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France - Loire Valley

France - Loire Valley

Degree of difficulty - B

Fairytale castles, riverside paths, charming villages and some of Frances finest wines...the Loire Valley tour is all you could want in a cycling holiday.

Our Safari starts in Samur on the banks of the Loire, the longest river in France. Our cycle through the "Garden of France" is mainly flat along small roads and occasional tracks. There is time to explore many of the famous castles of the region, from the incredible underground chateu at Breze to the spectaculter Chateu Usse (inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty).

In the evening time, after sampling some delicious French cuisine, we may have the opportunity to see the chateu from a new angle as the spectacular son et lumiere shows light up the castle against the night sky. Our final night is spent in Amboise with its iconic Royal Castle and neighbouring Clos-Luce manor, the onetime home of Leonardo da Vinci. As you pack away the cycling shorts and enjoy a final glass of wine, you will already be planning your return to this magical and captivating region.

The tour includes a collection from Anglers train station to the first hotel and a drop off at the end of the tour to St Pierre des Corps train station ( set times on the group tour ).

DAY 1 Arrive
Transfers available from Saumur train station.
We start from Montreuil Bellay, a delightful walled village with striking château overlooking the river Thouet. A chance to lounge by the pool and enjoy a cold pastis.

DAY 2 Montreuil Bellay to Chinon 26 miles / 42 km
An easy ride to one of the highlights of the week, Château Brézé, a wine-making estate famous for its amazing underground chateau. Leaving Brézé we make our way to the Royal Abbey at Fontevraud once home to many French queens. After lunch we descend to the river Vienne and cycle along a riverside path to Chinon where we stay at the Hotel France in the heart of medieval Chinon.

DAY 3 Chinon to Azay-le-Rideau 34 miles / 55 km
We leave Vienne and cycle towards the river Indre where we find Châeau Ussé. Next stop is Villandry and its Michelin 3***rated gardens., then cycle through delightful riding country to Azay-le-Rideau, another top-rated château. Tonight you will stay at the Hotel Châteu with the chance to visit the spectacular son et lumière, and the spectacle at Azay-le-Rideau is worth the stroll.

DAY 4 Azay-le-Rideau to Loches 37 miles / 59 km
Today is a long cycle, 37 miles plus, but much of it follows the delightful Indre valley, and the flat rolling countryside that divides the Indre and the River Cher. The Indre valley is widely regarded as the prettiest of all the many river valleys in the region, and Loches is an unsung delight with a lovely château and a charming town centre. 

DAY 5 Loches to Montrichard 26 miles / 42 km
A long memorable day, with some glorious cycling that takes you off the tourist route, and north to the Cher Valley and to the most famous of all the Loire Châteaux, Chenonceau. The Ballroom, built by Catherine de Medici, spans the Cher in spectacular fashion. You can cycle to the Caves du Monmousseau for a tour of their wince cave and a tasting of their sparkling wines, but please check times. Tonight you are beside the banks of the River Cher at the Hotel Bellevue.

DAY 6 Montrichard to Chambord 31 miles / 50 km
Follow the Cher valley, visiting fascinating mushroom caves at Bourré where they grow Blue Foot, Shitake, Oyster and Paris mushrooms – it’s a great visit, but please check times. After lunch, the route follows quiet backroads across deserted countryside to château Cheverny which lies in the Cour-Cheverny appellation with wine made from the local Romanian grape. The Château Chombard is by far the largest of all the Loire châteaux (and the best!). The hotel faces this beautiful château in the middle of a vast hunting park.

DAY 7 Chambord to Amboise 39 miles / 63 km
Much of today is spent beside the Loire downstream, passing through Chaumont. Your final destination is Amboise. With its beautiful white château overlooking the Loire and the bustling medieval centre, Amboise was also the last home of Leonardo da Vinci at the Clos-Luce, which is well worth a visit, and your last night is at the Hotel le Vinci.

