The Loire Valley, or Valley of Kings, is a UNESCO World Site renowned for its world famous chateaux and gardens. Your ride will follow the Loire on dedicated cycle paths and quiet roads. Stop to marvel at grand buildings, enjoy the delectable food and get a taste of this stunning area. If you want a longer experience, in the Loire, check out our 7 day option.
Arrive into Orleans and spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful towns historic centre or stroll over Loire on one of its 5 bridges.
DAY 2Cycling to Beaugency
Today you start your ride down this majestic river. A cycle through villages, vineyards and bright sunflowers give you a taste of the Loire Valley. As you cycle along the Loire river,stop for a coffee, or even an afternoon glass of crisp white wine. Cycle paths will lead you to your first stop in Beaugency.
Today's ride is approximately 30km.
DAY 3Cycling to Blois
Today's route will take you along quiet lanes and through country Loire to the work of art that is Chateau Chambord. This magnificent 16th century chateau took fifteen years to build and is Europe's largest walled estate. Take a look inside and discover the magnificent rooms and its incredible double revolving staircase.
Next, its time to cycle to Blois, the capital of Loir-et-Cher department. Explore this beautiful historic town, located on the banks of the Loire river. It was home to French Kings during the renaissance period.
Today's ride is approximately 35km.
DAY 4Cycling to Amboise
Today you cycle through the Pays des Chateau (Land of Castles) to Amboise, a fascinating medieval town. Leonardo da Vinci lived here for his final three years and his tomb now resides in Chateau d'Amboise, which is central to the town. It formally belonged to Catherine de Medici, the Queen of France between 1547-1559.
You will explore another chateau today, around half way the is the Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire. You'll feel as though you've stepped into a castle straight from a fairy-tale with its high walls and drawbridge.
If you happen to be visiting between April and October you'll be in for a treat as the Chateau garden's play host to the International Garden Festival.
Today's cycling is approximately 35km.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
The Loire Valley is a captivating quintessentially French region famous for its picturesque villages, wineries and chateaux. The valley extends for 280 kilometers and comprises approximately 800 square kilometers including an area designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site . With its flat terrain 'The Garden of France' is cycling holiday heaven.
The weather in this region is relatively comfortable year round with Spring to Autumn the most popular period to cycle. From early Spring the chateau gardens begin to bloom with colour throughout the summer and into autumn where the trees are alive with rich golden hues.
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore The Loire Valley at your own pace. We know the area very well and have put together some recommended routes in GPX format which allows you to download these to most GPS enabled devices, and with certain software, to your smartphone. These will be sent to you once you have booked your holiday with Love Velo and each file will be titled with a short description of the ride and the distance. If you would like to see the profile of each route, we recommend that you download the files before your holiday and open them with a GPS viewer. If you would like guiding instead, please just ask our cycle experience team.
You will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.