Follow the flow of the Loire as you cycle along the 'Valley of Kings'. Dotted with countless treasures including spectacular Chateau's, beautiful gardens and historic villages and towns. You will never be more than stones throw from the river as you take in the beauty and culture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cycling is predominantly flat with the roads practically car-free and many kilometers covered on dedicated cycleways.
Arrive into Orleans and check-in to your centrally located hotel before spending the afternoon exploring this beautiful towns historic centre or stroll over Loire on one of its 5 bridges.
You will leave your bags at the hotel for collection each day before you start your journey heading downstream along the majestic Loire river.
Todays ride takes you to the beautiful town o...Show Moref Beaugency via small villages, vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Take a coffee break by the banks of the river as you take in the peacefulness and beauty of this region. Then as you roll along quiet paths and roads you will almost be able to taste the wonderful local wines and food that you will discover in Beaugency this evening.
Today's ride is approximately 30km.
DAY 3Cycling to Blois
After starting your day with a traditional French breakfast leave your bags at the hotel for collection before heading downstream towards one of the largest and most impressive chateaus in the re...Show Moregion.
Our route will take you along mostly car free paths and after a couple of hours of taking in the beauty of the Loire valley you will arrive at Chateau Chambord. Taking 15 years to build in the 16th century it is surrounded by a vast hunting park alive with wildlife and it is the largest walled estate in Europe. Once inside you will discover its magnificent rooms and its incredible double revolving staircase.
After your visit to the chateau you will head towards Blois, the capital of Loir-et-Cher department. You will stay in a centrally located hotel which is the ideal base to explore this beautiful historic town and its Chateau that was home to French Kings during the renaissance.
Today's ride is approximately 35km.
DAY 4Cycling to Amboise
Today offers another stunning day of riding through the Pays des Chateau (Land of Castles) towards the Leonardo da Vinci town of Amboise a stunning medieval town that clusters around its central ...Show MoreChateau.
The Chateau in Amboise is not the only chateau you will come across today as around half way and a perfect place to stop for lunch is the Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire. Its impressive fairy-tale architecture, drawbridge and high towers will draw you in, but it is its grounds that will really impress you. Each year from April to October they play host to the International Garden Festival where artists and landscape architects from all over the world 'compete' with others on some thirty plots. A delight for all the senses.
Today's cycling is approximately 35km.
DAY 5Cycling to Tours
This morning you will head to explore Tours where you can wander round its old town and marvel at sites including the cathedral, Saint-Gatien, with its flamboyant Gothic facade and 12th century t...Show Moreowers.
After touring Tours you will follow the Cher to see the Chateau and Gardens of Villandry. Famed for its fabulous ornamental gardens that are themed differently each year but always in perfect harmony with the architecture of the chateau.
You will stay in Langeais this evening, a charming small town with its imposing 15th century chateau and quaint quiet lanes to wander round.
Today's cycling is approximately 40km.
DAY 6Cycling to Saumur
Leaving Langeais and crossing over to the south bank of the Loire our route will take you through several small villages before arriving at what is regarded as the most romantic chateau of the Lo...Show Moreire at Montsoreau.
Between Montsoreau and Saumur you will come across many fine examples of the Troglodyte Caves of the Loire Valley. These cave dwellings built into the side of the limestone cliffs on the banks of the river offer a fascinating insight into the history of the area.
After a great day on the saddle you will role into Saumur for your evenings accommodation and instantly be impressed by its chateau high on the hill over looking the town. With two museums, a fortress and links to the nearby world famous Cadre Noir National Riding School an evening stroll is a must.
Today's cycling is approximately 55km
DAY 7Cycling to Angers
Your final day in the saddle will see you ride towards Angers. As you take in your last day on the tranquil banks of the Loire there could be nowhere better to finish your trip and to savour the ...Show Moredelights of the Angevin lifesyle than in Angers.
Spend your last afternoon wandering around Place du Ralliement with its cafe terraces the perfect place to enjoy the flavours of the local gastronomy. As the sun begins to drop we recommend a stoll to the chateau to enjoy the panoramic view from its 17 towers.
Today's cycling is approximately 50km.
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.