Loire – Orleans to Saumur Cycling Holiday

  • 4.3
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Orléans / Tours or Saumur
  • Distance

    171 miles/275 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Simple to Comfort
  • Tour code

    019-106CFR
Price From £530

Overview

Cycle the Loire valley from Orléans to Saumur through what is known as the ‘Garden of France’. Along the way you’ll have the chance to stop and explore some of the country’s most exquisite chateaux like Château de Chambord and Château Chenonceaux. This fairy tale-like route will also unveil gorgeous old towns such as Blois, Amboise and Tours.

This is a part of France where the cuisine is first class and the wines excellent. Picture-perfect châteaux dot the landscape as you travel downstream and westwards, along the gently curving river. You’ll love the towns and cities you’ll be riding to as well, from medieval Beaugency to the royal towns of Blois and Amboise, and not forgetting Tours and Saumur, your final destination and a mecca for regional cuisine.

Orleans

Beautiful Orléans

The route covers around 30 miles each day, and while there are a few hills, this tour is not particularly demanding. You’ll be riding mainly on quiet back roads with some sections on dedicated cycle paths so won’t encounter much traffic.

Itinerary & Map

The route covers around 30 miles each day, and while there are a few hills, this tour is not particularly demanding. You’ll be riding mainly on quiet back roads with some sections on dedicated cycle paths so won’t encounter much traffic.

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Day 1: Arrive Orléans

Orleans on the Loire River

Orléans on the Loire River

On arrival in Orléans make your way to your first hotel. After check-in you’re free to relax or explore the riverside capital of France’s Centre region. Joan of Arc is revered here as she liberated the town in medieval times – her house is open to the public and well worth a visit. The ornate City Hall and Sainte-Croix Cathedral are also worth visiting.

Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency/St. Dyé, 19 to 31 miles/30 to 50 kms

Beaugency

Beaugency

Orléans is on the northern bend of the Loire, and your cycle trip will start by following this famous waterway downriver and south westwards through pleasant open countryside. You’ll have the chance to visit Clery St Andre Cathedral just before reaching the medieval town of Beaugency.

Day 3: Beaugency/St. Dyé – Blois, 20 to 32 miles/30 to 50 kms

Château de Chambord - Loire - France

Chateau de Chambord

Continue along the delightful Loire Valley enjoying beautiful riverside scenery punctuated by graceful châteaux around almost every corner. Ride into a huge park to admire the magnificent Château de Chambord Castle. A short ride further south brings you to the equally stunning Château de Cheverny and finally an enjoyable forest ride delivers you to Château Beauregard. From there it’s a short ride to the royal, riverside town of Blois, with its elegant old bridge spanning the waters of the Loire.

Day 4: Blois – Amboise, 28 miles/45 kms

Blois - Loire - France

Blois

Today you’ll be riding through a forested landscape to Onzain, from where you can venture up to Château Chaumont for great views along the Loire. You’ll then head to Amboise for the night, famous as the town where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last days. You’ll be charmed by the narrow streets and impressive castle of this French market town.

Day 5: Amboise – Tours, 34 miles/55 kms

Chenonceaux Chateau

Chenonceaux

Today the route leads you south through the Forest of Amboise and away from the Loire to Château Chenonceaux, another magnificent renaissance castle, this time in a stunning setting on the River Cher. You’ll then follow this tributary of the Loire all the way to Tours, where you’ll spend the night. On the way you can stop at the celebrated wine cellars of Nitray.

Day 6: Tours – Chinon, 37 miles/60 kms

Chinon - Loire - France

Chinon

Make sure you take the time to explore Tours, with its flamboyant Gothic cathedral, before heading onwards between the paths of the Loire and Cher to Château Villandry, near the point where the two rivers meet. Villandry is also well known for its gardens, so you may want to stop here or continue downriver to break your journey in the city of Lageais. Then leave the Loire once more to cycle to Chinon on the River Vienne. Chinon’s sprawling castle was once home to kings of France and England.

