From Saumur to Chinon, bike escape off the beaten track

from 565 € / pers.
/ 5 testimonials
Reference : L18
5 days / 4 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Round 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:

Enjoy the western Loire Valley sweetness and Touraine Treasures !
From Saumur, cycle through the prestigious vineyards of Saumur Champigny and Chinon, still surrounded by hundred-year-old stone walls.
Following the « Loire à vélo » cycling paths, ride along imposing chateaux proudly overlooking the Loire river and its wild landscapes. Then, Romanesque Abbeys and picturesque green gardens ‘à la Française’ guide all through your journey.

Day 1 : Arrival in Saumur


Saumur welcomes you for your bike tour between Anjou and Touraine. Walk around Saumur’s streets, to the place Saint Pierre where you should stop to drink a glass of sparkling wine and then climb to the castle from where you will have a stunning view on the city of Saumur and the Loire river.

Day 2 : Saumur – Fontevraud | 45 km


This first stage guide you through the « Saumur Champigny » vineyards producing very elegant red wines. Make a stop at château de Brézé, well known for its impressive underground cellars ! Then, ride to Fontevraud and its royal abbey : an outstanding example of Romanesque art founded in 1099, considered as Europe’s most important monastic complex.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Brézé (Included in the "Visit Package")

chat. Brézé

Free visit of this chateau… and its incredible trogloditic basement! With its 18m deep dry moats, and impressive network of galleries, it is the largest underground fortress in Europe. An amazing place to visit.

Option Extra night in Fontevraud + bike excursion to Montreuil Bellay (45 km)

Possibility to plan an extra bike excursion away from major tourist routes to Montreuil-Bellay, a wonderful medieval city!

Day 3 : Fontevraud – Chinon | 48 km


After cycling through the Fontevraud forest, follow the roads in the heart of the Chinon vineyards, then experience a charming brand new bike path passing via typical villages and houses in tuffeau stone. After a stop at the château du Rivau which evokes the wonderful middle-Age stories and legends, reach the mediaeval town of Chinon, built on the Vienne river banks.

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.

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

Day 4 : Chinon – Azay le Rideau | 41 km


Ride in the heart of the most prestigious parcels of the Chinon vineyards before reaching one of the most beautiful French village: Crissay-sur-Manse. Continue through the sweet Touraine countryside, via the capital city of basketry: Villaines-les-Rochers, and reach Azay-le-Rideau, charming village and impressive Renaissance Castle, which carved walls reflect on the surrounding water.

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!

Option Extra night in Azay le Rideau + bike excursion to Villandry (38 km)

Possibility to plan an extra bike excursion to Villandry, famous for its exceptional « French style » Renaissance gardens.

Day 5 : Azay le Rideau – Saumur | 57 km


Following the river Indre, reach the splendid tiny château of Islette, still inhabited by its owners, before joining the “Loire à Vélo” routes and the village of Candes-Saint-Martin; stop for a while, and feel the quietness of this place, walking in the flowered streets. Keep going riding to Montsoreau and its castle on the Loire banks. The troglodyte’s villages and the vines on the hills lead you to Saumur.
Departure at the end of the stage.

Possibility to book an extra night in Saumur.

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.

The little extra with Biking France:


Our « Visit Package », with entrance fees to

. Fontevraud Abbey
. château de l’Islette in Azay-le-Rideau
. Royal Fortress of Chinon
. château de Brézé
+ a wine tasting in Chinon

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L18 STD
superior category
Reference: L18 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L18 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 9th
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
565 € / pers.
145 € / pers.*
630 € / pers.
225 € / pers.*
860 € / pers.
310 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 10th to June 30th
    from September 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
595 € / pers.
145 € / pers.*
660 € / pers.
225 € / pers.*
890 € / pers.
310 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
615 € / pers.
145 € / pers.*
680 € / pers.
225 € / pers.*
910 € / pers.
310 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 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 (4 nights included)

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 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 (4 nights included)

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 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 (4 nights included)

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: L18 STD
superior category
Reference: L18 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L18 LU
Half board supplement

(including 4 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 135 € / pers.
+ 145 € / pers.
+ 210 € / pers.
Extra night in Saumur
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 55 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 95 € / pers.
+ 85 € / pers.*
Extra night in Fontevraud + bike excursion to Montreuil Bellay (45 km)

(including : 1 extra night’s accommodation in a two-person bedroom / 1 breakfast / map and itinerary / 1 day cycle rental – VTC hybrid bike)

* Single supplement
Any season
+ 80 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*

Any season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*

Any season
+ 170 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.*

Extra night in Azay le Rideau + bike excursion to Villandry (38 km)

(including : 1 extra night’s accommodation in a two-person bedroom / 1 breakfast / map and itinerary / 1 day cycle rental – VTC hybrid bike)

* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.*

Any season
+ 85 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.*

Any season
+ 105 € / 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

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-50 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 70 € / pers.
• « Visit Package »

. Fontevraud Abbey
. château de l’Islette in Azay-le-Rideau
. Royal Fortress of Chinon
. château de Brézé
+ a wine tasting in Chinon

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

+ 55 € / pers.

• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :
- 'follow-me' tandem :

+ 20 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 170 € / 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

  • 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 Saumur
> Return

Your journey

Tour description

Mix of signposted routes for cyclists (about 50%) and small traffic roads.

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

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 Saumur

By train
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (about 2h30 by TGV train + 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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Line 1 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).
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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).
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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).
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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).
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 (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 : / 5 testimonials

Helene
France
travel date: 11 July 2021.
" Une très belle randonnée "

Une très belle randonnée d’une semaine préparée par RandoVelo entre Saumur et Villandry pour une équipe de 6 amis. L’organisation était parfaite et nous a permis de profiter en toute tranquillité de paysages et de sites historiques variés ainsi que d’étapes chics et confortables. Merci à l’équipe !!!

Agnès
France
travel date: 04 June 2021.
" Bonne organisation "

Beau sejour. Organisation efficace.

Kim
USA
travel date: 17 August 2019.
" Excellent "

We had an excellent bike trip with rando-velo. Everything was well organized. Accommodation was amazing, bikes and directions were excellent. We would definitely use them again for a tour in France.

Ghislaine
France
travel date: 09 September 2016.
" Nous renouvellerons cette expérience c'est sûr "

J’ai adoré ce style de voyage qui allie le sport et la découverte des châteaux et autres monuments. Ce qui est très appréciable également, c’est de pouvoir arriver le soir à l’hôtel l’esprit tranquille avec les bagages qui ont suivis notre parcours. Les hôtels sont bien choisis et les 2 repas dans la prestations étaient tout simplement délicieux. Nous renouvellerons cette expérience c’est sûr.

Damien
France
travel date: 19 June 2015.
" Toujours bien "

Deuxième séjour agréable avec Randovélo. Bonne organisation, lieux, chemins et durée des étapes.