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The hidden treasures of the Loire à Vélo routes, from Tours to Saumur Ref. : L4

  • Saumur vineyards

    Saumur vineyards LVT

  • Loire river

    Loire river LVT

  • château d'Ussé

    château d'Ussé LVT

  • Chinon wine cellar

    Chinon wine cellar CRT centre C.Lazi

  • Villandry gardens

    Villandry gardens LVT

  • picnic at château de l'Islette

    picnic at château de l'Islette LVT

  • Loire à Vélo trail

    Loire à Vélo trail CRT centre L.Savignac

  • hotel

    hotel Kyriad

  • Montsoreau

    Montsoreau LVT

  • hotel

    hotel Kyriad

  • Candes St Martin

    Candes St Martin LVT

  • Loire river in Tours

    Loire river in Tours LVT

  • Montreuil Bellay

    Montreuil Bellay LVT

  • Tours - "Place Plumereau"

    Tours - "Place Plumereau" LVT

  • from 615 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
  • Circuit :
    • Linear trips
    • Trip on la  Loire à Vélo cycling paths
    • Electric bike
  • Difficulty : average
  • Duration : 7 days | 6 days riding
  • Departure : from March 2018 to December 2018
    Daily
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The Loire à Vélo cycling itinerary gives the opportunity to discover somes hidden places: from the Renaissance gardens of Villandry, ride to one of the most beautiful villages of France, Crissay sur Manse! From the iconic château d’Azay le Rideau, let be seduced by the magic of the both châteaux d’Ussé and château du Rivau, straight out of a fairy tale.
And if the cycling paths wander between wild Loire river banks and toglodyte houses, the Chinon and Saumur vineyards guide you to unexpected mediaeval cities, to the impressive underground tunnels of château de Brézé!

Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Day 1: Arrival in Tours

Don't miss a visit to the old neighbourhoods of the city of Tours, a town steeped in art and history, including the Gothic cathedral of St Gatien and the famous Place Plumereau with its half-timbered houses.

Day 2:  Tours – Azay le Rideau | 36 km

This stage takes you through the countryside of the Tours region via the famous French classical gardens of Villandry to Azay le Rideau in the Indre Valley, with its romantic château, a Renaissance marvel in a water and greenery setting.

Day 3: Excursion to Crissay sur Manse & Saché  | 45 km

This bike excursion will bring you to the tiny Crissay sur Manse village (listed among France’s most beautiful villages) then to Villaine-les-Rochers, troglodyte village famous for its traditional basketry. Continue riding to château de Saché, a château where the French author Honoré de Balzac lived and wrote.

Day 4: Azay le Rideau – Chinon | 39 km

From one valley to the next: the Vienne Valley. This stage reveals several marvels, such as the Château de Langeais, in its 15th-century splendour, the Château d'Ussé, which inspired Perrault to write his "Sleeping Beauty", and Chinon la Médiévale, dominated by its mediaeval castle and famous for its red wine.

Day 5: Excursion to Château du Rivau and Chinon vineyards  | 45 km or 55 km

This excursion leads you to the charming little "Notre-Dame" church, hidden into Rivière village. Do not miss its beautiful 11th century mural paintings. Proceed to château du Rivau which evokes the wonderful middle-Age stories and legends, before riding through the most prestigious Chinon vineyards of Cravant les Côteaux.

Possitility to extend your journey to Rabelais birth house, a magnificient 15th century house where "Gargantua" was written. And why to not taste the typical "Ste Maure de Touraine" goat cheese, in local farm located just near?

Day 6: Chinon – Saumur | 36 km  (+ optional 12 km)

Follow 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) and to the beautiful village of Montsoreau. Continue along troglodyte sites and vineyards before reaching Saumur overshadowed by its imposing château.

Option : you will have the opportunity to reach Fontevraud abbey, Europe’s largest remaining monastic complex which is also the Necropolis of the Plantagenêt kings!

Day 7: Excursion to Montreuil Bellay and Brézé | 45 km

Following the Thouet river and its bike trail, reach peacefully the magnificent mediaeval city of Montreuil Bellay. Settled on the river, the town has preserved its defensive walls, mediaeval gates and fortress! Continue riding to the most curious of the Loire chateaux: château de Brézé with its outstanding former underground tunnels! Its surrounding dry moats are considered among the deepest in Europe. Come back to Saumur via the « Saumur Champigny » vineyards producing very elegant red wines.


Departure at the end of the stage.
Possibility to add an extra night in Saumur.

Rates
Prices per person :
  • From March 15th 2018 to June 30th 2018 615,00 €
    Single room supplement : 230,00 €
    Bike discount : - 70,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +95,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From July 1st 2018 to August 31st 2018 640,00 €
    Single room supplement : 230,00 €
    Bike discount : - 70,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +95,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From September 1st 2018 to November 15th 2018 615,00 €
    Single room supplement : 230,00 €
    Bike discount : - 70,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +95,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • Equipped cycle hire for 6 days with helmet
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist documentation
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (6 nights inclusive)
  • Train transfer from Saumur to Tours
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Extra night in Tours

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    55.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 35.00 €
  • Extra night in Saumur

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    50.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 35.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +70 €
  • Tandem :  no supplement
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> At the end of the tour:

 

. Leave your rented bike at the last hotel. We take care of its repatriation.

. Possibility to come back to Tours from Saumur by train : Saumur train station > Tours train station.

 


 

> 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 TOURS:

 

CAR:
From A10 highway > Exit n°21 « Tours centre ville ». Then follow direction « centre ville ».

 

TRAIN:

From Paris : Austerlitz or Montparnasse train station > Tours train station.


The hotel is 5/10 minutes walk from the train station

 

PLANE:

. From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > Tours or St Pierre des Corps train station.

 

. From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Austerlitz or Montparnasse train station > Tours train station.

 

. From Tours airport: taxi or shuttle transfer.

 

. From Nantes airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Nantes train station > St Pierre des Corps train station > Tours train station.