Canoeing in Touraine Loire Valley, France. Canoeing-Kayaking © David Darrault

With the numerous waterways in Touraine (1 major river and 4 other beautiful rivers), what better way to explore the area during the summer months than in a canoe? Why not paddle down theLoire, or take a leisurely trip on one of the other tranquil rivers in the area: the Vienne, the Cher, the Indre, the Creuse.  

Canoeing into the wild - Loire Valley, France.

These gorgeous valleys and the placid nature of the rivers are ideal for refreshing summer activities with family and friends, like... canoeing! There are of course no rapids to worry about, nor any crowding, just a calm natural setting. Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch along so that you can fully enjoy the views from the banks when you stop for a break. Remember to bring sunscreen and water on your trip!

In Touraine there are a dozen canoeing clubs and professionals to assist you. All of them provide kayak and canoe rentals, as well as guided trips. Some even organise special outings: night outings, nature outings (fauna and flora...), torchlit outings, or outings combined with local product tasting... 

Rent a canoe, in Chinon. Loire Valley, France.

Canoe rentals


List of canoeing professionals



We rent out canoes and kayaks to explore the region of Azay-le-Rideau on part of the Indre during the summer season. 2 or 3-seater canoes are available alongside 1-seater kayaks.


Association Loire plus


Explore the Loire with your family and friends! Try your hand at canoeing and kayaking on the Loire using an eco-friendly approach and visit the local flora and fauna.

Cluc canoë-kayak de Descartes

Canoe & Kayak Club of Descartes


The club offers canoe hire for anything from 2 hours to 3 days, with transport directly to your departure point. Outdoor pursuits groups welcome, 3-4 day courses for young people. Guides available for walking excursions in the area.

Loire Vélo Nature

From 12 €

Loire Vélo Nature - Outdoor Pursuits


Outdoor pursuits (cycling, canoeing, donkey rides, Aquacycles, hiking, GPS adventures...). Discover our local environment on an ecotourist adventure. Guided trips on the Loire. Activities between Blois and Angers for cycle tourists and nature lovers.

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Loire Désir


Loire Désir, is primarily a group of passionate canoeing and kayaking crazy friends who enjoy the water all year round, and love sharing their passion with visitors. Initiation courses and further training for whitewater techniques. Canoe rentals.


From 17 €

Canoe & Kayak Club of Amboise - Loire Aventure


Take a trip on the Loire (upstream from Amboise) with or without guide. Hire of top-of-the-range Canadian style canoes and kayak. Organisation of multi-day nature adventures, including tents and meals. Advice and supervision by coaches with FFCK and official national safety qualificati(...)

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