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  • 1300 km

Between Basel-Mulhouse on France’s eastern border and Nevers on the Loire, follow one of the country’s most interesting unbroken cycle routes, part of the EuroVelo 6 route linking the Black Sea to the Atlantic. Cyclists love crossing Southern Alsace via the peaceful Canal du Rhône au Rhin. An unforgettable section takes you along the Doubs Valley and through the Jura Region’s hills. Lastly, you cross Southern Burgundy, passing by famous vineyards, medieval villages and historic industrial sites beside the Canal du Centre. Make the most of the many railway services allowing you to carry bikes to different sections of the route.

The sections of EuroVelo 6

  • EuroVelo 6 from Basel to Montbéliard / Grand-Est / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

    EuroVelo 6 from Basel to Montbéliard / Grand-Est / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté picto itineraire[90 km]

    Huninge > Kembs > Mulhouse > Heidwiller > Montreux-Jeune > Montbéliard
    • Family from Huninge to Kembs and from Kembs to Mulhouse and from Mulhouse to Heidwiller and from Heidwiller to Montreux-Jeune and from Montreux-Jeune to Montbéliard

    This EuroVelo 6 section brings you to the French part of the great cycle route via the Rhine and the beautiful Swiss city of Basel, at the junction of Switzerland, Germany and France. The route then crosses Southern Alsace to join the Territoire de Belfort area and Doubs Valley in the Franche-Comté region. The cycle path runs beside the Canal du Rhône au Rhin with its watermen’s atmosphere. The villages in Alsace and Franche-Comté offer cultural and gastronomic stops aplenty. The cycling is easy and accessible to all.

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  • The Doubs Valley by Bike / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

    The Doubs Valley by Bike / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté picto itineraire[158.5 km]

    Montbéliard > L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs > Baume-les-Dames > Deluz > Besançon > St-Vit > Orchamps > Dole
    • Family from Montbéliard to L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs and from Baume-les-Dames to Deluz and from Deluz to Besançon and from Besançon to St-Vit and from St-Vit to Orchamps and from Orchamps to Dole
    • Intermediate from L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs to Baume-les-Dames

    Near the town of Montbéliard, the Canal du Rhône au Rhin joins the Doubs Valley, which then meanders along below dramatic wooded slopes and rocky ridges. This spectacular EuroVelo 6 section up to Franche-Comté’s magnificent capital Besançon is wonderful to explore, the way marked by historic towns and remarkable vestiges of innovative industries that thrived by the river up to the first half of the 20th century. The cycling is very easy, mainly on greenways accessible to all.

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  • EuroVelo 6 from Dole to Chalon-sur-Saône / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

    EuroVelo 6 from Dole to Chalon-sur-Saône / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté picto itineraire[94.5 km]

    Dole > St-Jean-de-Losne > Seurre > Verdun-sur-le-Doubs > Chalon-sur-Saône
    • Family from Dole to St-Jean-de-Losne
    • Intermediate from St-Jean-de-Losne to Seurre and from Seurre to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and from Verdun-sur-le-Doubs to Chalon-sur-Saône

    Linking the Doubs and Saône Rivers, and the regions of Franche-Comté and Burgundy, this section is also on the EuroVelo 6 cycle route. It takes you through beautiful natural areas between Dole, historic capital of Franche-Comté, and Chalon, in Southern Burgundy. The track follows greenways by the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, then quiet roads by the Saône up to Chalon. This enjoyable waterside route is easy to do in 1 or 2 days.

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  • The Canal du Centre by bike from Chalon to Digoin / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

    The Canal du Centre by bike from Chalon to Digoin / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté picto itineraire[126 km]

    Chalon-sur-Saône > Santenay > St-Léger-sur-Dheune > Montchanin > Montceau-les-Mines > St-Laurent d'Andenay > Etiveau > Palinges > Paray-le-Monial > Digoin
    • Family from Chalon-sur-Saône to Santenay and from Santenay to St-Léger-sur-Dheune and from Paray-le-Monial to Digoin
    • Intermediate from Montchanin to Montceau-les-Mines and from St-Laurent d'Andenay to Etiveau and from Montceau-les-Mines to Palinges and from Palinges to Paray-le-Monial
    • Expert from St-Léger-sur-Dheune to Montchanin

    This section, on the EuroVelo 6 cycle route, runs beside the Canal du Centre. It crosses Southern Burgundy, from Chalon to Digoin, from Saône to Loire. The pretty route is dotted with characterful towns, vineyards and hills where cattle graze. As well as the natural and cultural riches, the industrial past is fascinating here. This section is mainly along greenways, with some stretches on roads and some slopes. Ideal to do in 3 to 4 days.

