Our 5 tips for planning your first trip on La Loire à Vélo

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Keen to take a ride on La Loire à Vélo? Here are a few tips to plan your trip, whether solo or with family or friends!

Tip 1 – Look up custom route suggestions!

Whether you’re heading off for a day, a weekend, or longer, we have suggested routes just for you! You can search by section, theme, or another criteria – you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. A few days spent touring vineyards and caves, a foodie weekend or a day of street-art… Such a wide variety of options! 

Check out all the (great) route suggestions!

Cyclistes en bord de mer
Suggestions de parcours © F.Makhlouf

Tip 2 – Read accounts of real experiences from cycle tourists!

There’s nothing more reassuring than being able to get ideas from people who have already cycled La Loire à Vélo. There is a whole library of experiences contributed by people who love this bike path: solo travellers or groups, with friends or family… each testimonial is different and above all authentic!

Check out all the experiences!

Expérience © Pierre et Morgane

Tip 3 – Pick up the La Loire à Vélo Passport

The much-awaited La Loire à Vélo passport was launched at the end of last year, now available at partner tourist offices! It will be your best friend on your journey: record details (departure/arrival points, weather, time, km, etc.), head to local partners to collect stamps, note down all your memories, and more… It will always be in your pocket… or your panniers! 

Check out all the information about the La Loire à Vélo passport

Passeport La Loire à Vélo

Tip 4 – Get advice and pointers for planning your first cycle tour

Accommodation, bike hire, packing, baggage transfer, route… Check out our advice and pointers to help you easily plan your trip, so that your first cycle tour on La Loire à Vélo goes as smoothly as possible.

Cycle-touring for the first time

Our 5 tips for planning your first trip on La Loire à Vélo

Parcours de La Loire à vélo – Sandillon – © P. Avenet CRT Centre-Val de Loire

Tip 5: The map is a precious tool

To organise your journey and plan your stages, the La Loire à Vélo map is a precious tool. Kilometre calculator, estimated travel time, bike services, activities and tours, accommodations, spots to eat, and more… Select the information that you are looking for and organise your stages depending on your preferences.

Check out the La Loire à Vélo map

Kilomètre zéro – © J. Percher