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 the Loire, or take a leisurely trip on one of the other tranquil rivers in the area: the Vienne, the Cher, the Indre, the Creuse.  

Into the wild of Touraine, Loire Valley.

These gorgeous valleys and the placid nature of the rivers are ideal for refreshing summer activities with family and friends. 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... 

Canoe rentals


List of canoeing professionals

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.

  • Accueil vélo
  • La Loire à Vélo
  • Tourisme&Handicap
  • Hearing handicap
  • Mental handicap
  • Visual handicap

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.

Cluc canoë-kayak de Descartes

Location de canoës - Camping de la poterie


To help you explore the Loire, roaming freely between vineyards and riverbanks. Set off from the Fantasy Forest by bike and head to Chaumont-sur-Loire, around 10 km, then return to Mosnes by canoe.Fantasy Forest's trained coordinators will take care of the bikes and provide a picnic wit(...)

Chinon Loisirs Activités Nature

From 7.50 €

Chinon Loisirs Activités Nature


Canoes and kayak hire, from 2 hours to several days. Canoeing expeditions of 6, 16, 32 or 45 km, or multi-day trips.

  • La Loire à Vélo

From 10 €

Canoe company Loire


Take a trip down the Loire upstream from Amboise. Organisation of multi-day nature adventures, including tents and meals. Hire of top-of-the-range Canadian style canoes and 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

From 9 €

Des Sens Canoë


Canoe-kayak rental. Short sessions at the centre or longer trips on the rivers Cher and Loire. Leaving from Savonnières, on the Loire à Vélo route. Qualified guides/instructors are available for groups of all sizes.

Canoe Marcilly sur Vienne



En famille, entre amis ou individuellement, le canoé-kayac est accéssible à tous. Cette activité de pleine nature vous permettra de passer un agréable moment sur la vienne et de profiter de la nature sauvegardée.

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