Chateau of the French Loire River Valley

Saturday, May 30 – Saturday June 6, 2020 – FULL

Sunday, June 7- Sunday, June 14, 2020

Chateau de Chenenceau straddles the River Cher
  • Week-long point-to-point tour from Chenonceau to Angers generally along “La Loire a Velo”, a cycleway crossing the middle of France. About a fifth of the ride detours off to visit Chinon, Fontevraud Abbey and other interesting spots.
  • Hour and a half train ride southwest of Paris. 
  • Contains the largest concentration of Chateaux (beautiful manor house/castles), in the world.
  • Gardens, historic cities, cathedrals, cave houses, wineries, vineyards, and French cuisine.
  • Pastoral, relaxing scenery, generally flat.
  • Short mileage allows enough time to visit wonderful sights along route each day.
  • 6 days of riding and 1 off-day, between 20 and 34 miles/day.  2 nights in Tours, 1 night in Langeais, 2 nights in Chinon, 2 nights in Saumur.
    • Day 0 – Meet in Tours, visit Cathedral, stay night.
    • Day 1 – Take short train ride to Blere, ride to Chateaux de Chenonceaux, then back to Tours, 28 miles.
    • Day 2 – Tours to Langeais via world-renown gardens at Villandry, 20 miles.
    • Day 3- Langeais to Royal City of Chinon via Chateau Rigny-Usse, the “Sleeping Beauty” Castle, 20 miles. Visit Fortress of Chinon.
    • Day 4 – Rest Day in Chinon, visit Domaine de Couly-Dutheil Winery and Vineyard.
    • Day 5 – Chinon to Saumur via beautiful hillside village of Cande-St. Martin, 24 miles.
    • Day 6 – Day ride to Fentevraud-Abbaye, burial place of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitane, and underground fortress Chateau de Breze, 25 miles.
    • Day 7 – Saumur to Angers with hand-operated ferry crossing of L’Authion river, 34 miles.
  • Level of Difficulty – Generally easy, day 6 and 7 a little more challenging due to some hills.

Chateau de Chenonceaux from Cycling Path

2020 Tour Price

$1475/person double occupancy.

Extra $325 for single occupancy, $150 for E-Bike.

What’s Included:

  • High quality hybrid or Electric bikes (extra fee) for comfortable riding on crushed-gravel cycle paths as well as roads.
  • Bicycle Helmets.
  • Lodging in beautiful B&B’s or small hotels.
  • Luggage transport & emergency van support.
  • Full-time, on-road guide (Andy Brown).
  • Detailed electronic routes and cue sheets with descriptions.
  • Tour information booklet.
  • Advice with travel arrangements.
  • Full French breakfast (Croissants, Fruit, Marmalade, Cheeses) every day.
  • Admission to Chateaux de Chenonceaux, Villandry Gardens, Fontevreaux Abbey, Chateux Breze, and Cheateau de Usse.

What’s Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from the start of the tour.
  • Lodging before and after the tour.
  • Lunches, Dinners, or Drinks.
  • Additional arrangements necessary if you bring your own bike.

Contact  Andy.Brown@CountryLanesCycleTours.com for more details and to sign up!

The Loire River Valley is 140 miles southwest of Paris, less than 1:30 by train
Saumur Castle
A field of Flowers
Hand-operated ferry crossing of L’Authion river
Castle Langeais