Ride along the Loire from Tours to Saumur

Passing by Villandry, Azay le Rideau and Chinon

Highlights

Tours, Old Town, Royale street
Villandry, the castle and its 16th century garden
The castles of Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Montsoreau, Saumur ...
The royal abbey of Fontevraud
The troglodyte village of Turquant

In the Valley of the Kings

From Tours, this long weekend will take you to Saumur with 4 beautiful days of cycling.

Discover the Loire by bike.

After a visitng the historic districts of Tours, join the banks of the Cher. On the banks of this tributary of the Loire, you will cross the “Garden of France”. Name given to the region due to the excellent geographical and climate conditions that favored the production of fruits and vegetables for all the Kingdom. Today it’s a classified region: the Regional Natural Park Loire-Anjou-Touraine.

Before arriving in Azay-le-Rideau and its castle for the night, stop at the gardens of the Villandry Castle. The different flower beds and the decorative vegetable garden compositions are a great subject for great photos!

From the banks of the Cher you will go to those of Indre and Vienne and arrive in Chinon. Climb to the city fortress, the panorama on the valley is a beautiful reward.

By bicycle, you reach the Loire which will lead you to one of the most beautiful villages in France: Candes Saint-Martin. At the end of its charming little streets, you will arrive in front of the Montsoreau Castle. The dungeon overlooking the Loire is a beautiful building!

A little extra effort and you will soon be at the gates of the Fontevraud Abbey.

You will then be in the vineyards of Anjou: red wines, white wines, sparkling, sweet… A wide variety of PDOs (Protected Designation of Origin) to discover among the many winemakers who open their cellars for tastings. But don’t overdo it, you will still have a few kilometers to go to get to the final destination of this long bike ride: Saumur.

Carte itinéraire Loire à vélo de Tours à Saumur
Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

From TOURS to LANGEAIS 33km 76m Niveau Facile

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.

Meeting with our guide in Tours

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

  • For a few more km 50km 193m Niveau Loisir

    For ten more kilometers, you take the road to Azay le Rideau. Known for the photos of its castle reflecting in the water, the castle of Azay le Rideau will charm you and you can enjoy a nice gourmet break in the village.

Day 2

From LANGEAIS to CHINON 32km 202m Niveau Facile

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 3

From CHINON to FONTEVRAUD L’ABBAYE 27km 111m Niveau Facile

You leave Chinon and the Vienne will guide you to Candes-St-Martin where it flows into the Loire. Most beautiful villages of France, Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau are dazzling villages where the tuffeau stone of Touraine is king. Sites to see at the end of the day: The castle of Montsoreau then the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud.

  • For a few more km 42km 291m Niveau Loisir

    For the long version, you will pass through beautiful landscapes with typical architectural buildings surrounding you. You can see the medieval castle of La Roche-Clermault, the place of inspiration for the artist Rabelais, whose museum is located in Seuilly. The museum retraces the highlights of his life and has been awarded the “Maison des Illustres” and “Musée de France” labels.

Day 4

From FONTEVRAUD L’ABBAYE to SAUMUR 17km 158m Niveau Facile

The first stop of this small stage is the village of Turquant: kilometers of galleries dug in the tuffeau stone; this is the opportunity to see some troglodyte dwellings that are still inhabited. Along the arms of Loire then on the wine hillside, you reach the Saumur Castle and its Panorama which are the gateway to this charming city.

  • For a few more km 38km 320m Niveau Loisir

    Between cellars and mushroom farms, in this long version full of discoveries in both taste and landscape, you will arrive in Brézé. Here is a castle with surprising underground passages that welcomes you. Then through the vineyards, it is the Saumur Castle and its Panorama that are the gateway to this charming city.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Hôtel L'Ange est Rêveur façade de l'hôtel de la croix blanche à fontevraud l'abbaye

Starting from 470€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort 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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel L'Ange est Rêveur

Starting from 550€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a double room
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Day 1 : Meeting with our guide in Tours
  • A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Taxes
  • The trip itineraries available on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

Price does not include

  • bike rental (see option)
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
  • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

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, 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, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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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

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise pour vacances à vélo

Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Children Bike

20″ or 24″ bike

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Departure city : TOURS

Coming by car

  • at 2h30 from PARIS
  • at 3h30 from BORDEAUX
  • at 4h30 from LYON

Coming by train

  • Tours train station - 1h30 from Paris
  • Saint Pierre des Corps train station - 1h from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Tours airport

Arrival city : SAUMUR

Coming by car

  • at 3h15 from PARIS
  • at 3h30 from BORDEAUX
  • at 5h from LYON

Coming by train

  • Saumur train station - 2h30 from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Nantes airport

* Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

How to get back to the starting point

  • By train from Saumur to Tours in 55 min (hotline)
  • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation 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 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers (limited to one per person when possible)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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