France / Loire Valley

From Orléans to Saumur

This tour will take you through the Loire Valley also known as the 'garden of France'. The Loire Valley is a charming land of flowers, vineyards and rolling green hills. The luxurious natural landscape and over two hundred castles will enchant you as you cycle through. It will be like riding in a fairy tale, in a picturesque countryside dotted with romantic châteaux, providing regular interludes to the cycling. While you marvel at this medieval splendour, don’t forget to try the region’s sumptuous cuisine and famous wines, for a true royal holiday experience!

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Getting here - we can arrange airport transfer from Tours or train transfers from Paris


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  • day 1- Orléans

    Individual arrival in Orléans, homeland of Joan of Arc.


  • day 2 - Orléans – Beaugency/St. Dyé (30/50 km)

    You pedal along the Loire alternating cycle paths with backroads. After a visit to the Cathedral of Clery St. André you arrive at the Chateau Dunois with the beautiful medieval centre of Beaugency. A land full of water and culture will lead the way to the beautiful town of St. Dyé, an ancient river harbour.


  • day 3 - Beaugency/St. Dyé – Blois (70/50 km)

    From the huge park surrounding Chambord Castle today’s trip continues on to Cheverny Castle through the forest of Boulogne. One last ride to the castle of Beauregard across the forest before you arrive in Blois.


  • day 4 - Blois – Amboise (45 km)

    After the visit of the city of Blois and its impressive castle, you pedal through forests up to the town of Onzain. Here it is possible to visit the castle of Chaumont built on the top of a hill overlooking the river. In Amboise you cannot miss the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life.


  • day 5 - Amboise – Tours (55 km)

    After the forest of Amboise you arrive in Chenonceaux, known as the castle of the three ladies. You continue along the river Cher up to the city of Tours. You might also decide to stop for a visit at the castle of Nitray with its famous wine cellars.


  • day 6 - Tours – Chinon (60 km)

    Pedalling between the Loire and the Cher rivers you arrive at Villandry Castle, well known for its gardens. Following the Loire river, you’ll reach the city Langeais where you can stop for a break. Before arriving in Chinon you will visit Ussé, where you can admire the castle of the Sleeping Beauty.


  • day 7 - Chinon – Saumur (35 km)

    The tour continues along country roads beyond the confluence of the rivers Loire and Vienne arriving in Savigny en Vèron and the sites of Candes St-Martin. A few Kilometres away there is the castle of Montsoreau from which you can enjoy the landscape over the Fontevraud Abbey. At the end of the stage you will visit Saumur, considered the “Pearl of Anjou”.


  • day 8 - Saumur

    Departure after breakfast.


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highlights

  • Chenonceaux
  • Amboise
  • Vienne

whats included

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Hotel taxes
  • 7-days Hotline service

what we like

  • Cheverny Castle
  • the Loire and the Cher rivers
  • Ussé
  • the famous wine cellars of the castle of Nitray 

other things to consider

Do also budget for:

  • Local tax
  • lunches
  • flights
  • transfers (if required)

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

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