Cycling Holidays France - Cycle to Villandry

Our Loire Valley Cycling

The Loire Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a cycling paradise.

We’re based in the heart of the Loire Valley and cover a 100km stretch of this UNESCO designated world heritage site.  With  so much crammed into this area, a point to point bike tour is unnecessary – so relax and let Loire Life Cycling show you around.

Beautiful Towns

We’re close to Saumur, a white jewel on the Loire with a Chateaux and winding streets of white stoned medieval houses and wide boulevards with cafes & restaurants.  The home of the French cavalry, the national horse riding school and a major producer of white, red, rose and sparkling wine – the famous Cremanat de Loire.

The smaller towns of Chinon, Bourgueil and the troglodyte villages of Candes St Martin, Montsoreau and Turquant also await you!

Chateaux

We are spoilt for Chateaux and our tours can visit Villandry (world famous gardens), Azay-le-Rideau (dreamily set on a lake), Rigny-Ussé (the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale), Chinon (with its Joan of Arc connections), Saumur, Montsoreau (the only Chateau actually built on the banks of the Loire), Gizeux & Langeais (with the oldest castle keep in Europe at 992AD).

The Anjou-Touraine Regional Park

The area is designated as the Anjou-Touraine Regional Park.  Anjou’s heyday was the middle ages and Anjou is the spiritual home of the Plantagenet kings of England & France and Fontevraud Abbey and the town of Chinon are steeped in medieval history.

Wine

For wine connoisseurs this region is home to some of the Loire’s best appellations.  Rich and fruity Cabernet Franc reds from Bourgueil & Chinon, the rosés of Anjou and the Chenin-Blanc whites and sparkling wines of Saumur.

Amazing Roads

The region is lightly populated, the road traffic is light at any time of the year and you’ll be amazed by the sheer number of quiet roads that criss-cross the countryside – with an amazing sight around each corner.  Small manor houses, beautiful churches, Troglodyte villages are all here to be discovered.

It’s an area you won’t quickly forget and with so much to see it’s easy to understand why so many of our clients come back for more!