Real road bike oriented stages
The most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley
An excellent mix of sport, culture & gastronomy
A beautiful track "From castles to the ocean"
Starting from Orléans, explore the most impressive part of the Loire Valley and its European cycling route. 6 itinerant stages with an average of 100 km per day to enjoy the rolling roads, castles and vineyards of the Loire Valley.
The roads of the Loire Valley lend themselves perfectly to beautiful outings with friends or as a couple. You have the opportunity to balance out your stops by visiting the most famous castles of the Loire by bike route: Chambord, Blois, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, etc.
You also cover the entire Loire Valley vineyard by bike. The appellations Chenin, Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Saumur, Muscadet will no longer hold any secrets for you! What will your favorite grape variety be? Chenin, Sauvignon?
Evenings stages are planned in cities allowing you to take full advantage of the Touraine cuisine.
Arrival on your own and check in to your hotel. Orientation with our guide today. Take time to explore Orleans and the banks of the Loire river.
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.
The stage begins in Orleans with the crossing of the Loire to reach the banks of one of its tributaries: the Loiret. Around the confluence, it is a rich agricultural plain that you cross. Then on the banks of the river, you reach Meung-sur-Loire and Beaugency. Cross these 2 beautiful villages with their medieval castle. It is a river of relaxing and serene strength that you follow. It shows the path to follow towards the chateau of Chambord and then the royal castle of Blois then to,Chaumont sur Loire, a impressive chateau above the Loire river with its famous gardens festival. Your final destination is Amboise.
Starting from Amboise, you ride to Chenonceaux where a first stop is needed to discover its castle. Then, you enter the vineyards of Touraine, Montlouis sur Loire. On the banks of the Loire, you can also see the first cellars and troglodyte houses. This is the opportunity to taste some AOC Touraine wines, or simply to discover the trades. Your path will then take you to discover the old town of Tours. Take the time to discover the wooden houses of the 15th century, still present here; they deliver beautiful pieces of history … On the banks of the Cher you continue west to discover the exhilaration of colors and the beauty of the gardens of Villandry Castle before reaching Azay le rideau a few kilometers further.
The Indre then the Vienne guide you to the border of Chinon to join the Loire in the village of Candes-St-Martin. Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau, members of the Most beautiful villages of France, are dazzling places. The tufa stone of Touraine offers a luminous structure. You then reach Saumur, by the banks of the Loire, where a discovery of the city is essential! Its castle and its streets are marked by their intimate relationship with the Loire. Your stage ends at Les Ponts de Cé, on the banks of the Loire.
At the start of your day, the Coteaux de Savennières and the Coteaux du Layon line up your route. This stage allows you to enjoy small roads on the levees of the Loire and beautiful views of the islands including the island of Chalonnes that you cross by bike. Cross Ancenis then a partly shaded greenway provides a smooth arrival in Nantes.
From Nantes to the ocean, you ride along the majestic Loire estuary, by the maritime canal, ports and open-air art gallery with the contemporary exhibition, “Estuaire” . In Saint-Brévin-les-Pins, contemplate the dunes and fine sand beaches and continue your ride by the sea until Pornic, its castle and its old port.
Continue along the coast to the Pointe Saint Gildas lighthouse before reaching Pornic.
End of stay after breakfast. Have a safe journey home!
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.
Starting from 835€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
|Number of guests||Price/person|
|2||Starting from 835€|
|3||Starting from 912€|
|4||Starting from 740€|
|5||Starting from 786€|
|6||Starting from 710€|
|7 or more||Quote on request|
|Extra night in a standard double room in ORLEANS (breakfast included)||Starting from 135€ / room|
|Extra night in a standard single room in ORLEANS (breakfast included)||Starting from 120€ / room|
|Road bike rental 5 days||Starting from 168€ / participant|
|Cancellation insurance Read more||Starting from 26€ / participant|
|Multiple-risk insurance Read more||Starting from 32€ / participant|
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.
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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.
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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.
TREK DOMANE S4
We only provide flat pedals! Bring your own pedals !
Supplied equipment per bike
Orléans, Loiret (45)
From Paris by the A10 highway (135km 1h40)
Arrival: Train station in Orléans (from Paris Austerlitz train station, duration: 1h10)
Return : Train station in Pornic or St Nazaire
* Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.
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