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  • Loire Valley 

Loire Valley by bike – Selection version

From Blois to Angers

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630€/person

Presentation of your trip

Since 2000, the Loire Valley has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, from Sully sur Loire, southeast of Orléans, to Chalonnes sur Loire, southwest of Angers. The mild climate was enticing to kings, who built the most magnificent chateaux of the Renaissance along the banks of the longest river in France: Chambord of course, but also Blois, Amboise, Chenonceau, Chinon and Saumur… Embark on a journey of discovery on the last great wild river in Europe and explore its rich cultural heritage while following the bikeable trails of the “Loire à Vélo” (the “Loire on a Bike”).
From Blois to Angers, you’ll be riding through the heart of the "Valley of Kings" and the "Garden of France." Take the time to explore the features and specialties of the region, to taste local wines, to take a behind the scenes tour of the prestigious Cadre Noir in Saumur... That’s also what the art of French living is all about!

  • DestinationLoire Valley
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • A tour designed in the heart of the Loire Valley, which is on the UNSECO World Heritage list
  • Magnificent chateaux throughout the tour
  • Leave the rental bikes in Angers at the end of your stay!
  • Riding on the longest bikeway in France

Complementary informations

  • 7 days, 6 nights – 6 cycling days

Program

  • Day 1

    Blois

    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Discover the royal city of Blois. Each chateau has its own history, its kings and its symbols. The chateau of Blois mixes the porcupine, the emblem of Louis XII, with the salamander of François 1er. It is a true architectural panorama with its 4 wings of different styles gathered around the courtyard. Check-in in a hotel on B&B formula.

  • Day 2

    Loop around Blois

    • Distance : 58 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Hop on your bike and over to reach Cheverny. The cartoonist Hergé freely borrowed from it to create the Marlinspike chateau in the adventures of Tintin. Then, continue to roll over the jewel of the Loire Valley : Chambord. Nestled in a park of over 5,000 acres, this masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, designed by King François 1er, beckons you. The famous double staircase takes you out onto the terraces, under a forest of chimneys. You might be lucky to spot a herd of deer on the road… Spend the night in Blois in a hotel.

  • Day 3

    From Blois to Chenonceau

    • Distance : 49 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Follow the banks of the Loire to reach the chateau of Chaumont sur Loire and its gardens. The chateau terraces offer one of the most beautiful views of the untamed Loire. You can admire the estate gardens, designed each year by landscape artists coming from around the world. Continue on your way towards Chenonceau, momentarily leaving the Loire for one of its tributaries, the Cher. The "Ladies’ Chateau» is in fact inseparable from the river it spans. Walk through gardens that bear the footmarks of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Spend the night in Chenonceaux.

  • Day 4

    From Chenonceau to Tours

    • Distance : 35 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Join the banks of the Loire again in Amboise. The royal chateau of Charles VIII and François 1er overlooks the landscape. Visit the Clos Lucé as well, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest minds of the Renaissance. Tours welcomes you with its old neighborhoods, whose center is located on the famous Place Plum, a favorite of the citizens of Tours. Don’t forget to sample the local cuisine in one of the city’s many taverns: a Loire fry-up or pike with beurre blanc accompanied by a nice glass of chilled wine are calling your name! Spend the night Tours in a hotel.

  • Day 5

    From Tours to Chinon

    • Distance : 68 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Temporarily leave the Loire to reach the banks of the Cher. Villandry awaits you and invites you to its terraced gardens with three levels. Then leave the Cher behind to reach a chateau built on an island on the Indre : Azay le Rideau. Head back to the Loire again to discover the chateau of Rigny-Ussé, also known as the Castle of Sleeping Beauty, which looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. Head south towards Chinon, riding through the famous AOC classified vineyards to reach the 12th century chateau, which housed private meetings with Joan of Arc and Charles VII. Feel free to sample some local wines, whose qualities Rabelais was already praising in the sixteenth century. Spend the night in Chinon.

