By bike in the Loire Valley from Blois to Angers

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Tour

Bike Tours, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Distance

289Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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2/5 Medium-Easy

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.

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Linear

The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Blois
Individual arrival in Blois, check-in at the hotel and delivery of the bicycles. We highly recommend a visit to the Royal Castle of Blois, one of the most famous sites in the Loire Valley. If you arrive early, you can plan a tour of Chambord Castle and return by cycling along the banks of the Loire (37 km).

Day 2: Blois – Amboise (43 km)
Today you will follow the itinerary of the Loire Valley, which partially borders the river. A circuit rich in historical heritage awaits you: Candé sur Beuvron, Chaumont Castle, perched on its promontory, and an exceptional view of the Loire. You will arrive in Amboise, passing through Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last four years of his life.

Day 3: Amboise – Tours – Chenonceau Castle (28 + 25 km)
If you didn't have time to visit Amboise and Clos Lucé yesterday, you will be able to do it in the morning. Then cycle towards Tours. Alternatively, from Amboise you can take a circular tour to visit Chenonceau, one of the gems of the Loire Valley, then return to Amboise on the same road and continue to Tours. It is also possible to take the train (TER) from Chenonceau to Tours. The train station is right next to the castle.

Day 4: Tours – Langeais – Azay-le-Rideau (31 + 16 km)
Today's bike stage is one of the most beautiful of the Loire Valley. You will follow the banks of the Cher River, up to the Renaissance castle of Villandry and its famous gardens and ornamental pools. Then, continue cycling on the Levée (dam along the Loire) and cross the river to reach Langeais and its splendid medieval castle, built under Louis XI. Before arriving in Langeais, at the height of the Chapelle-aux-Naux, you will cycle through meadows and orchards along secondary and little trafficked roads. It is possible to reach it also from Villandry, with a quiet route in the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park, but you will miss the first part of the Levée, which we believe is really spectacular. Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island in the middle of the Indre river, is one of the most famous castles of the Loire Valley. It is a jewel of the French Renaissance, built under the reign of François I.

Day 5: Langeais – Chinon (38 km)
You will leave Langeais and its fortress with the suspension bridge. Then, follow the wild Loire river towards Bréhémont with the Levée, which offers a wonderful landscape on the Loire and its ancient traditional boats - gabarres and futreaux. Take time to visit Ussé Castle, which inspired Perrault for the setting of Sleeping Beauty. You can then choose between two different routes to reach Chinon: the shorter one, leaves the banks of the Loire at La Huhaudrie and arrives in Chinon after about 12 km, with some fairly steep climbs. The classic itinerary follows the Loire river on a trail, and after 5 km meets the confluence with the Indre river, passing through Avoine and Savigny-en-Véron, following the banks of the Vienne river to Chinon.

Day 6: Chinon – Saumur – Fontrevaud Abbey (35 + 12 km)
Between Touraine and Anjou, ride a wonderful stage on the banks of the Vienne river, which continues to Savigny-en-Véron. Then, the itinerary returns to the banks of the Vienne river, until the confluence of the Vienne and Loire rivers and the picture-postcard village of Candes-Saint-Martin. In Montsoreau, admire the Fontevraud Abbey, one of the most beautiful historical sites in the Loire Valley. The Montsoreau castle will welcome you with its fortress immortalized by Alexandre Dumas. To reach Saumur, there are only 18 km, but you will have to face some climbs including one at Parnay, of 18%. You will cycle in the heart of the Saumur Champigny vineyards.

Day 7: Saumur – Angers (61 km)
Saumur Castle is also worth a visit. Today's stage is rather easy, except for the last kilometers leading to Angers' highest points. Most of the time you will follow the Loire River to Cunault, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in the Anjou region. Then you will climb towards Lake Joreau, cycling in front of the Dolmen de La Madeleine and descending to Gennes. Now that you are in the Anjou region, you will cycle to the Abbey of St. Maur, the Benedictine priory of Saint Rémy and cross the Loire River to reach Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire, la Daguenière and Angers, via the slate quarries of Trélazé. In Angers, there is a castle surrounded by a fortress built by Saint Louis: inside, you can admire the huge Apocalypse Tapestry. Don't miss the old districts of the city.

Day 8: Angers
After breakfast, end of services.
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✅ What is included in the trip?

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  • Overnight stay and breakfast
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  • City tax
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By bike in the Loire Valley from Blois to Angers

  • To cross the heart of the Loire Valley by bike, the ideal means to discover the wonderful castles and ancient medieval cities
  • To cycle among the most beautiful Castles of the Loire Valley: Blois, Chambord, Amboise, Chenonceau, Langeais, Ussé, Azay le Rideau, and Chinon
  • To relax along the Cher river and reach by bike the Renaissance castle of Villandry with its famous gardens
  • To immerse yourself in the fairytale atmosphere of the Ussé castle, which inspired Perrault for the setting of The Sleeping Beauty in the woods
  • To discover the most beautiful historical sites of the Loire Valley, such as Fontevraud Abbey, a jewel of Romanesque art and a Unesco heritage
  • To finally arrive at Angers, a city of Art and History, with its castle which was the residence of the Dukes of Anjou

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