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  • 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. Take a morning stroll around the town before continuing with your onward travel plans.


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. 


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.





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.

Trek rental bike

If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate hybrid or touring bike for this trip.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour
with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you
for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and
trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed
equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good shoes,
warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight
clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel to Orleans and from Chinon

Getting To Orleans

Air: Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle airports connect to all major European and worldwide cities. From Paris it is possible to connect with Orléans via train (approx 1hr journey).

Tours Val de Loire is located in the heart of the Loire and is serviced by Ryanair from both the UK and European airports. Journey time from Tours is approx 30mins by airport bus, with onward train services connecting to Orléans (approx 1hr30mins).

Ferry: The French ports of St Malo and Le Havre are an approximate 4hr drive. The popular port of Calais is also 4hr drive. Direct Ferries have details of route crossings and sailing times to the UK.

From Chinon

Train: Onward travel to Tours is around 1hr journey time and regular services to Paris are between 1hr30mins and 2hrs30mins. For full details of timetables and costs can be accessed via The Trainline Europe.

Ferry: The closest ferry ports to Chinon are St Malo and Le Havre and are an approximate 3hrs 30mins drive. The popular port of Calais is a 5hr drive. Direct Ferries have details of route crossings and sailing times to the UK.


  • 7 Nights in boutique B&B’s or 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily baggage transfer
  • Detailed maps, route notes, and information pack
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support


  • Travel to Orléans / from Chinon
  • Lunchs & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Bike hire/helmet
  • Entrance fee or gratuities
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance


  • Single Room(s)
  • Solo Cyclist Supplement
  • Bike Hire
  • Transfers to Orléans / From Chinon

How fit do I need to be?

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. 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in the summer months. You can start this holiday on any day of the week. 

When is the best time of year?

Spring in the Loire offers pleasant warm days with flora in full bloom. Into the summer months (June-August), daytime temperatures are pleasantly hot and verdant river banks provide perfect picnic spots. Into September the Loire embraces the wine harvest so you may well come across a festival or two.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfer as per your itinerary is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

What happens if I can't cycle a stage? 

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. These costs are payable locally. Details of alternative transport will be listed in your information pack. Your accommodation hosts will also be able to help you with any local transport questions.


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Easy cycling and a delightful route

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  • Excellent traffic-free cycle paths
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    Comments about macs adventure Loire River Cycle Path Orléans to Chinon:

    Cycling down the Loire is highly recommended. Easy cycling on excellent dedicated paths. Plenty to explore, lots of history, , and of course great food and wine

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      Comments about macs adventure Loire River Cycle Path Orléans to Chinon:

      Since I was 20 I have done numerous bike trips in Europe mostly in France. In fact I have organized several trips for large groups. There are three things that are key in contributing to the overall experience: The route, the lodging, and the towns. The route was exceptional in that it is part of a nationwide bike path system that was well maintained, off the beaten track, and key well marked. I think that MAC Adventures downplayed how well marked the route is you never have to look at a map or wonder where you are. Even when you enter a busy city you are on bike paths or marked paths and not having to stop all the time to navigate. My wife even made it through Tours with out frowning. The accommodations were cute, comfortable and very French except for Tours which was not interesting. The towns were great, walk able, things to do and great destinations. One thing I learned, I am an avid strong cyclist, my wife never cycles so therefore picked this easy Tour. In a case like this I would recommend that you look at an electric bike for the weaker rider, they are taking Europe by storm and unofficially I would say that half the bikes were with electric motor assist. As a seasoned travel cyclist I recommend this trip.

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