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Loire Valley Cycling Tour – Discovery Tour

Centre-based, self-guided and fully supported this cycle tour is filled with the best of the Loire Valley.

Since 2009, we’ve run this unique centre-based Loire Valley Cycling Tour.  Based near Saumur in the Anjou-Touraine regional park, it’s a fantastic cycling experience covering the most interesting stretch of the Loire Valley, packed with Chateaux, history and stunning scenery.

The cycling is easy and self-guided, the food memorable, the accommodation idyllic and your English speaking hosts professional and generous.  We also live and cycle here all year round and have become experts in the Loire Valley.

Each day brings a new adventure, with different terrain, routes and destinations.

  • Cycle to Loire Chateaux including Villandry, Saumur, Azay le Rideau, Montsoreau & Langeais
  • Enjoy a meal and wine tasting with the Loire’s foremost wine experts
  • Cycle the banks of the Loire and explore medieval white stoned towns
  • See the Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud and the tombs of Henry II and Richard the Lionheart of England
  • Cycle Loire Valley vineyards with ample chances to taste
  • Enjoy miles of quiet roads through stunning countryside

  (See the itinerary below).

A Unique Approach

This Loire Valley cycle tour is suitable for almost anyone.  Being centre-based our easy routes can be made longer and if you want to take a break there’s nothing to stop you.   This is an ideal cycling holiday for couples or groups with mixed abilities.

Our Loire Valley Cycling Tour is popular with guests from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and UK.  With so much to see it’s not unusual for guests to return for a second or third visit.  We’re proud of our testimonials and also our TripAdvisor reviews.

Each week hosts a maximum of ten guests, so that even though it’s a self-guided tour,  there is plenty of opportunity to meet like minded people and enjoy a highly sociable week.

Hire Bikes

We provide all the cycle equipment as part of the cycle tour and also have a range of bicycles – from relaxed hybrids to road bikes – and all maintained to a high order.  (See more on hire bikes)

Loire Valley Cycle Routes

Each day of the itinerary is supported by detailed route instructions and maps.  Every route has been cycled by ourselves, making use of our amazing knowledge of the Loire Valley.

If our great maps are not enough, we also have Garmin GPS devices available to rent.

Beautiful Accommodation

To host this cycling tour we have created a fantastic base in the Loire Valley.  At Le Gue de Ray we have a beautiful home from home for you, with great facilities.

So unpack (and use the laundry if you wish), catch up with friends and family over the high speed WiFi, relax in the hot-tub, swim in the pool and make yourself hot drinks at your convienience.  Click here for more on Le Gue de Ray.

Fantastic Food

Plentiful breakfasts and sumptious evening meals, which are all freshly prepared using local produce and accompanied by specially selected local wines (25cl per person included).

We also make an effort to cater for dietary requirements, so vegetarians etc receive imaginative meals!  Click here for more on our cuisine.

Last but not least – you’ll get a personal service to make sure your cycling holiday is an experience you won’t forget for all the right reasons!

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Loire Valley Discovery Cycling Tour

from 1,195€ per person

What’s included

  • 5 days of planned cycle touring
  • Hybrid bike & all equipment
  • Backup support
  • 6 four-course evening meals
  • 25cl wine included with meals
  • 6 nights en-suite accommodation
  • 6 continental breakfasts
  • “Le Tasting Room” wine experience
  • Free WiFi, laundry & hot drinks
  • Pool & Spa
  • English speaking hosts

Optional Extras

  • Train station transfer (Rtn) – 35€ p/person

Prices based on two people sharing a double/twin room

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Loire Discovery Tour – 2018 Dates

Tours start on a Sunday and finish on a Saturday

  • 20 May 2018
  • 27 May 2018
  • 10 June 2018
  • 17 June 2018
  • 1 July 2018
  • 15 July 2018
  • 5 August 2018
  • 2 Sept 2018
  • 16 Sept 2018
  • 23 Sept 2018

If you are a group of 8 or more we can run a private Discovery Tour – just call us.

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Ask us anything about our Loire Valley Cycling Tours

We’re happy to help and always reply within 48 hours

     info@loirelifecycling.com

     00 33 6 25 81 98 51

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Loire Valley Discovery Tour – Suggested Itinerary

This cycling tour explores the Loire Valley in an area known as Anjou-Tourraine, as far as Le Thoureil in the west and Villandry in the east, a 100km stretch of the Loire Valley.

Day 1 Welcome – Our home is your home!

If required, transfers are provided from Saumur railway station with a short journey to your accommodation at Gue de Ray. We will equip everyone with a suitable bike and all accessories and make sure everything is ready for the week ahead.

There’s plenty of time to unpack, settle in with a glass of bubbly and meet fellow guests over a welcome evening meal.

Day 2 “The Loire Chateaux” (26kms – 50 kms)

Cycle back in time to the medieval town of Langeais crossing to the southern bank of the Loire. Choose from a selection of routes and see one or all of the chateaux of Villandry, Chatonniere and Azay-le-Rideau, each one individual, but all stunning in their beauty. Your day is finished with a mini-bus return back to Gue de Ray.

Day 3 “Vines, Wines & Markets” (35 kms)

Cycle through forests and vineyards to the weekly farmers’ market at Bourgueil a great place for assembling a picnic! Continue to Chouze-sur-Loire, for a coffee on the banks of the Loire before heading home via the St Nicolas de Bourgueil vineyards and the lake at Les Loges.

Day 4 “Rural Anjou & Le Menu Ouvrier” (30 kms)

A circular bike route through local hunting forests to the Chateau and Parc du Lathan at Breil. Picnic at the peaceful lake and nature reserve at Rille or learn the secret of the French Menu Ouvrier (worker’s menu). Finish off this fantastic route with a visit to the village of Gizeux and its Chateau famous for 17th century wall paintings.

Day 5 “Fine Wine and Fine Food – Le Tasting Room” (45 kms)

Following the Authion river, before crossing the Loire via the impressive bridge at Gennes. Follow La Loire a Velo cycle way to the tiny hamlet of Le Thoureil, where Cathy and Nigel of Le Tasting Room, will host you for an afternoon of relaxed wine tasting combined with some fabulous food – enlightening you to the world of Loire Valley wines.

Day 6 “Saumur & the Troglodytes” (30km – 50 kms)

Explore the southern banks of the Loire; choose from Candes St Martin, Montsoreau, Fontevraud Abbey, Saumur and the Troglodyte (cave) villages built into the limestone cliffs. Once again, we provide a mini-bus pickup at the end of your route to bring you back to base.

Day 7 Departure

After breakfast we take you to Saumur railway station before saying farewell and bonne route!

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Accommodation

Your home in France for your whole cycling holiday – Our beautiful Chambre d’Hote – ‘Gue de Ray’ – A 200 year old Anjou farmhouse and barn conversion.

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Cuisine

After a great day in the saddle, return home to a freshly prepared evening meal with wine.

Dietary requirements catered for.

Click here for more on our cycling holiday cuisine

Bikes & Support

Hybrid bikes with all accessories, fully supported during the cycling tour.

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Getting to the Loire

We are easily accessible by plane and train from anywhere in the world. If travelling from the UK we are 3 hours from the nearest french channel port.

See more on how to get to the Loire Valley