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Loire Valley

Cycling in the Loire Valley from Blois to Saumur

You discover in detail between Blois and Saumur the beauties of the Loire Valley. The Loire à vélo bike path takes you through vineyards, along the cave houses to the most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley.

Reviews (3) :
5.00 / 5
Reference L1401
  • Itinerant trip
  • 15 days
  • Moderate
  • From april to novembre
  • Minimum age 1 year
1440€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Slow down to discover the many beauties of the Loire Valley. From Blois to Saumur passing by Amboise, Tours or Chinon, you will be amazed of those medieval towns thanks to which the Loire region is highly renowned. The short cycling stretches give you enough time to visit the most prestigious chateaux de la Loire, like the chateau de Chambord, the chateau de Cheverny (inspiration for Tintin), the chateau de Chenonceau, the chateau de Villandry or the gardens of Chaumont. You have also the time to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, the ride through forests, vineyards and along cavehouses and the wine tasting of the delicious local wines. A real delight for the sense, no matter young or old.

    DAY 1

     
     
    Walk your way through Blois old town, its old paved streets and all small stairs. Discover the charms of Blois castle, which was the stage of many court plots and particularly the spiral staircase is an architectural marvel.

    DAY 2

     
     
    Enter chateau de Chambord’s magnificent forest and take a peek at the sculpted salamanders engraved on the walls of Loire’s most extravagant castle. Enjoy the shade of the hundred years old trees, then ride along the Cosson creek to the “château de Cheverny”. This should bring up some memories, if you ever read Tintin: it was the inspiration for Moulinsart castle.
       

    Château de Chambord 2h

    Visit on your own of the castle.
    13,00 € / adult

    DAY 3

     
     
    Stroll inside the château de Beauregard with its gallery of 327 portraits of famous European leaders that forged history between the 14th and the 17th century. Or choose to ride through vineyards before arriving in front of the drawbridge of Fougères-sur-Bièvre stronghold. Follow the toues (traditional boats) along the Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. This place is famous for its fairy-tale castle but also for its International Garden Festival which displays talented creations. Then, you continue your bike ride to the village of Mosnes, near to Chaumont-sur-Loire.
       

    Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire 3h

    Visit the castle on your own. You also have the opportunity to visit the domain, completing your tour of the castle with the visit of the International Garden Festival.
    6,00 € / child
    11,00 € / teen
    17,00 € / adult

    DAY 4

     
     
    Ride directly to the beautiful city of Amboise and let the medieval atmosphere of this city seduce you. Discover the architecture of the “château d’Amboise”, which is iconic of the transition period from Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

    DAY 5

     
     
    Let the medieval atmosphere of this city seduce you. Admire the machines designed by Leonard da Vinci which are surprisingly up-to-date in Clos-Lucé, the last place where he lived and died.
       

    Visit of the Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the castle and the gardens
    11,00 € / teen
    15,50 € / adult

    DAY 6

     
     
    Through the forest and along the river’s banks you reach one of the most iconic châteaux de la Loire, the “chateau de Chenonceau” overlooking the Cher river. You can continue along the Cher banks to the underground city near Bourré.
       

    Château de Chenonceau 2h

    Free discovery of the castle
    10,00 € / child
    10,00 € / teen
    13,00 € / adult

    DAY 7

     
     
    To reach Tours old town and its half-timbered houses, you can choose between two wine routes. The first leads you through Vouvray’s sparkling wine wineyards and the second along Montlouis-sur-Loire white wine domains.
       

    Vouvray wine cellar tour 1h

    Included

    DAY 8

     
     
    Discover the charming old neighborhood in Tours boasting many half-timbered houses. Stroll around and visit Saint-Gatien cathedral, the Wilson bridge and Plumereau square.

    DAY 9

     
     
    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 10

     
     
    You can either enjoy a rest day in Azay-le-Rideau to quietly visit the castle or explore the surrounding villages on beautiful country roads. You start by learning all about the wickerwork in Villaines-les-Rochers, then go through Saché and its castle, famous for regularly hosting the French writer Honoré de Balzac. Then, you ride down to Pont-de-Ruan, village at the confluence of several rivers that flow into the Indre. You can visit the miller’s house in order to discover the history of the mills of the village.
       

    Château Azay-le-Rideau 2h

    6,50 € / adult

    DAY 11

     
     
    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 12

     
     
    You can choose to spend your day chilling in the medieval town and visiting the fortress, or choose to ride your bike in the surrounding vineyards and hills. If so, don’t miss the former house of the French writer Rabelais which is called “La Devinière”. Don’t forget to stop in one of the local wine cellars to taste the Chinon wines.

    DAY 13

     
     
    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
    11,00 € / adult

    DAY 14

     
     
    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.

    DAY 15

     
     
    Discover the charming old neighborhood of Saumur and the imposing castle over the city. This city is the capital of equestrian art and a main spot of French cuisine and in the center of a very rich wine region

    If you want the regional train takes you back to your starting point or you can also extend your stay.
  • 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

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • 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.

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


    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


    GPS tracks


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

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Paris or Tours and then train to Blois.
    • By train: inter-regional trains from Paris-Austerlitz station (direct or 8min connection in Orléans). The duration of the trip is from 1h20 to 2h00. Or TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse and connection in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps to take a regional train to. The duration of the trip is about 2h00. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Blois, 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 5,5€ 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 20.40€/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.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.


  • Reviews
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    3 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    “ Our Loire Trip ”

    On the 2015-07-11 by The Desmond Family
    This was a wonderful trip with great scenery and gastronomy! Every detail was taken care of for us and we enjoyed ourselves immensely! We were really lucky with the weather and had picnic lunches every day. The bikes and gear were better than we have had with other tour companies in Europe. We ended up visiting more castles than we thought we would as they were so beautiful and interesting. We enjoyed the chocolate factory and the Vouvray wine cave tours! So much fun!

    “ superbes vacances dans la vallee des chateaux ”

    On the 2014-07-15 by Klaus
    Phantastic bike trip along the beautiful rivers of Loire, Beuvron, Cher, Indre et Vienne. You can choose between long or short routes. You have a lot of time to visit big and small castles, interesting regional museums, beautiful villages.

    “ The perfect mix between sport and culture ”

    On the 2012-12-11 by Ahmed_g
    You want a good mix of sport and culturalal activities: Velo Voyageur has achieved this balance.
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