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

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List of canoeing professionals

Canoe-DDarrault

From 6.50 €

Val de l'Indre Canoe & Kayak

VEIGNE

Canoe-kayak hire in July and August, introductory lessons for kids. Company outings possible.

Chinon Loisirs Activités Nature

From 7.50 €

Chinon Loisirs Activités Nature

CHINON

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

canoe-company-cher

From 10 €

Canoe company Cher

CIVRAY-DE-TOURAINE

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

LA RICHE

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.

Base nautique - plan d'eau

CHEMILLE-SUR-INDROIS

Balade en barque et canoë sur le lac de Chemillé sur Indrois.

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