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Bike tour from Loire châteaux to vineyards Ref. : L18

  • château de Montsoreau

    château de Montsoreau LVT

  • Saumur Champigny  vineyards

    Saumur Champigny vineyards LVT

  • Loire river

    Loire river LVT

  • hotel

    hotel Le Diderot

  • hotel room

    hotel room Le Diderot

  • 'Loire à Vélo' cycling path

    'Loire à Vélo' cycling path LVT

  • Montsoreau

    Montsoreau LVT

  • hotel

    hotel Le Londres

  • breakfast

    breakfast Le Diderot

  • mushroom cellar

    mushroom cellar LVT

  • château de Brézé

    château de Brézé LVT

  • hotel room

    hotel room Dom.Mestré

  • Candes St Martin

    Candes St Martin LVT

  • Chinon wine - château d'Azay le Rideau

    Chinon wine - château d'Azay le Rideau CRT centre C.Lazi / CDT37 JPKLIEN

  • from 795 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
  • Circuit :
    • Round trips
    • Electric bike
    • Accommodation in charming establishment(s)
  • Difficulty : average
  • Duration : 7 days | 5 days riding
  • Departure : from March 2017 to November 2018
    on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
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Enjoy the western Loire Valley sweetness and Touraine Treasures !
From Saumur, you will cycle through the prestigious vineyards of Saumur Champigny and Chinon, still surrounded by hundred-year-old stone walls.
Following the « Loire à vélo » cycling paths, you will ride along imposing chateaux proudly overlooking the Loire river and its wild landscapes. Then, Romanesque Abbeys and picturesque green gardens ‘à la Française’ will guide you all through your journey.

Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Day 1: Arrival in Saumur

Discover the pleasant town of Saumur overlooked by its 14th century château and famous for its National Riding School and its sparkling white wine.

Day 2: Saumur – Fontevraud | 45 km

This first stage will guide you through the « Saumur Champigny » vineyards producing very elegant red wines. You will make a stop at château de Brézé, well known for its impressive underground cellars ! Then, ride to Fontevraud and its royal abbey : an outstanding example of Romanesque art founded in 1099, considered as Europe’s most important monastic complex.

Day 3: Fontevraud – Chinon | 48 km

After cycling through the Fontevraud forest, discover the famous Chinon vineyards producing the red wine highly appreciated by Rabelais ! After a stop at the château du Rivau which evokes the wonderful middle-Age stories and legends, reach the mediaeval town of Chinon, built on the Vienne river banks.

Day 4: Chinon – Azay le Rideau | 41 km

This itinerary via troglodyte wine cellars and vineyards will lead you to the village of Crissay sur Manse, listed among France’s most beautiful villages. Continue along the countryside roads to Azay le Rideau and its romantic Renaissance château, elegantly enclosed in its water and greenery setting.

Day 5: Excursion to Villandry and Langeais | 44 km

Ride towards Villandry and its famous French-style Renaissance gardens unique in Europe and composed of 3 superimposed terraces. Then follow the Loire river on the “Loire à Vélo” cycling paths to the Château de Langeais a typical medieval fortified castle.

Day 6: Azay le Rideau – Saumur | 57 km

Join the “Loire à Vélo” routes which will lead you to the village of Candes-Saint-Martin where you can visit the magnificent 12th and 13th century collegiate church. Then continue to the beautiful village of Montsoreau dominated by its château, built over the Loire river. Continue along troglodyte sites before reaching Saumur and your charming hotel situated in the town centre.

Day 7: Departure during the day

 

During your tour, you have the possibility to book an extra night in Fontevraud:

 

Day 3: Excursion Fontevraud - Montreuil Bellay - Fontevraud | 50 km

Visit the Fontevraud Abbey which houses the  tombs of the Plantagenets (Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard Cœur de Lion) before making a pleasant excursion loop via the typical fortified village of Montreuil-Bellay and its château (45 km).

 

See 'OPTION' paragraph.

Rates
Prices per person :
  • From July 1st 2017 to August 31st 2017 825,00 €
    Single room supplement : 195,00 €
    Bike discount : - 90,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +140,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From September 1st 2017 to November 15th 2017 795,00 €
    Single room supplement : 195,00 €
    Bike discount : - 90,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +140,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From March 15th 2018 to November 15th 2018 825,00 €
    Single room supplement : 195,00 €
    Bike discount : - 90,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +140,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star & charming 2-star hotel and guest house (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 1 dinner (drinks not included)
  • 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist brochures
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle rental for 5 days with helmet
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • 5 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (6 nights included)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Charming hotels accommodation (3* and 4* category)

    (Ref. L18 up)

    Supplement : 
    + 130.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room : 
    + 80.00 €  (amounts to €275 for the single supplement)
  • Half board supplement
    Supplement : 
    + 160.00 €  (5 extra dinners included - drinks not included)
  • Extra bike excursion to Montreuil Bellay + night in Fontevraud

    During your tour, you have the possibility to book an extra night in Fontevraud:

    Day 3: Excursion Fontevraud - Montreuil Bellay - Fontevraud | 45 km

    Visit the Fontevraud Abbey which houses the  tombs of the Plantagenets (Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard Cœur de Lion) before making a pleasant excursion loop via the typical fortified village of Montreuil-Bellay and its château (45 km).

    Ref : L18 long version
    (including : 1 night's accommodation in a two-person bedroom in a guest house / 1 breakfast / maps and itineraries / cycle rental for 1 additional day)

    Supplement : 
    + 65.00 €  per person
    Single room : 
    + 28.00 €
  • Extra night in Saumur

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    54.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 42.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Scott :  +36 €
  • Electric assistance :  +60 €
  • Tandem :  no supplement
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> Your rental bike:
VTC GITANE « Silence »  bike - 21 speed gears

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock + 1 counter.
Helmet and reflective vest included.

 

 

> You can rent an electric assistance bike!
GIANT « Esprit » or « Elégance » bike - 7 speed gears

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock + 1 counter.
Helmet and reflective vest included.

 

 

See the FAQ for more information on the rental bikes.

 


 

How to arrive in SAUMUR:

 

CAR:
From A85 highway > Exit n°3 « Saumur ». Follow direction « Saumur » on N147.

 

TRAIN:

From Paris : Austerlitz train station > Saumur train station
Or Montparnasse train station > St Pierre des Corps train station > Saumur train station


Possibility of taxi transfer to the hotel from Saumur train station: about €10 during the week and about €15 on Sunday.

 

PLANE:

. From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > Angers-St-Laud train station > Saumur train station

 

. From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Austerlitz or Montparnasse train station > St Pierre des Corps train station or  Angers St Laud train station or Tours train station > Saumur train station

 

. From Tours airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Tours train station > Saumur train station

 

. From Nantes airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Nantes train station > Angers St Laud train station > Saumur train station

 

Testimonials
  • Ghilsaine E. (France) - Octobre 2016

    "J'ai adoré ce style de voyage qui allie le sport et la découverte des châteaux et autres monuments. Ce qui est très appréciable également, c'est de pouvoir arriver le soir à l'hôtel l'esprit tranquille avec les bagages qui ont suivis notre parcours. Les hôtels sont bien choisis et les 2 repas dans la prestations étaient tout simplement délicieux. Nous renouvellerons cette expérience c'est sûr."

  • Damien D. (France) - Juin 2015

    "Deuxième séjour agréable avec Randovélo. Bonne organisation, lieux, chemins et durée des étapes. "