Loire Valley - Orléans to Saumur

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Visiting: France

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £529 to £984pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior, Standard i
Code FR028
Good For Foodies, Solo
Distance 171mi/275km !
Runs Apr - Sep
Departs Sat - Sun
Fly to Paris
Return from Paris

Overview

What to expect

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.

  • 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

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Orléans

    On the banks of the Loire River, Joan of Arc’s home city of Orléans makes a historic starting point. Check in to your hotel and take a stroll through the ancient streets to discover where St Joan lived, stopping off at the twin towered cathedral.

  • Day 2: Orléans - Beaugency/ St Dye 18/31 miles (30/50 km)

    Follow the Loire, biking along cycle paths and back roads to the medieval town of Beaugency. Stop off at the cathedral of Clery St André and visit Chateau Dunois before continuing to the ancient river harbour of St Dye.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 3: Beaugency/St Dye - Blois 31/18 miles (50/30 km)

    Today you will ride past Chambord castle and will cycle towards the border of the forest of Boulogne where you will continue to the fortified town of Blois.  Enjoy the town’s paved streets, stone staircases and castle.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 4: Blois - Amboise 28 miles (45 km)

    Learn about the bloody history of Chateau de Blois before pedalling through forest to the town of Onzain, where Chateau de Chaumont sits atop a hill overlooking the river. Arrive in the elegant city of Amboise and visit the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 5: Amboise - Tours 34 miles (55 km)

    Enter the forest of Amboise and discover Chateau de Chenonceaux, which sits across the River Cher on the site of an old mill. Continue along the riverside to the city of Tours, taking an optional detour to the wine cellars at Chateau de Nitray.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 6: Tours - Chinon 38 miles (60 km)

    Pedal between the Loire and Cher rivers to reach the gorgeous gardens at Villandry Castle. Follow the Loire to the city of Langeais and stop for a break to see a fairytale castle that was the setting for Sleeping Beauty before continuing to Chinon.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 7: Chinon - Saumur 22 miles (35 km)

    Continue along country roads to Savigny en Veron and the unique architecture of Candes St Martin river port. See the cone-roofed turret of Chateau de Montsoreau and take in the waterside landscape over Fontevraud Abbey. Arrive in the wine town of Saumur, overlooked by a story-book castle.

  • Day 8: Depart from Saumur

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel by 9am to continue your holiday or make your way home.

    Please note: Daily distances are dependent on the location of your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation

3* & 4* hotels and one lovely 2* hotel 

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 and one lovely 2* hotel 
  • 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

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance

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

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder 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. 

Mens Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£83

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

E bike
E-bike hire
£194
Example Helmet
Helmet hire
£17

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board (except in Tours) - Cat A
£170pp
Half Board (except in Tours) - Cat B
£156pp

Transfers

Saumur - Orléans (Saturday and Sunday)
£77pp

Extra nights

Orleans: Double room (B&B)
£55pp
Orleans: Single room (B&B)
£83pp
Saumur: Double room (B&B) - Cat A
£63pp
Saumur: Single room (B&B) - Cat A
£96pp
Saumur: Double room (B&B) - Cat B
£55pp
Saumur: Single room (B&B) - Cat B
£83pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly or Eurostar to Paris

Take the train (SNCF) to Orleans.

Getting back

Take the train (SNCF) from Orleans.

Fly or Eurostar from Paris

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

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Your website was good enough to make me buy the holiday, which turned out to be very good. The only problem was the wind direction which was West to East so we had a head wind all the time. It might be better to have the route from west to east.

Peter McGregor, UK, August 2017
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All good or excellent. No issues.

Donatella Leone, July 2015

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