“Loire à Vélo” from Orléans to Atlantic Ocean
10 days / 9 nights | From March to October | 8 days riding | difficulty: 2/4
Discover the royal valley by longing the majestic river where thousands of treasures are waiting for you:historical heritage and testimony with numerous chateaux, wonderful landscapes of different natural areas,regional gastronomy delights.
Along the new cycling path ‘Loire à vélo’, compose your trip as you want:From 6 days/5 nights up to 15 days/14 nights
Day by Day
Day 1: Arrival in Orléans
Discover Orléans and its old historical centre, situated between the large countryside fields of Beauce area, green pastures, ponds and forest of Sologne area.
Day 2: Orléans – Beaugency - 26 km
Longing the wild river banks for a stage in calm and serenity through the charming and very flowered city of Beaugency.
Day 3: Beaugency – Blois - 46 km
Leave Beaugency by the river banks passing via the prestigious château of Chambord: the widest Château of the Loire Valley masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Then, follow the direction of Blois which presents a rich historical heritage with the château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the middle Ages to the 17th century.
Day 4: Blois – Amboise - 42 km
Follow the small countryside routes until the chateau of Chaumont overlooking the Loire River, before reaching Amboise and its royal chateau from 15th –16th century. Few streets further on, is the last home of Léonardo Da Vinci: Manorhouse of ‘Clos Lucé’
Day 5: Amboise – Tours - 27 km or 31 km
Ride through the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars that offer sweet white or sparkling wines. Then, enjoy the lovely chateau birthplace of Gabrielle d’Estrées, the favourite of King Henri IV. Continue to the heart of the city of Tours to discover the old quarters sheltering the famous 'Place Plumereau' and its half-timbered houses
Day 6: Tours – Azay le Rideau - 41 km
Reach Savonnières for a journey in the heart of Petrifying Grottoes. Then proceed to Villandry with its famous Gardens, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed terraces, then Saché, the house of the famous novelist Honoré de Balzac. Finally arrive in Azay le Rideau where you can admire its Renaissance chateau, a jewel set over the Indre river.
Day 7: Azay le Rideau – Chinon - 32 km or 35 km
Depart towards Langeais and its 15th century château offering a typical form of a medieval fortified castle where you could admire wonderful tapestries and piece of furniture. Then ride towards the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé which has inspired Perrault for its famous fairy tail story.
Day 8: Chinon – Saumur - 36 km + optional 12 km
Before you leave the medieval city of Chinon, founded on the Vienne River, you may visit numerous cellars which propose the famous red wine so appreciated by Rabelais. Then, continue towards the abbey of Fontevraud, the largest monastic city remaining in Europe which is the Necropolis of the Plantagenêts sovereigns before reaching the lovely town of Saumur.
Day 9: Saumur – Angers - 57 km
First follow the Loire River before going through the vineyards of Anjou. You will reach the peaceful city of Angers and its chateau which shelters the famous Apocalypse Tapestry.
Day 10: Departure during the day
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Trip Reference: Ref. LAV AB