3 days biking on Loire a Velo trail from Tours to Saumur

from 295 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : L24
3 days / 3 days riding
Difficulty : Easy
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Let’s ride the « Loire à Vélo »cycling paths for the week-end. From
Tours to Saumur you will discover the delightful châteaux and Renaissance gardens on the Loire Valley: Azay le Rideau et Villandry. Between Loire and Vienne rivers where traditional boats are sailing, you will cycle through Chinon and Saumur vineyards and cross medieval-looking villages.

Day 1 : Arrival in Tours in the morning | Tours – Azay le Rideau | 36 km


For your first bike stage, leave Tours town center following the “Loire à Vélo” cycling paths towards the famous French classical gardens of Villandry, then Azay le Rideau with its romantic château, a Renaissance marvel in a water and greenery setting.

OptionVisit of the Gardens of Villandry (Included in the "Châteaux Package")

chat. Villandry

Visit on your own of the famous « French style » Renaissance gardens. The richness of the gardens at Villandry comes from their diversity, which is unique in Europe: a perfect harmony between the immense, decorative kitchen garden, and an ornamental garden based on the theme of ‘love’, water and music gardens, etc.

Day 2 : Azay le Rideau – Chinon | 39 km


Discover other 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 the mediaeval town of Chinon dominated by its castle and famous for its red wine, highly appreciated by Rabelais.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (Included in the "Châteaux Package")

Léonard de Serres

Free visit of this chateau, which is a real jewel of the Loire Valley. Built during the reign of the French King, François 1st, today it is considered a model of French Renaissance architecture. Its exceptional location, on an island in the middle of the River Indre, gives it a pleasant, romantic atmosphere.

Day 3 : Chinon – Saumur | 36 km (+ option 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.
You have the opportunity to reach Fontevraud abbey, Europe’s largest remaining monastic complex which is also the Necropolis of the Plantagenêt kings!
Departure at the end of the stage. Leave the bikes in Saumur.

You can take the train to Tours if needed.
Possibility to book an extra night in Saumur.

OptionVisit of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (Included in the "Châteaux Package")
Fontevraud

Sylvain Brajeul

Free visit of this imposing and vast abbey, founded in 1099. It houses the recumbent tomb effigies of the Plantagenet dynasty, including Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart! This masterpiece of Romanesque art has other discoveries in store, such as the cloisters and gardens, or the chapter house.

The little extra with Biking France:


  • Private return transfer from Saumur to Tours – optional.
  • Our “Châteaux Package” – with entrance fees to

. Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens)
. château d’Azay-le-Rideau
. Fontevraud Royal Abbey

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L24 STD
superior category
Reference: L24 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L24 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 30th 2019
    from June 3rd to 30th 2019
    from September 1st to November 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
295 € / pers.
70 € / pers.*
325 € / pers.
100 € / pers.*
380 € / pers.
145 € / pers.*
High season
  • from May 1st to June 2nd 2019
    from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
310 € / pers.
70 € / pers.*
340 € / pers.
100 € / pers.*
395 € / pers.
145 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 2 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (2 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Tours and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 2 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (2 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Tours and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 2 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (2 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Tours and personal bike repatriation

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free
from 3 to 11 years old : - 50%
from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%

(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

'Bike extra' & various

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-30 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 50 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :

+ 15 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 30 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L24 STD
superior category
Reference: L24 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L24 LU
Half board supplement

(including 2 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 70 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.
Extra night in Tours
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 105 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.*
Extra night in Saumur
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 95 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.*
Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

Extras

• "Châteaux Package"

. Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens)
. château d’Azay-le-Rideau
. Fontevraud Royal Abbey

(for children: a discount will be applied according to ages – after booking)

+ 30 € / pers.

• Private return transfer Saumur > Tours
(up to 5 persons)
+ 135 € (package)

• Return transfer of personal bikes
from Saumur to Tours

(booking possible in case of private return transfer)

 

+ 15 € / pers.

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
deluxe category


These accommodations are selected for their impeccable and prestigious service.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

VTC GITANE bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 2 rear panniers (saddlebags)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

VTC SCOTT bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 rear panniers (saddlebags)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • Helmet

Equipment & Bike for children

We provide bikes and equipment for children such as:

children’s bike (from 18 to 24 inches)
trail-a-bike (for children from 5 to 9 years old)
trailer (for baby or 25 kg maximum children)
baby seat

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at our partner hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> At the beginning of your tour
> How to arrive in Tours
> Return

Your journey

Tour description:

Exclusively cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists.

