Loire à Vélo from Orléans to Nantes – challenging

from 1 060 € / pers.

Reference : L31
7 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Hard
Linear trip
From March to November
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour from Orléans to Nantes:

A one-week cycling trip mixing sport and tourism, on the “Loire à Vélo” trail! From Orléans to Nantes, ride through the impressive landscapes that offers the Loire river, as rich as they are varied.
Follow the cycling paths among the most fabulous châteaux of Loire Valley.

Day 1 : Arrival in Orléans


Discover Orléans, the “City of Art and History” liberated in 1429 by Joan of Arc from the English siege.

Day 2 : Orléans – Blois | 72 km


Ride the « Loire à Vélo » cycling paths and the Loire river, last wild river in Europe, to the very flowered city of Beaugency. Then cross the forest of « Domaine de Chambord » to admire its château, masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Continue en direction de Blois, which presents a rich historical heritage with the château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.  

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chambord (Included in the "Visit 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 : Blois – Tours | 69 km


Follow the small countryside routes until the chateau of Chaumont overlooking the Loire River, before reaching Amboise and its royal chateau from 15th –16th century. Few streets further on, is the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci: Manorhouse of ‘Clos Lucé’. Then ride through the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars that offer sweet white or sparkling wines, before reaching Tours and its old quarters sheltering the famous ‘Place Plumereau’ famous for its half-timbered houses.

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 4 : Tours – Saumur | 82 km


Departure towards Villandry and its famous French Renaissance Gardens, then proceed to Langeais with its 15th century château offering a typical form of a medieval fortified castle. Still follow the Loire river to the  ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé before riding through the nice Chinon vineyards! Then follow the Vienne river then the Loire river once again, where stand the beautiful villages of Candes St Martin and Montsoreau. Now ride through some troglodyte sites to reach Saumur.

OptionVisit of the Gardens of Villandry (Included in the "Visit 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 5 : Saumur – Montjean sur Loire | 95 km


This stage allows you to enjoy the exceptional Loire heritage riding through its wild landscapes! After passing near Angers, continue cycling in the vineyards of Anjou: such as Coteaux de l’Aubance. Do not miss to make a stop at Savennière, famous for its dry white wine and proceed to the banks of the Loire at Chalonnes, the confluence of the Rivers Loire and Layon.

Day 6 : Montjean sur Loire – Nantes | 68 km


Ride along the banks of the River Loire where you will enjoy the different natural landscapes and observe the wild animals and birds of the river. Enjoy a peaceful ride on the cycling path until to Champtoceaux, in its magnificent setting marking the boundary between Anjou and Brittany. You reach the capital of the western area: Nantes. This very dynamic city will offer you a large choice of visit and you can enjoy a sight-seeing through the numerous pedestrian streets.

Day 7 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


  • Private return transfer from Nantes to Orléans – (rate on request).
  • Our « Visit Package », with entrance fees to

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise
. Villandry Gardens (Gardens & Château)

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L31 STD
superior category
Reference: L31 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 10th
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 060 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
1 290 € / pers.
455 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 11th to June 30th
    from September 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 090 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
1 320 € / pers.
455 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 100 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
1 350 € / pers.
455 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 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 (6 nights included)
• Transfer from Nantes to Orléans and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 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 (6 nights included)
• Transfer from Nantes to Orléans 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.
-80 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 60 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :
- 'follow-me' tandem :

+ 25 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 410 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L31 STD
superior category
Reference: L31 SUP
Half board supplement

(including 6 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 195 € / pers.
+ 225 € / pers.
Extra night in Orléans
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 125 € / pers.
+ 85 € / pers.*
Extra night in Nantes
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 85 € / 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

• « Visit Package »

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise
. Villandry Gardens (Gardens & Château)

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

+ 38 € / 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 SCOTT Sub Sport 20 bike - 27 speed gears

Man or Lady 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
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 Orléans
> Return

Your journey

Tour description:

Exclusively cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists.

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 Orléans

By train:
From Paris Austerlitz train station to Orléans train station (about 1h by train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Roissy CDG airport:
    – Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station >> St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Orléans train station (by regular train).

– RER B >> Paris centre – stop ‘Chatelet Les Halles  >> Metro line 1 + line 10 >> Paris Austerlitz train station >> Orléans train station.
www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Austerlitz train station >> Orléans train station.

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud > > Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 6 + line 5 >> Austerlitz train station >> Orléans 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 >> Orléans train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Austerlitz train station >> Orléans train station

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> >> Metro line 1 + line 10 >> Paris Austerlitz train station >> Orléans 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: 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).
    – Nantes train Station >> Orléans train Station (about 3h by train).
    – Nantes >> Orléans (by taxi).

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).
    – Nantes train Station >> Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).
    – Nantes train Station >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

Nearby airport:
– Nantes airport : www.nantes.aeroport.fr


Trip overall rating : / 2 testimonials

Murray
Great Britain
travel date: 07 October 2019.
" The scenery was stunning "

Rando Velo tour of the Loire Valley was well organised and the scenery was stunning

Edward
Great Britain
travel date: 15 September 2019.
" Totally recommend this "

We really enjoyed Loire a la velo with Biking France. 400 km from Orleans to Nantes in 5 days through medieval towns, chateaux, vineyards, wine caves, pretty villages, forests and beautiful river to follow. Nearly all on bike paths. Totally recommend this.