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

  • 8days
  • France

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Loire Valley - Nevers to Briare Level 2 Cycling

The Loire Valley between the cities of Nevers and Briare 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

Character - level 2

40-60km per day. Not too steep with not too many slopes on not too difficult terrain


  • Nevers city of art and history
  • Pouilly Fume Vineyards
  • Beautiful Sancerre
  • Ride along the Loire River

Included in this tour

  • All nights on board, (Mon-Mon. 8 days / 7 nights), cabin in the 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
  • Road book, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • Bike insurance

Not included

  • Bicycle rental
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 30,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 25,- per tour
  • Special dietary fee 75 EUR


  • 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.

Rental bike per week 110 EUR or E-bike per week 220 EUR. Please contact [email protected] for your bike rental

This tour also runs from Briare to Nevers

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  • Day 1

    Saturday: Nevers

    Arrival and welcome at the barge on the mooring place. A short test ride in the area to get used to your bicycle. After diner there will be an evening walk through the old town of Nevers. The city is famous for its ceramics and it is also one of the major pilgrimage centres of France because the city has kept the body of Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879). The Old Town, with its narrow winding streets, is full of many buildings and palaces dating from the 17th century

  • Day 2

    Sunday: Nevers – Gimouille 25 km

    We start this week in the heart of France with a short ride to the sleepy village of Gimouille on the Canal lateral du Loire. But first you can take some time to visit 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

  • Day 3

    Monday: Gimouille – Cours-les-Barres 40 km

    First thing you will do today is pay a visit to the aqueduct over the Allier River. With its two impressive locks both measuring about 9 meters high this is a must do! With some luck and good planning you might see the Clair de Lune pass through here, high above the river. Later this morning 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. Riding north from Apremont you pass wooded areas with nice villages, castles and country estates

  • Day 4

    Tuesday: Cours-les-Barres – Sancerre 45 km

    Right after breakfast you will hop on your bikes and begin this days 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 will have a splendid view overlooking the town and its Notre Dame church. Continue towards the final destination of today, the wine town of Sancerre. In Ménétréol, situated under the Sancerre vineyards, there will be an opportunity to try some wine before returning to the ship

  • Day 5

    Wednesday: Sancerre – Belleville-sur-Loire 50 km

    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 to the charming village of Belleville-sur-Loire

  • Day 6

    Thursday: Bellevue-sur-Loire - Briare 45 km

    Todays bike ride to Briare leads you through typical French countryside with rolling hills, country estates and small villages. On the way you will pass the historic locks of Châtillon-sur-Loire and ride on to St. Brisson, where you will see the impressive medieval castle. We end the day with a visit to the magnificent aqueduct over the Loire River in Briare. We spend the last two nights moored in the typical French small-town of Briare

  • Day 7

    Friday: Briare – Rogny-les-sept-Écluses- Briare 50 km

    Your last bike ride this week will lead you to the castle of ‘Pont Chevron,’ situated on a small, picturesque lake. Around lunchtime 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. A worthy ending of your bike adventure in the heart of France

  • Day 8

    Saturday: Briare end of the tour

    The tour ends 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 2024 Jun 10 2024 26 Single rooms 1,610€
Double rooms 1,540€
Jun 17 2024 Jun 24 2024 26 Single rooms 1,610€
Double rooms 1,540€
Jul 01 2024 Jul 08 2024 26 Single rooms 1,510€
Double rooms 1,400€
Jul 15 2024 Jul 22 2024 26 Single rooms 1,510€
Double rooms 1,400€
Jul 29 2024 Aug 05 2024 26 Single rooms 1,510€
Double rooms 1,400€
Aug 12 2024 Aug 19 2024 26 Single rooms 1,610€
Double rooms 1,540€
Aug 26 2024 Sep 02 2024 26 Single rooms 1,610€
Double rooms 1,540€
Sep 09 2024 Sep 16 2024 26 Single rooms 1,800€
Double rooms 1,675€
Sep 23 2024 Sep 30 2024 26 Single rooms 1,610€
Double rooms 1,540€
Oct 07 2024 Oct 14 2024 26 Single rooms 1,510€
Double rooms 1,400€

Car rental in France

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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Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]

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