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Loire Valley

Romantic bike tour along the Loire from Tours to Angers

Ride along the Loire from Tours to Angers and stay in charming B&B. Discover the magic of the Loire Valley, the castles of Villandry, Langeais, Ussé and Angers and Saumur vineyards.

Reviews (13) :
4.62 / 5
Reference L0404
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age 12 years
304€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Discover the beauty of the Loire Valley by biking from Tours to Angers. The itinerary follows the Loire river to meet the Loire castles as prestigious as Villandry, Langeais, Ussé (castle of Sleeping Beauty) or the fortress of Angers with its best preserved medieval tapestry. You will discover the changing colors of the Loire Valley, the traditional boat (toues) swaying between sandbanks, but also the vineyards of Saumur or the Abbey of Fontevraud. On this cycling holiday you will also the tipical cave houses. Let yourself be carried away by the magic of the Loire by bike and enjoy the timeless moment.

    Day 1

     
     
    Bike
    30km
    Discover the charm of the lively old Tours with its timbered houses, Saint-Gatien cathedral, Wilson Bridge and Plumereau square. You leave Tours by wandering along the Loire and join the chateau de Villandry. The gardens are worth the visit. Continue riding along the Loire before arriving at one of the few medieval castles of the Loire Valley, Château de Langeais. You cross a medieval bridge under which sway typical boats and barges.
       

    Château de Langeais 2h

    Visit on your own of the castle
    5,00 € / child
    7,50 € / teen
    9,00 € / adult

    Day 2

     
     
    Bike
    38km
    Continue to follow the Loire by bike and take the dam to reach the castle of Ussé, which inspired Perrault’s tale of the Sleeping Beauty. Shortly after, you leave the Loire to cycle through charming country roads. You enter into Chinon overlooking the old town. Enjoy the labyrinth of medieval narrow streets when you ride down the Vienne River, along which you ride to the village of Savigny-en-Véron.

    Day 3

     
     
    Bike
    55/65km
    You reach the Vienne river and the ride through a natural park. You arrive at Candes-Saint-Martin, very beautiful village in white limestone with its collegiate church of the 12th century. Continue your ride to Montsoreau one of the most beautiful villages of France built around the castle. You can make a small detour to admire the Abbey of Fontevraud. Then, you can chose 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. You ride leisurely out of Saumur and cross peaceful villages with a rich heritage amongst other beautiful medieval churches. Before reaching Gennes, ride through a forest and along a pond, which offers one of the most beautiful areas of the Loire to picnic and relax.

    Day 4

     
     
    Bike
    50km
    You continue to enjoy the charms of the Loire valley. You ride along the small villages of the Loire and enjoy the many small cafés to relax in the shade of the willows. Then you cross the Loire and the Loiret in Ponts-de-Cé and ride down the Loire to the confluence of the Maine. Finally, Angers appears with its castle, its fortress and its lively streets.
       

    Château d’Angers 2h

    The largest preserved medieval tapestry: the tapestry of the Apocalypse.
    8,50 € / adult
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You stay in charming 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 18.50€/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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    13 bike travelers reviews 4.62 / 5

    “ Great Loire cycle trip ”

    On the 2017-01-15 by Patrick
    A great trip. We booked at the last minute and didnt want a standard trip. They were able to provide us with a great trip that more than met our expectations. The organisation was superb. Our bikes were at the first hotel as promised and all the organisation ran perfectly. All the accommodation was very satisfactory, and of an interesting mix. The cycle notes were easy to follow and the bikes were good.. And to make it even better the weather was perfect: fine and not too hot

    “ Fantastique! ”

    On the 2016-09-28 by Geneviève
    C'est notre 2ième séjour avec le vélo voyageur et nous sommes déjà prêts à repartir ... Tout est merveilleux , plans des routes , choix des chambres d'hôtes , des hôtels, transport des bagages , assistance réelle en cas de besoin , une organisation hors pair ! Merci à toute l'équipe et à tous vos partenaires pour leur accueil et gentillesse !!!

    “ La Loire à bon rythme ”

    On the 2016-07-16 by ACAR
    Joli voyage, bons vélo et gites idylliques. Le rythme est parfait, comme si on pédalait de conserve avec le fleuve; les hôtes du soir charmants et le pays ravissant malgré quelques entrées et sorties de villes hideuses, comme partout.

    “ Great fun on the Loire ”

    On the 2016-07-10 by Patrick and Sue
    Overall we were very satisfied with our trip and really enjoyed it. We thought the organisation, the bikes provided and the general information were all excellent. We are happy to recommend le Velo Voyageur

    “ Excellent holiday - even in the rain ”

    On the 2016-06-12 by Mark and Jackie
    We rode from Tours to Angers and coincided with the worst rain and floods in France for 56 years. Despite this, we had a wonderful holiday. The organisation was excellent, the bikes were strong ( and waterproof!) and our luggage being transported meant we had dry clothes to change into at the end of each day. A lot of paths and small roads along by the Loire were flooded and impassable so we had to find alternative routes. The maps provided helped us to do this and whilst we encountered more hills than expected, we also saw more vineyards and little villages. The accommodation was, without exception, of an excellent standard, the hosts were welcoming and helpful (drying out clothing, lending us a car for the evening, for example) and the breakfasts, and in one case dinner, were extremely good. We would be happy to recommend Le Velo Voyageur to anyone and would certainly like to do another trip with them.

    “ My wonderful bike voyage through the Loire Valley ”

    On the 2016-04-19 by Anthony
    I had a most wonderful time on my 4 day bike voyage of the Loire Valley. The tour allowed me to amble along the river, through farmland, picturesque villages and via the hills and vineyards of this stunning region of France. It was a visual delight to my eyes. The organisation of the voyage by 'Le Velo Voyageur' team was very efficient which allowed me to relax and enjoy the experience.

    “ parfait, agréable, à conseiller ”

    On the 2015-09-13 by ANNICK
    nous avons passé un super moment et nous avons rencontré des propriétaires de chambres d'hôtes sympathiques. Le parcours était parfait. Nous recommencerons cette expérence.

    “ Très bonne randonnée ”

    On the 2015-09-02 by Pascal
    Nous sommes entièrement satisfaits. Le descriptif était très complet et très bien structuré. Les vélos et les sacoches étaient de très bonne qualité. Le parcours était très agréable. Les hébergements étaient très biens et nous avons toujours reçus un très bon accueil.

    “ Très belle balade de quatre jours deTours à À c ”

    On the 2015-08-19 by Michèle
    Les parcours sont très agréables et diversifiés. Logistique parfaite.

    “ Redécouvrir le sens du mot "voyage" ”

    On the 2015-08-16 by Julien
    Grâce au Vélo Voyageur, nous avons effectué un véritable périple de paix, de silence et de beauté. Le rythme des vacances nomades devient plus humain : on se salue entre cyclistes, on se respecte entre voyageurs, et on écoute son corps et ses yeux pour décider des pauses. On a le temps de voir le paysage changer et de retrouver l'essence du voyage à la Montesquieu tout en parcourant, l'air de rien, plus de 200 kilomètres en quatre jours!

    “ Vive le velo ”

    On the 2015-05-24 by Corinne
    Vraiment bien

    “ super séjour! ”

    On the 2015-04-22 by ROSIE
    une excellente organisation, un équipement de très bonne qualité et un super accueil dans les chambres d'hôtes. Nous avons pris goût au vélo-voyages! Merci à toute l'équipe!

    “ Circuit Tours - Angers ”

    On the 2014-09-07 by Wango
    Façon sympa de faire première connaissance d'une belle region comme la Loire.
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