From exploring Amboise to gazing over the River Cher, cycling in the Loire Valley offers some of the most beautiful biking routes with the Loire à Vélo. Below, we’ve put together a list of the top bike routes through the Loire Valley.
As you cycle from Chaumont-sur-Loire to Amboise, you ride through some of the most famous and tastiest vineyards of the Loire Valley. Start at the château de Chaumont, dating back to the 10th century and cycle across the Loire River. You ride your bike over rolling hills and through the Touraine-Mesland and Touraine-Amboise vineyards. Then, you keep cycling through the countryside until you arrive in Amboise, once the headquarters of the Royal Court and your final destination.
From the town of Amboise, you make your way to the village of Chenonceau. Start by cycling through sunflower fields and shaded forests. Once at the château, park your bicycle and go for a visit of one of the most famous chateaux in the Loire Valley. Stroll through the gardens of Catherine de Medici and Diane de Potiers. And explore the Grand Gallery spanning over the River Cher. Later on, get on your bike and ride back to Amboise. You cycle on a designated bike path with almost no traffic. After a nice downhill toward the Loire river, arrive back in Amboise.
You start from Villandry, where you begin your ride after a visit of the château de Villandry, famous for its beautiful gardens with intricate patterns. Head out toward the Château de Saché, Honoré de Balzac house museum. You may take a break and go for a visit of the château. Then, you jump back on your bike and you embark on another venture, this time for Crissay-sur-Manse, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Then, you keep cycling to L’Île-Bouchard before you go across the Vienne River. Ride a little bit more through the countryside and pass by the Château du Rivau before you reach the town of Marçay, your ending location.
On this bike ride from Marçay to Azay-le-Rideau, you will need to bring you “A” game. With a little more than 2’000 ft. in elevation gain, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of riding. You start by going riding through endless acres of vineyards before you go across the Vienne River in L’Île-Bouchard. Then, you arrive at the Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau, a subtle blend of French tradition and innovative Italian décor. Following a visit of the château, you are back on your saddle and you cycle by the Château d’Ussé, the Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Keep cycling and reach the town of Chinon, famous for its wines. Once again, you go across the Vienne River and after a few more miles through the local vineyards you arrive back in the town of Marçay.
You start from the town of Marçay and you head toward Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, a UNESCO World Heritage Site between Chalonnes-sur-Loire and Sully-sur-Loire. You may be thrilled to visit the Fontevraud Abbey, so feel free to do so. Then, you cycle to Candes-Saint-Martin, a town at the confluence of the Vienne and Loire rivers and one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”. Once in town, you should walk across the Vienne river as you’ll enjoy one of the best views on the village. Later, you get back on your bicycle and head toward Saumur, home to the Cadre Noir display team. On the way, you follow the Loire à Vélo, a 900-kilometer route between Cuffy and Saint-Brevin-les-Pins. Before you arrive in Saumur, you cycle through the Saumur-Champigny vineyards.
Cycling the Loire Valley gives you a glimpse at the rural side of French life. You’ll discover Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and their amazing chateaux. Join us today to explore the Loire Valley by bike!
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