From Blois to Angers, as you admire a great number of castles and medieval towns, you ride along the Loire Valley towards the mild Anjou region. The castles of Blois, Chambord, Amboise, Chenonceau, Langeais, Ussé, Azay le Rideau, Chinon, the Fontevraut Abbey that is a jewel of Romanesque art, all these monuments clearly mark the path along the majestic and charged with history river Loire.
In the heart of the Val de Loire, registered as Unesco world heritage, visit the Touraine region on the courtyard side and the garden side… The banks of the Loire and Cher rivers reveal unexpected sites and landscapes of a pure beauty, miles after miles. Discovering them while cycling is a very pleasant and privileged moment.
- Discover the greatest castles of the Loire
- A trip in the heart of a region listed as a world heritage by UNESCO
Travel Dates 2020
Daily from of March 01st to October 30th, 2020
Day 1 - Arrival in Blois
It is absolutely necessary to visit the royal Castle of Blois. It is an essential site of the Val de Loire. It gives a genuine panorama of the architecture and history of the castles of the Loire Valley. It was the residence of 7 kings and 10 queens. This site is particularly evocative of the Renaissance. King François I was one of the builders (as well as for Chambord and Fontainebleau) and the Duke of Guise was murdered in the castle in 1588 under the command of Henri III.
Note: If you arrive early, you can organize a ride at the castle of Chambord and come back along the banks of the Loire river (37 km)
Night in Blois in 2-star or 3-star hotel for the upgraded version
Day 2 - Blois - Amboise (43 km)
When you follow the itinerary of the Loire Valley, (which only partly follows the river, in fact) you will discover a circuit rich in history and heritage: Candé sur Beuvron, the castle of Chaumont perched on its promontory and offering an exceptional panorama over the Loire river. It is worth a visit, with its famous garden festival in its sumptuous park. Arrival in Amboise and its castle through the Clos Lucé where Leonard de Vinci spent the last four years of his life
Night in Ambois in 2-star or 4-star hotel for the upgraded version.
Day 3 - Amboise - Tours (28 km) + Chenonceau Castle (25 km)
If you didn’t have the time to visit Amboise and the Clos Lucé yesterday, you will be able to do it this morning before starting and then, you will continue towards Tours. Otherwise, from Amboise, you can also go out of your way for a visit to Chenonceau (with a shared, not secured road yet) which is one of the pearls of the Val de Loire. Then, you can come back to Amboise with the same road (25 km round trip) and keep riding to Tours (well provided with bike paths). It is also possible to take the train (TER) from Chenonceau to Tours. The railway station is just next to the castle.
Night in Tours in 2-star or 3-star hotel for the upgraded version.
Day 4 - Tours - Langeais (31 km) + Azay le Rideau (16 km)
Today is one of the most beautiful stages of the Loire Valley by bike. You will follow the banks of the river Cher up to the Renaissance castle of Villandry and its well-known gardens and ornamental water pools. Then, you will keep riding on the « Levée » (dike along the Loire river) and you will cross the river Loire to arrive at Langeais and its unavoidable medieval castle built under Louis XI.
Itinerary for Azay le Rideau: before arriving in Langeais, at the level of the Chapelle aux Naux, you cut through meadows and orchards with small, not very busy roads.
It is also possible from Villandry with a quiet itinerary in the Regional Park, Loire Anjou Touraine, but you will be cut off from the first part of the Levée that is really spectacular. Azay le rideau is a castle built on an island in the middle of the river Indre. It is a jewel of the French Renaissance, edified under the reign of François I.
Night in Langeais in charming guest house (equivalent 3-star hotel)
Day 5 - Langeais - Chinon (38 Km)
You leave Langeais and its fortress with the suspended bridge. Then, you follow the wild Loire river and take the direction of Bréhémont with the Levée (the same one since Villandry). It offers a wonderful landscape on the river Loire and its ancient boats such as gabarres and futreaux which are flatbottomed barges. This provides authenticity and a peaceful harmony. Take the time to visit the castle of Ussé, called “le château de la Belle au bois dormant” (Sleeping beauty’s castle) since it inspired Charles Perrault (round trip 3.5 km).
Two itineraries to reach Chinon: the quicker one leaves the banks of the river Loire at the level of La Huhaudrie to arrive in Chinon after about 12 km but with some quite steep ascents to climb. The normal itinerary follows the river Loire with a path. 5 km further, it meets the confluence with the river Indre. Then, you ride through Avoine and Savigny en Véron and you follow the banks of the river Vienne up to Chinon.
Night in Chinon in 3-star hotel
Day 6 - Chinon - Saumur (35 km) + Fontrevaud Abbey (12 km)
Between Touraine and Anjou, a wonderful stage that starts with the banks of the river Vienne and runs to Savigny en Véron. Then, the itinerary comes back to the banks of the river Vienne and, a little further, arrives at the confluence of the Vienne and the Loire rivers and at the postcard village of Candes St Martin. In Montsoreau, you should go out of your way to admire the Fontevraud Abbey, one of the most beautiful heritage sites of the river Loire with its polychrome recumbent effigies. It is not very far from your way and you won’t regret it. Back to Montsoreau, if you feel like visiting another castle, the one of Montsoreau will welcome you with its fortress immortalized by Alexandre Dumas.
