Bike / Barge Tour from Gare du Nord (8 days)
The Loire Valley area situated 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 boasts 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!
Route Gare du Nord, Cours-les-Barres , Apremont , Menetreol , Beaulieu , Briare , Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, Rogny, Paris
Price: $1266.00 USD per person based on double occupancy.
High season supplement of $110.00 USD will apply for departures August 31, September 1, 7, 14, 21, 28
Please note this price may fluctuate based on the current exchange rate.
Payment in full at time of booking will protect against any future currency fluctuation.
Ask Nancy about discounts that may apply when payment in full is made at time of booking. Discounts may vary depending upon the tour date as well the current exchange rate.
2019 Dates on the Anna Maria IV Barge: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5.
Midafternoon you leave from Gare du Nord by coach to Cours-les-Barres. You arrive in the early evening at the ship where you meet your tour leader and crew, then have time to settle in. Dinner will be served aboard the barge.
Cycle trip: +/- 50 km. First of all 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 to the beautiful town of Nevers and the days adventures ends again in Cours-les-Barres.
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 of the town and its Notre Dame church. Next you enter the region of the Pouilly Fume wines. In Menetreol, situated under the Sancerre vineyards, you will be given the opportunity to sample wine.
Cycle trip: +/- 50 km. The day starts with a visit to Sancerre, then cycling through a picturesque route across the Sancerre vineyards. Your cycle ride continues and passes several wine villages that are situated in an impressive and attractive scenery. The days ride ends in Beaulieu, the stop for the night.
Cycle trip: +/- 40 km. By bicycle you pass the historic locks of Chatillon-sur-Loire and the aqua duct that will take you over the river Loire later on. After St. Brisson, where you pass a nice castle, you start heading 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 aqu aduct and stop for the night in Briare.
Cycle trip: +/- 45 km. In the morning you have some time to explore Briare. The cycle trip this day leads to the castle Pont Chevron which is picturesquely situated on a small lake. Cycling via Ouzouer-sur-Trezee you travel through a lake are to the 16th century castle near Bleneau. Your trip ends in the village Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, known for its seven historical locks.
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. Returning via Escrignelles the tour ends back in Rogny.
In the morning you may wish to go for a stroll in this beautiful town of the Loire Valley. At approximately 11.30 hrs. your guide & crew will say good-bye and you travel by coach to Paris.
(subject to changes)
Included in tour:
- Stay aboard in double cabin (8 days/7 nights)
- Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
- Tour leader
- Visit to Castle
- Visit Winery
- Information booklet
- Bicycle with 21 gears and cycle bag
- Transfer Paris/Gare du Nord-Barge
Not included in tour:
- Journey to and from Paris Gare du Nord
- Bicycle insurance $35USD per person
- Excursions not in program
- Drinks on board
- Gratuities to crew
- Travel Insurance