeval château specialized in catapults and cannons. Then reach the beautiful city of Gien and enjoy its exceptional panoramic view. Cycle onto Sully sur Loire and its remarkable mediaeval château, surrounded by moats overlooking the Loire river.
Sully sur Loire – Orléans | 50km
Here again, enjoy panoramic views until you reach Saint Benoit sur Loire and its 11th-13th centuries abbey church, one of France’s most remarkable Romanesque churches. Ride to Châteauneuf sur Loire, one of the major ports of the Loire during the 18th century before ending your tour in Orléans, the “City of Art and History” liberated in 1429 by Joan of Arc from the English siege.
Orléans – Beaugency (or Tavers) | 26km (or 30km)
After visiting Orléans, its historical quarters and its sumptuous Sainte-Croix cathedral, leave the town via the 'Loire à Vélo' cycling tracks and follow the wild Loire river banks up to the stunning chateau de Meung-surLoire, then to the flower-filled city of Beaugency overlooked by its 11th century dungeon.
Beaugency (or Tavers) – Blois | 45km
Leaving Beaugency in the direction of Blois which presents a rich historical heritage with the château, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century. You will also discover the Sologne area and of course Chambord, a masterpiece of the French Renaissance period.
Blois – Amboise | 40km
Follow the “Pays des châteaux” cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which majestically dominates the Loire river and the little town, before reaching the city of Amboise and its royal château. The castle's chapel shelters Leonardo Da Vinci’s tomb, and a few streets further on, you can see the last residence of this genius: The Clos Lucé Manor house.
Amboise – Tours | 27km or 34km
Crossing the vineyards of Vouvray or Montlouis discover the numerous cellars producing the region’s famous sweet white and sparkling wines. You will then reach the city of Tours to discover the old neighbourhood with its typical half-timbered houses.
Departure during the day
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