DAY 8 Homeward bound
We will arrange transport to Amboise train station with an 11-minute journey to the TGV station at St Pierre des Corps. A gentle departure time from St Pierre of 10.30 arrives in Paris before midday, and London by mid-afternoon.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.
As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

€1595 per person sharing
€1990 single occupancy (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

€1210 per person sharing
€1605 single occupancy (if travelling with others)
€1760 solo traveller (if travelling on your own)

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in village hotels wtih breakfasts
  • Seven dinners (group tour only)
  • Guide cycling with group (group tour only)
  • Luggage transfer 
  • 24 speed tour bike/pannier bag
  • Maps and route details
  • Set transfer on arrival day from Saumur to the first hotel
  • Set transfer on departure day from last hotel to Amboise train station

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)


Self Guided Tour Information

Arrival any day between 1 June to 22 September 2019

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

Montreuil Bellay

Day1 Relais du Bellay Day1 Relais du Bellay1 Day1 Relais du Bellay2

Day 1: Relais du Bellay


Day2 Hotel de France Day2 Hotel de France2 Day2 Hotel de France1

Day 2: Hotel de France


Day3 Hotel de Chateaux1 Day3 Hotel de Chateaux Day3 Hotel de Chateaux2

Day 3: Hotel Des Chateaux


Day4 Hotel Georges Sand Day4 Hotel Georges Sand1 Day4 Hotel Georges Sand2

Day 4: Hotel Georges Sand


Day5 Hotel Bellevue Day5 Hotel Bellevue1 Day5 Hotel Bellevue2

Day 5: Hotel Bellevue


Day6 Hotel Le Saint Florent Day6 Hotel Le Saint Florent1 Day6 Hotel Le Saint Florent2

Day 6: Hotel Saint Florent in Mont Pres Chambord


Day7 Hoteld le Vinci Day7 Hoteld le Vinci1 Day7 Hoteld le Vinci2

Day 7: Best Western Hotel la Vinci


How to get to the start point for Self guided: 

We suggest flying to Paris and then take our set transfer from the train station (see below)

You will be met at Saumur at 18:40 by a tour representative who will be easily identifiable and brought by minibus to the starting point at Montreuil Bellay. Our transfer aims to leave Saumur station by 18:45.
For guided group tour : Transfers will be arranged from Angers train station

At the end of the week you will be brought to the train station Amboise for the departure to Paris Charles de Gaulle / Montparnasse and London (via Lille) at 11:01
For guided group tour : Transfers will be arranged from St Pierre des Corps train station

*Both transfers are included in the tour price.
Note: On the group tour the times shown are the only transfers we arrange ,  on self Guided tours you can arrive at any time at our designated train stations.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

Tour map

We really enjoyed our bike trek. The region was really nice and the weather couldn’t have been better. All our accommodations were great and the staff at each one were very nice. The restaurants, were also very good and we really enjoyed all menus offered.

Elena Vazquez (Loire Valley group 2015)

We had a wonderful time on our tour. The Loire Valley is incredibly beautiful, with a fantastic combination of gorgeous chateaux, amazing history, lovely towns, charming people, stunning scenery, and of course, delicious wine.

Nancy Burns (Loire Valley group 2015)

I had a wonderful time on the Loire Valley Cycling Tour. I couldn't fault any part of it at all! The cycling program was fabulous, the bikes were almost new and in excellent condition. The accommodation and food were also excellent. Our guide was also excellent and the other cyclists were great company, too!
Hoping to do another cycling holiday next year.

Tess Maclaughlin (Loire Valley group 2015)

Our tour was everything I expected! Pete McGee, the lead guide, was fun, personable, helpful, knowledgeable, and an all-around great guide. The Trek bikes in good condition,
All our hotels were quite comfortable, the evening meals were exquisite, the tour routes were picturesque and safe with minimal to no traffic.

Barbara Koppenhafer (Loire Valley group tour 2013)

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