The hidden treasures of the Loire à Vélo routes, from Tours to Saumur

from 595 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : L4
7 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

The Loire à Vélo cycling itinerary gives the opportunity to discover somes hidden places: from the Renaissance gardens of Villandry, ride to one of the most beautiful villages of France, Crissay sur Manse! From the iconic château d’Azay le Rideau, let be seduced by the magic of the both châteaux d’Ussé and château du Rivau, straight out of a fairy tale.
And if the cycling paths wander between wild Loire river banks and toglodyte houses, the Chinon and Saumur vineyards guide you to unexpected mediaeval cities, to the impressive underground tunnels of château de Brézé!

Day 1 : Arrival in Tours


Don’t miss a visit to the old neighbourhoods of the city of Tours, a town steeped in art and history, including the Gothic cathedral of St Gatien and the famous Place Plumereau with its half-timbered houses.

Day 2 : Tours – Azay le Rideau | 36 km


This stage takes you through the countryside of the Tours region via the famous French classical gardens of Villandry to Azay le Rideau in the Indre Valley, with its romantic château, a Renaissance marvel in a water and greenery setting.

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 : Excursion to Crissay sur Manse & Saché | 45 km


This bike excursion will bring you to the tiny Crissay sur Manse village (listed among France’s most beautiful villages) then to Villaine-les-Rochers, troglodyte village famous for its traditional basketry. Continue riding to château de Saché, a château where the French author Honoré de Balzac lived and wrote.

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 – Chinon | 39 km


From one valley to the next: the Vienne Valley. This stage reveals several marvels, such as the Château de Langeais, in its 15th-century splendour, the Château d’Ussé, which inspired Perrault to write his “Sleeping Beauty”, and Chinon la Médiévale, dominated by its mediaeval castle and famous for its red wine.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Langeais (Included in the "Châteaux 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 5 : Excursion to Château du Rivau & Chinon vineyards | 45 km or 55 km


This excursion leads you to the charming little “Notre-Dame” church, hidden into Rivière village. Do not miss its beautiful 11th century mural paintings. Proceed to château du Rivau which evokes the wonderful middle-Age stories and legends, before riding through the most prestigious Chinon vineyards of Cravant les Côteaux.

Possitility to extend your journey to Rabelais birth house, a magnificient 15th century house where “Gargantua” was written. And why to not taste the typical “Ste Maure de Touraine” goat cheese, in local farm located just near?

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Rivau (Included in the "Châteaux Package")
chateau du Rivau

RandoVélo

Visit on your own of this Loire Valley chateau which is unjustly little known. This is a very nostalgic 15th century chateau, which looks like a fortress, with a keep and functioning drawbridge. It is surrounded by a veritable fairy tale garden, made up of, among others, 500 varieties of fragrant roses.

Day 6 : Chinon – Saumur | 36 km (+ option 12 km)


Follow the “Loire à Vélo” routes which will 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. Continue along troglodyte sites and vineyards before reaching Saumur overshadowed by its imposing château.

Option : you will have the opportunity to reach Fontevraud abbey, Europe’s largest remaining monastic complex which is also the Necropolis of the Plantagenêt kings!

OptionVisit of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (Included in the "Châteaux 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 7 : Excursion to Montreuil Bellay & Brézé | 45 km


Following the Thouet river and its bike trail, reach peacefully the magnificent mediaeval city of Montreuil Bellay. Settled on the river, the town has preserved its defensive walls, mediaeval gates and fortress! Continue riding to the most curious of the Loire chateaux: château de Brézé with its outstanding former underground tunnels! Its surrounding dry moats are considered among the deepest in Europe. Come back to Saumur via the « Saumur Champigny » vineyards producing very elegant red wines.
Departure at the end of the stage.

Possibility to add an extra night in Saumur.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Brézé (Included in the "Châteaux 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.

The little extra with Biking France :


  • Private return transfer from Saumur to Tours – optional.
  • Our “Châteaux Package” – with entrance fees to

. château d’Azay le Rideau
. Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens)
. Fontevraud Royal Abbey
. château de Langeais
. château de Brézé
. château du Rivau

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L4 STD
superior category
Reference: L4 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L4 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
595 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
715 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
905 € / pers.
430 € / 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
615 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
735 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
935 € / pers.
430 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
630 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
750 € / pers.
260 € / pers.*
950 € / pers.
430 € / 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 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 :

• 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 Saumur to Tours 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 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 :

• 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 Saumur to Tours 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 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 :

• 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 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 )

'Bike extra' & various

• 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 :

+ 30 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 60 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L4 STD
superior category
Reference: L4 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: L4 LU
Half board supplement

(including 6 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 215 € / pers.
+ 215 € / pers.
+ 235 € / 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.*
Extra night in Saumur
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 55 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 110 € / pers.
+ 50 € / 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"

. château d’Azay le Rideau
. Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens)
. Fontevraud Royal Abbey
. château de Langeais
. château de Brézé
. château du Rivau

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

+ 70 € / pers.

• Private return transfer Saumur > Tours
(up to 5 persons)
+ 135 € (package)

• Return transfer of personal bikes from
Saumur to Tours

(booking possible in case of private return transfer)

+ 15 € / 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

  • 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 70%) 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 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).
    – Saumur train Station >> Tours train Station (by train).
    – Saumur >> Tours (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).
    – 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 : / 9 testimonials

Isabelle
France
travel date: 25 July 2019.
" Très agréable "

Semaine très agréable mêlant visites de chateaux / abbaye / site troglodytique / visite de caves et belles étendues agricoles. Très peu de routes passagères, pistes cyclables très bien matérialisées, circuit relativement plat ne nécessitant pas d’entrainement particulier. Le Road book très précis associé aux cartes et suivi GPS (GPX viewer) empêchent toute erreur de parcours. Vous pouvez y aller en toute tranquillité.

Laureen
USA
travel date: 13 July 2019.
" Exceeded our expectations "

We were thrilled with our Loire Valley tour. It exceeded our expectations in every way.

Francine
Canada
travel date: 25 June 2019.
" Très bel itinéraire "

Visites de châteaux très intéressantes; magnifiques jardins et beaux paysages.

Dalton
USA
travel date: 21 June 2019.
" Really excellent holiday "

Rado Velo made everything so easy at every stage. Mostly great hotels with good breakfasts. Good route instructions and nice bikes. Couldn’t ask for more.

Thierry
France
travel date: 18 August 2018.
" Belle prestation globale "

Vélos parfaitement adaptés Parcours variés, intéressants et routes protégées à 95% Organisation parfaitement rodée et sans fausse note ! Le soleil était même commandé ! Une très belle expérience.

Patrick
France
travel date: 29 July 2018.
" Des vacances parfaites "

Merci à toute l’équipe RandoVelo qui nous a permis de vivre une expérience exceptionnelle. Bravo pour le professionnalisme : excellent matériel et choix d’étapes et de trajets. De vraies vacances en plein air avec des étapes très confortables.

Corinne
France
travel date: 21 July 2018.
" Top! "

Randovelo a été le seul à nous trouver un séjour à 5 jours du départ. Et en plus c’etait Top ! Et bravo pour l’accueil téléphonique de Marie-liesse qui a bien compris nos attentes et nous a très bien conseillé et convaincu.

Genevieve
France
travel date: 12 May 2018.
" Merci! "

Très beau circuit. Organisation au top.

Caroline
France
travel date: 02 August 2016.
" Bonne organisation "

Très bons vélos. Circuit très agréable. Une très belle découverte. Merci.