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...
List of canoeing professionals
Canoes and kayak hire, from 2 hours to several days. Canoeing expeditions of 6, 16, 32 or 45 km, or multi-day trips.
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.
Trips on the river Cher (passing in front of the Château de Chenonceau), short sessions, evening trips, 1/2 day or full-day packages... Organisation of multi-day nature explorations. Hire of top-of-the-range Canadian style canoes.
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.
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.
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.
Canoe-kayak hire in July and August, introductory lessons for kids. Company outings possible.
All forms of canoeing and kayaking, leisure and competition.
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