  • Day 6

    From Chinon to Saumur

    • Distance : 39 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    After this Epicurean leg of the tour, hop on your bike and set off to discover Fontevraud and its royal abbey, one of the largest in Europe. Founded in 1101, the abbey was transformed over the centuries into a monastic estate, and then progressively into a prison estate. You will also discover the troglodyte caves of the cliff, which you follow to arrive at Saumur, which sits at the foot of its towering and majestic chateau... You are in the riding capital, do not hesistate to have a look on the famous Cadre Noir de Saumur. Then, you can sample the famous Saumur Brut in one of the city’s many troglodyte caves, where you will be overwhelmed by an abundance of choice! Spend the night in Saumur.

  • Day 7

    From Saumur to Angers

    • Distance : 56 km

    Leave Saumur and follow the left bank of the Loire. The architectural heritage is rich there and invites you to go back in time: the Romanesque donjon and church of Treves, the monastery in Cunault, the Gallo-Roman amphitheater of Gennes ... Continue your road on the “levee” and do not forget to stop for a break in the beautiful village of Thoureil: this old barge port is still home to some typical taverns. Now cross over to the other bank and ride through ancient marshes reclaimed from the Loire thanks to the famous levees. Exit the royal river and take the ferry to cross the Authion, where will you pass by the impressive slate quarries of Trélazé. Now you are in Angers, with its imposing bicolored chateau overlooking the Maine.
    End of the trip.

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Travel conditions

  • Luggage

    Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
       
  • Accompanying

    Free Ride:
    Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

  • Food

    For each step, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their contact details. We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen, of course, but also the quality of service, the quality/ price ratio and the atmosphere.
    For reservations, there are two options:

    You select and make the reservation yourself in the restaurant of your choice.
    You send us this list with the restaurants you have chosen and we make the reservations for you free of charge.

    Picnics and dinners are not planned.

  • Options

    • Train return with your luggage: http://www.voyages-sncf.com/,
    • Free restaurant reservation (if requested),
    • Formula 3 or 4 days: tailor-made program from the 3 or 4 stages you choose yourself,
    • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
    • Single room supplement,
    • Bike rental.
  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Departure and arrival in Blois (41).

    How to get there:
    By car: Highway A10, direction Blois.
    By train: Blois train station.
    By plane: Orly or Tours airport and taxi

  • Difficulty level

    You have a good physical condition and practice fairly regularly cycling or other sports activity.
    Stage from 39 to 68km per day, little difference in altitude.

  • Accommodation

    Nights in double room in hotels. In Bed and Breakfast formula (night and breakfast included).

    We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

    You can choose your accommodation category:

    • Version hotels Selection: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms, category *** or ****. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you. (Single room option - See rates on our website).
    • Extra night in B&B, selection version in Blois or Angers: contact us
      Upscale hotel version: We have selected our accommodations for the quality of their welcome and comfort in the category charm and upscale character. Places are very limited, in order to enjoy it we invite you to book as soon as possible. You sleep in rooms of 2 people upscale hotels with bathroom and private bathroom. Sheets and towels are provided. (Option single room - See rates on our website). Extra night in B&B, upscale version in Blois or Angers: contact us

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Version hotels Sélection
Registration at 2 people695
Registration at 3 people680
Registration at 4 people660
Registration at 6 people630
Premium hotel version
Registration at 2 people795
Registration at 3 people780
Registration at 4 people750
Registration at 6 people720

Options

Single room supplement (Selection formula): 210 €
Single room supplement (Premium formula): 310 €

The price includes

- Bed and breakfast accommodation,
- Detailed guidebook with map extracts,
- The card holder,
- The carriage of luggage,
- Free restaurant reservation (if requested),

The price does not include

  • Dinners and lunches/ picnics,
  • Accommodation on return to Blois and Angers,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • The return to Blois by train with your luggage,
  • Entries in the tourist sites,
  • The parking lot,
  • Insurance.

The destination

  • Loire Valley

    The Loire Valley offers of course magnificent panoramas on the river, but also the unmissable castles of the Loire, natural parks, charming villages, a unique gastronomic offer. To say, the Loire Valley is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since November 30, 2000 as a cultural landscape. Nothing but that!

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