Loire Valley from Orleans to Saumur Orléans, France
Price : £618
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
France
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 183m/295km
Tour Code : GL019
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Located on the central stretch of the Loire River; the Loire Valley, or, ‘Garden of France’ as it’s affectionately become known, is characterised by its wealth of vineyards, fruit orchards and jaw dropping châteaux. Cycling holidays and France go hand in hand, and this route along the banks of the countries longest river is a fine example of what draws so many cyclists to the home of the greatest bike race in the world.

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Located on the central stretch of the Loire River; the Loire Valley, or, ‘Garden of France’ as it’s affectionately become known, is characterised by its wealth of vineyards, fruit orchards and jaw dropping châteaux. Cycling holidays and France go hand in hand, and this route along the banks of the countries longest river is a fine example of what draws so many cyclists to the home of the greatest bike race in the world.

Starting in Orléans, peddle west amongst just some of the incredible displays of architecture for which the region is so well known. From the magnificent medieval centre of Beaugency – freed by Joan of Arc after the Battle of Beaugency – to the stunning Châteaux de Chambord – an unbelievable expression of the French Rennaissance and one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world – it’s no surprise this central stretch of the river valley became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2000. But architecture is far from all that this cycling tour has to offer. With vineyards, thick French forest and the unforgettable gardens of the Châteaux Villandry all making an appearance, it’s hard not to get swept up in the magic of this unique and inspired fairy-tale world.

With food and wine also a huge part of French culture, the Loire Valley is particularly revered for its delectable goats cheese and Sancerre wines – both of which you’ll find in abundance whilst on your tour. What else could one ask for from a cycling holiday in France? Bon voyage!

  • Tours of the UNESCO Heritage Sites

  • The gardens of Château de Villandry

  • Goat cheese from the Loire Valley

  • Sancerre, white wine

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Orléans

Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency/St.Dye: 30/50km

Day 3: Beaugency/St. Dye – Blois: 50/70km

Day 4: Blois – Amboise: 45km

Day 5: Amboise – Tours: 55km

Day 6: Tours – Chinon: 60km

Day 7: Chinon – Saumur: 35km

Day 8: Departure from Saumur

Day 1: Arrival in Orléans

Independent arrival in Orléans, homeland of 15th century heroine Joan of Arc.

Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency/St.Dye: 30/50km

The beginning of your first stage sees you alternate between picturesque cycle paths and quiet country lanes as far as the stunning Cathedral of Clery St. André. From here you make your way to the Châteaux Dunois, where the magnificent medieval centre of Beaugency awaits you. The day then culminates in the beautiful ancient river harbour of St. Dyé.

Day 3: Beaugency/St. Dye – Blois: 50/70km

Today’s stage heads directly for the Châteaux de Chambord – one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world – and its gigantic surrounding park. From here you’ll cut through the forest of Boulogne to Cheverny Castle, and back through the forest again to the Castle of Beauregard. Final stop today is in the beautiful riverside city of Blois.

Day 4: Blois – Amboise: 45km

After exploring Blois and its impressive castle in the morning, you’ll peddle through forests as far as the town of Onzain. A visit to the castle of Chaumont, situated on the top of a hill overlooking the river, comes highly recommended. Upon arrival in Amboise, be sure to visit the final home of (among many other talents) artist – Leonardo di Vinci.

Day 5: Amboise – Tours: 55km

After peddling through the forest of Amboise you arrive in Chenonceaux, known affectionately as the castle of the three ladies. From here you continue along the river Cher up to the city of Tours. Time permitting; a visit to the castle of Nitray and its famous wine cellars comes highly recommended.

Day 6: Tours – Chinon: 60km

Cycling between the Loir and Cher rivers this morning, your first checkpoint is the Villandry Castle, well known for its exquisite gardens. Following the Loire, you’ll pass through the city of Langeais – a good spot for a rest stop and coffee – and Ussé – where you can admire the castle of the Sleeping Beauty – before arriving in Chinon where you will lodge for the evening.

Day 7: Chinon – Saumur: 35km

The final stage of your tour continues along quiet country roads, beyond the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers to Savigny en Vèron and the sites of Candes St-Martin. Just a few kilometres further on lies the castle of Montsoreau, from where you can enjoy the picturesque landscape over the Fontevraud Abbey. Final stop is Saumur, or the ‘Pearl of Anjou’.

Day 8: Departure from Saumur

After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. There is, however, the opportunity to book extra nights at your request or combine with the following tour: Paris – London.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation

  • Breakfast buffet

  • Welcome briefing in English

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions + maps

  • 7-days Hotline service;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Extras:

  • Transfer Saumur – Orleans

  • Extra B&B night in Orleans

  • Extra B&B night in Saumur

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Paris

From Paris Charles de Gaulle airport get a train to Orleans via Paris Notre Dame and Paris Austerlitz (2 hours). Alternatively, get the train from London St Pancras via Gare du Nord and Paris Austerlitz (4 1/2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Nantes

From Saumur get a train to Nantes and then a bus to Nantes airport (approx 1 1/2 hours). Alternatively, get the train to London St Pancras via Anges St Laud, Paris Montparnasse and Gare du Nord (5 3/4 hours).

