Loire Valley road biking from the chateaux to the sea

From Orleans to the Atlantic Ocean by road bike

Highlights

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"

Take on the challenge: The Loire Valley from Orleans to the sea in one week on a road bike!

From Orleans to the Atlantic Ocean on a road bike

Discover the Loire Valley by bike.

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.

Carte séjour Val de Loire à vélo de route
Niveau ExpertExpert
Day 1

ORLEANS

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.

Day 2

From ORLEANS to AMBOISE 110km 129m Niveau Expert

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.

Day 3

From AMBOISE to AZAY LE RIDEAU 89km 203m Niveau Expert

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.

Day 4

From AZAY LE RIDEAU to PONTS DE CE 108km 520m Niveau Expert

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.

Day 5

From PONTS DE CE to NANTES 101km 520m Niveau Expert

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.

Day 6

From NANTES to PORNIC 86km 137m Niveau Forme

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.

  • For a few more km 101km 330m Niveau Expert

    Continue along the coast to the Pointe Saint Gildas lighthouse before reaching Pornic.

Day 7

PORNIC

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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
Hotel de l'Abeille Hôtel La Brèche Salle de restaurant HOTEL 3 LIEUX, repas d'étape séjour à vélo Hôtel Belfort

Starting from 895€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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.


Quote on request | Contact us

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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.


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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, traditionalguide

GPS included Travel with Abicyclette France

  • 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

 

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.


Road bike

TREK DOMANE S4

Carbon frame
Derailleurs Shimano Tiagra, 10 speed ; 50/34 – 11-32
Rims Bontrager 700 alu
Tires Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x25c
Weight: <9kg

We only provide flat pedals! Bring your own pedals !

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 saddlebag of 4L to bring repair tool kit, lock, a jacket…
  • 1 lock
  • 1 puncture repair kit: patches, tube, tire levers
  • 1 multi tools
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo de route carbone trek Domane S4 Abicyclette Voyages à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point
Orléans, Loiret (45)

Getting to Orléans by car*
From Paris by the A10 highway (135km 1h40)

Getting to Orléans by train*
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.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Roadbike, 23 tire, 53/39 chain ring, compact or triple, 11/23 or 12/25 cassette 
  • Automatic pedals

 

Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet
  • 3 to 7 cycling shorts
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 1 pair of cufflings
  • Short sleeve jerseys
  • Long sleeve jerseys
  • 3 to 4 under shirts
  • Sport socks
  • Thermal jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 bike lock (included with the rental)
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit : 1 or 2 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, drift chain and quick couplers, derailleur hanger, multi-tool
  • Daily use kit : Foot pump, cloth, oil, brake pads, spare tire
Other
  • Suitcase ( for transporting personal effects in luggage transfer)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evening
  • Jersey and towel
  • Set of Toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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