A boat traveling down the river with trees in the background.

Loire River - Nevers to Briare

June 17 - June 24, 2024

Level of Difficulty: Easy, average 25 mi. / day

$1999 per person double occupancy

$425 single supplement

17 passengers maximum

Non-riders Welcome


Join us for a week-long bike & barge trip on the Clair de Lune with your friends in “wine country.” The Claire de Lune has 9 cabins available and has a reputation for very nice 3 course dinners. This region is best known for Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines as well as incredible medieval castles and palaces. This is a casual trip. We’ll have a multilingual guide.  If you want to take a day off and stay on the barge, so be it, that’s fine. Daily mileage will range from 16 - 31 miles. If you are not a regular cyclist, no problem, you have the option of renting an electric bike. We’re basically riding downhill, that is, downstream parallel to the river. The Loire flows north and west and is the longest river in France. It winds its way from the volcanic Massif Central all the way to the Atlantic.


  • 7 nights lodging on barge

  • All meals

  • Multilingual guide

  • City walks with guide

  • Limited WiFi

  • Trip guide book

  • Insurance on bikes with rental


  • 24 speed bike rental $125

  • Electric bike rental $250

  • Vegan, Lactose free, Gluten free, $80

  • Bar tab

  • Tip for crew & guide

  • Trip cancellation insurance


  • Medieval castles and palaces

  • Sancerre & Pouilly-Fumé wines

  • Cycling along the Loire River

  • The barge passing through locks and aqueducts

  • Wine tasting

  • French cuisine


Average daily riding distance: 25 miles. No problem, you can do this. We have hybrid 24-speed comfort bikes as well as electric bikes!

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