Kayaking and canoeing

Kayaking and canoeing in Touraine Loire Valley, France. Kayaking and canoeing © 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 kayak or 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.  

Kayaking and canoeing into the wild - Loire Valley, France.

These gorgeous valleys and the placid nature of the rivers are ideal for refreshing summer activities in France with family and friends, like... kayaking and 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 kayaking 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.

Kayak rentals, bivouac, bike and kayak tour...

With Canoe Company and Kryzalid'Nature, you can choose a 2 days tour with a bivouac on a Loire isle: a wonderful experience that you will remind for a long time! 

For a sporting tour, the "CLAN" organize bike and kayak tours around Chinon which last a day or half a day.    

Canoe rentals


List of canoeing professionals

Paule & Mike


From 10 €

Paule and Mike provide Stand Up Paddle rides to see the local sights in another light. From the majestic Loire and intimate Indre to the Vienne and the Cher, there’s a range of trips blending the paddle and “bike-scooter”.

Canoe Au Fil de Loire (4)

Canoës au fil de Loire


Hop into a Canadian canoe with a guide for a ride down the Loire: explore the surroundings (flora, fauna, heritage), sample local produce on an island, learn sailing techniques and canoe safety. Premium, sturdy and comfortable equipment. Shuttle bus return transport.



This open-air and nature leisure centre suggests to hire canoes (half day up to the whole stay). Group entertainments year round (+10 people), treasure hunt on foot or by bike, GPS Adventure.


From 14 €

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.

Cluc canoë-kayak de Descartes

Canoe hire - 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(...)

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