Chateau of the French Loire River Valley Bike Tours

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Dates and price of 2022 tours TBD. The dates are likely to be September 2022, and the base price will be $200-$250/day, far below other guided bicycle tours.

Chateaux on Tour
Chateau de Chenonceau straddles the River Cher
  • Week-long point-to-point tour from Chenonceaux 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. Enjoy extensive pedestrian zones, restaurants, nightlife.
    • Day 1 – Take short train ride to Blere, ride to magnificent river-Chere-straddling Chateaux de Chenonceaux & gardens, then back to Tours, 28 miles. If time, visit & tour of Chateau de Nitray Vineyard.
    • Day 2 – Tours to Langeais via visit to world-renown gardens at Villandry, 20 miles. Visit the “manly” castle of Langeais. Optional longer ride if desired.
    • Day 3 – Langeais to Royal City of Chinon via Chateau Rigny-Usse, the “Sleeping Beauty” Castle, 20 miles. Swimming in Loire river, Visit huge Fortress of Chinon.
    • Day 4 – Rest Day in Chinon, visit Domaine de Couly-Dutheil Winery and Vineyard. Options include boating on the Vienne river, group optional bike ride , reading, relaxing at our 500 year Hotel Diderot’s beautiful courtyard, walking around town.
    • Day 5 – Chinon to Saumur via beautiful hillside village of Cande-St. Martin, 24 miles. Visit magnificent overlook & cathedral at Cande-St. Martin, cave hotel of Demeure de la Vignole. Ride alongside extensive shops and dwellings of the cave-dwelling troglodytes.
    • 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. Enjoy extensive cultural and food offerings in Angers, largest castle in mid-France (13 huge towers!).
  • Level of Difficulty – Generally not difficult as the cycling is largely along the flat “Loire a Velo” bikeway. One large hill on day 3, and days 6 and 7 a little more challenging due to some hills & wind.
River Cher path to Chateau de Chenonceaux
Chateau de Chenonceaux from Cycling Path

2021 Chateau of the Loire Price

French Countryside

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.
  • French breakfast (Croissants, Fruit, Marmalade, Yogurts & Cheeses) every day.
  • Admission to Chateau de Chenonceaux, Chateau Nitray Wine and Food tasting, Villandry Gardens, Chateau de Usse, Domaine de Couly-Dutheil Winery Tour and Tasting, Fontevreaud Abbey, and Chateau Breze .

What’s not included

  • Transportation to and from the start of the tour.
  • Lodging before and after the tour.
  • Lunches, Dinners, or Drinks (except partial lunch Day 1 at Chateau Nitray).
  • Additional arrangements necessary if you bring your own bike.

Contact  Andy.Brown@CountryLanesCycleTours.com for more details and to sign up! Or get on our mailing list for updates.

Location of tour
The Loire River Valley is 140 miles southwest of Paris, less than 1:30 by train
Cycling on "Loire a Velo"
Cycling on the “Loire A Velo” Bikeway
Bike Touring Saumur France
Saumur Castle
Bike Touring France
Hand-operated ferry crossing of L’Authion river