Bike and Barge tour the France
The area of the Valley of the Loire between the cities of Nevers and Montargis in France is a very suitable region for a relaxing bike & barge holiday.
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 also knows a rich history and culture. The many impressive castles and small villages make this cycling holiday a unique experience. Of course you will get a taste of the fine Loire wines during this holiday!
Day to day schedule
Halfway the afternoon you leave from Gare du Nord by coach to Cours-les-Barres. You arrive in the beginning of the evening at the ship where you meet your tour leader and the crew and settle in. Subsequently dinner will be served aboard.
Sunday: cycle trip: ± 50 km.
From Cours-les-Barres you cycle to the town of Apremont. You may visit the 12th century castle and its fabulous gardens. After that we cycle on to the beautiful town of Nevers. The trip ends again in Cours-les-Barres.
Monday: cycle trip: ± 55 km.
First we sail in the morning to the village of Beffes. The cycle trip takes you to La Charite-sur-Loire, an ancient Roman town. Crossing the 16th century stone bridge to the centre, you have a splendid view over the town and its Notre Dame church. Then you enter the region of the Pouilly Fume wines. In Menetreol, situated under the Sancerre vineyards, you will be given the opportunity to try some wine.
Tuesday: cycle trip: ± 50 km.
For a start you visit Sancerre and then take a picturesque route right across the Sancerre vineyards. Your cycle ride continues and passes several wine villages that are situated in an impressive and attractive scenery. The trip ends in Beaulieu, the stop for the night.
Wednesday: cycle trip: ± 40 km.
By bicycle you pass the historic locks of Chatillon-sur-Loire and the aquaduct that will take you over the river Loire later on. After St. Brisson, where you pass a nice castle, you start your way back to the barge, while enjoying the fresh forest air in the Foret de St. Brisson. In the evening you cross the river Loire through the magnificent aquaduct and stop for the night in Briare.
Thursday: cycle trip: ± 45 km.
First you have some time to explore Briare. The cycle trip leads to the castle ‘Pont Chevron’ which is picturesquely situated at a small lake. Via Ouzouer-sur-Trezee you go right across an area with some lakes to the 16th century castle near Bleneau. Your trip ends in the village Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, known for its seven historical locks.
Friday: cycle trip: ± 50 km.
The barge will stay in Rogny.
Today you will cycle to the market in Chatillon-Coligny, from where the trip continues to the castle in La Bussiere. Via Escrignelles the tour ends back in Rogny.
In the morning you may wish to go for a stroll. At approximately 11.00 hrs. your guide & crew will say good-bye and you travel by coach to Paris.
(Subject to change)
Each next tour will be in reverse: starting Rogny and ending in Cours-les-Barres.
- Stay aboard in double cabin (8 days/7 nights)
- Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
- Visit to Castle
- Visit Winery
- Information booklet
- Bicycle with 24 gears and cycle bag
- Transfer Paris/Gare du Nord-Barge v.v.
- Journey to and from Paris Gare du Nord
- Bicycle insurance (Euro 24,50 a person)
- Excursions not in program
- Drinks on board
- Surcharge High Season (Aug.31 and Sept 7, 14, 21, 28/2019)
We highly recommend to bring a bike helmet on this trip and to wear it.