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Discover the best of the Loire Valley by bike. Whether it’s an easy spin through the lush vineyards, a beautiful ride along the Loire River, a Renaissance Chateau or a medieval castle, the Loire Valley has got it all. Join us on a bike tour in the Loire Valley that includes Chenonceaux, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Amboise, Chinon and Saumur.
Cycling in the Loire Valley is a pleasure with over 2000 km of biking paths or “véloroutes”. La “Loire a velo” created in 1995 is a combination of 800 km between Cuffy (cher) and Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (loire atlantique) and is a member of the eurovéloroute of the fleuve (eurovelo 6) which goes from the Atlantique to the black see on 3600 km.
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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
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
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
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
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
Cycling in the Loire Valley ends at the Tours train station.
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.
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!
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.
Our cycling trip was amazing. We had great tour leaders and we had a great time.
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!!!!