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Loire Valley

A 4-day escape between Tours and Saumur (canoe+bike)

From Tours to Saumur you cycle in the Loire Valley through the vineyards and along the cave houses to meet the famous castles of the Loire Valley.

Reviews (23) :
4.91 / 5
Reference L0403
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 1 year
354€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Encounter 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 or the abbaye de Fontevraud. 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.
       

    Château Azay-le-Rideau 2h

    6,50 € / adult

    DAY 3

     
     
    Bike
    20/27km
    TWO OPTIONS :

    You can choose to exchange your bicycle for a canoe and float along the Vienne River to Montsoreau or continue cycling to Fontevraud and visit its beautiful abbey.
       

    OPTION 1 : Canoe ride to Montsoreau 3h

    Enjoy a canoe ride to discover the beauty of the Loire valley from the river side. You arrive in the gorgeous small village of Candes-Saint-Martin built with freestone. Keep on to Montsoreau which is one of the "Loveliest Villages in France" built around its castle. You land right next to the castle. (From 6 years on and able to swim only. If you are not able or if you do not want to do this activity, you will keep on with your bike to Montsoreau).
    Included

    OPTION 2 : Biking to Fontevraud 3h

    Ride first along the Vienne river through the beautiful white freestone villages of Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau. 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.

    The extra charge is due to the entrance ticket to Fontevraud Royal Abbey.
    7,50 € / teen
    10,00 € / adult

    DAY 4

     
     
    Bike
    15/21km
    Today’s route alternates between cave houses and vineyards. Then, you can choose to ride along the Loire or through the hills. Both paths lead to the village of Souzay-Champigny where you ride among beautiful cave houses. Stop by to taste the wines of Saumur. At the end of this charming route, you discover the city of Saumur and its castle with impressive dungeons.
  • 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

    Category C

    You stay in small castles, ****hotels or charming bed and breakfasts where you can enjoy the "vie de château" in an exceptionnal environment. They are selected for their impeccable service. 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
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    23 bike travelers reviews 4.91 / 5

    “ Le parfait voyage en amoureux ”

    On the 2017-06-29 by samuel
    4 jours hors du temps, à travers des villages remplis de roses. Chaque jour, une ambiance differente, un dépaysement intense pour nous qui habitons la Martinique. Magnifique, bravo et merci le velo voyageur !

    “ belle expérience à vélo! ”

    On the 2016-09-25 by laurence
    Très agréable périple de Tours à Saumur: 3 jours de vélo et un de canoë; circuits bien sécurisés et variés, riche patrimoine touristique, organisation parfaite du début à la fin, tout est bien prévu et expliqué donc aucune perte de temps, juste le plaisir de profiter ! cette première expérience nous a enchantée et il est vrai que le mois de septembre est idéal pour pédaler , pagayer ou visiter au calme... coups de coeur: -château de Villandry avec ses magnifiques jardins -château de l'Islette, plein de charme -grottes pétrifiantes, très originales -hôtel:" les demeures de la Vignolle" et le restaurant "Bistroglo" dans le site troglodyte

    “ découverte ”

    On the 2016-09-17 by Jacques
    de magnifiques endroits, une super organisation, des hôtels de rêve tout pour une expérience magnifique

    “ Just what we wanted ”

    On the 2016-08-27 by Andrew
    A wonderful trip. Well organised, good accomodation, and new, well maintained bicycles. The luggage delivery was particularly welcome at the end of a days cycling in the summer warmth. Some of my favourite holiday memories from this trip.

    “ Très belles expérience et découvertes ”

    On the 2016-08-09 by patrick
    Nous recommandons ce séjour en particuliers (4 jours, assistance électrique sur les vélos, départ Tours arrivée Saumur, châteaux et dégustations de vin + hôtels ***) et Le vélo voyageur en général disponible pour répondre à nos questions et très efficace à tout point de vue Merci à vous nous avons adoré l'expérience et recommencerons certainement

    “ Expat in France ”

    On the 2015-10-26 by Julie
    Our bike trip through Loire was amazing! I have recommended your service to my neighbors and colleagues. You made it very easy, which led to a relaxing, fun, and totally enjoyable trip.

    “ marie ”

    On the 2015-09-28 by marie
    organisation parfaite, accessible au plus grand nombre, de belles découvertes.

    “ Excellent ! ”

    On the 2015-08-18 by Marsu's Family
    Notre petite famille a apprécié le parcours, les visites, le canoë et les hébergements. La logistique a assuré sans problème (bagages, etc.). Le parcours est plaisant (peu de voitures) et parfaitement décrit sur le road-book. Merci beaucoup, à refaire !

