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Loire Valley

*Luxury trip* Cycling the Loire Valley and its vineyards

Discover the Loire Valley while staying in luxurious accommodation. The route alternates between prestigious vineyards, renowned castles and cave valley.

Reference SE-L0501
  • Itinerant trip
  • 5 days
  • Very easy
  • From April to October
  • Minimum age 7 years
GPSGPS-app available
1419€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Discover the Loire Valley by bike from Tours to Saumur while staying in outstanding accommodation. You begin this luxurious journey in Tours with its beautiful cathedral and half-timbered houses. You then cycle along the Loire and past sumptuous châteaux: Villandry and its gardens, Azay-le-Rideau and its water mirror, and Ussé, the castle of Sleeping Beauty. You cycle through Touraine’s renowned vineyards, do not hesitate to stop off at a winemaker’s to taste his wines. You then discover Fontevraud and its magnificent abbey, home to the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The end of the itinerary alternates between vineyards and troglodyte villages, all the way until Saumur and its imposing château.

    Day 1



    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 2


    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 3


    Azay-le-Rideau - Fontevraud

    Keep on cycling along the Loire river and ride on the dike to get to the château d’Ussé which inspired the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Then, you follow the Val de Vienne to Montsoreau. Take the time to visit its flowery streets, troglodytes and its castle. You end your day in Fontevraud and its magnificent abbey.

    Day 4


    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 5


    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
  • Luxury category

    You are accommodated in luxury places of the ****/***** type. Castles, mansions, boutique hotels, enjoy luxurious accommodation with services offered on the themes of well-being and gastronomy.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • The bikes provided for this tour are from the brand Scott. They are designed for touring on all types of paths.

    Touring bike
    Scott Sub Sport (or equivalent)
    • Crossbar men frame/ trapeze women frame
    • Selle Royal Essenza
    • 27 speed derailleur
    • Flat pedals (other types on demand)
    • Suspension fork
    • Disc brakes
    • Schwalbe tires
    • Mudguard and carrier

    Scott Sub Tour eRide (or equivalent)
    • Low frame, wave shape
    • Selle Royal Essenza
    • Central Bosch motorisation
    • Battery integrated in the diagonal tube of the frame, removable for charging
    • 9 speed derailleur
    • Flat pedals (other types on demand)
    • Suspension fork
    • Disc brakes
    • Schwalbe tires
    • Mudguard and carrier

    Gravel bike
    SCOTT Speedster Gravel 30
    • Crossbar men frame
    • Selle Syncros Tofino Regular
    • 20 speed derailleur
    • Flat pedals (other types on demand)
    • No suspension fork
    • Disc brakes
    • Schwalbe tires
    • Mudguard and carrier

    Provided equipment
    Handlebar bag
    Rear bag
    Universal silicone smartphone holder
    Repair kit (spare inner tube, tire lever, patch kit, pump, multitool)

    We can provide on demand child equipment.

    Your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation.

    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:

    Access possible by car or train. Travel time by train is estimated at 2h from Paris. We will then pick you up at Tours train station to take you to your accommodation.

    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. A personalized welcome will be provided at 6pm or the next morning at 9am, depending on your convenience.

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