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Grand Loire Cycle Tour

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Homepage > France > Grand Loire Cycle Tour
  • Duration: 5 or 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 1-2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Saturdays from 4th May to 28th September and also on Sundays from 7th July to 23rd August.
  • Location: Orleans

Grand Loire

Tour Details

Our cycling holiday in France will take you through this wonderful Loire region of France. This biking vacation is available as a self-guided level 1-2 cycle tour. This French region is a wonderful location for your cycle tour, you can explore the great Chateaux and Castles which make this such a famous region. You will be able to visit the great Chateaux at Blois, Chenonceau, Cheverny, Amboise, Chambord, Villandry, Azay Le Rideau, Chinon, Saumur to name a few but there are even more treasures than these to see.

This tour differs from our Castles of the Loire Valley in that you move to a new hotel each day and that you cover a longer distance of the Loire Valley to the west and east of Tours.

Starting Location


Price Includes

  • 5 or 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 2/3 star hotels standard
  • Information Pack
  • Smart Phone App with Routes and maps
  • Luggage transfers

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Upgraded accommodation to mainly 3/4 star
  • Extra nights
  • Season supplement
Trip Info

Route Characteristics

You will cycle along mainly cycle paths, paved roads with a low volume of traffic. There are some hilly sections but nothing demanding.


Standard 2/3star hotels
Upgrade 3/4 star hotels, 1 night in a 2-star Hotel de Charme

Please Note

5 night tour covers days 1 to 6 (day 6 will be departure day – no cycling).

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Orleans

Individual arrival to Orleans in the heart of the Loire Valley, Orleans is Jeanne D’Arc’s homeland.

Day 2Orleans-St. Dye/Beaugency 16/28 miles 25/45km

Today you begin your cycle tour along the Loire, cycling along lovely cycle paths and side roads. Soon you can visit the Cathedral of Clery St. Andr. Afterwards, you will arrive at the castles of Meung sur Loire and Chateau Dunois. In Beaugency you can admire the beautiful medieval centre.  St Dye is a little hidden jewel with an ancient harbour.

Day 3St. Dye/Beaugency-Blois 25/37 miles 40/60km

Today’s ride will first take you to Chambord. The huge park surrounding Chambord Castle is worth exploring. The huge white Chateaux is one of the Loire’s most visited and a walk through the grand rooms is not to be missed. The very special spiral staircase is pretty unique.  After your visit, you cycle through the park to Cheverny Castle. The rooms are lavishly furnished but not on the same scale as Chambord. One last ride to the Chateau of Beauregard through the forest of Beauregard before your eventual arrival to Blois.

Day 4Blois-Amboise 30 miles 47 km

Before setting out on your ride today visit the city of Blois with its impressive castle. Then you cycle through forests to the town of Onzain. Here it is possible to visit Chateau Chaumont built on the top of a hill overlooking the river. Then you continue east along the back roads to Amboise. In Amboise, you should not miss the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life.

Day 5Amboise-Tours 31 miles 50 km

Today you first head south through the forest of Amboise until you arrive at Chenonceaux, known as the Chateau of the three ladies. Its impressive rooms nearly straddle the river. You then continue cycling along the river Cher till the city of Tours. You might also decide to stop for a visit to the castle of Nitray with its famous wine cellars.

Day 6 Tours-Chinon 34 miles 55km

Today between the Loire and the Cher rivers you arrive at Villandry Castle, well known for its gardens. From Chateau Villandry to cycle away from the Loire to the Castle of Azay Le Rideau. This chateau is pretty unique in the Loire and well worth a visit. Now you head back towards the Loire to Usse and its castle of the Sleeping Beauty. Now a short undulating section will take you to Chinon.

Day 7Chinon-Saumur 22 miles 35km

The tour continues along country roads beyond the confluence between the rivers the Loire and Vienne arriving at Savigny en Vron and the jewels of Candes St-Martin. A few kilometres away there is the castle of Montsoreau. Now you head away from the Loire to Fontevraud and its huge Abbey. Now it is time to cycle east for the last time passing vineyards and fruit fields to Saumur. Saumur with its impressive white Chateau is considered the “Pearl of Anjou”.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By Plane
To Paris airport and then by train to Orleans or fly direct to Tours with Ryanair from Stansted and then a train to Orleans. You can book a return transfer from Saumur  back to Orleans (minimum 2 persons, runs Saturdays and Sundays)

By Train
To Orleans.

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Tour Images
Views over the Loire