Chateau de Chaumont, Loire Valley, France. Photo via Flickr:@lain G

Pedaling for pastries in France. Photo via Flickr:aaaceto
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Loire Valley - Orléans to Tours

France Bike Tours

A Loire bike tour with many amazing options

  • The three Loire Valley bike tours from Orléans to Tours, Tours to Angers and Angers to Le Croisic can be taken individually or one after the other. Starting in Orléans, the routes travel west all the way to Le Croisic on the Atlantic Ocean.

    Tours to Angers route includes Villandry with its famous gardens, a Renaissance château in Azay Le Rideau, the 15th château in Langeais, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ château in Ussé, the abbey of Fontevraud, the vineyards of Anjou, and the château in Angers.

    Angers to Le Croisic route includes the vineyards at Anjou, the rivers Loire and Layon, Champtoceaux in its magnificent setting, Nantes, and the beaches of St. Brévin and Le Croisic.

    And this specific itinerary, lets you cycle the Loire through the historic town of Orléans, the flowered city of Beaugency, the Château of Chambord (see Château Country bike tour), the Château of Blois, the Château of Chaumont, and ‘Clos Luce.’

    Highlights:

    • Château of Chambord: the most popular Château of the Loire Valley
    • Beauty of the forests and vineyards of Touraine Mesland
    • Vineyards of Montlouis
    • Several châteaux that make this region famous

    If you are interested in other bike tours in the Loire Valley, all of our bicycle tours in France can be found here or all Loire bike tours here.

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    Tour PackageStandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Twin/double £ 606 $ 1,259 707 $ 1075 NOK 6717 kr 6200 $ 806 £ 692 $ 1,437 807 $ 1227 NOK 7667 kr 7077 $ 920 £ 842 $ 1,749 982 $ 1493 NOK 9329 kr 8611 $ 1,119
    Single supplement: £ 146 $ 303 170 $ 258 NOK 1615 kr 1491 $ 194 £ 249 $ 517 290 $ 441 NOK 2755 kr 2543 $ 331 £ 334 $ 695 390 $ 593 NOK 3705 kr 3420 $ 445
    Dinners included (5) £ 150 $ 312 175 $ 266 NOK 1663 kr 1535 $ 200 £ 163 $ 338 190 $ 289 NOK 1805 kr 1666 $ 217 £ 176 $ 365 205 $ 312 NOK 1948 kr 1798 $ 234

    Supplement for traveling alone: £ 111 $ 232 130 $ 198 NOK 1235 kr 1140 $ 148 Please contact us for combined tour pricing.

     

    Tour PackageStandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Twin/double £ 619 $ 1,286 722 $ 1097 NOK 6859 kr 6331 $ 823 £ 743 $ 1,544 867 $ 1318 NOK 8237 kr 7603 $ 988 £ 876 $ 1,820 1022 $ 1553 NOK 9709 kr 8962 $ 1,165
    Single supplement: £ 154 $ 321 180 $ 274 NOK 1710 kr 1578 $ 205 £ 274 $ 570 320 $ 486 NOK 3040 kr 2806 $ 365 £ 364 $ 757 425 $ 646 NOK 4038 kr 3727 $ 485
    Dinners included (5) £ 150 $ 312 175 $ 266 NOK 1663 kr 1535 $ 200 £ 163 $ 338 190 $ 289 NOK 1805 kr 1666 $ 217 £ 176 $ 365 205 $ 312 NOK 1948 kr 1798 $ 234

    Supplement for traveling alone: £ 116 $ 240 135 $ 205 NOK 1283 kr 1184 $ 154 Please contact us for combined tour pricing.

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental (4 days): £ 21 $ 45 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Extra day hybrid touring bike rental: £ 13 $ 27 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17 Extra day electric bicycle rental: £ 21 $ 45 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29

    (Tandems, child bikes, child trailer, and child seat are available for this tour. Ask us.) 

