Six nights; six days. Bicycle touring on paved, quiet country roads with rolling hills, breathtaking scenery, World Heritage sites, and France’s most amazing châteaux!
“We loved the small size of the group and the level of personal attention and sense of camaraderie it provided.”– Judy R.
WHY THIS TRIP?
- Ride relaxing countryside riding filled with soaring sights, sumptuous smells and tantalizing tastes fit for royalty!
- Renaissance architecture and the rocky histories of the French monarchy
- The famous Château de Chambord
- Amboise, a UNESCO world heritage site and home of da Vinci’s final dwelling place
- UNESCO world heritage site, Château d’Amboise
The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.
An easy ride on paved bike paths and river valley roads, suitable for mixed abilities. There is an abundance of spectacular chateaux. Most of the route is on the Voie Verte, mainly dedicated bike path or quiet country roads. French drivers are experienced with cyclists.
- DAY 1: Introductions, ~35 km
- DAY 2: ~60 km
- DAY 3: ~Up to 60 km
- DAY 4: ~68 km
- DAY 5: ~40 km + options
- DAY 6: ~60 km & Farewells
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Start: Orléans, Gare des Aubrais-Orléans, 11:00, day one.
Finish: Angers, Gare St. Laud, 10:00, day seven.
Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Introductions: Orléans to Cheverny ~35km
Meet in Orléans for a transfer to the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, Château de Chambord, renowned for its classic renaissance architecture. Following a leisurely stroll through the grounds of the Château, you will begin the first leg of the ride through the beautiful Domaniale de Bologne forest to the beautiful Château de Cheverny. After your have enjoyed a tour of Château de Cheverny and its grounds, continue cycling through the beautiful countryside LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Cheverny to Amboise 60km
Begin today with a leisurely country ride, including a relaxing section through the Domaniale de Russy forest and ending in Blois, the heart of the Loire Valley. Stroll around this beautiful town or continue to the Château de Blois for a visit to the intriguing magic museum, Maison de la Magie Robert Houdin. Cycle to lovely Chaumont-sur-Loire to view magnificent garden sculptures. Linger in the gardens before continuing on to the picturesque town of Amboise. Visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Château d’Amboise, which boasts breathtaking views of the Loire Valley, or visit the final dwelling place of Leonardo da Vinci at Château Clos Lucé. All of the châteaux of the Loire Valley can be seen in one place at the gardens and Mini-Château du Val de Loire at La Menaudiere. You will then make your way to the charming 18th century houses at Hotel le Choiseul. BL
Le Choiseul, Amboise
Amboise to Rochecorbon 35 - 60km plus options
Start the day off with a quiet ride south through Amboise forest to one of the most recognizable châteaux in France, Châteaux de Chenonceau, enjoying both the castle and grounds. Options are available for river paddling near Tours or crossing over the Loire River to your sojourn at the unique Les Hautes Roches Hotel. BLD
Les Hautes Roches, Rochecorbon
Rochecorbon to Marçay ~68km
Cycle through the pretty town of Tours. From Château de Villandry to Château Usse, you will be amazed at the scenery and locations. Finish the day with a small detour to Chinon where you can relax in the gardens of a château you can call your own! BLD
Marçay to Saumur ~40km plus options
Meander through quiet country roads, following the river along some of the most scenic routes that France has to offer. Afternoon options include river paddling in either kayaks or canoes at a spectacular spot near Saumur, or exploring the medieval castle museum at Château de Saumur with its archaeological finds, ceramics, and tapestries. BL
Saumur to Briollay ~60km
Continue along the riverside to the beautiful town of Angers. Small riding loops can be added around Angers for extra distance. Many options are available: for something different, a transfer to France’s oldest zoo at La Fleche can be arranged, or a visit to Anjou Adventure Park nearby. There are opportunities for serious go-kart adventures in Angers, or a visit to the race car museum in Le Mans. There is also the possibility of river paddling as well. How much fun can you include before winding down with a luxurious night at another château? BLD
Chateau Noirieux, Briollay
Following your breakfast you’ll be transferred to nearby Angers, where direct trains to Paris or other destinations in France are frequent. B
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Guided: C 5295 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, van and guide support, route instructions, maps, luggage handling, taxes
Self-Guided: C 4685 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, route instructions, maps, inn to inn luggage handling, essential transfers and on-call emergency support, taxes
Single Occupancy: 1395
Aluminum Racing: na
Carbon Racing: na
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
2022 Guided dates:
- May 1-7
- Jun 5-11
- Sep 4-10
2023 Guided dates:
- Apr 30-May 6
- Jun 4-10
- Sep 3-9
Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.
Interested in custom or private departures?
Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.
1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.
2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.
This stunning bicycle tour through the Loire Valley has it all: the finest examples of renaissance architecture, the rocky histories of the French monarchy and relaxing countryside riding filled with soaring sights, sumptuous smells and tantalizing tastes fit for royalty! Whether you want to cruise the river valley and enjoy the rolling hills or get lost in the labyrinth gardens and castle tapestries, there is truly something for all levels and tastes. Beginning at the famous Château de Chambord, you will begin your journey through dense forests and rural country roads, along ancient river-banks and sculpted parks to the historic town of Blois, Joan of Arc’s base during her efforts against the British. From there you will follow the river through quaint farms and quiet vineyards to Amboise, a UNESCO world heritage site and home of da Vinci’s final dwelling place. Wander the grounds of these amazingly rich areas, home to some of the most important historical figures. Smelling elaborate royal flower gardens, sitting in quiet, shaded cafes or watching workers tend 18th century castles, you will find yourself in awe with each new destination. You will cross the Valley East to West, hitting every major highlight along the way. The cycling will be quite relaxed, but the van will support you the entire way if you’d like to just sit back and enjoy the scenery. The end of the trip will wind down away from the Loire River into France’s world-renowned rural cycling paradise. You will meander the quiet roads from village to village, visiting some of the most spectacular estates in the country. This trip’s colours, scents, and tastes enhance the sunshine magnificently, filling each day with the sensual pleasure that makes French exploring so rewarding.