The Loire Valley Feature

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Bike Tour Options

With its nearly flat terrain, the Loire Valley is custom-built for traveling by bike, and the newly created Loire à Vélo signposted bike trails extending 800 km (500 miles) from Orléans to the Atlantic Ocean make it even easier to cycle between each town and village. Bike rental agencies and trail maps are easily found in the towns along the route for independent exploration. For stress-free planning, local bike tour companies such as Biking France and Loire à Vélo offer turnkey self-guided vacations of 2–6 days for which they arrange the hotels, restaurants, itineraries, maps, baggage transfers, and bike hire for as little as €150 per day per person. They even have electric bikes for those who prefer to glide sans effort. The Anjou tourism offices in Angers and Saumur also rent out "Cyclopédia" GPS gadgets that attach to your bike and guide you through the paths and sights of the Anjou region. The bigger towns all have bike rental agencies—one of the top is Loire Vélo Nature. Though based in Bréhémont, they have more than a dozen outlets along the Loire, where you can rent bikes from €15 a day or €55 a week.

Contacts

Anjou Vélo (08–20–15–00–49. www.anjou-velo.com.)

Biking France (2 rue Jean Moulin, Blois, 41000. 02–54–78–62–52. www.biking-france.com.)

Loire à Vélo (37 av. de Paris, Orléans, 45000. 02–38–79–95–28. www.loire-a-velo.fr.)

Loire Vélo Nature (7 rue des Déportés, Bréhémont, 37130. 06–03–89–23–14. www.loirevelonature.com.)

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