The Loire Valley, a world heritage

Cycling through the Loire Valley

Highlights

Castles along the Loire Valley
The Loire River, an impetuous river of extraordinary strength
Vineyards and winemakers share their products and their knowledge

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Cycle through the Loire valley, selected as part of the world’s heritage by UNESCO !

Cycling from Orléans to Angers

Ride through the most impressive part of the Loire Valley and its European cycling itinerary. In 11 days with 9 traveling days you reach the most impressive and interesting sites.

In one of the world’s most famous Rennaissance location, this trip offers a permanent marvel with:
The Loire River and its many affluants which keep you close to water along the entire trip.
Numerous castles, among the most famous in Europe: Chambord, Chenonceaux, Amboise, Rigny-Ussé, Saumur… you will see over thirty along your itinerary.
Vineyards which offer a great variety of Touraine and Anjou wines (AOP red, white, rosé, sparkling…)
Exceptionnal gardens due to a very fertile soil. The valley is still often qualified of “France’s Garden”.

These few examples will show you why the Loire Valley is one of the main signpost cycling itinerary in the world! Wether you are used to cycling holidays or only discovering them, this itinerary/route is one you won’t want to miss.

Easy: you occasionally or regularly ride your bike and have experience in cycling for a whole day. You enjoy discovering new territories in a leisurely way. You can ride up to 35 to 55 km a day on relatively flat routes.
La loire à vélo, patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco carte de l'itinéraire
Day 1 - ORLEANS

Arrival in Orléans. You meet with our guide at 2 PM for an orientation meeting. Optional: take your bike a few spins and a first loop around Orléans.


Day 2 - FROM ORLEANS TO TAVERS - 35km

You start by the crossing the Loire to reach the banks of one of its tributaries: the Loiret. Around the confluence you ride through a rich agricultural plain. On the riverbanks, you reach Meung-sur-Loire and Beaugency. Enjoy these 2 beautiful villages and their medieval castle. Tavers is right behind!


Day 3 - FROM TAVERS TO BLOIS - 38km

Riding along the Loire river, you reach Blois. The route takes you on a beautiful bike path between the Chamborg national hunting reserve and the river.


Day 4 - FROM BLOIS TO AMBOISE - 44km

You ride along a river of a quiet strength with a relaxing effect. It shows the way to go. You first stop in Chaumont for its fifteenth century castle and gardens that are worth a visit. After Chaumont you ride through more vines up to Amboise. You enter the vineyard of Touraine. On the Loire riverbanks, you can see the first wine cellars and troglodytic houses.


Day 5 - AMBOISE, LOOP TO CHENONCEAUX - 39km

You leave the Loire riverbanks and head toward the south. Welcome in Touraine! Luxuriant, abundant and spiritual this is the land of Rabelais and Balzac Courier. In this Eden of fine food, let yourself be tempted by local dishes and spirits ... In Chenonceaux, take time to enjoy its famous castle (the same name without an X). Built in 1513, it is one of the most beautiful of the Loire Valley. You ride back to Amboise for a second night.


Day 6 - FROM AMBOISE TO TOURS - 30km

You leave Amboise by its hillsides. Take the opportunity to taste a few Touraine wines, or simply learn more about the wine making. This day leads you to the old city of Tours, capital of the Loire castles. Take time to discover the fifteenth century wooden houses still present here; they share beautiful bits of history...


Day 7 - FROM TOURS TO LANGEAIS - 32km

On the Cher riverbanks you head west to discover the exhilaration of colors and beauty of the gardens of the Villandry castle. You are in the heart of the sixteenth century. The Loire then leads you to Langeais for a night in this lovely little town, facing the castle.


Day 8 - FROM LANGEAIS TO CHINON - 32km

Full of surprises, this day arouses your curiosity. Along the path let it guide you to a castle, a dovecot, a picturesque manor or old watermills, a curious farm or old town. As you uncover the secrets of the Loire Valley you reach the Royal fortress of Chinon ...


Day 9 - FROM CHINON TO SAUMUR - 44km

The Vienne river, running through the village of Chinon, guides you to Candes-St-Martin, where it flows into the Loire. Labeled most beautiful villages in France, Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau are dazzling. The Touraine tuffeau offers luminous constructions. At the end of the day visit the Montsoreau Castle and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud before reaching Saumur by the Loire riverbanks. A discovery of the city is a must! Its castle and streets are marked by their intimate relationship with the Loire.


Day 10 - FROM SAUMUR TO ANGERS - 54km

This last day will require some effort with 54km to go. You leave behind the city of light. From the Saumur to the Angers Castle, you ride through the Regional Natural Park of Loire-Anjou-Touraine. The Loire, an impetuous and wild river, will grow a bit more with every kilometer. You ride through ancient remains and typical old hamlets to the Trélazé slate quarries, another local resource. As you enter the heart of the city, experience the old Angers with its castle, Adam’s home and its incredible cathedral.


Day 11 - ANGERS

End of stay after breakfast in Angers. The opportunity for one last stroll in the city’s streets and the castle halls, open to visitors. Enjoy an optional bike ride to discover the Angevin country: the shores of Maine and Louet Lakes and the Angevin countryside still showing scars of the Vendée or WWII wars.


Moderate: you regularly ride and/or practice a sport. You are accustomed to traveling by bike or wish to try it out. Your physical condition allows you to cover a minimum of 40 to 55 km per day with a little bit of steep routes.
La loire à vélo, patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco carte de l'itinéraire
Day 1 - ORLEANS

Arrival in Orléans. You meet with our guide at 2 PM for an orientation meeting. Optional: take your bike a few spins and a first loop around Orléans.