Day 7: Chinon – Saumur, 22 miles/35 kms

Saumur - Loire France

Saumur

Cycle west out of Chinon to the confluence of the Vienne and Loire rivers to reach Château Montsoreau, where you can admire the views across to Fontevraud Abbey. From here it’s only a short stretch of riverside riding to Saumur – the ‘pearl of Anjou’ and your final destination. It’s a city well known for its beauty as well as its fine food and wines, a fitting place for the last night of your tour.

Day 8: Saumur

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday between 20 April - 25 May & 02 September - 21 September
Arrivals every Saturday and Sunday between 26 May - 01 September

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2019 Prices

 

019-106CFR
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04 May
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28 Jun
29 Jun
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18 Aug
19 Aug
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07 Sep
08 Sep
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21 Sep
Simple category
Double/twin £563 £646 £669 £646 £563            
Single £757 £840 £863 £840 £757            
Triple £530 £613 £636 £613 £530            
Comfort category
Double/twin £658 £740 £764 £740 £658            
Single £884 £967 £991 £967 £884            
Triple £615 £698 £721 £698 £615            
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)

Supplements

Half board, 6 dinners excluding Tours, simple (£141)
Half board, 6 dinners excluding Tours, comfort (£155)
Extra night Orleans, double/twin, simple (£55)
Extra night Orleans, single, simple (£82)
Extra night Orleans, double/twin, comfort (£55)
Extra night Orleans, single, comfort (£82)
Extra night Saumur, double/twin, simple (£55)
Extra night Saumur, single, simple (£82)
Extra night Saumur, double/twin, comfort (£55)
Extra night Saumur, single, comfort (£85)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£65)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£154)
Helmet (£16)

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 27-gear city bikes with comfortable gel saddle and upright riding position.
The bikes come equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, water bottle, water bottle holder, odometer and lock plus one repair kit per room.

Electric bikes are also available for hire.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

See the gallery for images of all bikes available.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Simple: Pleasant guest houses, inns and hotels.

Orléans: Orléans Parc Hôtel
Beaugency: Hotel De La Sologne Beaugency
Blois: Hotel Restaurant Le Monarque
Amboise: Hotel Restaurant La Brèche Amboise
Tours: Hotel Criden
Chinon: Hotel Le Plantagenet Chinon
Saumur: Hotel Kyriad Saumur

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Orléans: Orléans Park Hôtel
St. Dyé: Le Manoir de Bel Air
Blois: Novotel Blois Centre Val De Loire
Amboise: Novotel Amboise
Tours: Le Grand Hotel Tours
Chinon: Best Western Hotel De France Chinon
Saumur: Hotel Adagio

 

Getting There

Fly to Paris or take the Eurostar train. Then take a train to Orleans.

Research flights from the UK here

Research Eurostar from UK here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.3
  • Date - 15/06/2018
  • Name - Don Mazzucchelli
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - I would use them and recommend them again although I need some lessons on how to use the GPS app.
    Some of the directions need upgrading although we were always able to find our destination
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The only reason I didn't give a 5 star was that I thought some of the directions could have been better
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks for the feedback Don. GPX tracks are revolutionizing bike route navigation but it's definitely worthwhile practicing with the app before commencing your holiday as they can take some getting used to.

    Product : Thanks Don, we're getting the directions re-checked on this route as it sounds like there have been some changes.
  • Date - 22/09/2017
  • Name - Grant Nelson
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Leo gave us a very good overview of the tour and made sure our bikes were in good working order.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The tour was excellent. The accommodations were very nice. The chatuaeux were awesome. Even in busy towns, we found the rooms were quiet at night. The only downside is that we rode into a headwind every day. I understand the prevailing winds blow up-river. It may make more sense to run the tour from Saumur to Orleans, thereby having a tail wind throughout most of the ride.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Grant and we're glad you had an excellent time. Yes, the prevailing wind does blow west to east and can sometimes be a factor but it's rarely that strong and can often be avoided by cycling in the morning.