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  • La Loire in Burgundy by bike / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

    La Loire in Burgundy by bike / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté picto itineraire[245 km]

    Digoin > Gilly-sur-Loire > Bourbon-Lancy > Cronat > Decize > Fleury-sur-Loire > Nevers > Cuffy > Marseilles-lès-Aubigny > La Charité-sur-Loire > Pouilly-sur-Loire > Sancerre > Beaulieu-sur-Loire > Briare
    • Family from Gilly-sur-Loire to Bourbon-Lancy and from Decize to Fleury-sur-Loire and from Fleury-sur-Loire to Nevers and from Nevers to Cuffy and from Cuffy to Marseilles-lès-Aubigny and from Marseilles-lès-Aubigny to La Charité-sur-Loire and from La Charité-sur-Loire to Pouilly-sur-Loire and from Beaulieu-sur-Loire to Briare
    • Intermediate from Digoin to Gilly-sur-Loire and from Bourbon-Lancy to Cronat and from Cronat to Decize and from Pouilly-sur-Loire to Sancerre and from Sancerre to Beaulieu-sur-Loire

    This Loire section of the Bourgogne à Vélo route leads you along close to the regal river, through unspoilt countryside dotted with pretty historic towns. Explore elegant, gated Digoin, Bourbon-Lancy, Decize and Nevers. This section goes via quiet signposted roads and new canal-side greenways. The cycling is quite easy, ideal for a 2 to 3 day trip.

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  • La Loire à Vélo from Cuffy to Briare

    La Loire à Vélo from Cuffy to Briare picto itineraire[130 km]

    Nevers > Cuffy > Marseilles-lès-Aubigny > La Charité-sur-Loire > Pouilly-sur-Loire > Sancerre > Beaulieu-sur-Loire > Briare
    • Family from Nevers to Cuffy and from Cuffy to Marseilles-lès-Aubigny and from Marseilles-lès-Aubigny to La Charité-sur-Loire and from La Charité-sur-Loire to Pouilly-sur-Loire and from Beaulieu-sur-Loire to Briare
    • Intermediate from Pouilly-sur-Loire to Sancerre and from Sancerre to Beaulieu-sur-Loire

    This EuroVelo 6 section, also on the Tour de Bourgogne à Vélo route, starts in the city of Nevers, then heads to the Cher county and Cuffy, official starting point of the Loire à Vélo route. Follow the Loire and parallel Canal Latéral along this superb stretch linking Burgundy to the Loire Valley. The luminous Loire is wild in parts, more generous in others, with prestigious vineyards along its banks, as well as historic mariners’ towns, plus there’s the Val de Loire Nature Reserve. The way is easy, a delight for fans of culture and local produce.

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  • La Loire à Vélo from Briare to Orléans

    La Loire à Vélo from Briare to Orléans picto itineraire[100 km]

    Briare > Gien > Sully-sur-Loire > Germiny-des-Prés > Jargeau > Orléans
    • Family from Germiny-des-Prés to Jargeau and from Jargeau to Orléans
    • Intermediate from Briare to Gien and from Gien to Sully-sur-Loire and from Sully-sur-Loire to Germiny-des-Prés

    Briare, a town crisscrossed by waterways, is establishing itself as a major crossroads of cycle routes in the French region of Centre Val de Loire. With its famous canal-bridge partly built by Eiffel, it also offers a splendid gateway into the official stretch of the Loire Valley (beginning at nearby Sully-sur-Loire) designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • La Loire à Vélo from Orléans to Blois

    La Loire à Vélo from Orléans to Blois picto itineraire[73 km]

    Orléans > St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin > Beaugency > Muides-sur-Loire > Blois
    • Family from Orléans to St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin and from St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin to Beaugency and from Beaugency to Muides-sur-Loire and from Muides-sur-Loire to Blois

    This section shared by the EuroVelo 6 and Loire à Vélo cycle routes meanders through spots reflecting the Loire’s long-established riverine civilization. You’ll see how closely so many villages are tied to the Loire via their bridges, former trading quays and typically elegant buildings. This is a joy of a section for cyclists, with the architectural fireworks of some of Europe’s most spectacular châteaux also close by. The cycling proves as easy as it is exceptional.

