Your Cycling Holidays in France

The Loire's Gardens and Grapevines

Known as the garden of France, the Loire valley is home to some of the most pristine gardens in the country and over 185,000 acres of vineyards. You will travel between three disctinct winemaking appelations, from the light reds of Chinon, to the traditional sparkling wines of Saumur and the crisp whites of the Touraine. A wine is only as good as where it is consumed and the châteaux gardens and riverside bistros on this tour are the perfect places to enjoy them. 

Receive £100 off per person for all bookings to Provence and Loire before 31 December.*

What not to miss

  • The exquisite gardens at Château de Villandry and Château du Rivau
  • Sampling the produce of the regions different wine appellations
  • The spectacular dressage shows of the Cadre Noire of Saumur

What’s included

  • 3*/4* Hotel Accommodation
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Bikes, panniers, water bottles and puncture repair kits
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Assistance whenever needed
  • Electric bikes on request

* Terms and Conditions. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Cannot be applied to bookings already made. Valid for bookings made between the 1st November 2017 and the 30th November 2017.

Your Cycling Holidays in France

The Loire's Gardens and Grapevines

7 Night Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Tours. Transfer to Chinon by minibus or taxi. Here you will meet your representative for a welcome meeting and to be provided with your bike. After this you are free to explore the town. We suggest a visit to the wine museum on Rue Voltaire to get a taste for the local grapes.

Day 2

Optional round trip to Château de Rivau (18miles/30km). Our first optional round trip takes through sprawling vineyards and on peaceful rural roads, out to Château du Rivau. Here you will find quaint ‘fairy-tale gardens’ and a pristinely maintained blend of medieval and renaissance architecture. The restaurant at the château serves fresh vegetables from the garden and wine from their own vineyards. Your ride back to Chinon passes the highly rated Domaine des Noblaies, a great place to stop for a tasting session.

Day 3

Chinon to Saumur (21miles/35km). Leaving Chinon to the west, our route tracks the Vienne river to its point of confluence with the larger Loire at the charming village of Candes-St-Martin. Continuing onwards through Montsoreau, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and the hillside troglodyte villages of Turquant and Parnay, your route never ventures too far from the glistening waters of the Loire. The grand hilltop château in Saumur will let you know that you have arrived and that a glass of the local sparkling wine is not far away.

Day 4

Optional round trip to Brézé and Fontevraud l’Abbaye (31miles/50km). Todays ride leaves the rivers behind and heads into the countryside, calling in at Château Brézé and Fontevraud-l’Abbaye on route. Brézé is famous for its vast underground fortifications, constructed and refined between the 11th and 19th centuries. A little further on is the Abbey at Fontevraud, the resting place of Henry II, his wife Eleanor and his son Richard ‘The Lionheart’. The abbey also acts as an exhibition space for both local and international artists.

Day 5

Saumur to Villandry (40miles/65km). Following the Loire a Vélo cycle route from west to east today will take you back to Candes-St-Martin, before branching off towards the peaceful town of Avoine and rejoining the banks of the Loire near Huismes. A few miles further on is the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ château of Rigny-Ussé, the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s fairy-tale. The route continues along the riverbank, through the lovely river port of Bréhémont, a good spot for a pause and a coffee, and onwards to Villandry.

Day 6

Optional round trip to Azay-le-Rideau (16miles/27km) or Tours (27miles/44km). Today you are spoilt for choice. For the city lovers, the quintessentially French city of Tours is only 14 miles away, with its grand avenues and staggering cathedral. A shorter ride is available to Azay-le-Rideau, home to one of the most well-known château in the region, which sits on the river Indre, as well as the less well known but equally beautiful Château de l’Islette. Or you can take a day off from pedalling and take your time to stroll around Villandry’s glorious gardens!

Day 7

Villandry to Chinon (25miles/40km). The final days cycling takes you back to Chinon, via Azay-le-Rideau, Rivarennes and St-Benoit-la-Foret. If you didn’t visit on day 6, a stop in the cobbled streets of Azay-le-Rideau is recommended. We suggest purchasing some picnic supplies here for later in the route. Rivarennes is a peaceful village and home to a museum dedicated to the local delicacy of dried apples and pears! From here, you cycle through the forest to St-Benoit-la-Foret, where a relaxing picnic in the park is a nice way to break up your cycling. You enter Chinon, past its medieval fortress and a selection of brasseries where a glass of the refreshing local red wine awaits.

Day 8

We say “Au Revoir” before transferring you directly to Tours airport or train stations.

Your Cycling Holidays in France

The Loire's Gardens and Grapevines

Accommodation Options

A fine selection of options to choose from

  • Hotel Anne d’Anjou

    Hotel Anne d’Anjou

    4-Star

    This 18th century mansion, sitting on the south bank of the river Loire, has a rich history as the home of a variety of aristocrats. Since 1983 this protected building has been one of the most reputable hotels in this charming town. 

  • Hotel Diderot

    Hotel Diderot

    3-Star

    Hôtel Diderot is a simple family run 17th century town house built around a pretty flowered courtyard that is much enjoyed and appreciated by our cycling gardeners and a lovely place for breakfast. It has a traditional, old fashioned interior with great oak beams in many of the rooms. The delicious breakfast jams are all home-made.

  • Hotel le Haut de Lys

    Hotel le Haut de Lys

    3-Star

    A real haven of peace, situated on the outskirts of the village of Villandry, a short walk from its magnificent château. The jacuzzi here is a wonderful way to refresh your muscles after a day of cycling and there are massages available too. Pascal and his team look forward to welcoming you. 

Your Cycling Holidays in France

The Loire's Gardens and Grapevines

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price Child Price (Under 12)
April to September   7  £1295 £1150

Tour Only Prices

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price Child Price (Under 12)
April to September  7  £1070 £995

Single Supplement: £50 per night

Ebike: £20 per day

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