8 days on Loire a Velo trails from Blois to Saumur

from 780 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : L30
8 days / 7 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November 2020
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Follow the peaceful cycling paths along the last wild river in Europe.
This wonderful bike tour will allow you to discover the most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley: Chambord, Chenonceaux, Blois or Amboise. You will 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


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.

Day 2 : Blois – Cheverny (or Chitenay) | 42 km (or 55 km)


Leave the charming town of Blois following the Loire river and its cycling paths to Dyé sur Loire before proceeding through the beautiful forest of Domain de Chambord where is settled the château. A true masterpiece of French Renaissance style boasting no less than 440 rooms and built during the reign of François I. Continue to the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its sumptuously furnished apartments, which gave Hergé the inspiration for Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chambord (Included in the "Châteaux 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 3 : Cheverny (or Chitenay) – Amboise | 58 km (or 50 km)


Cross the vineyards of Cheverny to reach the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century. Then cycle towards the Loire river banks in Chaumont-sur-Loire, whose 15th-century château proudly dominates the town and the river. Don’t miss the extraordinary “Festival des Jardins” garden festival between late May and mid-October! Continue on the ‘Loire à Vélo’ cycling tracks before arriving at the charming town of Amboise with its royal château, where the greatest kings of France lived.

OptionVisit of the International Garden Festival & Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire (Included in the "Châteaux 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.

OptionWine tasting in Amboise (Included in the "Châteaux Package")
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Discover and taste the ‘Touraine Amboise’ appellation wines, in the cellar of a winegrower.

Day 4 : Amboise – Tours (via Chenonceaux) | 51 km


Ride to 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 cross the vineyards of Montlouis following the “Loire à Vélo” cycling tracks and discover the numerous cellars producing the region’s famous sweet white and sparkling wines. You reach the city of Tours to discover the old neighbourhood with its typical half-timbered houses.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chenonceau (Included in the "Châteaux Package")
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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 5 : Tours – Azay-le-Rideau | 41 km


Along the Loire a Vélo cycling paths, this stage takes you 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.

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

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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 6 : Azay-le-Rideau – Chinon | 35 km


Departure towards 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, settled on the Vienne river and famous for its red wine.

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 7 : Chinon – Saumur | 36 km + option 12 km


Before leaving the medieval city of Chinon, you have the possibility to visit numerous cellars where the famous red wine which was highly appreciated by Rabelais is matured. Then, continue 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.

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.

Day 8 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


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

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Chenonceaux
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
. Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens)
. château d’Azay-le-Rideau
. Fontevraud Abbey
+ a wine tasting in Amboise

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L30 STD
superior category
Reference: L30 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L30 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 3rd 2020
    from November 1st to 30th 2020
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
780 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
975 € / pers.
380 € / pers.*
1 245 € / pers.
565 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 4th to June 30th 2020
    from September 1st to October 31st 2020
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
810 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
995 € / pers.
380 € / pers.*
1 275 € / pers.
565 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2020
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
840 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
1 030 € / pers.
380 € / pers.*
1 305 € / pers.
565 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 7 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 (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 7 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 (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 7 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 (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Saumur to Blois 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.
-90 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 125 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :

+ 35 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 135 € / pers.

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 7 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 230 € / pers.
+ 245 € / pers.
+ 260 € / pers.
Extra night in Blois
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 65 € / pers.*
Extra night in Saumur
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 55 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 115 € / pers.
+ 75 € / 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"

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Chenonceaux
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
. Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens)
. château d’Azay-le-Rideau
. Fontevraud Abbey
+ a wine tasting in Amboise

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

+ 90 € / pers.

• Private return transfer Saumur > Blois
(up to 5 persons)
+ 250 € (package)

• Return transfer of personal bikes from
Saumur to Blois

(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 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 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

Détails pratiques

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • 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.

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.

How to arrive in Blois

By car:
From A10 highway > Exit n° 17 « Blois ». Then follow direction « Blois Centre Ville ».

 By train:
From Paris Austerlitz train station to Blois train station.
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 : / 16 testimonials

Jenny
USA
travel date: 02 October 2019.
" Highly recommended "

My husband and I used RandoVelo to plan our 7-day bicycle journey from Blois to Saumur in the Loire Valley. It was a beautiful area with many chateaux to visit. The bike paths were so well-marked that I only used the directions going in and out of the towns. I would highly recommend RandoVelo as everything went as planned. We arrived early in the morning at our first location and the bicycle (a tandem) was there equipped with everything we needed. The hotels were nice and our luggage was always there when we arrived.

Jean Michel
France
travel date: 23 September 2019.
" bons services "

En plus de tous les bons services que nous avons pu apprécier, le temps a été fabuleux durant toute notre randonnée.

Nicholas
Australia
travel date: 22 September 2019.
" wonderful active holiday "

Rando-Velo provided us with a well designed, highly professional 8-day self-guided tour of the Loire Valley. The bikes were reliable and well maintained, the navigation information very good (including GPS files), the hotels and restaurants generally excellent, the scenery and sight-seeing magnificent. All arrangements went off without a hitch, allowing us to have a wonderful active holiday.

Diana
USA
travel date: 13 September 2019.
" Excellent trip "

Excellent trip, we enjoyed the chateaux and wine tasting in the loire valley!

Mark
Suisse
travel date: 13 September 2019.
" Très content du service "

Nous étions très content du service de Randovélo de la réservation à l’exécution. L’équipe est sympa et à l’écoute et a su nous organiser un parcours sur mesure.

Marius
Poland
travel date: 11 September 2019.
" Amazing time "

We spent absolutely amazing time in absolutely amazing places, thank you

Marie Jo
France
travel date: 24 August 2019.
" Très satisfait "

Très satisfait sur tous les points de la prestation de rando vélo

Ana
Spain
travel date: 17 August 2019.
" loved every minute of our trip "

We chose France and the Loire valley for our first biking holiday ever and loved every minute of our trip: varied landscapes, a good mix of sport and culture, excellent luggage transportation service, every day was different. We will certainly seek new opportunities of this kind, and warmly recommend Randovelo to anyone interested in travelling with a different perspective!

Pascal
France
travel date: 12 June 2019.
" Un vrai régal "

La Loire à vélo en une semaine, c’est un vrai régal même avec un peu de pluie. C’est à 2 pas de la région parisienne. C’est paisible sur les pistes, riche en terroir français et bien équilibrée dans les étapes. Bonne maîtrise de ce circuit. Merci.

John
Australia
travel date: 28 September 2018.
" What a wonderful holiday! "

It was so nice to meet the person who I have exchanged so many emails with over the last months. The accommodation is excellent and we go so slowly because everyone takes so many photos of the beautiful countryside. The gpx files have been fantastic and  would not survive without them.

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