Biking the Loire Valley From Saumur to chambord 

With their chimneys, turrets and bell towers, the castles of the Loire Valley seem straight out of fairy tales ! Get on your bike and travel back in time along the royal river on this Loire Valley bike tour ! Chambord and its “magic” staircase, Chenonceau and its gallery spanning the waters, Azay and its delicate reflection, Villandry and its sumptuous gardens punctuate, with many others, the banks of the river. You will visit cities of art and history huddled at their feet, as well as the residences evoking the memory of illustrious artists: Rabelais, Leonardo da Vinci, Balzac… The Loire Valley is also world-famous vineyards, one of France’s best eating regions, troglodyte villages and immense forests! The inscription of the “Loire Valley” in the UNESCO World Heritage List has rewarded the richness of the cultural landscapes of this territory. Kings and Queens came to settle here in the past, giving birth to a true art of living, “the French style”.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cycling in The Loire Valley, an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, listed as UNESCO world heritage
  • Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau, Villandry French Gardens and Abbey of Fontevraud

A BIKE TRIP THAT ADAPTS TO YOUR WISHES!

Choose the option that suits you: supported, guided or custom.

Supported Tour

The perfect balance between autonomy and assistance.

Thanks to the simplicity of use of the biking GPS, which we include, you can enjoy your day the way you want. We suggest places for lunch and dinner as well as the activities not to be missed on the itinerary we have created.

Our driver-guide will pick you up the first day at the meeting place and drop you off at the end of your stay. At each stage, he transfers your luggage. For more security and comfort, the support vehicle is at your disposal for the duration of your trip. It will stay nearby to provide you with supplies, to solve any mechanical problems or to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in case of fatigue or capricious weather.

From 2590€/person

Guided Tour

Follow the guide !

All you have to do is pedal and enjoy the scenery, we’ll take care of everything! You discover the region accompanied by a certified bike guide. Every day we program the best places for lunch and dinner, as well as the activities not to be missed on the itinerary we have created.

Our driver-guide will pick you up the first day at the meeting place and drop you off at the end of your stay. At each stage, he transfers your luggage. For more security and comfort, the support vehicle is at your disposal for the duration of your trip. It will stay nearby to provide you with supplies, to solve any mechanical problems or to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in case of fatigue or capricious weather.

From 3590€/person

Custom Tour

The trip of your dreams !

With our expertise and the elements that you will share with us, we will know how to accompany you in the conception of the trip of your dreams! Whether it’s a question of creating a new itinerary or adapting one of our tours, each element of your trip will be carefully studied to meet your expectations: budget, dates, itinerary, difficulty, activities, theme, guiding, accommodation, catering, bike rental…

We design and organize bike tours for friends and families who wish to celebrate an event or simply share good times. We also offer solutions to companies, associations and administrations who wish to thank their teams or partners.

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BIKe itinerary

Welcome to the Loire Valley

We will meet you at Saint-Pierre-des-Corps TGV, near Tours, at 2 pm before taking you to your hotel in Fontevraud-L’Abbaye. We take advantage of this first day to adjust your bikes, discuss the stay and explore the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. It is one of the largest monastic cities inherited from the Middle Ages. Classified as a Historic Monument in 1840, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, as the entire Loire Valley.

Loop around Fontevraud-l’abbaye (VIA Saumur)

From Fontevraud, we bike the banks of the Loire Valley and then continue our journey to Saumur, where its castle overlooks the Loire, built in the 10th century.
In the Saumur region, wine lovers can take a trip underground, the subsoil has many cellars. After a wine tasting we head towards the troglodytic village of Turquant before concluding this day at the Abbey of Fontevraud.  Here lies Eleanor of Aquitaine, her husband Henry II Plantagenet and their son Richard the Lionheart. For a long time Royal Abbey, the building became in the 19th century one of the hardest prisons in France.

Fontevraud to Azay-le-Rideau (VIA Chinon)

Today, we will first head to Chinon. Its royal fortress and ramparts dominate the city. The first meeting between Joan of Arc and Charles VII took place within its walls. Then we continue towards Rigny-Ussé castle. It is only natural that you should find it similar in appearance to Sleeping Beauty, since it inspired Charles Perrault. Finally, we will continue towards Azay-le-Rideau, which Balzac called this Château “a faceted diamond set by the Indre river “. It expresses all the elegance of the French Renaissance !

Azay-le-Rideau to Tours (via Villandry)

The Loire Valley is at the origin of the “French way of life”. Under the impetus of François I, King of France, who pursued a cultural policy whose ambition was to rival Italian supremacy, the Loire Valley was enriched during the Renaissance by many castles. The Castle of Villandry is the last of the great Loire castles built in the region during the Renaissance. You will discover its famous “French-style” gardens.

We then take the Cher river bank towards Savonnières and then Tours, a lively and gourmet town where you will spend the night. A city of Art and History, we will discover its cathedral and its old half-timbered houses place Plumereau.

