Cycling The Loire Valley - A Family Cycling Holiday

 


 

This perfect family cycling holiday is accessible for those people new to riding or young children. Follow the famous “Loire à Vélo” cycling paths with short and easy stages, using cycling tracks or quiet roads.

This part of the Loire Valley has the most chateaux’s and vineyards. Follow the Loire River which will guide you from historical places to famous cellars for tasting. Enjoy the ‘French art de vivre’ along the peaceful and wild landscapes.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from March to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £550

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

Single room supplement - £150

Single Traveller supplement - £85

Half Board Supplement - £125

Bike hire - £70

E-bike hire - £115

Trailer/Child Bike - £50

Baby Seat - £20

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

in Tours - from £55/£95

in Chinon - from £50/£90

Transfers

Return Transfers (min. 2 people, max 8 people, to be requested when booking the tour):

Chinon-Tours - £150

Paris CDG-Tours - £475

Chinon-Paris CDG - on request

Trip Code

BIKELVT10

Rob's Highlights

  • The simple easy riding 

  • The Loire River

  • French style gardens 

  • Chateau's along the route

  • Historic towns of Tours and Chinon

  • The local cuisine

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tours

Visit the city of Tours to discover its old quarters and its typical half-timbered houses.

Day 2: Tours - Villandry (21 km / 13 miles)

Follow ‘Loire à vélo’ cycling path and reach Villandry and its famous ‘French style’ Renaissance gardens. Enjoy the ‘Ornamental kitchen Garden’, the ‘Garden of Love’, the ‘Water Garden’ and the ‘Sun Garden’. These artistic gardens vary with seasons to make each visit an astonishment!

Day 3: Villandry - Azay le Rideau (24 km / 15 miles)

Ride towards Chateau of Saché, the place of inspiration of the famous French author Honoré de Balzac. This garden which has inspired the novel ‘Le Lys dans la Vallée’ will guide you through Lis and peonies. Then, continue to Azay le Rideau and its chateau: a Renaissance marvel in a setting of water and greenery.

Day 4: Azay le Rideau - Rigny Ussé (18 km / 11 miles)

Depart towards Langeais and its 15th century château offering a typical form of a medieval fortified castle where you could admire wonderful tapestries and piece of furniture. Then ride towards the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé which has inspired Perrault for its famous fairy tale story.

Day 5: Rigny Ussé - Chinon (17 km / 10 miles)

Ride across the Chinon forest before reaching the medieval town through the vineyards where you may visit one of the numerous cellars built on the banks of the river Vienne and that are so famous thanks to the red wine!

Day 6: Chinon 

Departure after breakfast.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

5 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

1 evening meal

Local taxes

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & 4 evening meals

Drinks

Transfers to the start and return

Admissions to attractions 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

5 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

1 evening meal

Local taxes

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & 4 evening meals

Drinks

Transfers to the start and return

Admissions to attractions

Testimonial 

A wonderful family experience, thank you again. - Helen

 

 

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