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Loire Valley

Along the Loire valley from Blois to Angers - sportive

Cycling holidays along the Loire valley from Blois to Angers passing by Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Fontevraud and Saumur

Reviews (7) :
4.83 / 5
Reference L0805
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Athletic
  • From april to november
  • Minimum age 1 year
779€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Discover the secrets of the Loire Valley from Blois to Angers. On bike paths and small country roads you ride pass the most prestigious Renaissance castles of the Loire such as Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau or Ussé, the castle which inspired the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. But this part of the Loire Valley also nests the abbey of Fontevraud and beautiful medieval castles and fortresses like Langeais, Chinon or Angers, which houses the largest medieval tapestry. You will discover the changing colors of the Loire Valley and the traditional boats (toues) swinging between sandbanks. The Loire Valley is worldwide known for its vineyards of Chinon and Saumur.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Blois

    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

     
     

    Blois - castle of Chambord - Cheverny

    Bike
    40/68km
    2 route options
    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

    Chocolate factory 1h

    At the end of the guided visit you will enjoy different kinds of chocolates.
    Included

    Day 3

     
     

    Cheverny - Amboise

    Bike
    50/60km
    2 route options
    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. 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.
       

    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
    11,50 € / teen
    18,00 € / adult

    Day 4

     
     

    Amboise - Tours passing the castle of Chenonceau

    Bike
    34/66km
    Begin your day with an loop to the castle of Chenonceau. 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. To reach Tours old town and its half-timbered houses, you ride the Vouvray wine route.
       

    Vouvray wine cellar tour 1h

    Included

    Château de Chenonceau 2h

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

    Day 5

     
     

    Tours - Chinon

    Bike
    66km
    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. 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 6

     
     

    Chinon - Saumur

    Bike
    35/48km
    2 route options
    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
    11,00 € / adult

    Day 7

     
     

    Saumur - Angers

    Bike
    61km
    You exit Saumur and ride along peacefully the Loire through peaceful villages with a rich heritage. Do not miss the medieval churches in the villages on your way. In Treves, you can see the famous 30m high tower, the last remnant of a fortress built in the 15th century! 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. 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

    Day 8

     
     

    Départure from Angers

    You discover the living city of Angers before going back.

    The regional train takes you back to your starting point or you can extend your stay if you wish.
  • 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 Blois. 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 27.20€/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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    7 bike travelers reviews 4.83 / 5

    “ Châteaux et guinguettes ”

    On the 2017-08-26 by nicolas
    Un beau circuit traversant des sites magnifiques et avec des étapes gastronomiques et vinicoles très agréables. Accessible à tous. Il faut juste être un peu en forme pour soutenir le rythme...ou choisir le vélo électrique.

    “ A faire ”

    On the 2017-07-29 by Roland
    Concept super pour visiter la Loire à vélo - Vacances 3 en 1 : Sportives - Culturelles - Gastronomiques, dans une région magnifique

    “ LA LOIRE FACILE ”

    On the 2017-06-22 by Claude Gasser
    BEAU PARCOURS TOURISTIQUE ET SPORTIF

    “ La Loire à vélo pour 8 Alsaciens ”

    On the 2017-06-22 by Jean-Marie Spindler
    Dans l'ensemble très bonnes prestations, comparables avec les meilleurs spécialistes étrangers. Vélos, circuits, organisation, hôtels et restaurants proposés impeccables. Grand BRAVO à VéloVoyageur!

    “ La Loire à vélo ”

    On the 2016-08-20 by SYLVIE
    vélos de très bonne qualité, explications pour le parcours très bonnes, diversité des parcours très agréable, distances journalières adaptées, bon choix des hôtels (proches du centre-ville et des sites à visiter, bonnes qualité des prestations, calmes) sauf celui de la dernière nuit (bruyant, pas de climatisation, niveau inférieur aux autres),

    “ Super Voyage !! ”

    On the 2016-07-19 by VERONICA
    Excellent voyage, quelle organisation !!! On a adoré du début à la fin! La qualité des vélos est excellente et les prestations hôteliers aussi!!! Toutes les personnes qu'on a rencontré pendant notre trajet on été merveilleuses...! On avait demandé un séjour sportifs et on l'a eu. Merci beaucoup !!!!!!!

    “ Wonderful family trip in the Loire. ”

    On the 2014-08-28 by Corbet
    Our family trip from Tours to Angers proved to be an ideal vacation for the four of us. The bike routes took us through beautiful country, and the easy pace allowed us to stop at Chateaux and wineries, churches and gardens. We admired the many lovely small villages and appreciated the bike paths that avoided busy roads. We selected the "B" grade accommodations, and these were good quality, quiet and welcoming, and several were truly outstanding. We appreciated being able to stay two nights in several towns, because it gave us more time to explore. The distances to bike each day were just about right, and all the information provided was helpful. This trip exceeded our expectations.
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