A family cycle tour in the Loire Valley

from 335 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : L15
4 days / 3 days riding
Difficulty : Very Easy
Round trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your family bike tour in the Loire Valley:

Here is a special trip for beginners… or for the youngest ones !
The short and easy stages, using cycling tracks or roads with little traffic, will help you to visit the main outstanding sites of the Touraine area : its delightful chateaux and its beautiful river landscapes.
You will stop in hotels with rooms especially adapted to a small family.

Day 1 : Arrival in Tours


Tours confirms its position as the undisputed capital of the Loire Valley. Don’t miss the chance to explore its historic district, with its half-timbered houses, and especially the Place Plumereau !

Day 2 : Tours – Villandry | 20 km


A first and short stage to ride along the « Loire à vélo » cycling paths. They  lead you to Savonnières where you can visit the petrifying grottoes, a troglodyte site which became a world of shades, lights, water and stone. Then reach Villandry famous for its beautiful French-style Renaissance gardens!

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 3 : Villandry – Azay-le-Rideau | 24 km


Continue to follow the “Loire à vélo” cycling tracks up to the imposing towers and machicolations of the chateau de Langeais which will remind you of the perilous Middle Ages, when medieval fortresses were designed to be impregnable! Now leave the Loire river to join the Indre river and the town of Azay-le-Rideau. Let be seduced by the charming château de l’Islette (which sheltered the tempestuous love affair between the two great sculptors Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin). End of your stage near the romantic château o f Azay le Rideau : a Renaissance marvel in a water and greenery setting.

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 4 : Azay-le-Rideau – Tours | 30 km


Follow the « Indre à Vélo » cycling paths along the curved Indre river punctuated with plenty of typical mills and villages. Make a stop in Saché, a château where the French author Honoré de Balzac lived and wrote. Continue to Tours.
Departure at the end of the stage.

Possibility to book an extra night in Tours.

The little extra with Biking France:


Our “Châteaux Package”, with entrance fees to

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

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L15 STD
superior category
Reference: L15 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L15 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 5th 2019
    from November 1st to 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
335 € / pers.
100 € / pers.*
395 € / pers.
125 € / pers.*
495 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 6th to June 30th 2019
    from September 1st to October 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
350 € / pers.
100 € / pers.*
415 € / pers.
125 € / pers.*
515 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
380 € / pers.
100 € / pers.*
435 € / pers.
125 € / pers.*
535 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 3 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 (3 nights included)
• Transfer from to Tours and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 3 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 (3 nights included)
• Transfer from to Tours and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 3 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 (3 nights included)
• Transfer from 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)
+ 35 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L15 STD
superior category
Reference: L15 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L15 LU
Half board supplement

(including 3 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 95 € / pers.
+ 105 € / pers.
+ 110 € / pers.
Extra night in Tours
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 55 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 105 € / pers.
+ 80 € / 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

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

+ 20 € / 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


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 your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Tours
> Return

Your journey

Tour description :

Mix of cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists (about 85%) 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 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 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).
    – Tours train Station >> Paris Austerlitz Station (by train).
    – Tours train Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by TGV train)
    – Tours train Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps train Station (by train) >> Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station (by TGV train).

Nearby Airport :
– Tours Airport : www.tours.aeroport.fr/home


Trip overall rating : / 6 testimonials

Evelyne
France
travel date: 15 August 2018.
" Très bonne organisation et aucun imprévu. "

Organisme compétent, organisation efficiente, nous conseillons vivement,ils s’occupent de tout.

Jean Michel
FRANCE
travel date: 22 July 2018.
" Excellent séjour "

Très bonne organisation, très bons vélos,  et très bon accueil dans les hôtels.

Joe
USA
travel date: 22 June 2018.
" We had a very good experience with Rando Velo "

Excellent tour. Excellent company. Excellent bikes! Especially the trailer bike attached to an electric. My 7 year old daughter was very comfortable and the electric bike worked much better for me and my desire to get exercise than I expected.

Marcello
Italy
travel date: 26 July 2016.
" Everything well organized "

A beautiful holiday with the family.

Damian
Australia
travel date: 21 June 2016.
" Brilliant experience "

As a family attempting our first French cycling holiday, this was a brilliant experience. My wife and kids were smiling the entire time we were on the bikes.

Eusébi
Andorra
travel date: 18 August 2016.
" Très bien et très professionnel "

Tout s’est très bien passé en général , notre famille aura pendant longtemps un très beau souvenir de ce voyage . Un voyage très différent , attachant. Un souvenir de vie .