Bike loop around Tours: between castles and "Loire à Vélo" cycling paths

from 690 € / pers.

Reference : L34
7 days / 5 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:

From the nice city of Tours, your cycling tour allows you to follow the wild banks of the Loire river to the prestigious vineyards of Chinon, still surrounded by hundred-year-old stone walls.

Stroll on the “Loire à Vélo” or the “Indre à Vélo” cycle paths which guide you on the routes of the Loire Valley must-sees: the châteaux de Chenonceau and Azay le Rideau, the abbey of Fontevraud with its romantic destiny and the “French” Renaissance gardens of Villandry, without forgetting the Royal city of Amboise.

Day 1 : Arrival in Tours


Take time to enjoy the old and vibrant quarters of Tours city and especially the “Place Plumereau”, a beautiful square with half-timbered houses. Take a look at the splendid gothic cathedral.

Day 2 : Tours – Chinon | 57 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")

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

Day 3 : Excursion to Fontevraud | 52 km


Follow 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, listed among “The Most Beautiful Villages of France”. Now leave the Loire river to Fontevraud abbey, the Europe’s largest remaining monastic complex which is also the Necropolis of the Plantagenêt kings! Then follow the roads in the heart of the Chinon vineyards to reach the beautiful medieval city of Chinon, famous for its red wine!

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

Day 4 : Chinon – Azay le Rideau | 44 km


Ride in the heart of the most prestigious parcels of the Chinon vineyards before reaching one of the “The Most Beautiful Villages of France”: 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 Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (Included in the "Visit 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 5 : Azay le Rideau – Chenonceaux | 61 km


First, follow the very bucolic cycling route « Indre à Vélo »: ride on the mill road with pretty mansions unto the Medieval Fortress of Montbazon sheltering the oldest keep in France still standing. Continue to the former Cormery abbey before joining the Cher Valley and Chenonceaux. Its chateau is famous for its Renaissance château spanning the Cher river still steeped in the memories of the famous French History ladies: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chenonceau (Included in the "Visit 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.

OptionCanoe trip on the Cher river
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JF Souchard Canoe company

Enjoy a canoe trip offering you an extraordinary point of view on the Château de Chenonceau! Admire the bucolic shores of the Cher river and appreciate the outstanding beauty of the Château de Chenonceau as you pass under the arches of the castle (approx. 2h – from the 1st weekend of June to October).

Day 6 : Chenonceaux – Tours (via Amboise) | 49 km


Follow the “Cher à vélo” bike paths then ride through the forest to reach the Royal city of Amboise, its château (where lived the greatest Kings of France) and the Clos Lucé Manor House.  Leonardo da Vinci lived here at the request of the French King François 1st! 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. Reach the city of Tours to end your cycling trip.

OptionVisit of the Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo Da Vinci (Included in the "Visit Package")

Clos Lucé

Free visit of the Manor House where Leonardo da Vinci, at the request of the French King François 1st, spent the last three years of his life. Discover his workshop and the fabulous machines designed by the inventor. Then go for a walk in the park landscaped around the artistic and visionary universe of the greatest creative genius.

Day 7 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France (optional):


Our « Visit Package », with entrance fees to

. château de Chenonceau
. château d’Azay-le-Rideau
. Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise
. Villandry Gardens (Gardens & Château)
. Fontevraud Abbey
+ a wine tasting of Chinon wines

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L34 STD
superior category
Reference: L34 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L34 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 7th
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
690 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
840 € / pers.
360 € / pers.*
1 120 € / pers.
680 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 8th to May 5th
    from May 30th to June 30th
    from September 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
720 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
860 € / pers.
360 € / pers.*
1 160 € / pers.
680 € / pers.*
High season
  • from May 6th to 29th
    from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
750 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
900 € / pers.
360 € / pers.*
1 190 € / pers.
680 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 6 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 (6 nights included)

Including :

• 6 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 (6 nights included)

Including :

• 6 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 (6 nights included)

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: L34 STD
superior category
Reference: L34 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L34 LU
Half board supplement

(including 6 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 260 € / pers.
+ 260 € / pers.
+ 300 € / pers.
Extra night in Tours
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 85 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 115 € / pers.
+ 105 € / 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 »

. château de Chenonceau
. château d’Azay-le-Rideau
. Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise
. Villandry Gardens (Gardens & Château)
. Fontevraud Abbey
+ a wine tasting of Chinon wines

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

+ 80 € / pers.

• Canoe trip on the Vienne river (Chinon > Montsoreau)
+ 29 € / pers.
• Canoe trip on the Cher river
+ 18 € / 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)
+ 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

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’’)

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  • “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 Tours
> Return

Your journey

Tour description:

Mix of cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists (about 80%) and small traffic roads.

Navigation app:

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

How to arrive in Tours

By train:
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station (about 1h 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