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Loire Valley

3 days along the Loire Valley from Tours to Saumur

From Tours to Saumur enjoy your cycling holiday along the Loire and explore the castles of the Loire: Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon or Ussé. Discover the wonderful vineyards of Chinon and Saumur.

Reviews (4) :
4.50 / 5
Reference L0302
  • Itinerant trip
  • 3 days
  • Easy
  • From April to October
  • Minimum age 1 year
234€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Discover the breathtaking beauties of the Loire valley by riding on the “Loire à vélo” bike route between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the bike route follows little country roads passing by the most prestigious castles, the chateaux de la Loire such as the chateau de Villandry, the chateau d´Azay-le-Rideau or the chateau d´Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will not only admire the changing colors of the Loire River, the traditional boats swinging between the sand banks, but also the vineyards of Chinon and Saumur. You will also see many cave houses all along the way. Give in to the magic of a cycling holiday in the Loire.

    Day 1

     
     
    Bike
    35km
    You wind on the cycling path along the Loire to leave Tours and reach the château de Villandry with its beautiful French gardens. Enjoy the banks of the Loire Valley before riding up through forests towards the château d’Azay-le-Rideau.
       

    Château de Villandry 2h


    6,50 € / teen
    10,50 € / adult

    Day 2

     
     
    Bike
    32km
    Keep on cycling on « Loire à vélo » and ride on the dike to get to the château d’Ussé which inspired the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. You enter into Chinon overlooking the old town. Enjoy the labyrinth of medieval narrow streets when you ride down the Vienne River.

    Day 3

     
     
    Bike
    35/48km
    You continue to ride along the Vienne River and enjoy the view on the wild Loire banks. You arrive in the gorgeous small village of Candes-Saint-Martin built with freestone. You can stop to admire the XIIth century foundation church. Keep on to Montsoreau which is one of the “Loveliest Villages in France” built around its castle. From there, you have the option to keep on the hills to Fontevraud which is worth visiting for its magnificent abbey which shelters the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Otherwise ride straight to Saumur. On your yay you admire the cave house villages and stop to taste Saumur wines in the numerous wine cellars. Discover Saumur and its castle with impressive dungeons at the end of this idyllic ride.
       

    Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud 2h

    Visit the greatest monastic city of Europe, isolated in the Loire Valley on a vast area of 13 hectares. Historical place, the abbey houses the royal tombs of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lionheart.
    7,50 € / teen
    10,00 € / adult
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with ** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.

    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Paris or Tours.
    • By train: you need to get to Tours Centre. You can take inter-regional trains from Paris-Austerlitz station. The duration of the trip is about 2h00. Or TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse (direct or connection in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps). The duration of the trip is between 1h15 and 1h45. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Tours, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center, close to your accommodation and the train station. The daily rate is 10€ and decreases depending on the duration. The location and contact details of the car park will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 12€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    We can also organise a transfer in a private vehicule on demand.

    If you chose the luggage transport, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 5pm at the pick up location.

    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.


  • Reviews
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    4 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5

    “ Enchantés ”

    On the 2017-05-28 by Gabriel
    Une organisation sans défaut, un parcours superbe , des vélos au top, une région magnifique et des hébergements à la hauteur de nos attentes bref un séjour enchanteur.

    “ un superbe itinéraire ”

    On the 2017-05-10 by Caroline
    L'itinéraire est vraiment sympathique, même avec un temps mitigé nous avons vraiment profité des paysages et des sites culturels à visiter. Le chateau de Villandry est exceptionnel tout comme la route reliant Chinon à Saumur, avec ses maisons troglodytes. Les hôtels étaient très agréables et bien situés et les vélos parfaits pour porter nos affaires et vadrouiller sur tous types de chemins. Je regrette seulement que nous ayons eu des erreurs sur le roadbook qui ne semblait pas correspondre en tout point à notre séjour. Par ailleurs, une visite de cave était prévue mais n'apparaissait pas dans le roadbook ni les infos pratiques, nous avons donc dû organiser cela par nous même, sachant que ce week-end férié beaucoup de domaines et de caves étaient fermés. Je recommande cet itinéraire en couple ou en famille, pour un premier voyage en vélo, une belle expérience !

    “ Super ”

    On the 2016-09-09 by JEAN-LUC
    Super balade mais trop courte (3 jours) Très bon accueil dans les hôtels qui jouent le partenariat. ça donne envie de renouveler la formule.

    “ Une merveille! ”

    On the 2016-08-19 by Juliette
    Une fois toutes les cartes et la documentation en main, une merveilleuse aventure commence. La route à suivre est extrêmement bien indiquée, avec des couleurs. La multitude des paysages traversés est étonnante. Les visites proposées sont très intéressantes avec un coup de coeur pour le Château et les jardins de Villandry. Un petit bémol pour l'Abbaye de Fontevraud qui est certes connue de nom et très belle à voir, mais la visite est moins intéressante. Les hôtels recoivent très bien. N'hésitez pas, c'est fabuleux!
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