GPX files:

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we can provide on request the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application.

At the beginning of your tour

Thank you for appearing before 10am on the 1st day to leave your luggage in Tours (next to the train station) and retrieve your bike & travel folder.

How to arrive in Tours

By car:
From A10 highway > exit n°21 21 « Tours centre ville ». Then follow direction « centre ville ».

 By train:
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station (by TGV train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Line 1 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.
www.lebusdirect.com/en/lines-and-schedules/orly-airport-paris-etoile-champs-elysees-line.html

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud or Ouest > > Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 4 >> Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro): from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 4 >> Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.
www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/

Return

If you have to come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France.
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility)
    – Saumur train Station >> Tours train Station (by train).
    – Saumur >> Tours (by taxi).

If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France (please contact us).
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Saumur train Station >> Angers St Laud train station (by train) >> Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).
    – Saumur train Station >> Angers St Laud train station or Saint Pierre des Corps train Station (by train) >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

Nearby Airports:
– Tours Airport : www.tours.aeroport.fr/home
– Nantes Airport : www.nantes.aeroport.fr
– Poitiers Airport : www.poitiers.aeroport.fr/en


Trip overall rating : / 16 testimonials

Sylvie
France
travel date: 28 September 2019.
" Un vrai plaisir "

Petit séjour de 3 jours, parfaitement organisé par Rando Velo: excellents vélos, hotels parfaits, indications de trajet très claires.

Grove
USA
travel date: 13 September 2019.
" The best experiences we’ve ever had "

Rando Velo was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had! Parfait!!

Vincent
France
travel date: 12 September 2019.
" Vélos impeccables "

Vélos impeccables, très bon état. Trace GPS pratique comme tout. Adaptabilité du circuit. Hébergements agréables.

Bruno
France
travel date: 05 July 2019.
" Excellente organisation "

Excellente organisation, très bon matériel et bon choix d’hébergement et de restauration.

Annick
France
travel date: 13 May 2019.
" Nous reviendrons! "

Nous sommes très enthousiastes, l’organisation était parfaite, le roadbook (et la possibilité de fichiers gpx comme support supplémentaire), la préparations des vélos, le choix des logements, de charme et bien situés.

Jacques
France
travel date: 12 September 2018.
" Très bonne organisation. "

Voyage vraiment clés en main, tout est parfaitement au point, matériel, transferts et logements . Notons également l’amabilité de tous nos interlocuteurs.

Pierre
France
travel date: 20 August 2018.
" Une belle expérience. "

Belle randonnée sur 3 jours avec beaucoup de visites en cours de route. Expérience que l’on aimerait renouveler sur d’autres portions de la Loire à vélo.

Jeffrey
USA
travel date: 11 August 2018.
" Great experience "

We greatly enjoyed our tour with Randovelo. It is amazing to ride through a small renaissance era town, turn right and go through several km of beautiful vineyards, and then see an chateau out of fantasy visible above the distant forest trees. Not to mention riding along several picturesque rivers with amazing flora and fauna.

Diego
France
travel date: 06 August 2018.
" Très bonne organisation, et magnifique concept. "

Magnifique expérience à faire en famille ou entre amis, très belle organisation. Un concept clé en main très agréable. Merci!!!!

Judith
Australie
travel date: 25 July 2018.
" A very memorable experience "

We really enjoyed our 3 days cycling in the Loire Valley. The scenery was beautiful and cycling was a wonderful way to experience the French countryside. Organising the experience was very easy and the instructions for the initial and final meeting places were clear. We were very happy with our e-bikes, which made the experience so much more enjoyable – especially going up the hills! We also liked being independent and travelling without a guide. We could decide when we wanted to start our day without the hassle of being somewhere at a particular time. The detailed directions for each day were excellent, although we did have to backtrack a couple of times due to our own inability to interpret them! This only added to the fun we experienced on the ride. The cycling paths were fantastic – very safe and easy to ride on. Overall this was a very memorable experience for us and we will be looking forward to perhaps booking another ride with Rando Vélo in the future.

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