Phone Icon +1 877 967 9628
Your Cycling Holiday in Loire

The Loire Valley Experience | Guided

Experience a classic Softies destination in a new way as part of our Guided experience. The route for this trip takes in all our favourite rides, towns, attractions, and hotels from over 35 years of cycling in the Loire Valley.

We'll take you through the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site, past fairy-tale castles, cultural towns and of course, bucolic vineyards. Few places in the world are as well suited to exploring by bicycle as the Loire Valley, making this a wonderfully accessible tour for cyclists of all types.

We love

Catching our first glimpse of the gold-capped Château de Saumur.

What’s Included

  • Delightful 3 & 4 star hotels as standard
  • Bed & breakfast accommodation with 5 delicious evening meals
  • Fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit
  • Guided cycling with support vehicle
  • Riding snacks and drinks each day
  • Entry fees/inclusions as per itinerary
  • Luggage transferred between your hotels
  • E-bike upgrades available on request
  • 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL
Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

The Loire Valley Experience | Guided

Day 1 | Arrive in Amboise

The group will meet at the first hotel in Amboise for introductions, a short welcome meeting, and a bike fitting. Then you'll be heading off for a delicious dinner together in our favourite restaurant in town.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Chenonceaux and Bléré | Distance: 44km/27 miles

After a relaxed breakfast we’ll roll out on our first ride. The route takes us out of Amboise along country lanes through farmland and forest all the way to one of the Loire Valley's most famous castles – Chenonceaux. Entrance to the castle is included in the tour price. After some time exploring, we will continue along the river Cher to the charming little town of Bléré, a nice spot for an afternoon break, before continuing back to Amboise for a free night in the town.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 3 | Cycle Amboise to Villandry | Distance : 50km/31 miles

We say au revoir to Amboise this morning after a nice big breakfast and set off westwards along the excellent Loire a Velo route. Along the way we’ll cycle through the famous wine town of Montlouis-sur-Loire, where we will pause and pay a quick visit to a wine cave. Next up is the city of Tours, a lovely settlement on the Loire River which mixes rich medieval history, 19th century grandeur and a contemporary, cosmopolitan feel. We pass through on quiet roads and cycle paths before a final stretch of riverside cycling takes us to our hotel in Villandry in time for dinner nearby. 

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 | Cycle Villandry to Azay-le-Rideau | Distance: 13km/8 miles

Today we have a short cycle planned to allow us the opportunity to visit two more stunning châteaux. After breakfast we will roll down the hill to Château de Villandry, a marvellous property famed for its stunning landscaped gardens. We’ll take our time to explore before hopping in the saddle for a short ride to Azay-le-Rideau, a lovely little town with its own wonderful chateau to visit. We’ll roll into town, store our bikes at the hotel and go to see it for ourselves before a lovely meal in our favourite local restaurant. Entry to Château de Villandry and Château d’Azay-le-Rideau are included in the tour price. 

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 | Cycle Azay-le-Rideau to Saumur| Distance: 57km/35 miles

Our short stay in Azay ends after breakfast as we set off for another day of wonderful cycling. Today is the longest ride of the tour, but the vast majority is very easy going, so don’t be put off by the distance. We’ll start by riding back to the banks of the Loire, riding along the levee to Rigny-Ussé, where we will pause for some photos by the chateau. We continue west through small villages with scatterings of vineyards, before approaching Saumur through hilltop vineyards with great views of the valley below. A delicious dinner awaits in the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 | Rest day in Saumur

We’ll take a day off the bike today to make the most of our time in Saumur. The day is yours to do as you please. That could be a day relaxing by the pool, but we’d recommend taking a walk up to the château and finding a spot for lunch in the bustling main square, at the foot of the cathedral. The group will meet up at 4pm for a wine tour and tasting in the town, included in the tour price, before a free evening in town. 