Price : £618
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
France
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 183m/295km
Tour Code : GL019
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Located on the central stretch of the Loire River; the Loire Valley, or, ‘Garden of France’ as it’s affectionately become known, is characterised by its wealth of vineyards, fruit orchards and jaw dropping châteaux. Cycling holidays and France go hand in hand, and this route along the banks of the countries longest river is a fine example of what draws so many cyclists to the home of the greatest bike race in the world.

Read More

Located on the central stretch of the Loire River; the Loire Valley, or, ‘Garden of France’ as it’s affectionately become known, is characterised by its wealth of vineyards, fruit orchards and jaw dropping châteaux. Cycling holidays and France go hand in hand, and this route along the banks of the countries longest river is a fine example of what draws so many cyclists to the home of the greatest bike race in the world.

Starting in Orléans, peddle west amongst just some of the incredible displays of architecture for which the region is so well known. From the magnificent medieval centre of Beaugency – freed by Joan of Arc after the Battle of Beaugency – to the stunning Châteaux de Chambord – an unbelievable expression of the French Rennaissance and one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world – it’s no surprise this central stretch of the river valley became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2000. But architecture is far from all that this cycling tour has to offer. With vineyards, thick French forest and the unforgettable gardens of the Châteaux Villandry all making an appearance, it’s hard not to get swept up in the magic of this unique and inspired fairy-tale world.

With food and wine also a huge part of French culture, the Loire Valley is particularly revered for its delectable goats cheese and Sancerre wines – both of which you’ll find in abundance whilst on your tour. What else could one ask for from a cycling holiday in France? Bon voyage!

  • Tours of the UNESCO Heritage Sites

  • The gardens of Château de Villandry

  • Goat cheese from the Loire Valley

  • Sancerre, white wine

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Orléans

Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency/St.Dye: 30/50km

Day 3: Beaugency/St. Dye – Blois: 50/70km

Day 4: Blois – Amboise: 45km

Day 5: Amboise – Tours: 55km

Day 6: Tours – Chinon: 60km

Day 7: Chinon – Saumur: 35km

Day 8: Departure from Saumur

Day 1: Arrival in Orléans

Independent arrival in Orléans, homeland of 15th century heroine Joan of Arc.

Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency/St.Dye: 30/50km

The beginning of your first stage sees you alternate between picturesque cycle paths and quiet country lanes as far as the stunning Cathedral of Clery St. André. From here you make your way to the Châteaux Dunois, where the magnificent medieval centre of Beaugency awaits you. The day then culminates in the beautiful ancient river harbour of St. Dyé.

Day 3: Beaugency/St. Dye – Blois: 50/70km

Today’s stage heads directly for the Châteaux de Chambord – one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world – and its gigantic surrounding park. From here you’ll cut through the forest of Boulogne to Cheverny Castle, and back through the forest again to the Castle of Beauregard. Final stop today is in the beautiful riverside city of Blois.

Day 4: Blois – Amboise: 45km

After exploring Blois and its impressive castle in the morning, you’ll peddle through forests as far as the town of Onzain. A visit to the castle of Chaumont, situated on the top of a hill overlooking the river, comes highly recommended. Upon arrival in Amboise, be sure to visit the final home of (among many other talents) artist – Leonardo di Vinci.

Day 5: Amboise – Tours: 55km

After peddling through the forest of Amboise you arrive in Chenonceaux, known affectionately as the castle of the three ladies. From here you continue along the river Cher up to the city of Tours. Time permitting; a visit to the castle of Nitray and its famous wine cellars comes highly recommended.

Day 6: Tours – Chinon: 60km

Cycling between the Loir and Cher rivers this morning, your first checkpoint is the Villandry Castle, well known for its exquisite gardens. Following the Loire, you’ll pass through the city of Langeais – a good spot for a rest stop and coffee – and Ussé – where you can admire the castle of the Sleeping Beauty – before arriving in Chinon where you will lodge for the evening.

Day 7: Chinon – Saumur: 35km

The final stage of your tour continues along quiet country roads, beyond the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers to Savigny en Vèron and the sites of Candes St-Martin. Just a few kilometres further on lies the castle of Montsoreau, from where you can enjoy the picturesque landscape over the Fontevraud Abbey. Final stop is Saumur, or the ‘Pearl of Anjou’.

Day 8: Departure from Saumur

After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. There is, however, the opportunity to book extra nights at your request or combine with the following tour: Paris – London.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation

  • Breakfast buffet

  • Welcome briefing in English

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions + maps

  • 7-days Hotline service;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Extras:

  • Transfer Saumur – Orleans

  • Extra B&B night in Orleans

  • Extra B&B night in Saumur

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Paris

From Paris Charles de Gaulle airport get a train to Orleans via Paris Notre Dame and Paris Austerlitz (2 hours). Alternatively, get the train from London St Pancras via Gare du Nord and Paris Austerlitz (4 1/2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Nantes

From Saumur get a train to Nantes and then a bus to Nantes airport (approx 1 1/2 hours). Alternatively, get the train to London St Pancras via Anges St Laud, Paris Montparnasse and Gare du Nord (5 3/4 hours).

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