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 Loire Vélo 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


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.




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




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.


Made in Loire


Guided giant paddle trip on the Loire: unique in Touraine! The trip from Montlouis-sur-Loire to Tours is an amazing chance to get up close with nature. General public and groups (tourist, business).

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.

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