A Loire Valley Family Bicycle Trip
The Loire Valley is fantastic for a family bicycle trip. This gorgeous region of story-book castles and elegant châteaux will be sure to ...Read more
Our Loire Valley cycling trips are favourites amongst our clients. Affectionately known as the Garden of France, the fertile Loire Valley is replete with opulent estates and châteaux that date back thousands of years. Once a popular region with kings, queens and nobles who established their feudal castles and ornate palaces, it hasn’t lost its character. The valleys yield abundant fruit, asparagus and grapevines. The Loire Valley is the biggest producer of white wine in France, including the Sancerre, Vouvray and Quincy appellations and the perfect destination for a leisurely cycling holiday.
Our Loire Valley cycling holidays tend to be quite flat, making them good for leisurely cyclists and families. There are well-marked routes along the Loire, Indre, Cher and Vienne rivers, through beautiful villages and past some of the region’s most notable attractions. Don’t miss the quirky troglodyte caves dotted through the valley, especially the system of caves where mushrooms are grown.
Call our cycle experts to find out more about our self guided Loire Valley bike tours. Remember, our cycling holidays are ABTA and ATOL protected.
A fabulous and relaxing way to explore the Loire Valley.
The Loire is so beautiful - cycling along the river, amongst vineyards, fields of sunflowers, and routes that were easy to follow and not too strenuous. A great mix of cycling and relaxing. 100% recommendation.
The Loire Valley route was particularly family-friendly on the bike paths. Our kids enjoyed the journey as much as the destinations.
Visiting chateaux and the abbey, stopping at little bars along the way, and cycling through the French countryside. Excellent.
It's difficult to choose a particular part as the variety was something we particularly enjoyed. Loved the combination of quiet villages and easy off-road tracks.
Excellent restaurants were reserved for us so no trudging around towns looking at menus and restaurants - we went straight in and had delicious food. Tip top
The cycle routes were beautiful- lovely countryside almost all completely unspoilt, very quiet with little or no other traffic.
"Our cycling holiday was seamless from the get-go and thoroughly enjoyable – every detail thought through. We stayed in boutique hotels and enjoyed the leisurely cycling in the Loire, I highly recommend booking a trip this year."
Awarded UNESCO status for its staggering number of medieval châteaux, admire the poignant turrets, cupolas and enormous banquet halls on our Loire Valley cycling tours. Cycle to the Renaissance Château de Chambord, which is the largest château in the valley. Château de Villandry is known for its triple-terraced gardens that are open year round. On the banks of the Vienne river, Chinon Fortress was the meeting place of Dauphin Charles VII and Joan of Arc, before her battle to free the city of Orléans from the British.
You'll enjoy some of the finest cuisine on our Loire Valley cycling trips. Salmon and pike perch are line-caught and perfectly accompanied by locally grown mushrooms, white asparagus and artichokes. Fruit bowls are overflowing with cherries, pears and strawberries. Crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc and sweet Chenin Blanc white wine is produced from small, home-run vines. If you are in Chinon on a Thursday morning, cycle to the farmers market to pick up picnic supplies of fresh fruit, vegetables and delicious locally made cheeses.
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The Hotel Marine de Loire is a boutique hotel set on the bank of the River Loire in the village of Montsoreau. Choose from one of the four lovely self catered apartments.
The Loire Valley has 500 miles of bike paths, which are relatively flat and easy to cycle along. Cycling for Softies has both guided and self guided cycling tours available.
The Cycling for Softies tours to the Loire run from April to October. We decide to run during this time of year because of the good weather conditions. In addition, landmarks, shops and accommodation are open during this time.
Our expert team will make your Loire Valley cycling holiday as smooth as possible from start to finish. When you book a flight-inclusive package we will provide you with all the latest travel information you need. We are also ABTA & ATOL bonded so you can book with confidence.
Our guided and self guided cycling tours in the Loire Valley are curated for easy cycling which makes it very inclusive for any level of cyclist joining the trip. The terrain isn’t tricky and the distances are very manageable. There are plenty of stops too.
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