Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers
12,75 Km
51 min
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Orléans
St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin
Gateway to the famed Loire Valley heartlands, once a capital in early medieval France, Orléans is now a lively modern city. It’s an ideal place to join the Loire à Vélo and EuroVelo 6 cycle routes. Whether heading upstream or down, it’s simple for cyclists to find the cycle paths leading to the Loire. This stage is as easy as it is enjoyable!
109.29 m 111.63 m

Route

From Orléans train station, join the Loire-side cycle path before crossing the river via the Pont de l’Europe bridge. A tour of Orléans city centre is strongly recommended.

Railway Station - SNCF

Orléans train station: numerous train connections to and from Paris and along the Loire (Interloire trains have a special carriage taking bicycles in summer).

Don’t miss

Orléans: a remarkable restored historic centre, served by new tramway; Place du Martroi square and its statue of Joan of Arc (famed liberator of the city from English besiegers in 1429); Ste-Croix Cathedral ; streets lined with timberframe houses, like lively Rue de Bourgogne; high-quality museums, plus the historic Hôtel Groslot wedding hall; outdoor sports and recreation centre on Charlemagne Island. All the facilities and shops of a big city.

St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin: 11th-century church, historic bridge over the Loiret River, plus the historic Carmel de Micy.

Markets

  • Orléans : tous les jours : halles du Châtelet, jeudi après-midi Place Dunois, samedi matin quai du Roy

Tourist Information Centre

  • Orléans : +33(0)2 38 24 05 05

 

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