    “ All the person in Loire will help you ”

    On the 2015-08-15 by SOUN
    I am a Korean. I am very short in English but also I don’t nearly know in French. But there was not any problem in my trip. After this 4-days trip, I traveled the other place for more long days Paris, Strasburg etc. But velo-voyage was the best. I heard in Africa,“To raising a child, need hole town people’s help.” I felt that all the person in Loire help me for my successful traveling. All the people who I met in the road were kind and having beautiful smile. (If you want to know the most beautiful French’s smile, then go to Le Grand Monarque hotel in Azay-le-Rideau.) I will never forget the beautiful landscape, beautiful castle and beautiful town with various flowers in Loire valley. But perhaps I will remember the beautiful person for a long time more than the magical scenery. I thank God and velo-travel performers for giving me this beautiful present.

    “ Woodford's (UK) ”

    On the 2015-07-10 by John
    We had a great trip with le Velo Voyageurs. It was well organised and left us little to do but enjoy the ride. We had a 4 day trip from Tours to Saumur, including one day in a canoe. The riding was easy and the canoe trip a real change from the cycling. Would recommend this trip to anyone. The pace was easy, so we had plenty of time to spend together. Brilliant accommodation in Tours, Azay le Rdeau and Montsoreau. Brought back great memories of the trip.

    “ Tours-Saumur ”

    On the 2015-07-06 by Véronique
    C'est un très beau circuit; l'accueil et l'organisation du séjour par le Vélo voyageur sont parfaits

    “ MICHEL ”

    On the 2015-05-29 by MICHEL
    A l'année prochaine ! si vous nous proposez la suite

    “ Karen ”

    On the 2015-05-21 by Karen
    We all had an amazing biking trip. The bikes & accommodations were great, and the proficiency of Velo Voyageur was outstanding. The bike signs along the trails were very helpful and the quick responses to any of my requests was greatly appreciated. Looking forward to booking with you again!!

    “ un moment convivial !! ”

    On the 2015-05-17 by PATRICK
    Partis à 6 ( trois couples d'un certain âge) nous avons découverts la région dans d'excellentes conditions d'hébergements et des prestations de qualité qui nous ont fait passer 4 jours entre Tours et Saumur dans une ambiance sportive mais toujours très raisonnée avec des haltes remarquables .

    “ A wonderful way to discover France ”

    On the 2014-10-30 by Discover France cycling is the only way
    Le velo voyageur has done an excellent job in putting a tricky trip together. The accommodations are outstanding, their preparation in satisfying customers is high and the standards are also high. We recommend their services very strongly and we have promised ourselves to do more of their trips.

    “ A Great Experience ”

    On the 2014-10-07 by Pamela
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience cycling the 4 day escape between Tours and Saumur, September 16 to 21. Thunderstorm forecasts prevented the canoe day, but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm. The bikes were great, including the computer, the panniers, both front and back, and the rain covers for rain. The hotels were delightful and so were the meals. I'd highly recommend cycling with Velo Voyageur. I particularly loved that the cycling days were reasonably short so that we could relax, tour castles, and just soak up the Loire Valley ambience. I'm so happy we chose you for our cycling experience! We have cycled with other companies and we think yours is the best so far! Thank you again! My only regret is that we never did get to meet you!

    “ Excellent ! ”

    On the 2014-09-03 by Frédérique
    Excellent séjour vélo / canoë avec Vélo voyageur! L'organisation est parfaite, les hôtels et restaurants soigneusement sélectionnés, les vélos de bonne qualité. Nous avons été ravis comme la fois précédente.

    “ Montsoreau/Saumur ”

    On the 2014-08-29 by Jean-Pol
    Excellente impression d'ensemble

    “ Séjour vélo/canoé ”

    On the 2014-08-25 by Yannick
    De superbes vacances, avec des hôtes hôteliers où retaurateurs très accueillants. Organisation parfaite et prestations vraiment au TOP. A refaire sans hésiter.

    “ A Wonderful holiday ”

    On the 2014-06-10 by Penelope
    Overall this was an excellent holiday . It was very well organised, we had NO difficulties at all. The hotels we stayed in were lovely and all staff were very helpful and welcoming. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys easy cycling, the countryside and wants to discover more of France.

    “ Retour de rando ”

    On the 2014-05-30 by
    Notre petite troupe de la rando velo tenait à vous dire que nous avons passé un excellent séjour à pédaler sur ces charmants chemins entre Tours et Saumur, et ce malgré une météo plutot humide et capricieuse : nous sommes maintenant très rapides dans le déballage du kway ! les hotels, resto et loueurs ont été tous très accueillants, la logistique également, et le fléchage très clair. Merci beaucoup à tous pour votre accueil et votre organisation.

    “ Great service ”

    On the 2013-07-21 by Simon
    Eugenie, our trip was fantastic. My wife is not a rider so the electric bike made it possible for her to join in, The hotels were wonderful - centrally located and good quality, and all the logistics worked perfectly. Thanks very much, from Sydney.

    “ Fantastic from start to finish ”

    On the 2013-06-04 by DHC
    The trip was seamless from start to finish. EAsy to communicate and prompt replies over email. Itinerary that we got was outstanding. Hotels that were booked were incredible. Just about one of the best things we have done in Europe. I have recommended to all my friends and family
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