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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.

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4.89 / 5
Reference L1401
  • Itinerant trip
  • 15 days
  • Moderate
  • From april to october
  • Minimum age 1 year
GPSGPS-app available
1799€ / 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


    Arrival in Blois

    Start your tour by exploring Blois, with its cobblestone streets and meandering walkways. Cross the long stone bridge in the center of town for great views. Your highlight will be visiting Blois Castle, with intricate architectural details and manicured gardens

    DAY 2


    Blois - Cheverny

    2 route options
    Start your ride by pedaling through Chateau de Chambord’s lush forest with massive trees. Take a peek at the stone bridge salamadenders engraved on the walls of Loire’s most extravagant castle. Leaving the castle, you can enjoy a bucolic jaunt to Neuvy, with its many ponds (+ 26 kms), or head more quickly to Bracieux. As you enjoy the shade from hundred-year-old tree, you’ll follow the trail along Crosson creek to the Chateau de Cheverny. The Moulinsart Castle inspired Hergé of the Tintin comics, which you may have read.

    Chocolate factory 1h

    At the end of the guided visit you will enjoy different kinds of chocolates.
    The factory is closed on mondays, except on july and august, Dogs not allowed.

    Domaine de Chambord 2h

    Take a free tour of the château and gardens of this must-see estate, a veritable work of art in the Loire Valley.
    16,00 € / adult

    DAY 3


    Cheverny - Chaumont-sur-Loire region

    2 route options
    Today you have the choice of two bike routes. if you like, stroll through the Chateau de Beauregard’s art gallery. You’ll find over 327 portraits of famous European leaders that forged history between 14th and 17th Century. Looking for something more active? Ride through vineyards before arriving in front of the Fougeres-sur-Bieve drawbridge. Your ride then takes you on a delightful route as you follow the toues, or traditional boats along the path from Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. The city is famous for its fairy tale castle as well as the International Garden Festival which displays over 30 themed gardens with a variety of garden art. After marveling at the castle and gardens.
    Please note that this stage may be longer or shorter depending on your accommodation (plus 10km or minus 7km).

    DAY 4


    Chaumont sur Loire region - Amboise

    This morning’s route takes you directly to the beautiful city of Amboise. The medieval ton has link to the French Royal Family and is where Leonardo de Vinci spent his last few years. Explore the many cobblestone streets and check out the unique architectural features of the Chateau d’Amboise. The Chateau gives you one of the best overall views of the Loire Valley.
    Please note that this stage may be longer or shorter depending on your accommodation.

    Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire 3h

    Visit the castle and the estate on your own, enjoy the art and garden exhibitions as part of the International Garden Festival.
    6,00 € / child
    12,00 € / teen
    20,00 € / adult

    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.

    Château du Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the château, Leonardo’s workshop, the cultural park and the "Leonardo da Vinci, painter and architect" galleries.
    13,50 € / teen
    19,00 € / adult

    DAY 6


    Day trip to the castle of Chenonceau

    2 route options
    Your tranquil bike route today leads you through idyllic natural beauty with rivers and forests, leading to the most iconic Chateaux de la Loire, the "Chateau de Chenonceau". This historical castle had an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, restored and saved the castle. Today it is one of the most photographed castles in France. If you like, continue riding along the banks of the Cher River until you reach the underground city near Bourre. This suberranan city can be viewed to experience what life was like living in a cave-structure. You’ll see an amazing reconstruction of an underground city.

    Château de Chenonceau 2h

    Take a self guided tour of the château and its gardens and discover the rich history of the site.
    14,00 € / teen
    17,00 € / adult

    DAY 7



    2 route options
    Today you have a choice about which wine route to take to get to the charming town of Tours. Both routes offer great scenery and pleasant ride! One route leads you through Vouvray’s sparkling wine vineyards with picture-postcard scenery. The other route leads you through the Montlouis-sur-Loire stunning white wine region.

    Vouvray wine cellar tour 1h

    Follow the work of the wine growers from winter pruning to the grape harvest, and learn about the selection of the wines which will constitute the "cuvées" of the year.

    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


    Tours - Azay

    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.

    DAY 10


    Day-trip to Saché

    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.

