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Enjoy the freedom of a canoe trip through the Cher valley

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If you’re hungry for adventure and addicted to adrenalin, if you love nature and heritage, explore the Cher valley by canoe! You’ll encounter bucolic landscapes, a unique castle bridge, and above all an adventure brimming with authenticity and emotion, in the company of friends or family.

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The Cher Valley by canoe

Blue skies, the heat of the sun’s rays, a light, refreshing breeze...the perfect afternoon weather to set off for Civray-de-Touraine and explore the Cher Valley by canoe.

 A member of the Canoë Company meets you at the base. You’ll be given all the information you need to get the most out of your canoe trip. The fully-equipped Canadian canoes are all provided with lifejackets and paddles adapted to your height. They also contain a waterproof container for your telephone and camera. Up to 4 adults or 6 people (2 adults, 4 children) can share the same canoe, ideal for an outing with family or friends. Please note that all passengers must be able to swim !

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When booking your canoe trip in the Cher Valley, why not book an ‘apéro-châto’ hamper from Bistrot’Quai, for a unique improvised picnic under the arches of the Château de Chenonceau ? 

Discover the Château of Chenonceau

The Château of Chenonceau in a new light !

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Once you’ve been given all the recommendations, it’s time to take to the water and venture into the Cher Valley in a luxury canoe. The first few strokes are a little haphazard, but you’ll soon find your rhythm and join the flow of the Cher. Now you can give your full attention to the trip and the landscapes that unfold before you. Enjoy the sweet feeling of freedom and the pleasure of exploring the natural and architectural heritage of the Cher Valley from a unique perspective.

As you paddle along, an elegant lace-like outline gradually emerges on the horizon. As you draw closer to the Château of Chenonceau, the breath-taking splendour of this architectural gem reveals itself. Take the time to stop off and admire the Château des Dames from all angles, camera in hand. This is undoubtedly the most spectacular view of Chenonceau! And if you take your boat under the château by the arch on the garden side, you’ll see the staircase which leads to the kitchens and provided a direct access to the river from the château.

Enjoy a drink and good food under the arches of the Château of Chenonceau

As the sun slowly sets, throwing its golden rays on the Château of Chenonceau, the Cher Valley takes on a dreamlike atmosphere. It’s time for a well-deserved break in an amazing setting. End your trip through the Cher Valley in style with your generous hamper brimming with local terrines, farmhouse bread and vegetable salad, not forgetting a bottle of good wine.  Drink to these unique, unforgettable moments and enjoy the exceptional surroundings before heading back to Civray-de-Touraine. Time is all yours to savour these last instants in harmony with the nature around you.  

Practical information :

For your canoe trip along the Cherdon’t forget to being along sunglasses, caps and sun cream, water and towels…in case you decide to take a dip in the Cher.  


Mathilde Comité Régional du Tourisme Centre-Val de Loire

As a newcomer to Orléans, I take great pleasure in discovering the region, its beautiful châteaux, its remarkable gardens and its well-preserved nature. I am always on the lookout for new places to visit and secret addresses to discover!

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