Loire Valley Cycling Tour
Bike the most scenic routes from Angers to Amboise
What better way to discover the hidden charms of the Loire Valley than to go by bike!
Take the dedicated cycle paths of the « Loire à vélo » and meticulously signposted routes to greet, at the next bend, the most beautiful castles of the King’s Valley, enjoy a glass of local wine of our famous vineyards or even speak with enthusiast craftsmen in our charming villages.
We suggest you a 6-day tour with your private guide, showcasing marvels like the Tapestry of the Apocalypse, wine tastings with scrupulously selected winemakers, castle visits, gourmet meals, and the life story of Leonardo da Vinci, supposed inventor of the bicycle.
Meet & Greet with your guide at Angers train station. Walk into the heart of Angers with your private guide. The old town is dominated by the monumental fortress with its instantly recognizable two-tone towers perched on walls. The castle homes today the unique apocalypse tapestry.
Explore many fine examples of fine Romanesque architecture throughout the city including the former bishops palace, the abbeys at Saint Aubin and Ronceray.
Ride through the spectacular ancient slate mines and abandoned open-air quarries of Trélazé. The first half of your itinerary leads you through the dike-protected agricultural and horticultural plain on the northern bank of the Loire.
Cross the bridge at St-Mathurin and continue upstream (with – mostly – the wind in your back). Ride through ancient fishing and river ports. Once in the suburbs of Saumur you are going to be tempted by a visit in one of the famous sparkling wine cellars, followed by a tasting.
Reconvene later for a private cruise down the Loire in a traditional wooden boat.
Ride through the vineyards of Saumur-Champigny wine appellation, stopping en route at the small vineyard Le Clos d’entre les Murs to witness a vine-growing technique so unique it has been classified as a heritage monument. Continue on to the village of Fontevraud for lunch and a guided visit of the town’s monumental abbey.
Transfer by car to Saumur and dinner at leisure in the romantic town center.
Trip on your bicycle through the Valley of the Vienne from the village of Montsoreau to reach the medieval town of Chinon.
Embark on a guided discovery walk through the narrow cobbled streets of the town.
Later, enjoy a wine tasting before dinner in the royal dining room of your hotel.
A stunning bicycle-tour through the vineyards of the Vienne Valley and the wine-growers villages of Cravant les Coteaux and Panzoult.
You arrive in one of the most beautiful villages of the region Crissay-sur-Manse. Pause for lunch on a terrace overlooking the valley, the majestic ruins of the château in your back.
Ride to Villaines-les-Rochers, a village famous for its basketry. Later, visit the Château of Azay le Rideau, one of the most important Renaissance residences the Loire Valley is famous for.
Back to your hotel by van.
Dinner and overnight.
Tour on the banks of the Loire in the van with your driver – guide.
Visit the spectacular Renaissance gardens of the Château de Villandry.
After lunch, explore the world-famous place of your choice ; Chenonceau château, Amboise château, Chaumont sur Loire or the Clos Lucé, a romantic manor house near the Amboise château, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last two years of his life and died.
Transfer to your châteaux-hotel and gourmet dinner
After breakfast, your guide will drive you to the TGV-Station of St Pierre des Corps for your train back to Paris.