LVV2 – A CYCLING WEEK FROM TOURS TO SAUMUR – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS – From $1273.30
From 01 April to 30 November
Encounter the breathtaking beauties of the Loire valley by riding on the “Loire à vélo” route between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the route goes on little country roads passing by the most prestigious castles in Loire such as Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau or Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will not only admire the changing colours of the Loire River, the traditional boats swinging between the sand banks, but also the vineyards of Chinon and Saumur or the Fontevraud Abbey. You will also see many cave houses all along the way. Give in to the magic of a cycling holiday in Loire.
Day 1: Tours
Discover the charming old neighbourhood in Tours boasting many half-timbered houses. Stroll around and visit Saint-Gatien cathedral, the Wilson Bridge and Plumereau square.
Day 2: Tours – Azay le Rideau (35km)
You wind on the cycling path along the Loire to leave Tours and reach the château de Villandry ($18.70 per person) with its beautiful French gardens. Enjoy the banks of the Loire Valley before riding up through forests towards the château d’Azay-le-Rideau.
Day 3: Day trip to Saché (27km)
You can either enjoy a rest day in Azay-le-Rideau ($11.90 per person) to quietly visit the castle or explore the surrounding villages on beautiful country roads. You start by learning all about the wickerwork in Villaines-les-Rochers, and then go through Saché and its castle, famous for regularly hosting the French writer Honoré de Balzac. Then, you ride down to Pont-de-Ruan, village at the confluence of several rivers that flow into the Indre. You can visit the miller’s house in order to discover the history of the mills of the village.
Day 4: Azay – Chinon (32km)
Keep on cycling on « Loire à vélo » and ride on the dike to get to the château d’Ussé which inspired the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. You enter into Chinon overlooking the old town. Enjoy the labyrinth of medieval narrow streets when you ride down the Vienne River.
Day 5: Day trip to the Chinon vineyards (38km)
You can choose to spend your day chilling in the medieval town and visiting the fortress, or choose to ride your bike in the surrounding vineyards and hills. If so, don’t miss the former house of the French writer Rabelais which is called “La Devinière”. Don’t forget to stop in one of the local wine cellars to taste the Chinon wines.
Day 6: Chinon to Montsoreau or Fontevraud (20 or 27km)
You can choose to exchange your bicycle for a canoe and float along the Vienne River to Montsoreau or continue cycling to Fontevraud and visit its beautiful abbey.
OPTION 1: Canoe ride to Montsoreau 3h
Enjoy a canoe ride to discover the beauty of the Loire valley from the river side. You arrive in the gorgeous small village of Candes-Saint-Martin built with freestone. Keep on to Montsoreau which is one of the "Loveliest Villages in France" built around its castle. You land right next to the castle. (From 6 years on and able to swim only. If you are not able or if you do not want to do this activity, you will keep on with your bike to Montsoreau).
OPTION 2: Biking to Fontevraud 3h
Ride first along the Vienne river through the beautiful white freestone villages of Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau. Keep on the hills to Fontevraud which is worth visiting for its magnificent abbey which shelters the tombs of Richard the Lion heart and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Day 7: Montsoreau or Fontevraud to Saumur (15 or 21km)
Today’s route alternates between cave houses and vineyards. Then, you can choose to ride along the Loire or through the hills. Both paths lead to the village of Souzay-Champigny where you ride among beautiful cave houses. Stop by to taste the wines of Saumur. At the end of this charming route, you discover the city of Saumur and its castle with impressive dungeons.
Day 8: Departure from Saumur
Discover the charming old neighbourhood of Saumur and the imposing castle over the city. This city is the capital of equestrian art and a main spot of French cuisine and in the centre of a very rich wine region.
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- 7 nights accommodations
- 7 breakfasts
- 6-day rental of a fully-equipped bike (saddle bags, locks, toolkit)
- The luggage transport from one lodging to the other
- Road book with maps and descriptions of the routes
- Touristic leaflet
- Visit and wine tasting Day 5
- Day of canoeing between Chinon and Montsoreau (optional)
- Visit and wine tasting in Chinon
- Local visitors' taxes
- 24/24 hotline
- Lunch, diner and drinks
- Electric bikes ($76.50 per person)
- The journey to the tour location
On your arrival day, we provide you a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem equipped: front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.
We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children: baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.
Electric bikes are also available for adults.
We include luggage transport from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle. in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress:
Our word of advice: as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.