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Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

E-Bike | Loire Valley Discovery | Self Guided

Based on our classic Châteaux of the Loire itinerary, this new itinerary for 2020 harnesses the power of e-bikes to make it easier for you to see even more of this beautiful corner of France. Saddle up on our excellent Trek e-bikes and relax as you ride along the rivers, past the châteaux and through the vineyards of the Loire valley. This is the perfect tour for the history buffs, the wine lovers and the foodies who want to squeeze as many interesting experiences as possible into their holiday.

What’s Included

  • Delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation with 4 evening meals (7 night itinerary)
  • Fully serviced e-bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit
  • Detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app
  • Expert on the spot support
  • Luggage transferred between your hotels
  • 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL
Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

E-Bike | Loire Valley Discovery | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Tours or Poitiers and transfer to your hotel in Chinon

Explore the streets of this history rich town and perhaps sample a glass of the area's lovely, light red wines.

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Richelieu | Distance 32 miles (52km)

Your first day on the bike starts by crossing the Vienne river and picking up a brand-new traffic-free cycle path, following it to the town of Richelieu. The route of the cycle path follows an old railway line, making for easy, flat cycling, perfect for acclimatising your electric bikes. Richelieu was founded by its namesake, Cardinal Richelieu, who at the time was the most powerful man in France. Be sure to explore the ruins of his palace and the charming town square. On your ride back to Chinon, we suggest a visit to Chateau du Rivau, a picturesque, privately owned castle just off the cycle path.

Day 3 | Chinon to Saumur | Distance 23 miles (37km)

It’s time to leave Chinon for now and head west along the Vienne river. The route for the first half of the day is pan flat and takes you twisting through farmers fields and small villages, up to the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers at the beautiful hamlet of Candes-St-Martin. Be sure to stop here for some memorable holiday photos. From here you reach Montsoreau in no time, before heading away from the river and into seemingly endless vineyards. You’ll then pass through the troglodyte dwellings of Turquant and Parnay before a grand arrival in Saumur, passing the entrance to its imposing château.

Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Montreuil-Bellay | Distance 30 miles (47km)

The optional route today loosely follows the path of the Thouet river, south to the famed town of Montreuil-Bellay. The 15th century château here is an interesting visit and its grandeur, along with the fortified walls, demonstrates the historical importance of this town. The gardens and wine cellars are particular highlights of a visit to the château. To get back to Saumur, the route takes you past another grand château in Brézé, famed for its elaborate underground fortifications and another very interesting visit.

Day 5 | We say au revoir

Trip extensions are available upon request.

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

E-Bike | Loire Valley Discovery | Self Guided

Day 1 Arrive at Tours or Poitiers and transfer to your hotel in Chinon

Explore the streets of this history rich town and perhaps sample a glass of the area's lovely, light red wines.

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Richelieu | Distance 32 miles (52km)

Your first day on the bike starts by crossing the Vienne river and picking up a brand-new traffic-free cycle path, following it to the town of Richelieu. The route of the cycle path follows an old railway line, making for easy, flat cycling, perfect for acclimatising your electric bikes. Richelieu was founded by its namesake, Cardinal Richelieu, who at the time was the most powerful man in France. Be sure to explore the ruins of his palace and the charming town square. On your ride back to Chinon, we suggest a visit to Chateau du Rivau, a picturesque, privately owned castle just off the cycle path.

Day 3 | Chinon to Saumur | Distance 23 miles (37km)

It’s time to leave Chinon for now and head west along the Vienne river. The route for the first half of the day is pan flat and takes you twisting through farmers fields and small villages, up to the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers at the beautiful hamlet of Candes-St-Martin. Be sure to stop here for some memorable holiday photos. From here you reach Montsoreau in no time, before heading away from the river and into seemingly endless vineyards. You’ll then pass through the troglodyte dwellings of Turquant and Parnay before a grand arrival in Saumur, passing the entrance to its imposing château.

Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Montreuil-Bellay | Distance 30 miles (47km)

The optional route today loosely follows the path of the Thouet river, south to the famed town of Montreuil-Bellay. The 15th century château here is an interesting visit and its grandeur, along with the fortified walls, demonstrates the historical importance of this town. The gardens and wine cellars are particular highlights of a visit to the château. To get back to Saumur, the route takes you past another grand château in Brézé, famed for its elaborate underground fortifications and another very interesting visit.

Day 5 | Saumur to Villandry | Distance 37 miles (60km)

The fourth day of cycling on the tour is also the flattest of all thanks to the route sticking close to the banks of the Loire for most of the day, terrain that your electric bike will see you gliding over without breaking a sweat. Highlights of the route include the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ château at Rigny-Ussé, the charming riverside town of Bréhémont and the fortified château in Langeais, each of which are worth exploring. On arrival in Villandry you will glide up the only hill of the day, overlooking the gardens of Château Villandry, to your hotel.

Day 6 | Optional Round Trip: Tours and Montlouis-sur-Loire | Distance 43 miles (70km)

For those looking to ride again today, we suggest a lovely round trip route that takes in the city of Tours and the world-famous wine town of Montlouis-sur-Loire. The route follows the Loire a Vélo cycle route on bike paths and low traffic roads and is flat all day. The city of Tours is a mix of medieval history, Victorian grandeur and youthful energy. The route takes you up and down the grandiose Avenue de Grammont, a mini Champs Elysées. Montlouis-sur-Loire sits a little further along the river and is littered with wine caves and producers offering direct sales and tastings, all in a very picturesque setting. Whilst this is the longest route on paper, it can easily be shortened into a 27mile (44km) round trip to Tours only.

Day 7 | Villandry to Chinon | Distance 38 miles (61km)

Your last day of cycling takes you back to Chinon, passing yet more iconic châteaux and pristine vineyards. First up is Azay-le-Rideau, with its castle that sits within the flow of the Indre river, a perfect place for a first pit stop. From here you follow the Indre a Vélo cycle route to Saché, a peaceful village that is home to the Balzac museum, dedicated to the French novelist and playwright. From here you turn towards Chinon, rolling back into town after a stretch of vast vineyards along the banks of the Vienne.

Day 8 |  We say au revoir

Trip extensions are available upon request.

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

E-Bike | Loire Valley Discovery | Self Guided

  • Hotel Anne d’Anjou

    4 star

    This 18th century mansion, sitting on the south bank of the river Loire, has a rich history as the home of a variety of aristocrats. Since 1983 this protected building has been one of the most reputable hotels in this charming town.

  • Hotel Diderot

    3 star

    Hôtel Diderot is a simple family run 17th century town house built around a very pretty flowered courtyard that is much enjoyed and appreciated by our cycling gardeners and a lovely place for breakfast. It has a traditional, old fashioned interior with great oak beams in many of the rooms. The delicious breakfast jams are all home-made.

  • Hotel le Haut de Lys

    3 star

    A real haven of peace, situated on the outskirts of the village of Villandry, a short walk from its magnificent château. The jacuzzi here is a wonderful way to refresh your muscles after a day of cycling and there are massages available too. Pascal and his team look forward to welcoming you.

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

E-Bike | Loire Valley Discovery | Self Guided

Tour Only Prices | 2020

2020 Departure Dates

Nights

Board Basis

Adult Price

April to October 

7

Bed & Breakfast and 4 Evening Meals

£1395

April to October 

4

Half Board

£995

Full Half Board Supplements: 7 Nights - £120pp

Package Prices (including flights and transfers) | 2020

2020 Departure Dates

Nights

Board Basis

Adult Price

April to October 

7

Bed & Breakfast and 4 Evening Meals

£1745

April to October 

4

Half Board

£1295

Full Half Board Supplements: 7 Nights - £120pp

Your Cycling Holidays in Loire

E-Bike | Loire Valley Discovery | Self Guided

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