5 days on Loire a Velo trails from Blois to Saumur

from 590 € / pers.
/ 31 testimonials
Reference : L30
5 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

This wonderful bike tour will allow you to discover the most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley: Chambord, Chenonceaux, Blois or Amboise. Ride through its well known vineyards (such as Chinon, Vouvray, Montlouis and Saumur Champigny) and enchanting settings which will remind you that you really are in the “Garden of France.
Listed in the UNESCO world heritage, the Loire Valley is considered as the perfect destination to enjoy a mix between cycling and exploring nature, history and French gastronomy.

Day 1 : Arrival in Blois and Excursion to Chambord | 40 km


Discover the charming town of Blois, as you stroll along its paved streets punctuated with staircases, and the château, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.

For your first bike excursion,  follow the banks of the Loire river and then continue through the rich Domaine de Chambord forest, where a stop is essential to visit the most famous and majestic château of the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendour, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms. You can also explore its 5433-hectare (13425-acre) park, before setting off again along the country paths towards Blois.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chambord (Included in the "Visit Package")
chateau chambord

RandoVélo

Free visit of the chateau, the Renaissance Splendour built for the glory of François Ist. Chambord boasts 440 rooms and 282 chimneys, it’s the most impressive and prestigious from the Loire Valley. And take time to enjoy the new French style gardens.

Day 2 : Blois – Amboise | 42 km


Follow the ‘Loire à Vélo’ cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château de Chaumont sur Loire which overlooks you and the river … do not miss the extraordinary “Festival des Jardins” garden festival between late May and mid-October! Then proceed to the city of Amboise and its royal château. The castle’s chapel shelters Leonardo Da Vinci’s tomb, and a few streets further on, you can see the last residence of this genius : the Clos Lucé Manor house.

OptionVisit of the International Garden Festival & Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire (Included in the "Visit Package")

C. Diaz

Free chateau entrance which proudly dominates the town and the river and where Catherine de Médicis queen lived.
Follow on your visit discovering the extraordinary International Garden Festival. It’s a real laboratory for contemporary gardens where many landscape creators challenge their imagination with originality.

OptionCanoe trip on the Loire river (Mosnes > Amboise)
balade en canoe

ADT37 – JC Coutand

Vary the pleasures and treat yourself a new way to discover all the wealth that the Loire river can offer. From your canoe, peacefully tame the last wild river in Europe and admire extraordinary views of its fauna and flora, combined with an incomparable feeling of being far from civilization (approx. 1h30).

Day 3 : Amboise – Tours (via Chenonceaux) | 53 km (or 26 km)


Leave Amboise following the beautiful bike path through the forest of Amboise to join the famous Château de Chenonceau, straddling the Cher river, and which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Then cycle the brand new bike paths of the Cher à Vélo! Ride along the river, lined with private castles and pretty typical Touraine houses to Montlouis-sur-Loire and the chateau of Bourdaisière. Now reach the city of Tours to discover the old neighbourhood with its typical half-timbered houses.

Possibility to shorten the stage following the « Loire à Vélo » cycling paths through Montlouis vineyards and allowing to discover the numerous cellars producing the region’s famous sweet white and sparkling wines.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chenonceau (Included in the "Visit Package")
chat chenonceau

F-Charel – CRT centre

Take your time to discover this estate named “Chateau des dames” where reigns elegance and the French way of life. Renaissance masterpiece with architecture unique in the world straddling the Cher River. Don’t miss to visit the flower gardens which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French History: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis.

Day 4 : Tours – Chinon | 56 km


Along the Loire a Vélo cycling paths, this stage takes you via the famous French classical gardens of Villandry to Langeais and its 15th century château which was built as a fortress. Then ride towards the chateau of Ussé, whose many turrets, pinnacles and dormer windows inspired Perrault to write his famous fairytale ‘Sleeping Beauty‘. Stay in the beautiful city of Chinon, where you have the possibility to visit numerous cellars where the famous red wine which was highly appreciated by Rabelais is matured

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

chat. Villandry

Visit on your own of the famous « French style » Renaissance gardens and castle. 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.

OptionWine tasting in Chinon (Included in the "Visit Package")
dégustation

pixabay

Discover and taste the ‘Chinon’ appellation wines, in the cellar of a winegrower.

Day 5 : Chinon – Saumur | 35 km + option 12 km


Leave the medieval city of Chinon following the Vienne river banks. Then continue through the Saumur-Champigny vineyards towards the abbey of Fontevraud, one of Europe’s largest remaining monastic complexes where the tombs of the Plantagenet kings can be found, and finally reach the lovely town of Saumur.
Departure at the end of the stage.

Possibility to add an extra night in Saumur.

OptionVisit of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (Included in the "Visit 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.

OptionCanoe trip on the Vienne river (Chinon > Montsoreau)
balade en canoë sur la Vienne

Clan

Embark on a canoe trip on the Vienne river! From the fortress of Chinon, glide over the water between freshness and silence, to reach the superb village of Candes-Saint-Martin, at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne. Now sail the Loire river to Montsoreau and its castle, the only one in the whole Loire valley to welcome you with its feet in the water! (approx. 3h).