To go to Saumur, there are only 18 km but a few ascents among which a 18 % one in Parnay. They are short and you will appreciate to ride in the heart of the vineyards of Saumur Champigny. The new itinerary of the river Loire by bike enables to go to Saumur while following the river and avoiding the vineyards.
Night in Saumur in 3-star hotel
Day 7 - Saumur - Angers (61 km)
No difficulty on this ride except for the last kilometers that lead to the high points of Angers. Most of the time you will follow the river Loire up to Cunault (one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of the Anjou area). You will climb towards the lake Joreau, ride in front of the dolmen of Madeleine and go down to Gennes and its Anjou softness. You are now in the Anjou region and, always along the river Loire; you will ride in front of the St Maur Abbey, the Benedictine priory of St Rémy; you will cross the river Loire to reach St Mathurin sur Loire, (an old harbour and stage between Saumur and Angers), la Daguenière and Angers through the Trélazé slate quarries. In Angers, there is a castle surrounded with a fortress built by Saint Louis. Inside, you can see the huge Apocalypse Tapestry. Don’t miss the town’s older neighbourhoods.
Night in Anger in 3-star hotel
Day 8 - End
End of the trip after the breakfast
NOTE: Sometimes we have to make slight modifications to the route that is given here. This can happen for a variety of reasons such as hotels being fully booked or because there are obstructions, damages or other problems along the paths. Trust us, any changes that are made in your best interest: for your comfort, safety and enjoyment!
For a cyclist with an average sporting level.The circuit mainly runs on cyclable path and small tarred roads and avoids main roads with a lot of traffic as often as possible.
Stages of 28 to 61 kms a day. The whole ride is indicated both ways.
You only carry your personal belongings for the day, in a little bag or in a bike bag and your picnic lunch. You will find your luggage in the evening at your hotel. It is limited to one piece of luggage per person. It will have to be at the hotel reception before 9 am and it will be delivered before 6 pm.
Standart Version: Bed and breakfast accommodation in double rooms, in hotels 2-star (3 nights) and 3-star (3 nights) or equivalent. 1 night in a charming guesthouse in Langeais. In case of a shortage of room, we may have to find another accommodation for you in the same category of hotel
Upgraded Version: Bed and breakfast accommodation in double rooms, in hotels 3-star (4 nights) and 4-star (1 night) or equivalent. 1 night in a charming guesthouses or equivalent. In case of a shortage of room, we may have to find another accommodation for you in the same category of hotel.
In France, more and more hotels or guesthouses refuse any classification, even structures that were still classified one or two years ago. However, they really don’t lose quality. Among guesthouses, many of them are charming ones. If, for example, we indicate a level of comfort «3-star or equivalent», this means that the structure is not necessarily classified but has comfort corresponding to the one in a hotel 3-star.
Arrival and parking:
Arrival by plane: Closest airport is Tours.
Arriving by train: Train from Paris to Blois or Paris to Tours.
Arrival by car / parking: You can park your car in the underground car park Vinci Château (next to the hotel). Fixed fee of 35 € for 7 days and 50 € for 15 days.
Travel Dates 2020:
Daily from of March 01st to October 30th, 2020
P.Person B&B in Double Room
Individual (p. person)
|2 to 3 persons (p. person)
|4 to 5 persons (p. person)||650 €||765 €|
|6 person and more (p. person)||625 €||740 €|
|Hybrid Bike Rental||135 €|
|Electrical Bike Rental||185 €|
- Bed and breakfast accommodation, in double room, according to the chosen classification
- Travel pack (maps and route notes)
- Luggage transfer from one hotel to another
Lunch and Dinner
- The return transfer from Angers to Blois
Visits of sites and possible tasting
Options and additional costs:
- Repatriation of persons + personal bikes + luggage : 295 € for the transfer ( 1 to 5 person )
- Single room, standard version: 270 €,
- Single room, upgraded version: 395 €
- Without luggage transfer, standart version: 595 € (p.person)
- Without luggage transfer, upgraded version: 715 € (p.person)
Extra Nights: on request
Men or women bike, 21-speed hybrid bike or electric bike.
All bikes are Equipped with a safety lock, a repair kit, bags and helmet. Prepared by a professional cyclist.
If you choose to rent a bike, it will be delivered at your 1st hotel on day 1. At the end of the tour, you will have to leave your bike at the hotel on day 7 and inform the reception of the hotel. We will take care of the bike from that moment onwards.
- Front VAUDE bag with a locker, a pump, a bomb anti puncture.
- Rear bag VAUDE and a helmet.