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Loire Valley Bike Tours – Mini Discovery Tour

A four night/three day cycle tour making the most of your time!


Using our local expertise we’ve created short Loire Valley bikes tours for those with little time to spare!

Start on a Monday and let us host you at our beautiful base at ‘Le Gue de Ray’ for three days of fantastic cycle touring of the Loire Valley.  We’re located just north of Saumur, in the heart of a UNESCO stretch of the Loire Valley France and the Anjou Touraine Regional Park.

We’ve crammed as much as possible into a short space of time including:

  • A cycle through forests and vineyards to a local French market
  • Wine tasting in the Saumur and Bourgueil appellations
  • The Loire Chateau of Saumur, Gizeux and Lathan
  • A lazy lunchtime restaurant stop, allowing you to experience the true ‘Loire Life’!

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The price includes the hire of a hybrid/touring bike complete with panniers, helmets and other accessories.  The hybrid bike can be upgraded to an Electric bike (20€ per day) or carbon forked road bike (15€ per day) and we do offer a discount if you bring your own bike.

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Your Loire Valley Accommodation

Unpack once and enjoy our beautiful base ‘Le Gue de Ray‘ – boutique guest accommodation and the perfect place to explore the Loire Valley on a bike.  We encourage you to make yourself at home and make use of the facilities including a swimming pool, hot tub and complimentary laundry and tea/coffee.

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Our Unique Approach to Loire Valley Cycling Tours

The beauty of our single centre Loire Valley cycling tours is the flexibility they offer.   Therefore, you don’t need to pack up and move hotel each day and if you want you can take a day off and grab time by the pool.

Each of the circular cycle routes can be lengthened, which is ideal for couples or groups with different cycling aspirations!

The routes are self-guided and you travel at your own pace.  We provide clear maps and detailed route instructions and support is always on hand in the event of equipment (or rider) failure.

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Fantastic Food

Each day starts with a plentiful breakfast, which includes a freshly prepared fruit salad, a range of cereals, fruit juices, yoghurts, french bread and pastries, meats and cheeses.

Alison freshly prepares the evening meals using local produce (organic wherever possible), accompanied by specially selected local wines (25cl per person included).  We can also cater for most dietary requirements – without fuss!  Please note we are unable to cater for vegans.

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Travelling to the Loire Valley

It’s easy to travel from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where there is a railway station at Terminal 2.  For the Loire Valley, head for either Angers or Tours St Pierre des Corps and then change for Saumur.  We’ll then provide a pickup & drop-off service from Saumur train station.

From the UK, we are only 2 1/2 hours drive from the nearest port and 5 hours from the Channel Tunnel.

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Loire Valley Bike Tours

Mini Discovery Tour

from €800 per person

No single supplement!

 What’s included

  • 3 days bespoke Loire Valley cycling
  • Hybrid/touring bike & accessories
  • Emergency backup support
  • 4 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Evening aperitif
  • 3 evening meals with wine
  • 1 evening restaurant meal
  • 1 lunchtime meal
  • Continental breakfasts
  • Pool & Spa
  • Complimentary WiFi, laundry and hot-drinks

Optional Extras

Loire Valley Bike Tours

Mini Discovery Tour – 2020

(Tours start on a Monday)

(Prices per person based on 2 sharing a room)

  • 27 April 2020 – €800
  • 4 May 2020 – €800
  • 11 May 2020 – €800
  • 25 September 2020 – Full
  • 28 September – €800
  • 5 October 2020 – €800
Prices include French TVA (Value Added Tax)


Sample Evening Menu

  • Aperitif – Soupe Saumuroise
  • Courgette rolls with ricotta and toasted pine nuts
  • Salmon in Crémant de Loire with provencale potatoes, green beans and almonds
  • Cointreau chocolate mousse
  • Trio of Loire Valley cheese

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  +33 6 25 81 98 51

Loire Valley Bike Tours

Mini Discovery Tour

We’ve designed each day with a circular cycle tour, each with a minimum of 50kms and a maximum of 80kms depending on your ability. The hills are kept to a minimum, the interest to the maximum!


Loire Valley Bike Tours - Mini Discovery Tour Itinerary


Arrive around 4pm at Gue de Ray or take advantage of our pickup service from Saumur railway station.  We’ll kit you out with your bike before you enjoy a welcome evening meal with aperitifs, wine and cheese.

Day 1 – Bourgueil – Markets and Wine (50 – 80kms)

Cycle to Bourgueil and enjoy a morning coffee and cake at the market before choosing from a number of route options for the rest of your day.  Depending on the mileage you want to cover you can choose to take in a cycle along the Loire before turning for home or head out amongst the vineyards and manor houses for some wine tasting or you can come directly back and spend time by the pool!

Day 2 – Saumur (50 – 80kms)

Visit the beautiful town of Saumur, with its turreted Chateau sitting high above the Loire river.  Unlike its far more touristy cousins along the Loire of Amboise and Blois, Saumur successfully blends its rich history and its current day activities to create a vibrant town that many fall in love with.  The standard route is an easy 50kms, but it can be extended to include an interesting cycle along the south bank of the Loire to take in the Troglodyte caves and the Chateau at Montsoreau.

Day 3 – Rural Anjou (40 – 80kms)

Explore the beautiful backroads of our local area and discover the family owned Chateaux of Gizeux and Lathan.  Enjoy a coffee stop en-route and the lunchtime Menu Ouvrier, which is included in your holiday price.


After an early breakfast the minibus departs for Saumur railway station just before 8am.  This allows people to make connections at the station for onward journeys.

Contact Us – Ask us anything about our Mini Discovery Tour!

We absolutely loved our cycling holiday! Great cycling, great company, new friends and absolutely first class accommodation!

Chris, Brisbane, Australia

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