Day 2 - FROM ORLEANS TO TAVERS - 35km

You start by the crossing the Loire to reach the banks of one of its tributaries: the Loiret. Around the confluence you ride through a rich agricultural plain. On the riverbanks, you reach Meung-sur-Loire and Beaugency. Enjoy these 2 beautiful villages and their medieval castle. Tavers is right behind!


Day 3 - FROM TAVERS TO BLOIS - 49km

Welcome to the land of Castles. The route takes you to Chambord. Its gigantism always is always a surprise. Take interest in its architecture. It exudes both a reassuring and impressive light. Even though the visit is optional, you don’t want to miss this Renaissance jewel.


Day 4 - FROM BLOIS TO AMBOISE - 44km

You ride along a river of a quiet strength with a relaxing effect. It shows the way to go. You first stop in Chaumont for its fifteenth century castle and gardens that are worth a visit. After Chaumont you ride through more vines up to Amboise. You enter the vineyard of Touraine. On the Loire riverbanks, you can see the first wine cellars and troglodytic houses.


Day 5 - AMBOISE, LOOP TO CHENONCEAUX - 39km

You leave the Loire riverbanks and head toward the south. Welcome in Touraine! Luxuriant, abundant and spiritual this is the land of Rabelais and Balzac Courier. In this Eden of fine food, let yourself be tempted by local dishes and spirits ... In Chenonceaux, take time to enjoy its famous castle (the same name without an X). Built in 1513, it is one of the most beautiful of the Loire Valley. You ride back to Amboise for a second night.


Day 6 - FROM AMBOISE TO TOURS - 45km

You leave Amboise by its hillsides. Take the opportunity to taste a few Touraine wines, or simply learn more about the wine making. This day leads you to the old city of Tours, capital of the Loire castles. Take time to discover the fifteenth century wooden houses still present here; they share beautiful bits of history...


Day 7 - FROM TOURS TO AZAY-LE-RIDEAU - 52km

On the Cher riverbanks you head west to discover the exhilaration of colors and beauty of the gardens of the Villandry castle. You are in the heart of the sixteenth century. The Loire then leads you to Langeais for a night in this lovely little town, facing the castle.


Day 8 - FROM AZAY-LE-RIDEAU TO CHINON - 38km

Full of surprises, this day arouses your curiosity. Along the path let it guide you to a castle, a dovecot, a picturesque manor or old watermills, a curious farm or old town. As you uncover the secrets of the Loire Valley you reach the Royal fortress of Chinon ...


Day 9 - FROM CHINON TO SAUMUR - 52km

The Vienne river, running through the village of Chinon, guides you to Candes-St-Martin, where it flows into the Loire. Labeled most beautiful villages in France, Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau are dazzling. The Touraine tuffeau offers luminous constructions. At the end of the day visit the Montsoreau Castle and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud before reaching Saumur by the Loire riverbanks. A discovery of the city is a must! Its castle and streets are marked by their intimate relationship with the Loire.


Day 10 - FROM SAUMUR TO ANGERS - 54km

You leave behind the city of light. From the Saumur to the Angers Castle, you ride through the Regional Natural Park of Loire-Anjou-Touraine. The Loire, an impetuous and wild river, will grow a bit more with every kilometer. You ride through ancient remains and typical old hamlets to the Trélazé slate quarries, another local resource. As you enter the heart of the city, experience the old Angers with its castle, Adam’s home and its incredible cathedral.


Day 11 - ANGERS

End of stay after breakfast in Angers. The opportunity for one last stroll in the city’s streets and the castle halls, open to visitors. Enjoy an optional bike ride to discover the Angevin country: the shores of Maine and Louet Lakes and the Angevin countryside still showing scars of the Vendée or WWII wars.


Chambre gamme confort Abicyclette

Confort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 1335€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 1335€ / person with Confort Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 150€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 295€ / person

Insurance

  • Cancellation Insurance : 19€ / person
  • Multi Risk Insurance : 24€ / person

Other options

The price includes :

Self guided tour
– 10 nights in a double room
– 10 breakfasts
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Our guide greets you on the first day
– Taxes
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fees
– (2 diners in comfort range)

The price doesn't include :

Self guided tour
– Lunches, breakfast on Day 1 and diners not mentionned above
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Drinks
– Visits
– Parking fees

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance 24H/7 you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

Getting here ?

Meeting Point

Orléans, Loiret (45)

Coming to Orléans by car*

From Paris by A10 highway (130km 1h40)
From Lyon by A6 highway (470km 4h10)

Coming to Orléans by train*

Arrival: TER Train station  in Orléans (from Paris: 1h)
Return: TGV Train station in Angers (to Paris: 1h40)

Check schedules and book your train at               en.voyages-sncf.com/en

* Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended cycling gear

Bike
  • Bike for all types of roads, trekking or hybrid
  • 21 speeds, 26 inches or 700 wheels
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 28 to 35 tires
    • crank set 48-36-26, cassette 11/34
    • for children, avoid single-speed bikes

Clothing and equipment
  • 1 helmet
  • suitable clothing for cycling
  • 1 warm jacket (e.g. fleece jacket)
  • 1 rainproof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or trunkbag
  • 1 or 2 water flasks
  • 1 security padlock
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest


Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit:
    • 2 or 3 patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit:
    • cloth, oil, brakepads

Other
  • 1 suitcase (for belongings in luggage transfer)
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • 1 set of toiletries
  • 1 mobile phone and charger
  • 1 bathing suit and towel