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Loire Valley Bike Tour

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Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc

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Our Loire Valley bike tour is a perfect mix of spectacular châteaux, easy biking routes, gourmet food and wonderful wines. You travel through the countryside and amongst lush vineyards. You pedal on pavé bike trails along the Loire river and by ancient castles. You explore the Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chaumont and the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau. And you stroll through the towns of Amboise, Chinon and Saumur. A Loire Valley cycling tour is a biking adventure you’ll never forget. Join us today and ride on the Loire à Vélo, visit fairytale castles and try marvelous wines.

Duration

6 Days / 5 Nights

Biking Level

Level 2

Pick-Up Location

Blois Train Station

Pick-Up Time

11.30 AM

Drop-Off Location

Tours Train Station

Drop-Off Time

12.00 PM

Price Includes

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiple daily routes
  • A fully equipped bicycle: the Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc
  • Garmin GPS with easy to follow directions
  • Handlebar & saddle bags, helmet and water bottle
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Price Excludes

  • Transportation to & from pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Pre or post trip lodging
  • Minibar, massages, non scheduled activities, etc
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Road bike or e-bike
  • Gratuities for your Leaders

Dates

  • Apr 21 - Apr 26, 2019
  • May 19 - May 24, 2019
  • Jun 2 - Jun 7, 2019
  • Jun 30 - Jul 5, 2019
  • Aug 4 - Aug 9, 2019
  • Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2019
  • Oct 6 - oct 11, 2019

Don’t see your dates of travel or want to travel with your own group of friends? Contact us today!

Hotels

Manoir Saint Thomas

Amboise (2 nights)
www.saint-thomas.com

Chateau de Marçay

Marçay (2 nights)
www.chateaudemarcay.com

Chateau de Verrieres

Saumur (1 night)
www.chateau-verrieres.com

Itinerary

Day 1Meet your trip leaders in Blois

This bike tour in the Loire Valley takes you through the Playground of the Kings. Start your journey at the Château de Chaumont, a castle in Chaumont-sur-Loire. Join your trip leaders for a light lunch and introduction to the week. Then, wind your way to the town of Amboise, once the headquarter of the Royal Court. After a nice bike ride through endless acres of vineyards, arrive at Le Manoir Saint Thomas, an intimate luxury hotel. Settle in your room before dinner in town.

Today’s Ride: 19 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Day 2Explore the Château de Chenonceau

Cycling in the Loire Valley is a dream come true for many cyclists. This morning, you set out on a loop ride to the Château de Chenonceau, a Renaissance castle over the Cher river. Visit the gallery and take a look at the 16th century flemish tapestries and paintings. Then, walk through Catherine de’ Medici and Diane de Poitiers gardens. In the afternoon, make your way back to Amboise, a town along the Loire river. Once in town, visit the Clos Lucé, the residence of Leonardo da Vinci during the last 4 years of his life. In the evening, wander through the town of Amboise before dinner at a local restaurant.

Today’s Ride: 28 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Day 3Explore the Château de Villandry

Start the day with a transfer to the town of Villandry (45 minutes). Once at the Château de Villandry, go for a visit of its Renaissance gardens. Then, ride your bicycle to Crissay-sur-Manse, one of the most beautiful villages in France. After lunch, make your way to the Château du Rivau, a fairytale Renaissance castle in the heart of the Touraine region. End your bike route at the Château de Marçay, a 15th century castle and your home for the next 2 nights. In the evening, stroll the streets of Chinon before dinner.

Today’s Ride: 36 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Short Option: 17 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Long Option: 43 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Day 4Visit the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

On your fourth day, your Loire Valley cycle tour continues to the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, a jewel of Renaissance architecture. Start by cycling through the local vineyards and crossing over the Vienne river before visiting the château. Then, gather at a local bistro or grab a sandwich at a boulangerie. In the afternoon, wind your way to the Château d’Ussé, the sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Continue cycling to the 11th century Château de Chinon, a castle on the bank of the Vienne river. End your day with a wine tasting in the underground cellars of your hotel.

Today’s Ride: 47 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 23 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 52 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Day 5Stop in Candes-Saint-Martin

On your final day, start by riding toward Candes-Saint-Martin, a village at the confluence of the Vienne and Loire rivers. After lunch, continue on to Montsoreau, famous for its Renaissance château. Then, spin through the vineyards on your way to Saumur. This evening, eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant in downtown Saumur. For you last night in the Loire Valley region, stay at the Château De Verrières, a 5-star hotel across the Cadre Noir.

Today’s Ride: 31 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Long Option: 37 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Day 6End your bike trip in Tours

Cycling in the Loire Valley ends at the Tours train station.

Map

Loire Valley cycling map

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Francis O.

Couple Traveller

We loved our trip with both of your trip leaders, Sam and JP. Very professional and enjoyable to work with. We got the help we needed for us to have the best experience possible. I would recommend them both to any future clients.

October 4, 2018

Karen S.

Couple Traveller

Our cycling trip through the Loire was great — it exceeded my expectations on every level — the food, the wine, the accommodations, the wine tasting, the chateau visits. We defintely would use Digngo for another trip. Thank you!

August 23, 2018

Attila T.

Group Traveller

This bicycling tour was very well planned, executed according to plans. I would advise future participants that the bikes have very narrow seats and I highly recommend either a seat cover or a padded bike short.

August 14, 2018

Sarina G.

Couple Traveller

Our cycling trip was amazing. We had great tour leaders and we had a great time.

July 10, 2018

Gale F.

Couple Traveller

I want you to know how a wonderful second bicycle trip we had. We are sure that you are headed for great success. Thank you again!!!!

September 24, 2017
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