Descent of the Loire by canoe and kayak: the spots to see
Descent of the Loire by canoe and kayak: the spots to see

Descent of the Loire by canoe and kayak: the spots to see

An emblematic river, a legendary tourist destination, the Loire is an invitation to adventure and wildlife. But which route should you choose to discover it by canoe?

Few waterways are as inspiring. Often presented as the last wild river in France, the Loire awakens the spirit of adventure and the need to return to nature. More and more new explorers are embarking on its entire journey, from the source to the sea , by canoe or kayak.
But on the easily navigable 700 km , the choice is sometimes difficult, because not everyone has three weeks to dedicate or necessarily the soul of a long-distance navigator.

Camping on the islands, marveling at the castles, feeling far from civilization, admiring the birds, immersing yourself in history... These are the aspirations of canoeists on the Loire .

The Loire between Le Cavereau and Saumur

The section of river linking Le Cavereau to Saumur concentrates all the assets of the Loire on a 150 km route . Two large cities line it, Blois and Tours , which you can cross quite quickly without feeling oppressed.

Amboise is also an obligatory stop to admire its castle, its lively streets and Clos Lucé , home of Leonardo da Vinci.

LOIRE KAYAK guides you through the most beautiful things to see from your canoe between Le Cavereau and Saumur . This section offers the most beautiful Loire postcards.

Canoeing on the Loire

Loire Kayak offers canoe or kayak hikes, from 1 day, 2 days... up to 8 days depending on your choice, between Le Cavereau and Saumur: See our hikes

Between St-Dyé-sur- Loire and Chaumont-sur- Loire

It is more for the atmosphere of the small villages and the famous castles that we will choose this or that part of this itinerary of choice.

Upstream from Blois , we can mention the charm of Saint Dyé sur Loire (former port of Chambord) and Cour sur Loire , the castles of Collier and Ménars.

Blois bridge over the Loire seen from a canoe kayak

In Blois we will marvel at the Jacques Gabriel bridge, perhaps the most beautiful on the river.

By canoe and kayak on the Loire : Chaumont-sur- Loire

Twenty kilometers further down, the Château de Chaumont sur Loire leaves you speechless.

Loire Kayak offers canoe or kayak trips from 1 hour to the day between Le Cavereau and Chaumont: See the routes

Canoe trip for the day on the Loire

The Loire from Amboise to Tours: the Loire Islands, a bird paradise

The twenty kilometers which separate Amboise from Tours present some of the most beautiful and largest islands of the Loire , a bird paradise . Among them: terns, black-headed gulls, gulls, cormorants, gray herons, little egrets and kingfishers.

Less easy to observe, the beaver is omnipresent and we have fun learning about its characteristic smell, spotting its tracks on the sand or its numerous snack spots.

After slaloming between the sandbanks, another signature of the Loire , the troglodyte houses of Rochec orb announce the arrival in Tours . Under the famous Wilson Bridge roars one of the roughest rapids on the river, but can be crossed quite easily at summer levels.

The Loire after Langeais

Shortly after Langeais , whose castle is also worth a visit, paddlers will inevitably fall in love with Bréhémont and its quay where some toues, gabares, sapines and other barrels are moored, these boats of yesteryear which have marked the history of Loire inland shipping. .

Further down in Chouzé sur Loire , the taverns on the banks of the Loire invite you to take a break, while the countless small islands are all invitations to bivouac, which you will do your best to do without leaving any traces.

The walk can continue to Saumur , offering a final castle that the river will allow you to admire from once again a unique angle.

Want to discover the Loire by canoe?

With friends or family, for half a day in a kayak or why not over several days in a canoe ?
So that the experience does not turn into a hassle, you must be well guided, well equipped and choose the right section.
If “sit on top” kayaks are perfectly vienne day trips , the real “Canadian” canoe is better suited to a trip over several days or weeks . Loire Kayak is here to advise you.