D. Darrault - CRT Centre Val de Loire
Pedalling with ease

Take a trip along the “Scandibérique”

Immerse yourself with
Estelle
Near Orléans
in 1 hour away from Paris from Paris
Alone - With another person

The Scandibérique is the French section of EuroVelo 3 which goes from Trondheim in Norway to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

 

Although the idea of traversing Europe from north to south was appealing, I couldn’t take that much time off work so I decided to settle for a few days on the Paris-Tours section…

C. Lazi

The route started by following the Seine to Fontainebleau and then joined the Loing. I was quite taken with the town of Montargis, nicknamed “the Venice of Gâtinais” with its 131 bridges and footbridges spanning a multitude of little rivers. After enjoying a few Praslines Mazet, the local speciality, I left the banks of the Loing and joined the Briare canal. The tow path was a pleasant ride and I had fun waving to the passengers on the canal boats that regularly passed by. I passed through typical little Loiret villages like Châtillon-Coligny before arriving in Briare.

The panoramic view of the Loire from the canal aqueduct there was breathtaking! Here, the Briare canal crosses over the Loire on a bridge built by Eiffel, creating two separate water courses like I’ve rarely seen before!

D. Darrault - CRT Centre-Val de Loire

I then headed due west along the banks of the Loire in the direction of Orléans. At this point the route follows La Loire à Vélo, which I rode a few years ago, but I really enjoyed discovering it again. That evening, I decided to stop at the campsite in Gien after hearing good things about it from Paul, a cyclist I met the day before. I tried out their Abricyclo which means I didn’t have to put up the tent. Luxury!

 

 

D. Darrault - CRT Centre-Val de Loire
C. Mouton - CRT Centre Val de Loire

After the Château of Sully-sur-Loire, the first of the Loire châteaux on my route, I travelled through UNESCO World Heritage countryside and enjoyed taking in the spectacular scenery. I ticked off the stages: Orléans, Blois, Amboise, Tours; the surrounding landscape alternated vineyards, châteaux, forests and small villages…

And so I arrived at the end of my journey, my mind and heart filled with happy memories of the experiences I enjoyed and the people I met.

P. Forget
D. Darrault - CRT Centre Val de Loire
J. Damase - CRT Centre Val de Loire
J. Damase - CRT Centre Val de Loire

I spent the last night at the youth hostel in Tours, The People Hostel, which reserves a special welcome for cyclists. There was a friendly atmosphere and I met Thomas and Hugo and we discussed our respective bike trips together. I’m already keen to go back!

JC. Coutand - ADT Touraine
JC. Coutand - ADT Touraine
The People Hostel - Tours
Jean-Christophe COUTAND
Group accommodation centre
The People Hostel - Tours
TOURS
  • Accueil vélo - Bikes welcome
Camping de Gien 3* - Site & Paysage
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Graded campsite
Camping Touristique de Gien
POILLY-LEZ-GIEN
  • Accueil vélo - Bikes welcome
P1040981-2
ADRT Loiret
Tourist on bicycle
La Scandibérique in the Loire Valley
ORLEANS
Sully
from 11€
Historical sites and monuments
SULLY-SUR-LOIRE
  • Accueil vélo - Bikes welcome
Estelle Comité Régional du Tourisme Centre-Val de Loire

Estelle, young dynamic thirty-year-old and seasoned cyclist, I put my bags in Orleans in 2016. With me, travels are mostly done by bike and I will gladly share with you my favorites and anecdotes on the many cycling routes of the region. The Loire a Vélo, the Scandibérique, the Indre à Vélo, and many others! On your helmets, get ready, pedal !

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