Loire Valley Cycling

Start: Tours Airport Finish: Tours Airport

Visiting: Chenonceaux, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Tours, Loire Valley, Vienne, Loire, The Loire


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Easy

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: Explore!

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: Adult

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1612

Tour Overview

Explore the magnificent chateaux of the Loire Valley. Cycle through pleasant towns and villages and visit medieval Amboise and elegant Azay-le-Rideau along the way. Montrichard - Bustling market town with a rich medieval heritage Chateau of Chenonceau - Spanning the Cher river and is among the most photographed of the Loire Food and Wine - Experience fine local cuisine and optional wine tasting.

Highlights

  • iconChateau of Chenonceau - Spanning the Cher river and is among the most photographed of the Loire
  • iconFood and Wine - Experience fine local cuisine and optional wine tasting.
  • iconMontrichard - Bustling market town with a rich medieval heritage

Places You'll See

Countries:
Panzoult vineyards
Chateau d'Amboise aerial panoramic view
Boulangerie stop
Loire cycling
Chateau d'Amboise

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join trip Tours Airport

Location: Chenonceaux

Accommodation: Hotel

Our trip begins at Tours Val de Loire Airport (TUF) at 12pm. If you would like to join the complimentary airport transfer today, the latest your flight can arrive is 11.30am. We will travel together as a group by taxi to the tiny village of Chenonceaux, home to one of the most famous and beautiful chateau in France. There will be an introductory briefing and bike fitting this afternoon. If time allows there will be a short optional 10km cycle ride along the Cher River, for those who wish. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may have time to wait ahead of our group transfer to Chenonceaux. If you wish to drive to the start of the trip, please ask us for parking details. If you have booked an optional e-bike, you will be required to pay the €250 or £250 cash deposit and sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike.

icon Day 2: Circular ride to Montrichard for wine tasting or chateau visit

Location: Chenonceaux

Accommodation: Hotel

We start by exploring the area around Chenonceaux. We ride east to the town of Montrichard where we can taste the food and wine of the Cher valley, view the 17th century Château of Gué Péan, this is a gentle introductory ride. Following the local back roads through small, quiet villages, this afternoon gives time for an optional tour of the large Monmousseau wine caves. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 35 kilometres (Total 166 metres ascent and 166 meters descent)

icon Day 3: Cycle along forest paths to Amboise

Location: Amboise

Accommodation: Hotel

After the morning optional visit to the Château of Chenonceaux, we pedal through the village of Chissay into the countryside. We cycle though the tranquil Royal Hunting Forest and several pretty villages towards our overnight stop in Amboise. On arrival you may choose to visit Clos Lucé, the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last 3 years and now a museum dedicated to his life and work, or the Royal Château of Amboise on the banks of the Loire River. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (Total 263 metres ascent and 263 meters descent)

icon Day 4: Pedal a cross country route to Azay-le-Rideau

Location: Azay-le-Rideau

Accommodation: Hotel

A longer days' cycling on cross country routes via St Martin-le-Beau and Nitray to Cormery, a town famous for its macaroons, and then along the River Indre, with stops at Veigné and Artennes-sur-Indre. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 54 kilometres (Total 387 metres ascent and 387 meters descent)

icon Day 5: Spend the day exploring Azay

Location: Azay-le-Rideau

Accommodation: Hotel

We spend the day in Azay, where we can visit the château and walk in its gardens along the banks of the River Indre. For those wanting to explore further, south-east of Azay is the troglodyte village of Villaines-les-Rochers, now famous for its willow basketweaving. Or north of Azay is Villandry, with its beautifully recreated Renaissance garden, one of the finest in the whole of France. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 38 kilometres (Total 214 metres ascent and 214 meters descent)

icon Day 6: Cycle to Chinon through the fairy tale scenery

Location: Chinon

Accommodation: Hotel

South-west of Azay, en-route to Chinon and situated between the banks of the Loire and the Forest of Chinon, is the Château d'Ussé - a truly romantic château and reputedly the setting for the fairy tale 'Sleeping Beauty'. On the north bank of the river are the vineyards of Bourgeuil, famous for their velvety red wines. A variety of routes to Chinon are possible, depending on your preferences. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 35 kilometres (Total 349 metres ascent and 349 meters descent)

icon Day 7: Cycle the 'Wine Route' of Chinon or explore the town

Location: Chinon

Accommodation: Hotel

Today we suggest that you walk through the cobbled streets of the old town of Chinon and up to the Fortress, where Joan of Arc identified the Dauphin, or ride the circular cycle route to the southeast along the River Vienne through the famous Chinon vineyards. Alternatively, you can take a westerly direction with the option to visit Fontevraud Abbey, which houses the tombs of the Plantagenet Kings including Henry II and Richard the Lionheart. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 43 kilometres (Total 272 metres ascent and 272 meters descent).

icon Day 8: Trip ends Tours Airport

Location: Tours

Departing Chinon, we drive 1 hour to Tours Val de Loire Airport (TUF) where we will arrive at about 8.30am and this is where our trip ends. The earliest your flight can depart is 10.45am.

What's Included

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

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    Bike

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    Fully Guided

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    Accommodation

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Country Entry Visas

Why Book this Tour

Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Explore! requires a deposit of 10% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

Loire Valley Cycling
Andrew was an excellent leader, and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday Andrew was an excellent leader, and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday;
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Stephen

07-Apr-2018

Loire Valley Cycling
This was our 12th cycle trip with Explore and our 3rd one in France with Andrew being our tour leader. We were so pleased when we discovered Andrew was ....more This was our 12th cycle trip with Explore and our 3rd one in France with Andrew being our tour leader.

We were so pleased when we discovered Andrew was leading it.

He is the best tour guide we have ever had on all our trips.

He is very friendly, organised & provides all the group with individual information packs which include maps for everyday, brochures on all the sites we visit & a general information booklet on everything we need to know about the area, along with how far we cycle each day, climbs etc.

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Cycling along the Loire valley was amazing with the scenery changing each day.

Visiting all the Chateaus were great and especially loved Chenonceaux & the wine caves.

Of the places we visited our highlight was the gardens at Villandry.

We also loved the fact we were lucky enough to cycle past the Sunflower fields and even in August we saw a few fields where they were all in full flower.

The bikes were excellent and well looked after, loved the fact we maily cycled on very quite back roads.

Stopped at great local places alone the way for coffee, wine, ice cream etc.

Stopped at local stores to pick up our supplies for a picnic lunch and always stopped in amazing unspolited places off the beaten track.

Would never know about these places if it was not for Andrew taking us there.

The cycling was quite easy with some hill climbs.

Loved the fact this tour did offer some optional rides, which all our group decided to do.

Our group was very small, only 4 of us in total (think some people had to pull out at the last minute).

Have never been on an explore holiday with such small numbers (pleased it was not cancelled).

The group was lovely & we allt on very well.

The fact the group was so small made it very flexible and we were able to stay longer in some places and leave the hotel a bit later if we wanted to.

The hotels were all in excellent locations and of aod standard, some better than others.

It was very hot in August and some did not have air con but all provided fans.

The best hotel was at Azay le Rideau (converted school house) with a small lovely garden where we all sat for pre dinner drinks and nibbles.

The hotel did not have a bar, but had a fridge where they were more than happy for us to store our wine.

Andrew is very knowledgeable about the area and all things French, there was not one question we asked him that is did not know the answer to.

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Karin

09-Feb-2019

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