Alternating between cycle tracks and minor roads. Take care crossing the narrow bridge at Châteauneuf-sur-Loire. The surfaces make for easy riding, except for a stretch of cobbles along Jargeau’s quays. Before arriving at Orléans, you ride through parks with compacted tracks.
Surfacing smooth: the asphalt along the towpath is in good condition. There are compacted tracks through the parks you cross before arriving at Orléans. The minor roads make for very comfortable riding.
For the villages of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire and Germigny-des-Prés, the small towns of Châteauneuf-sur-Loire and Jargeau, and Orléans town centre, plus Orléans train station.
- Orléans train station, offering good daily links with Paris to the northeast and Blois and Tours to the southwest.
- Sully-sur-Loire: the château and its park
- Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire: Fleury Abbey, a major medieval religious centre; the Centre d’Interprétation de l’Art Roman (explaining Romanesque art); the belvedere; the whole village, designated a Petite Cité de Caractère for its history
- The hamlet called Le Port de St-Benoît-sur-Loire with its sweet traditional Loire fishermen’s cottages close to the river
- Germigny-des-Prés: the Oratory with mosaics, dating back to Carolingian times
- Sigloy Village: outings on the Loire aboard a traditional river boat
- Châteauneuf-sur-Loire: Musée de la Marine de Loire (on Loire mariners down the centuries) and the former castle grounds
- Saint-Jean-le-Blanc: Base de loisirs de l’Ile Charlemagne, an outdoor leisure centre, bathing possible in season
- Orléans: designated a Ville d’Art & d’Histoire for its rich historical legacy; Cathédrale Sainte-Croix; Maison de Jeanne d’Arc (on Joan of Arc); Hôtel Groslot (an historic house turned town hall); the restored Loire-side quays