Loire Valley - Orléans to Saumur

Hotel & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: France

Why we love this tour

"You have a choice of two accommodation standards as you follow the Loire from one spectacular chateau to the next. My favourites are the Chateau de Chenonceaux that sits dramatically over the water and the majestic Chambord Chateau. "

Dozens of chateaux and walled gardens

Fertile farmland, green vineyards and shady forests

Gourmet cuisine and delicious local wines

Relaxed cycling along quiet country roads and undemanding terrain

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
171miles/275km
Level
Easy to Moderate
Standard
Superior, Standard
Departs
Sat, Sun
Runs
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Code
FR028
Fly to
Paris
Good for
Foodies, Solo
Return
Paris

Pedal through the fertile landscapes which enticed kings, queens and nobles to the Loire Valley from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance period. You’ll cycle along undemanding routes, following riverside paths and quiet backroads that link historic towns such as Orléans and Samur. A region packed with jaw-dropping architecture, there’s plenty of time to stop off along the way and explore grand chateaux that straddle rivers, stand in elegant parkland and sit on hilltops overlooking ancient towns.

The region’s gourmet cuisine adds an extra dimension to this trip, thanks to the Loire Valley’s rich farmland, green vineyards and dense woodland. Goats' cheese, game and wild boar are local specialities, tarte-tatin is available in every patisserie and the chocolates and fruit cakes in Blois are delicious – what’s more, after all that cycling, you can eat as much as you like, guilt free.

Accommodation

3* & 4* hotels

We use a pool of 3* & 4* hotels and one lovely 2* hotel to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

3* & 4* hotels

Breakfast included, half board available (except Tours)

Secure bike storage

Luggage transferred each day

2* & 3* hotels

We use a pool of mainly 2* hotels with some 3* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

Mainly 2* hotels with some 3* hotels

Breakfast included, half board available (except in Tours)

Secure bike storage

Luggage transferred each day

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation: in your chosen category

Board basis: Bed and breakfast

Luggage transport

Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)

Welcome meeting

Local contact number for assistance

Hotel taxes

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Cycle helmets

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder, odometer, water bottle and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. The bikes are also equipped with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres. One repair kit per room is provided and includes a spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tyre levers. 

Hybrid Bike

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

£84

E-bike

£190

Extras

(Extra night prices are per room)

Extra Nights

Orleans: Double room (B&B)
£118
Orleans: Single room (B&B)
£93
Saumur: Double room (B&B) - Cat A
£134
Saumur: Single room (B&B) - Cat A
£103
Saumur: Double room (B&B) - Cat B
£118
Saumur: Single room (B&B) - Cat B
£89

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire

£16
Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board (except in Tours) - Cat A

£181

Half Board (except in Tours) - Cat B

£165
Transfers

Saumur - Orléans - Saturday and Sundays. (Sundays between 24.05 & 30.08 only)

£79

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly or Eurostar to Paris, then take the train (SNCF) to Orleans.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Paris, change for Orleans.

How do I get back?

Take the train (SNCF) from Orleans, then fly or Eurostar from Paris.

What is an ‘Easy to Moderate’ cycle holiday?

Some days will be flat, other days will have some modest hills. Easy to Moderate cycling holidays are suitable for most ages and degrees of fitness. We recommend that you have some previous cycling experience.

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

What is the average temperature on this tour?
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