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The Loire Valley Discovery Cycling Tour

Enjoy great cycling in France, fantastic food and the inside track from Loire Valley experts!

The Loire Valley Discovery Cycling Tour

Unpack once and enjoy a week of flexible and fully supported bike touring.

Ali & Jon, the owners of Loire Life Cycling, support you throughout your stay and have personally developed all the cycle routes.  Based near Saumur in the heart of the Loire Valley, it’s a fantastic cycling experience packed with chateaux, vineyards and miles of stunning scenery.

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

  • See famous Loire chateaux including Villandry, Saumur, Azay le Rideau, Chinon & Usse
  • Discover hidden chateaux the guide books miss
  • Our signature route takes you on an idylic cycle ride to the home of the Loire’s foremost wine experts, where you will enjoy a three course meal paired with the best Loire wines
  • Cycle the banks of the Loire exploring medieval white stoned villages carved from the cliff face – home to ‘Troglodytes ‘
  • See the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud with the tombs of Henry II, Richard the Lionheart of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Lose yourself at French markets and ride through the Loire Valley vineyards of Bourgueil, Saumur & Touraine with chances to taste, picnic and walk through the vines.
  • Come home each day to relax in the pool and the hot-tub, before enjoying a freshly cooked four course evening meal with wine.
  • Enjoy the support of english speaking Loire Valley experts at all times – we’ll make sure you get the cycling experience you are after.

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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.

We also provide helmet, panniers, water bottle, lock, spare inner tube, map holder and odometer as standard.

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Your Accommodation

All this cycling, yet you can stay in one comfortable location for your entire cycling holiday.

At ‘Le Gue de Ray’ we have created a fantastic cycling base in the Loire Valley where you stay in a beautiful home from home.

So unpack and settle in, relax in the hot-tub, swim in the pool and make yourself completely at home.

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Our Unique Approach to Cycling Holidays

The beauty of centre-based cycling holidays and is the flexibility they offer.   You don’t need to pack up and move hotel each day and if you want – take a day off and grab time by the pool.

Our cycle routes can be lengthened or shortened, 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 the support car is always on hand in the event of equipment (or rider) failure.

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Fantastic Food

Plentiful breakfasts, which include a freshly prepared fruit salad, a range of cereals, fruit juices, yoghurts, pastries, meats and cheeses.

Four course evening meals are freshly prepared using local produce and accompanied by specially selected local wines (25cl per person included).

We can also cater for various dietary requirements.

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Travelling to us

It is easy to travel directly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (there is a railway station in the terminal) to the Loire Valley.  We’ll then provide a pickup & drop-off service from Saumur train station to your accommadation.

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 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
  • Upgrade to flat bar road bike
  • Garmin GPS navigator

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
  • 8 July 2018 – SOLD OUT
  • 15 July 2018
  • 5 August 2018
  • 2 Sept 2018
  • 16 Sept 2018
  • 23 Sept 2018

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Sample Evening Menu

  • Courgette rolls with ricotta and toasted pine nuts
  • Salmon in champagne with provencale potatoes, green beans and almonds
  • Cointreau chocolate mousse
  • Trio of Loire Valley cheese

Loire Valley Discovery Tour – The 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!

Contact Us – Ask us anything about our Discovery Tour!


Your home from home ‘Le Gue de Ray’


Beautiful freshly prepared meals

Bikes & Support

We’ll kit you out and support you all the way

Getting to the Loire

It’s easy to get to us

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