This leisurely route showcases the Loire Valley in all it’s stunning glory. Ride through the Garden of France past vineyards, fruit orchards and romantic, ornate castles. Explore the beautiful old towns of Orléans, Blois, Tours, Saumur and Angers. Easy scenic cycling, following the course of the Loire River downstream.
If you want to get to know the Loire valley by bike and see many of its highlights along the way then this is the trip for you. It combines two of our shorter cycling breaks to create one itinerary that leads from one end of the Loire valley to the other.
Amboise and the Royal Château
Each day you’ll enjoy leisurely rides along quite roads and cycle paths as you follow the course of the Loire River westwards. Along the way you’ll visit and stay in beautiful towns including Joan of Arc’s Orléans, medieval Blois, charming Amboise, bustling Tours with its beautiful Place Plumereau square and Azay le Rideau, home to an impossibly romantic island castle.
Of course, this region is also famous for its many Châteaux and this route serves up a veritable procession of beautiful old palaces and fortresses. Some of the more famous ones along the route include the ornate Château Chambord, impressive Château Chaumont, and the fairytale inspiring Château Ussé.
The cycling is leisurely and well within the abilities of anyone with a reasonable fitness level. Much of it is on cycle paths with a few sections on quite roads and country lanes. E-bikes are an available option and recommended for anyone concerned about being able to complete the daily distances comfortably.