The little extra with Biking France (optional):


  • Private return transfer from Saumur to Blois – optional.
  • Our « Visit Package » – with entrance fees to

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Chenonceaux
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
. Villandry Gardens (Gardens & Château)
. Fontevraud Abbey
+ a wine tasting in Chinon

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L30 STD
superior category
Reference: L30 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L30 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th
    from September 1st to November 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
590 € / pers.
170 € / pers.*
700 € / pers.
265 € / pers.*
900 € / pers.
460 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
620 € / pers.
170 € / pers.*
730 € / pers.
265 € / pers.*
930 € / pers.
460 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 days
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps
• A personalised navigation app showing points of interest along the route
• 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 (4 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 days
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps
• A personalised navigation app showing points of interest along the route
• 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 (4 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 days
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps
• A personalised navigation app showing points of interest along the route
• 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 (4 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : - 90%
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 )

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L30 STD
superior category
Reference: L30 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L30 LU
Half board supplement

(including 4 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 155 € / pers.
+ 175 € / pers.
+ 190 € / pers.
Extra night in Blois
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Low season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
High season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Low season
+ 75 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
High season
+ 80 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.*
Extra night in Saumur
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 55 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*
Low season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
High season
+ 100 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.*
Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : - 90% / 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

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-70 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 90 € / pers.
• « Visit Package »

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Chenonceaux
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
. Villandry Gardens (Gardens & Château)
. Fontevraud Abbey
+ a wine tasting in Chinon

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

+ 90 € / pers.

• Canoe trip on the Loire river (Mosnes > Amboise)
- from 6 to 11 years old
- from 12 years old

+ 20 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.
• Canoe trip on the Vienne river (Chinon > Montsoreau)
+ 29 € / pers.
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- 'follow-me' tandem :

+ 25 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 180 € / 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

OPEN frame, until 1m83
CLOSED frame, from 1m83

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier with a map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 smartphone holder
  • 1 lock
  • 1 bottle cage

Helmet not provided.

Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :
MOUSTACHE (or SCOTT) e-bike
E-bike

OPEN frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier with a map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 smartphone holder
  • 1 lock

Helmet not provided.

(These models of e-bikes may be replaced by another one, similar)

Equipment & Bike for children

We provide bikes and equipment for children such as :

  • children’s bike
    (from 16 to 24 inches – from 1,05m to 1,45m / from 3’5’’ to 4’9’’)

velo enfant

  • “follow-me” tandem
    (for children from 5 to 8 years old – about 1,05m / 1,30m – from 3’5’’ to 4’4’’)
    The “follow-me” is a clever coupling device that allows you to attach the child’s bike to your bike with ease. It can be removed easily to let the child ride alone.

  • trailer
    (for baby or 25 kg maximum children)

  • baby seat
    (for baby or 22 kg maximum children, fixed on the rear rack)
Practical details
  • Bikes will be delivered at our Randovélo/Biking France office.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Blois
> Return

Your journey

Tour description

Mix of cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists (about 90%) and small traffic roads.

Bike stages trip profiles
(click below to see the trip profile of each stage)

Navigation app

Besides the maps, we also provide a personalised navigation app showing points of interest along the route.

How to arrive in Blois

By train:
From Paris : Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station (about 1h35).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud > > Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 6 + line 5 >> Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro) >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’  >> Metro line 6 + line 5 >> Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> >> Metro line 1 + line 10 >> Paris Austerlitz train station >> Blois 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 Station >> Blois train Station (by train).
    – Saumur >> Blois (by taxi).

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

  • 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 Station >> Tours Station >> Paris Austerlitz Station.
    – Saumur Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps Station or Angers St Laud Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by train + TGV train).
    – Saumur Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps Station or Angers St Laud Station >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by train + 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 : / 31 testimonials

Thierry
France
travel date: 30 July 2022.
" Superbe séjour à tous les niveaux "

De toutes nos expériences de ce type, la mieux organisée

Mathilde
France
travel date: 21 July 2022.
" Super vacances "

Super vacances, un très bon moyen de découvrir la France sous un nouvel angle. Nous avons adoré chaque instant, merci Randovélo!

Olivier
Belgique
travel date: 27 June 2022.
" Organisation au top ! "

Organisation au top ! Et qualité aussi. Vraiment à recommander !

Françoise
France
travel date: 13 June 2022.
" C’était super "

Super séjour ,bien organisé. De beaux paysages,voyage à travers l’histoire et tout cela avec le soleil!!

Véronique
France
travel date: 13 June 2022.
" Organisation parfaite "

Voyage merveilleux, organisation parfaite. J’ai adoré et recommande vivement.

Elisabeth
France
travel date: 21 May 2022.
" Ces vacances donnent envie de faire un prochain voyage à vélo. "

5 Jours et beaucoup de châteaux, une route magnifique dans un paysage magnifique, des hôtels simples qui avaient tout ce dont on a besoin. En tant que voyageuse seule, j’ai toujours été en sécurité et je me suis sentie chaleureusement accueillie dans chaque hôtels. Même avec peu de connaissances en français, il n’y a pas de problèmes, le vélo était top.

Michèle
Canada
travel date: 05 May 2022.
" Quelle belle organisation! "

Quelle belle organisation! Très professionnel, très accommodant. Tout est de qualité! Un merci particulier à notre interlocuteur pour son excellent service son dévouement et son efficacité à nous aider dans la planification de notre voyage . 1 er voyage avec rando vélo et nous allons encore utiliser votre service impeccable !! Merci à toute votre organisation de nous permettre des aussi belles vacances!

Elizabeth
France
travel date: 25 April 2022.
" Excellent voyage "

Voyageant avec 4 enfants, nous avons bien apprécié l’aide et la réactivité de Randovélo quand un entre eux est tombé malade. Excellent voyage et des beaux souvenirs malgré cet incident !

Florent
France
travel date: 02 August 2021.
" Très bien organisé "

Randonnée de 5 jours très bien organisée et avec des vélos de très bonne qualité et bien équipés. Transfert des valises apprécié. Un beau coin de la France

Sylvie
France
travel date: 01 August 2021.
" Très satisfaite "

Circuit bien étudié, organisation maîtrisée quel confort le transfert des bagages chaque jours dans les hôtels. VAE très qualitatif. Très satisfaite de cette aventure de 5 jours

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