Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Easy cycling along the Loire River Path
  • Explore the Royal towns of Amboise & Blois
  • Visit the historic Châteaux of Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau
  • Riverside picnics with local Orléans cheese
  • Discover Chinon, Loire’s town of wine

Pedal the easy going Loire River Cycle Path from Orléans to Chinon, spending each night in a different village or town.

Peppered with fairy-tale castles and royal towns the Loire River is one of Europe’s finest stretches of river. From the historic stronghold of Orléans, enjoy riverside pedalling to the charming towns of Blois, Amboise, Tours and Chinon.

Spend lazy afternoons, relaxing riverside with a picnic of local Loire goat’s cheese and crusty boulangerie bread. Pedal to the perfectly manicured gardens of Château Villandry and explore the ornate Château of Azay le Rideau. At Chinon, Loire’s town of wine, end your journey with a generous glass of Loire cabernet franc.


Day 1 Arrive Orleans


The historic, military stronghold of Orléans, is only an hour by train south of Paris. Enjoy a stroll through the sophisticated boulevards. Sample a plate of rillettes (shredded pate) at a pavement café and explore the elegant boulevards where you can also see many monuments dedicated to the war heroine, Joan of Arc.


Overnight: Orléans


Day 2 Cycle to Beaugency


Ease yourself gently into the pace of the Loire. Pedal with the flow of the river, cycling east to the charming town of Beaugency. The 14th century Château Beaugency dominates this sleepy town and its hanging gardens are a historic symbol of wealth and pleasure. Later in the afternoon find a café for a traditional homemade tarte tatin et crème anglais.


Cycle: 30km


Overnight: Beaugency


Day 3 Cycle to Blois


Continue west to the royal town of Blois. Rising up on the northern river bank, Blois boasts the Royal Chateau, whose grand wings span architectural periods of Gothic, Renaissance and Classical periods. The old town of Blois is a delight to explore on foot where delicious boulangeries and cafes pepper the old winding streets.


There is also an option today to extend the ride to visit the Cherveny Chateau.


Cycle: 35km or 55km


Overnight: Blois


Day 4 Cycle to Amboise

An easy ride along the Loire River will see you arrive at the elegant town of Amboise. From its centrally located imposing château take a stroll to Chateau Close du Luce, residence and final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.


Cycle: 40km


Overnight: Amboise


Day 5 Cycle to Tours


Today’s cycle route heads through the atmospheric vineyards
of Montlouis. Here you can discover the numerous producers of sparkling sweet
white wine. Perfect for picnic refreshment! On arrival into Tours, cycle or
stroll into the heart of the city to see the old quarters, which is home to the
famous Place Plumereau and timbered houses.                                                                          


Cycle: 38km


Overnight: Tours


Day 6 Azay le Rideau


Depart the thriving streets of Tours as you cycle to the village of Villandry, home to an exquisite French-style Renaissance chateau with show stopping gardens. Then, at Saché, there’s the chateau where novelist Honoré de Balzac wrote some of his finest works. On arrival at Azay le Rideau visit its renaissance château or head for one the terrace cafes on the square for post ride refreshment.


Cycle: 35km


Overnight: Azay le Rideau


Day 7 Cycle to Chinon


Heading north from Azay, take a gentle cycle along the River L’Indre, rejoining the Loire at Brehmont. Further east visit the fairy tale Chateau d’Usse said to the be the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty. Your final destination of Chinon is perfect for a riverside glass of local cabernet franc wine. 


Cycle: 40km


Overnight: Chinon


Day 8 Onward Travel

Chinon is a wonderfully relaxed riverside town to finish off Loire River riding. If you’d prefer it is possible to extend with an extra day of riding to the city of Saumur. Alternatively, why not start in Blois and finish in Saumur for an alternative 8 day 7 night trip.

Accommodation

Each evening will be spent in boutique  B&B’s and 3* hotels. We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed below, but on occasion, especially during peak season, we do use alternate accommodation of equal or higher standard. Examples of accommodaiton are listed below.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party or are travelling as a solo cyclist single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. 


Meals


Breakfast is included each day at your hotel and usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.  Lunches and dinners are not included. One of our favourite experiences of the Loire is to pick up local cheeses and boulangerie breads for a riverside picnic. As you will be staying the heart of each village or town, there are extensive cafes and restaurants to choose from in the evening. You will find a number of recommendations in your information pack.



 

 

 

 




Hotel de la Bielle - Orleans

An elegant, intimate hotel, run by the fourth generation of the Foucault family. Centrally located to explore the sophisticated centre of Orleans, this hotel is the perfect starting point for a journey along the Loire.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Maison du Carroir – Blois



Maison du Carroir - Blois

In the heart of Blois, nestled in a quiet street, Maison du Carroir offer cosy guest rooms in a traditional family house, with contemporary decor. Chantal, your host will be on hand to answers any questions about Blois.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Manoir du Parc – Amboise



Manoir du Parc - Amboise

A parkside manor with relaxing gardens and pool, Manoir du Parc is only 10 minute walk from the Royal Chateau of Amboise. An easy evening stroll from the old town, traditionally furnished provide a good nights sleep.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Biencourt – Azay le Rideau

With a few metre of the elegant Chateau Azay le Rideau, this 16th century property was formerly a school and real tennis courts. Only a stone’s throw from relaxing cafes, you’re never far from relaxing refreshment.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Saint Mexme - Chinon



Saint Mexme - Chinon

Next to Saint Mexme Church this B&B has converted part of the neighbouring abbey to make a comfortable welcome, close to the heart of Chinon. Perfect for sampling local wines and fine French foods.


 

 

 

Availability


This trip is available to start on any day from April to October
and is subject to availability. Peak months in Loire are
June, July and August so we would suggest contacting us as soon as your
plans are finalised. 


Grade & Terrain


This cycling tour is graded easy with daily distances between 30 and 45 km each day. It is perfectly suited to cyclists that are venturing on their first cycling trip or perhaps haven’t ridden for a few years. It is also ideal for keen cyclists simply looking for laid back pace on flat terrain. The route follows a combination of dedicated cycle paths, quiet riverside roads and urban streets.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps


You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way. Most of the time you will be cycling on quiet country roads and dedicated cycle paths. You will also cycle for short distances through busy urban environments. Please be mindful of all road users, adhering to local traffic laws at all times.




Bike Rental


Trek 7.3 hybrid bikes are available for hire. All bikes are equipped with a pannier, trip computer and spare inner tube along with a pump.


Many people also choose to hire an EBike. The added battery power provides assistance when required. For more information on how EBikes work click here.


If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride. Alternatively we’re happy to answer any questions you have about the hire bike.