Christian Beaudin
Learning and discovering

Travel 1,400 years back in time as you pedal along the Loire

Immerse yourself with
Nathalie R.
Near Orléans
in 2 hours away from Paris from Paris
Alone - With another person - With my family - With my tribe

Take a weekend to bike along La Loire à Vélo in Val de Sully, and you will encounter key historical figures: Charlemagne’s advisor Theodulf in Germigny-des-Prés, poet Max Jacob in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire and Maximilien de Béthune, first duke of Sully and counsellor of King Henri IV.

Christian Beaudin

Ready? Keen? Energised?

Let's go, destination Germigny-des-Près, in search of this little village's surprising treasure. It's the Ark of the Covenant, the only Carolingian mosaic preserved in France, nestled in the apse of the oratory built by Theodulf in around 806.

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A delicious little break...

Time to indulge your tastebuds and enjoy a lunch break in one of the restaurants on the village square. Or you could pick up one of Josépha's beetroot-flavoured specialities at the bakery next door to eat on the go. You can then head back to the abbey church via a 200m path.

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... then an educational one

We are sure that you will be impressed by the magnificent porch entrance to the bell tower, with twelve columns featuring historiated, carved capitals. This place, steeped in spirituality, invites quiet moments of contemplation and amazement. In the crypt, the precious relics of St Benedict are held in a shrine and still structure the life of a community of monks to this day.

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Need a rest?

Check into one of the charming accommodation options in the Benedictine city. Or, you could hop back on your bike for around 10 more kilometres down the lovely La Loire à Vélo route, and spend the night surrounded by nature in the Saint-Père-sur-Loire campground. Choose one of their unique accommodation options for a good night's rest, including pods and “campétoiles” (raised cabins with clear tops for stargazing).

Sully Garden

Well rested and rearing to go, it's time to head off for a second day of adventures. There's more to discover!

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Continue along La Loire à Vélo – Sully-sur-Loire route, taking the recently converted old railway bridge. Enjoy it – you’re on the one and only Loire river crossing exclusively dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists in France! It’s the perfect spot to take a break and soak in the landscape: on the right, you can catch a glimpse of the former bargemen’s district, on the left looms the château. With the majestic Loire beneath your feet and the magnificent château in sight, take a moment to look rather than see and listen rather than hear.
As the only château in the Loiret listed as one of the “Great Sites of the Loire Valley”, this medieval treasure is well worth a visit. Check out the pointed barrel vaulting, hidden in the loft, to finish off your tour with aplomb. This authentic masterpiece dates back to the 14th century and has been conserved exceptionally well.

An experience you'll never forget

Soon, your journey will be over, but you can come back to step into the shoes of well-known figures once again. Follow the Historic Route of the Valley of Kings, which will take you through Orléans Forest and Sologne. These classic Val de Sully landscapes run alongside the first major signposted hiking trail in France, the iconic GR3. Another exciting adventure awaits!

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Val d'Or & Forêt Tourist Office
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Val d'Or & Forêt Tourist Office
SAINT-BENOIT-SUR-LOIRE
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Sully, Loire and Sologne Tourist Office
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