    DAY 11


    Azay - Chinon

    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


    Day-trip to the Chinon vineyards

    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


    Chinon - Fontevraud

    Choose between canoeing or biking

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

    OPTION 1 : Canoe ride to Montsoreau and cycling to Fontevraud 4h

    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, take your bike back and continue cycling to Fontevraud (10 km).(From 6 years old and able to swim. Meeting at the departure point at 8:45 AM. If you are not able or if you do not want to do this activity, you will keep on with your bike to Fontevraud). Available from April 22nd to September 30rd.

    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.

    DAY 14


    Fontevraud - Saumur

    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


    Departure from Saumur

    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
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3-Star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty breakfast is included!
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category C

    You’ll have a wider selection of accommodations when you choosing this 3/4-Star category. Some nights you’ll stay in guaints hotels, and other times you might be in a charming Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy the "vie de chateau" atmosphere in an exceptional environment. Properties are selected for their high standards and impeccable service. Don’t forget...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 (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    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.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.

    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • 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.


    If you arrive by car, you can park your car in a public car park in the city, please have a look : parkopedia.fr for more informations.
    It's not possible to park your car at the hotel during your whole stay.

    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
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    9 bike travelers reviews 4.89 / 5

    Great Itinerary and Experience

    On the 2023-09-23 by fred, from Seattle USA
    Our Loire Valley trip with Velo Voyageur was great. Velo Voyageur gave us 8 days/7 nights from the 15 day Orleans to the Ocean trip; we chose the Blois to Saumur portion. The itinerary was just wonderful, the e-cycles were great. More than enough power (an improvement over the less well powered e-bikes on or Best of the Dordogne self-guided tour, which we gave 4 stars). The hotels were charming and well situated ... a real delight. Such wonderful chateaux to visit, all along the route, each and every day. 5/5 stars for the Loire Valley trip!

    Explore the Loire with Vélo Voyageur as your guide

    On the 2022-10-13 by Brad
    Our party of four had a wonderful fortnight cycling along the Loire from Blois to Saumur. The itinerary allowed just the right amount of time to visit the chateaux and experience the landscape and cuisine while allowing us to arrive at our destination hotels with time to explore the local towns. The Scott bicycles were very good and well-equipped and maintained. The daily luggage transfer was perfect and allowed us to carry only what we needed for each day's cycling. This trip is highly recommended!

    Blois to Saumur

    On the 2022-08-09 by Thomas
    August 22 - 3/4 star hotel cycling package. We had an absolutely fantastic time, with no hiccups due to the exemplary organisation of le Velo Voyageur and its absolutely brilliant real-time navigation app. A good mix of 3 and 4 star hotels, including a couple of really nice ones where we were delighted to stay for more than a single night. We were extremely impressed by the level of service and organisation provided by le Velo Voyageur and would not hesitate to thoroughly recommend.

    Castles and Orchids

    On the 2022-05-11 by Barbara
    Cuckoos called, frogs ribbited and a hare hopped through the barley. We saw orchids, and had the scent of lilacs following us. We slept in nice hotels and visited amazing gardens and chateaux. Spring in the Loire valley was kind to us: we had fantastic weather. Still, with our good bicycles and a lot of options to visit indoor attractions like Beauregard castle or cave dwellings, some rain would not have dampened our spirits. It is a great area to explore by bike and with the app (we called the voice of the app Eric and had a lot of fun with him), the maps and and the directions we didn't waste time having arguments about crossings;-). Highly recommended.

    What a wonderful trip

    On the 2020-10-15 by Julie
    I found the velo voyageur team particularly gracious, kind, patient and accommodating. Truly excellent! The route was spectacular, and the guide maps and GPS were so helpful. Also, I thought it was wonderful that the team is so accepting of a solo traveler. Many tourist companies are not very accommodating of solo voyagers, and it's particularly helpful to find a company that is open minded and professional in this regard.

    Blois-Saumur Bike trip

    On the 2017-09-23 by Alan
    My trip was an amazing experience. The route takes you through the beautiful French countryside, and there is so much to do and see! Everything went smoothly, from luggage transport to the quality of the bike. The hotels were all very nice, and the staff were very helpful, in spite of my limited knowledge of French. It was a vacation that I will never forget!

    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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