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Loire Valley - from Orléans to Saumur
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Loire Valley - from Orléans to Saumur
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Bike Tour: Loire Valley - from Orléans to Saumur - 6 days

 

Biking a part of the famous  ‘Loire à Velo’  route through the world famous  Pays des Châteaux’, the most splendid  cultural part of the Loire Valley. ’Along magnificent/grand  castles : Blois, Amboise, Villandry…. Crossing the Anjou-Touraine natural reserve with its beautiful wild river landscapes and nice stops during the day to taste one/some of the excellent wines of the region.

The total ‘Loire à Vélo’ route runs from Nevers to ‘l'Océan‘, let's say from ‘source' to mouth. The route can be divided into 3 various stages which can also be booked separately. You can add additional detours during this trip. This excellently marked second stage varies from flat, slightly sloping to an occasional small climb.

itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Orléans
Day 2: Orléans - Blois
Day 3: Blois - Amboise
Day 4: Amboise - Villandry
Day 5: Villandry - Saumur
Day 6: Departure from Saumur

Day 1:    Arrival in Orléans

You individually travel to Orléans, the entrance/gateway to the heart of the famous Loire valley. Once it was a capital in the early French Middle Ages, but nowadays it’s a lively, modern town with a beautiful historic centre.  An ideal place to start this route along Europe’s last wild river: the Loire.

Day 2:    Orléans - Blois
65 km

Once in the country you soon reach the confluence of the Loiret and the Loire. A great part of the day you follow the high banks with beautiful views of the surrounding undulating countryside. Don’t miss the historic towns Meung-sur-Loire and Beaugency. These old towns and the modern power station of St. Laurent-des-Eaux very clearly show how important the Loire has always been. A wonderful, flat track takes you, in a very relaxed way, to the special and unique landscape of the world famous ‘Pays des Châteaux’.

Day 3:    Blois - Amboise
40 km

From Blois you follow the southern bank of the Loire. Between rolling hills with vineyards you cycle to Cande-sur-Beuvron. Cycle back along the Beuvron to the majestic Loire. High on the bank is the elegant castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire surrounded by beautiful gardens. You are in the historic region Touraine. Visit a wine grower and taste a local ‘sauvignon blanc´. Enjoy the grandeur of the Château Amboise and Clos-Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci once stayed. There are some short climbs on the way.

Day 4:    Amboise - Villandry
53 km

Today you go to the wine region of the prestigious ´Montlouis’ wines. The ideal microclimate, close to where the Loire and Cher unite, produces grapes of a unique quality. Discover this yourself during a visit to a wine cellar or a lunchbreak. A fine track leads to Tours, the friendly capital of what is called ´the garden of France´. Continue along the beautiful southern bank of the Cher to the castle of Villandry, with its gorgeous gardens. Here, close by the modest Cher flows out in the broad Loire.

Day 5:    Villandry - Saumur
64 km

Via the ‘Bec du Cher’ along the Loire to the Château of Ussé. On the high bank you have beautiful views of the river and its islands full of water birds. The landscape is unspoiled where the Indre flows out in the Loire. Enjoying the magnificent panoramas you go on to the lovely Candes-St-Martin where the Vienne and Loire confluent. This is Anjou, known for its wines and troglodytes. Choose the track close to the Loire or follow the higher, more exciting but also more strenuous track across the vineyards. Both end at the castle of Saumur.

Day 6:    Departure from Saumur

Breakfast marks the end of the trip. Have you got some time left, then visit the horse town Saumur, the home base of the prestigious riding academy Cadre Noir where the elite of the French horsemen is trained. Enjoy the beautiful houses with their white tuff stone fronts in the centre. Admire the proud castle and all the other beautiful classified monuments. You travel back to Orléans by train. You can leave your rental bikes.

accommodation

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

For more comfort, when it's possible we can upgrade the hotels with 3/4 * category (supplement applied).

Hotel Best Western Blois Château *** (Blois)
Hotel Le Chaptal** (Amboise)
Hôtel Le Cheval Rouge*** (Villandry)
Ibis Styles Saumur Gare Centre*** (Saumur)
included

Included

  • 5 Nights in selected 2*/3* hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Upgrade Supplement hotels 3/4
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental (140 €)
  • E-bike supplement (210 €)
practical info

5 Nights included

2/3 Star Hotels or 3/4 Star Hotels (supplement applied)

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

HYBRID RENTAL BIKE   

VELO DE VILLE Trekking A200, 24 Speed   

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

  

ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL  

VELO DE VILLE CEB 400 Belt  

The bikes come with pannier, handebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

  

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotels

You can get to Orléans by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF 

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Saumur. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

Parking informations on request

GPS tracks are available on request

Travel

The international Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the north and Orly in the south are served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines.They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Nevers, see below.

You can get to Orléans by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Saumur. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

 

From Paris to Nevers (approx. 1h45 - 135 km/80 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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