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  • La Loire à vélo from Blois to Tours

    La Loire à vélo from Blois to Tours picto itineraire[78 km]

    Blois > Chaumont-sur-Loire > Amboise > Montlouis-sur-Loire > Tours
    • Family from Blois to Chaumont-sur-Loire and from Chaumont-sur-Loire to Amboise and from Amboise to Montlouis-sur-Loire and from Montlouis-sur-Loire to Tours

    You’ve entered the part of the Loire known as France’s Valley of the Kings, with many famed châteaux between Blois and Tours, both cities where the French court refined the art of living. Each castle bears the imprint of royal happenings. These emblematic lordly dwellings call for your visit along this majestic stretch, a major part of the Loire à Vélo cycle route.

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  • La Loire à Vélo from Tours to Saumur

    La Loire à Vélo from Tours to Saumur picto itineraire[81 km]

    Tours > Villandry > Rigny-Ussé > Candes-St-Martin > Saumur
    • Family from Tours to Villandry and from Villandry to Rigny-Ussé
    • Intermediate from Rigny-Ussé to Candes-St-Martin and from Candes-St-Martin to Saumur

    This EuroVelo 6 section, also part of the Loire à Vélo route, follows the mighty Loire, lined with varied vineyards, each with its own microclimate, linked to the confluences where the Cher, Indre and Vienne rivers join the Loire. Before entering Anjou, you cross the western part of Touraine, ‘The Garden of France’, both counties renowned for their quintessentially French attractions, including the local produce, and for French literary geniuses Rabelais, Ronsard and Balzac. An essential section with easy cycling.

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  • La Loire à Vélo from Saumur to Angers

    La Loire à Vélo from Saumur to Angers picto itineraire[64 km]

    Saumur > St-Rémy-la-Varenne > La Daguenière > Angers > Bouchemaine > Gennes
    • Family from Saumur to St-Rémy-la-Varenne and from St-Rémy-la-Varenne to La Daguenière and from La Daguenière to Angers and from La Daguenière to Bouchemaine
    • Intermediate from Gennes to Gennes and from Saumur to Saumur

    In Anjou, going from Saumur to Angers, this EuroVelo 6 section (also part of the Loire à Vélo route) offers an intense concentration of Loire delights, with its river islands, the vine-covered slopes around Saumur and subterranean caves put to many uses, including mushroom-growing, not forgetting the lovely Authion River. Plus, once a year, the area celebrates vintage style with panache. This section is unforgettable, the cycling easy.

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  • La Loire à Vélo from Angers to Nantes

    La Loire à Vélo from Angers to Nantes picto itineraire[107 km]

    Angers > Bouchemaine > Chalonnes-sur-Loire > St-Florent-le-Vieil > Champtoceaux > Mauves-sur-Loire > Nantes > Les Ponts-de-Cé > Thouarcé
    • Family from Angers to Bouchemaine and from Bouchemaine to Chalonnes-sur-Loire and from St-Florent-le-Vieil to Champtoceaux and from Champtoceaux to Mauves-sur-Loire and from Mauves-sur-Loire to Nantes and from Thouarcé to Chalonnes-sur-Loire
    • Intermediate from Chalonnes-sur-Loire to St-Florent-le-Vieil and from Les Ponts-de-Cé to Thouarcé

    This EuroVelo 6 section, shared with the Loire à Vélo route, goes through western Anjou, with its many rivers and wetlands, then into the Pays Nantais and the great city of Nantes. After Ancenis, the Loire broadens, its valley widens and its fresh waters mix with salty Atlantic waters carried up on the tides. Around Nantes, market gardening and vines thrive. So too do major contemporary art installations in the landscape, thanks to the Estuaire project. The cycling is easy.

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  • Nantes > St-Brevin-les-Pins

    Nantes > St-Brevin-les-Pins picto itineraire[61.7 km]

    Nantes > Le Pellerin > Paimboeuf > St-Brevin-les-Pins
    • Family from Le Pellerin to Paimboeuf
    • Intermediate from Nantes to Le Pellerin and from Paimboeuf to St-Brevin-les-Pins

    The Vélodyssée and La Loire à Vélo share the route to the sea from Nantes. The majestic Loire estuary reveals oxbow lakes, wetlands, channels, a maritime canal, ports and an open-air art gallery with a Contemporary Estuary Exhibition. At Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, the air is filled with the aromatic scent of conifers, dunes and soft sandy beaches.

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