Tours to Amboise (via Chenonceau) 

Today, the emblematic Château de Chenonceau will be the focus of our attention. The imprint of extraordinary women is everywhere at Château de Chenonceau. A landmark of the Renaissance, it is distinguished not only by its unique architecture, but also by its exceptional collection of paintings by the great masters. After visiting the castle, we will end the day in Amboise, Here Leonardo Da Vinci is everywhere: at the Royal Castle overlooking the city, at the Clos-Lucé, his last resting place 5 centuries after his arrival in Amboise…

Amboise to Cellettes (via ChAUMONT & Cheverny) 

We leave Amboise by its heights to reach Chaumont-sur-Loire. More than a Renaissance castle, the Château de Chaumont is the annual theatre of the International Garden Festival. We will continue our journey towards Cheverny and its castle, inhabited by the same family for more than 6 centuries! Hergé, the famous comic book author, was inspired by it for “Les Aventures de Tintin ».

Loop around cellettes (via ChAMBORD & Blois) 

Chambord is an exceptional work of art, emblem of the French Renaissance throughout the world. It is a radically unique work, one of the jewels of the heritage of humanity. Its vocation is symbolic, aesthetic and spiritual. An affirmation of royal power but also an evocation of an ideal city, the monument remains an enigma that has not finished revealing all its secrets. 

Finally, we will discover Blois and its royal castle, the former residence of the kings of France. Its old town and its charming alleys will conclude a week rich in French history!

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps TGV Station after breakfast to end this Loire Valley bike tour, unless you want to extend your stay with Veymont Travel.

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ACCOMODATIONS / HOTELS

Veymont Travel retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

Fontevraud-l’Abbaye – 2 nightS

Fontevraud l’Hotel 4*

It offers an incomparable experience. Sleeping in the silence of the Abbey, walking alone through the monastery as night falls .These are magical private moments.

Azay-le-Rideau – 1 night

Hotel de Biencourt 3*

Hôtel de Biencourt offers guests an exceptional location just a stone’s throw from the town’s amazing Renaissance era chateau.

Tours – 1 night

Chateau Belmont 4*

Located in the heart of Tours, the Château Belmont combines a peaceful and relaxing place very close to the city life of Tours.

Amboise – 2 nights

Le Choiseul 4*

Le Choiseul is a charming 4* castle-hotel in Amboise, homeland of Leonardo da Vinci , just next to the Château of Amboise.

Cellettes – 2 nights

Chateau de la Rozelle 4*

Located next to the famous castles of Chambord, Blois and Cheverny, this 18th-century castle is set in a 3-hectare garden.

equipment / bikes

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 or equivalent

Women’s model also available

Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)

Chainring: 48-32 Cassette: 11-34

Supplement + 45€

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105

Trek Emonda SL5 or equivalent

Women’s model also available

Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

Supplement + 75€

Hybrid E-bike

Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent

Women’s model also available

Size: 15″(S) – 17,5″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)

Supplement + 100€

Road E-bike

Pinarello Nytro or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 – 53 – 55 – 58

Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-30

Supplement + 215 €

Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2

Pinarello Prince or equivalent

Women’s model also available

Size: 46,5 – 50 – 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5 – 62

Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

Supplement + 775 €

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2

Pinarello Dogma F12 or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 – 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5

Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

Equipment / dEtails

You can choose to travel with your own bike and/or bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet. The guide will set up your equipment upon arrival.

Equipment provided with the rental of a Road Bike
Equipment provided with the rental of a Hybrid Bike
  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 1 spare tube + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet
Equipment provided with the rental of a Hybrid Bike
  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 saddle bag: 1 spare tube + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 2 rear panniers

WHAT’s INCLUDED / WHAT’S NOT incluDED ?

Included
Supported tour
Not Included
Supported Tour

Accomodation

  • 1 night in a 3* hotel (or equivalent) in double occupancy
  • 6 nights in 4* hotels (or equivalent) in double occupancy

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • Snacks and refreshments

Guiding

  • 1 driver-guide

Activities

  • 6 bike rides

Equipment

  • Hybrid bike rental with bike equipment (see above)
  • Garmin bike GPS rental (1 for 4 persons)
  • 1 Veymont Travel cycling jersey

Support & Transfer

  • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
  • Transfer of people
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Transfer of bikes
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Refreshments
  • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
Not Included
Guided Tour
  • Travel and repatriation insurance
  • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations
  • Accomodation before and after the stay
  • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
  • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
  • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section
  • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants
Included
Guided tour
Not Included
Guided Tour

Accomodation

  • 1 night in a 3* hotel (or equivalent) in double occupancy
  • 6 nights in 4* hotels (or equivalent) in double occupancy

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Snacks and refreshments

Guiding

  • 1 driver-guide
  • 1 certified bike guide

Activities

  • 6 bike rides
  • Wine tasting
  • Visit of Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau, Abbey of Fontevraud and Vilandry Gardens

Equipment

  • Hybrid bike rental with bike equipment (see above)
  • Garmin bike GPS rental (1 for 4 persons)
  • 1 Veymont Travel cycling jersey

Support & Transfer

  • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
  • Transfer of people
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Transfer of bikes
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Refreshments
  • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
Not Included
Guided Tour
  • Travel and repatriation insurance
  • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations
  • Accomodation before and after the stay
  • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
  • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
  • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section
  • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants