Family tour on Loire à Vélo: from Tours to Chinon

from 850 € / pers.

Reference : L21
8 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Very Easy
Linear trip
From March to November
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your family cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Discover this “Loire à Vélo” part full of chateaux and wonderful landscapes. Very easy ride along the last wild European large river and its numerous smaller rivers where beautiful chateaux and prestigious gardens are waiting for you.
Children appreciate especially the old fortified castles whereas the parents enjoy making a short stop in a wine cellar.

Day 1 : Arrival in Tours


Visit the city of Tours to discover its old quarters and its typical half-timbered houses ; and its Gothic St Gatien cathedral.

Day 2 : Tours – Villandy | 21 km


Follow “Loire à vélo”’cycling path and reach Villandry and its famous ‘French style’ Renaissance gardens. Enjoy the ‘Ornamental kitchen Garden’, the ‘Garden of Love’, the ‘Water Garden’ and the ‘Sun Garden’. These artistic gardens vary with seasons to make each visit an astonishment!

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.

Day 3 : Villandy – Azay le Rideau | 24 km


Keep 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: enjoy the romantic château of Azay le Rideau : a Renaissance marvel in a water and greenery setting.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Langeais (Included in the "Visit Package")
Chateau-de-Langeais

JM Laugery

Visit on your own of this typically mediaeval chateau located in the heart of the town, complete with drawbridge. It was in this ancient fortress that King Charles VIII of France married Anne de Bretagne to unify the country.

Day 4 : Azay le Rideau – Rigny Ussé | 18 km


Before joining the Loire river, 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). Then ride towards the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé which has inspired Perrault for its famous fairy tail story.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of l’Islette (Included in the "Visit Package")
Chateau de l'Islette

V-Treney CRT Centre-Val-de-Loire

Visit on your own of this chateau, which is one of our favourites! Nestling on the banks of the river Indre, this romantic Renaissance chateau, which is still inhabited, is considered as the lesser known brother of the chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. At one time it sheltered the tempestuous love affair between the two great sculptors Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, and still holds evidence of their presence.

Day 5 : Rigny Ussé – Chinon | 17 km


Ride along the Loire river before continuing through the vineyards of Chinon to reach the heart of the medieval city. The city is overlooked by its medieval castle where Joan of Arc was first presented to the French King Charles VII in 1429! Be sure to visit one of the many cellars built on the banks of the Vienne river to taste the famous red wine from Chinon.

OptionVisit of the Royal Fortress of Chinon (Included in the "Visit Package")
Forteresse royale de Chinon

P-Forget CRT Centre-Val de Loire

Visit of the Royal Fortress of Chinon, overhanging the river Vienne since the Middle-Ages. The well-structured scenography makes you travel in time to the king Charles VII era and Ste Johann of Arc’s epic. She ordered the king to go to Reims to be crowned, in this place!

Day 6 : Chinon – Montsoreau | 20 km


Leave Chinon following the “Loire à Vélo” routes which 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. Both villages are cited among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”!

Day 7 : Montsoreau – Saumur | 26 km (via Fontevraud)


Head for Fontevraud and its majestic abbey: the largest monastic city remaining in Europe which is the Necropolis of the Plantagenêts sovereigns. Continue along troglodyte sites and vineyards before reaching Saumur overshadowed by its imposing château.

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.

Day 8 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France :


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

. château de Langeais
. Villandry Gardens (Gardens & Château)
. Fontevraud Royal Abbey
. château d’Islette
. Royal Fortress of Chinon

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L21 STD
superior category
Reference: L21 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th
    from September 1st to November 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
850 € / pers.
305 € / pers.*
1 000 € / pers.
415 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
890 € / pers.
305 € / pers.*
1 030 € / pers.
415 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• 1 dinner (drinks not included)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 25 kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 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 :

• 6 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 Tours and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• 1 dinner (drinks not included)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 25 kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 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 :

• 6 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 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)

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L21 STD
superior category
Reference: L21 SUP
Half board supplement
(including 6 dinners - excluding drinks)
+ 220 € / pers.
+ 230 € / pers.
Extra night in Tours
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 45 € / 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.*
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

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-70 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 105 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :
- 'follow-me' tandem :

+ 30 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 130 € / 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.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

VTC GITANE bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier with a map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 high visibility jacket
  • 1 bottle cage
  • 1 bottle free of charge, 100% recyclable, BPA free, Made in France
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :
VTC SCOTT bike
E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 rear panniers
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 high visibility jacket
  • 1 bottle cage
  • 1 bottle (100% recyclable, BPA free, made in France)
  • Helmet
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

  • trail-a-bike
    (permanent coupling system for children from 5 to 8 years old – from 1,20m to 1,30m / from 4’ to 4’4’’)

  • “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 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:

Exclusively cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists.

GPX files:

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we also provide the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application (if you do not have a bike touring GPS).

How to arrive in Tours

By train:
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station (about 1 h 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.)
    – Chinon train Station >> Tours train Station (about 50 minutes by train).
    – Chinon >> Tours (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.)
    – Chinon train Station >> Tours train station (by train) >> Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).
    – Chinon train Station >> Tours train station (by train) >> St Pierre des Corps station (by TGV 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