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Loire Valley - Briare to Nevers 8 Day Bike and Barge Tour (Guided)

  • 8days
  • France

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Nevers to Briare Bike and Barge Tour - Level 2 Guided Cycling

The Loire Valley between the cities of Briare and Nevers in the heart of France is a very well suited region for a relaxing bike and barge holiday. Following the flow of the Loire River you gently ride through the green countryside with charming little villages and old castles and palaces.The rich landscape boasts many fruitful vineyards. Especially well known are the Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé wines. Both wines are reckoned to be among the most prestigious in the world. You will also see impressive examples of canal building engineering along the Canal lateral du LoireThe small city of Briare with its picturesque locks and aqueduct is our starting point. On the first day you will ride to Rogy-les-Sept-Ecluses via the Pont Chevron castle. Through a beautiful region of lakes and past castles you will cycle along the Loire and visit Chatillon-sur-Loire with its impressive locks. Wine-tasting in the region of Sancerre and the Pouilly Fumé wines can not be missed. In between you will ride to St. Brisson Forest and through seemingly endless vineyards. On the way to the city of Nevers you will also visit the ancient Roman town of La Charité-sur-Loire with a 16th century stone bridge and the Château of Apremont, dating back to the 12th century and lavishly surrounded by gardens. The final destination of this week, the historical town of Nevers, is in itself already worth a visits of a few days.

Highlights

  • Famous Sancerre 
  • Pouilly Fume Vineyards
  • Beautiful Sancerre and Nevers
  • Ride along the Loire River

Included in this tour:

  • All nights on board, (Sat.-Sat. 8 days / 7 nights), cabin in your booked category
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7 x three course dinner)
  • Use of bed linen and 2 towels (change of towels possible)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • Min. 3 city walks with the tourguide
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not included:

  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) 30 EUR - per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) 40 EUR - per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. 45 EUR 
  • Personal insurance/ Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Other drinks on board (cash payment on board)
  • Special diet supplement 75 EUR

Notes:

  • Minimum 12 participants
  • Average 45 km per day 
  • Boarding is between 2 - 3pm at Canal Lateral du Loire, Rue du Pont Canal
  • The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). By train it is about 2,5 hours to the railway station in Briare (approx 30 EUR). Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 20 minutes. A taxi from the airport in Paris to the mooring place will take about 2,5 hours.
  • This tour finishes at 10am after breakfast at Embranchement de Nevers, Chemin de Halage.

If you would like to rent a bike (100 EUR) or an E-Bike (195 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking

This tour also runs from Nevers to Briare

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  • Day 1

    Arrival at 3 pm and welcome at the barge on the mooring place. Try-out bike ride in the surrounding countryside

  • Day 2

    Briare - Rogny-les-sept-Ecluses - Briare 50km

    Our first real bike ride this week will lead us to the castle of ‘Pont Chevron,’ situated on a small, picturesque lake. Around lunchtime on this first cycling day you will be in the village Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, known for its historic seven locks. Via the 16th-century castle near Bléneau you will cycle through a region of lakes to Ouzouer-sur-Trézée and eventually back to Briare

  • Day 3

    Briare - Belleville-sur-Loire 45km

    Today we start with a visit to the magnificent aqueduct over the Loire River in Briare. With some luck and good planning you might see the Clair de Lune pass through here, high above the river. Later you ride to St. Brisson, where you will see the impressive medieval castle. Further on you will pass the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire. The bike ride towards Belleville-sur-Loire leads you through typical French countryside with rolling hills, country estates and small villages.

  • Day 4

    Belleville-sur-Loire - Sancerre 50km

    Sancerre wines, and especially the white wines, are famous all over the world. The first mentioning of winegrowing in this region dates back to the 6th century. Until the 19th century the region mostly grew Pinot grapes, but after a disease that devastated the grapes Sauvignon is now mostly grown. And with success! The ride today takes you on a picturesque route right across the Sancerre vineyards and through the surrounding villages. In Ménétréol, situated under the Sancerre vineyards, there will be an opportunity to try some wine before returning to the Clair de Lune.

  • Day 5

    Sancerre - Cours-les-Barres 45km

    Right after breakfast you will hop on your bike and start the day with a cycling tour through the region of the Pouilly Fumé wines to La Charité-sur-Loire, an ancient Roman town. Crossing the 16th century stone bridge to the center, you have a splendid view overlooking the town and its Notre Dame church. Continue towards the destination of today, Cours-les-Barres.

  • Day 6

    Cours-les-Barres - Gimouille 40km

    Riding south from Cours-les-Barres you pass nice wooded areas with again many nice villages and country estates. Later in the day you will end up in the small town of Apremont, where you will have the opportunity to visit the 12th-century castle and surrounding fabulous gardens. After, you will continue to the sleepy village of Gimouille on the Canal Lateral du Loire. On the way a visit to the aqueduct over the Allier River with its two impressive locks both measuring about 9 meters high is a must!

  • Day 7

    Gimouille - Nevers 25km

    We end this week in the heart of France with a short ride to the town of Nevers where there are many sites to see including the winding streets filled with houses dating back from the 14th to 17th century. The origins of Nevers date back to Roman times. Nevers is since the 5th century the seat of the bishop and has among others a castle and a few interesting churches. To celebrate the end of your cycling week you can of course also take a well-earned rest on the several terraces in town and enjoy the local wine.

  • Day 8

    Nevers

    After breakfast: debarkation before 10 AM

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jun 03 2023 Jun 10 2023 20 Single rooms 1,420€
Double rooms 1,350€
Jun 17 2023 Jun 24 2023 20 Single rooms 1,420€
Double rooms 1,350€
Jul 01 2023 Jul 08 2023 20 Single rooms 1,325€
Double rooms 1,230€
Jul 15 2023 Jul 22 2023 20 Single rooms 1,325€
Double rooms 1,230€
Jul 29 2023 Aug 05 2023 20 Single rooms 1,325€
Double rooms 1,230€
Aug 12 2023 Aug 19 2023 20 Single rooms 1,325€
Double rooms 1,230€
Aug 26 2023 Sep 02 2023 20 Single rooms 1,420€
Double rooms 1,350€
Sep 09 2023 Sep 16 2023 20 Single rooms 1,590€
Double rooms 1,465€
Sep 23 2023 Sep 30 2023 20 Single rooms 1,590€
Double rooms 1,465€
Oct 07 2023 Oct 14 2023 20 Single rooms 1,420€
Double rooms 1,350€

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If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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