• Travelcode: 420

    Loire Plus by Bike + Boat

    Cycling in the vineyards of the Sancerre

    • 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. 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 Loire.


      The old city of Nevers with its winding streets, castle and churches is our starting point. On the way to the wine city of Sancerre you will visit the Château of Apremont, dating back to the 12th century and lavishly surrounded by gardens as well as the ancient Roman town of La Charité-sur-Loire with a 16th century stone bridge and Notre Dame cathedral. Wine-tasting in the region of Sancerrre and the Pouilly Fumé wines can not be missed. In between you will ride to St. Brisson Forest and through seemingly endless vineyards. Through a beautiful region of lakes and past more castles you will cycle along the Loire and visit Chatillon-sur-Loire with its impressive locks. The small city of Briare with its picturesque locks and aqueduct is the final destination of this week. On the last day you will visit Rogy-les-Sept-Écluses via the Pont Chevron castle.

      Tour profile / Level 2-3

      Moderate guided tour with average of 25 miles per day. Routes follow the Loire, field paths and asphalted side roads, some hilly stretches.

      Itinerary Nevers - Briare

      Day 1: Nevers
      Individual arrival and embarkation at approx. 2 pm. Tryout bike ride in the surrounding countryside. 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: Nevers – Gimouille, approx. 25 km
      We start this week in the heart of France with a short ride to the sleepy village of Gimoulle 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: Gimouille – Cours-les-Barres, approx. 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: Cours-les-Barres – Sancerre, approx.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, there is 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: Sancerre – Belleville-sur-Loire, approx.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: Belleville-sur-Loire – Briare, approx. 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 historical 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: Briare – Rogy-les-sept-Écluses- Briare, approx. 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 historical 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: Briare
      Individual trip home or extended stay in France. Disembarkation before 10 a.m.

      Itinerary Briare - Nevers

      Day 1: Briare
      Individual arrival and embarkation at approx. 2 pm. Tryout bike ride in the surrounding countryside.

      Day 2: Briare – Rogny-les-sept-Écluses – Briare, 50 km
      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 historical 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, 45 km
      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 historical 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, 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. 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, 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, there is 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, 40 km
      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 do!

      Day 7: Gimouille – Nevers, 25 km
      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
      Individual trip home or extended stay in France. Disembarkation before 10 a.m.

      Important Information:

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.
    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport:

      Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
      The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle. By train it is about 2,5-3 hours to the railway station in Briare/Nevers. A taxi from the airport in Paris to the mooring place will take about 2,5-3 hours.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: 

      Nevers:
      Walking distance to the barge is about 30 minutes. By taxi it takes 10 minutes and will cost around 30 euro.

      Briare:
      Walking distance to the barge is about 20 minutes. A taxi will take about 10 minutes and will cost around 30 euro.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking:
      You can park your car free of charge in the public areas around the piers in Nevers and Briare.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 8 persons

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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights on board in cabin with private facilities
      • full board (breakfast, packed lunch for bike days, dinner)
      • coffee & tea on board
      • cycling tour guide
         
      • min. 3 city walks with tour guide
         
      • all port, bridges and dock charges
         
      • ferry fares on the route
         
      • free WiFi , up to 100 MB limited available in lounge and on deck
         
      • GPS Tracks (on request)
         
      • maps and information material per cabin
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      S2 22.08. - 29.08.20 Nevers - Briare
      S3 05.09. - 12.09.20 Nevers - Briare
      S3 19.09. - 26.09.20 Nevers - Briare
      S2 03.10. - 10.10.20 Nevers - Briare
      S1 17.10. - 24.10.20 Nevers - Briare
      S2 15.08. - 22.08.20 Briare - Nevers
      S2 29.08. - 05.09.20 Briare - Nevers
      S2 29.08. - 05.09.20 Briare - Nevers
      S3 12.09. - 19.09.20 Briare - Nevers
      S2 26.09. - 03.10.20 Briare - Nevers
      S1 10.10. - 17.10.20 Briare - Nevers

      Extras

      Discount for children
      with min. 1 full-paying person  
      0-2,99 years -100%
      3-11,99 years -30%
         
      Bicycles & equipment
      24-speed-bike incl. helmet 93
      E-bike incl. helmet 175
      Children bike 60
      Children seat  15
      Tagalong 55
      Children trailer 90
         
      Extras
      special diet (gluten free)* 50
      * must be mentioned when booking (vegetarian meals / lactosefree diet is free of charge)

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board of the CLAIR DE LUNE !

      History Clair de Lune: The Clair de Lune was originally built in 1936 as a freight ship in Belgium.  In 1982 the barge was built into a passenger ship, first named ‘Steile Bank’ and ‘Summerjazz’.
      Since May 2014 we named the ship ‘Clair de Lune’. Aboard there is a big and cozy salon with big windows for a perfect view. The barge is 34.15 meters long and 5.05 meters wide, which makes it possible to boat in France with its narrow locks.

      Marco (the owner of the boat) has great experience as a skipper on freighters in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and looks forward to this venture with great anticipation and enthusiasm.


      CATERING

      The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast, packed lunch and a warm dinner in the evening. The catering consists of full board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. Vegetarian catering is possible, please announce this with reservation and discuss it again with the tour guide on site.


      CABINS

      5 split level bed cabins,

      3 double bed cabins,

      1 single bed cabin

      Showers and toilets are provided in each cabin. There is air-conditioning in the cabins and the windows can be opened.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English

      Aboard our boats you’ll be joined by travelling companions from all over, as well as a Tour Leader who speaks the group’s two main languages – usually English and German. Shall we bet that you’ll go back home with a smattering of French?


    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      The offered bikes are hybrid bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 24-speed-hybrid-bike
      • E-bikes unisex
      • children seat, children trailer, Child bike

      E-bikes
      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the Great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain. Our research has led us to:

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      Your bike has 24 gears, a detachable lithium-Ion battery, hand brakes, pannier bags, bike helmet, a good lock, water bottle and you can get a repair kit. We draw your attention to the fact that you will be held responsible for damage to or theft of the bike, as long as the bike is not on board. (the E-bike has a value of more than € 2000,-). Never leave it unattended. Always lock it and fasten it to a fixed object, and don’t forget to remove the information panel.


      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

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