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 7 | Cycle Saumur to Chinon | Distance : 45km/28 miles

The last leg of the tour sees us pass through yet more corners of beautiful rural France. We’ll pay a visit to Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, included in the tour price, to see the effigies of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart. After our visit, we’ll ride over to Chinon – a lovely little town of cobbled streets, ancient castles and a well-respected wine appellation – with a quick stop at our favourite local vineyard just outside of town. After checking in to the final hotel, we’ll meet in town for a final dinner together in our favourite restaurant in town.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 | Departure

We say au revoir after one last breakfast together.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Not to be missed

  • The stunning Chenonceaux

  • The cobblestone streets of Chinon

  • A charming picnic at Bléré

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

The Loire Valley Experience | Guided

  • Hotel Biencourt

    3 Star

    A charming hotel where rich history meets modern service, the Hotel Biencourt is where you'll be staying in Azay-le-Rideau. Expect a warm welcome and a cosy atmosphere from this 3-star hotel.

  • Hotel Diderot

    3 Star

    Your hotel whilst in Chinon, the Hotel Diderot has a long history dating back hundreds of years. Relax in typical Loire fashion, in a cosy room surrounded by charming buildings.

  • Hotel le Haut de Lys

    3 Star

    The Hotel Le Haut de Lys is located just above the castle and village of Villandry. A gateway to the Loire-Anjou Natural Park, this 3-star hotel has beautifully crafted French gardens.

  • Le Manoir Les Minimes

    4 Star

    This grand manor is your first hotel, in Amboise. Le Manoir Les Minimes has unparalleled views of both the Château Royal and the Loire, offering inspiring scenes to start to your tour.

  • Hotel Anne d'Anjou

    4 Star

    Staying in a historic location, the Hotel Anne d'Anjou sits under the beautiful Château of Saumur. The rooms are decorated with royal touches, and the hotel jacuzzi is the perfect place to relax after a day's cycling.

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

The Loire Valley Experience | Guided

Tour Only Prices | 2022 

Tour date Nights Price per person Availability
7th May 2022 7 £2,335 Available to book
10th September 2022 7 £2,335 Available to book
24th September 2022 7 £2,335 Available to book

Single supplement: £575

e-Bike Supplement: £120 per person

Terms and restrictions

  • Subject to availability
  • Trips require a minimum of 4 guests to operate
  • Maximum group of 8 guests

*Where tour pricing is displayed in your local currency, please note this is for indicative purposes and your final holiday will be confirmed and transacted at the time of booking with our team in Pound Sterling.

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

The Loire Valley Experience | Guided

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

The Loire Valley Experience | Guided

From Our Blog

View all posts

A Family of Six Expert Travel Companies





Britain's original ski travel agency and tailor-made ski tour operator, Ski Solutions has been arranging ski holidays for over 30 years across Europe and North America. The Ski Solutions team are all skiing experts, and their knowledge and passion for the mountains will ensure you experience a truly memorable ski holiday.

Visit website

The ultimate collection of European Cycling Holidays. BSpoke's cycling experts can tailor-make your perfect holiday where you can travel at your own pace or in a group of like-minded individuals. A BSpoke Tour is all about being as restful or as adventurous as you desire.

Visit website

Wilderness Scotland offers an inspiring range of guided and customised adventure holidays, in the most remote and beautiful regions of Scotland. The Wilderness Scotland team know how to create enriching adventure holidays and know the wild places of Scotland better than anyone.

Visit website

Specialists in offering a range of adventure holidays, tours and incredible wilderness experiences. Wilderness Ireland take their clients to the most remote and beautiful regions of Ireland, all while staying at the most welcoming accommodations and delivering outstanding customer service.

Visit website

Wilderness England creates incredible journeys into the wild and magical outdoor spaces across Yorkshire, the Lake District, Northumberland, the Cotswolds and the Peak District. Providing inspiring active experiences, immerse yourself in the unique landscapes, history, culture and wildlife on a Wilderness England adventure.

Visit website