     

    Extra nights, OrleansStandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Twin/double £ 52 $ 109 61 $ 93 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 71 $ 148 83 $ 126 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95 £ 113 $ 235 132 $ 201 NOK 1254 kr 1158 $ 150
    Single supplement: £ 39 $ 80 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 £ 51 $ 107 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 £ 73 $ 151 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97
    Extra nights, ToursStandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Twin/double £ 52 $ 109 61 $ 93 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 57 $ 118 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 £ 85 $ 176 99 $ 150 NOK 941 kr 868 $ 113
    Single supplement £ 30 $ 62 35 $ 53 NOK 333 kr 307 $ 40 £ 34 $ 71 40 $ 61 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46 £ 69 $ 143 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91

    Chateaux package: £ 47 $ 98 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63

    • Château de Meung sur Loire
    • Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise  
    • Domaine de Chambord (château + gardens)
    • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)

    Transfers:
    Paris CDG to Orleans (1 to 4 people): £ 197 $ 410 230 $ 350 NOK 2185 kr 2017 $ 262 Groups of 5 or more, please ask.
    Tours to Paris CDG (1 to 4 people): £ 300 $ 623 350 $ 532 NOK 3325 kr 3069 $ 399 Groups of 5 or more, please ask.

     

    Electric bicycle rental (4 days):
    SCOTT 9 speed e-sub Active, universal frame, equipped with 2 rear panniers, 1 handlebar bag with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock, 1 counter & helmet: £ 34 $ 71 40 $ 61 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46 Extra day hybrid touring bike rental: £ 17 $ 36 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23 Extra day electric bicycle rental: £ 26 $ 53 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

    (Tandems, child bikes, child trailer, and child seat are available for this tour. Ask us.) 

    Extra nights, OrleansStandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Twin/double £ 52 $ 109 61 $ 93 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 71 $ 148 83 $ 126 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95 £ 113 $ 235 132 $ 201 NOK 1254 kr 1158 $ 150
    Single supplement: £ 39 $ 80 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 £ 51 $ 107 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 £ 73 $ 151 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97
    Extra nights, ToursStandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Twin/double £ 52 $ 109 61 $ 93 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 66 $ 137 77 $ 117 NOK 732 kr 675 $ 88 £ 94 $ 196 110 $ 167 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125
    Single supplement £ 30 $ 62 35 $ 53 NOK 333 kr 307 $ 40 £ 34 $ 71 40 $ 61 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46 £ 73 $ 151 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97

    Chateaux package: £ 51 $ 107 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68

    • Château de Meung sur Loire
    • Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise  
    • Domaine de Chambord (château + gardens)
    • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)

    Transfers:
    Paris CDG to Orleans:
    1 to 4 people, sharing costs: £ 189 $ 392 220 $ 334 NOK 2090 kr 1929 $ 251 5 to 8 people, sharing costs: £ 227 $ 472 265 $ 403 NOK 2518 kr 2324 $ 302 Tours to Paris CDG:
    1 to 4 people, sharing costs: £ 300 $ 623 350 $ 532 NOK 3325 kr 3069 $ 399 5 to 8 people, sharing costs: £ 334 $ 695 390 $ 593 NOK 3705 kr 3420 $ 445

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Paris CDG

    Local Travel

    From the Paris CDG Terminal 2 Train Station you can take a train to Orleans. Total trip time can take between 3 to 5 hours depending on connections, and costs around €70. Depending on time schedules, you can either take a TGV train from the airport to Orleans or a RER/IC train from the airport to Paris Austerlitz station and then on to Orleans. Tickets for TGV trains need to be reserved in advance. See French Railways SNCF Website.
    From Orleans CentreIt is best to take a taxi to your first hotel. On weekdays, a taxi will cost around €27. Weekends and holidays, a taxi costs approximately €36-50.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The climate in the Loire Valley is favorable most of the year, the river often acting as a line of demarcation in France’s weather between the northern climate and the southern. The river has a significant effect on the microclimate of the region, adding a few degrees of temperature. The climate can be cool with springtime frost while wine harvest months may have rain. Summers are hot, however, influences from the Atlantic moderate the temperature with breeze. A good website to visit to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related information is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycle available upon request.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

There are three levels of accommodations offered. Standard category, 2 and 3 star, Superior Category, 3 and 4 star, and Deluxe Category, 4 star. All rooms with private facilities.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 5 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Hotel to hotel luggage transfer
  • 27-speed Scott Sub Sport 20 hybrid bicycle (men's and women's frames, please specify) equipped with one rear pannier, handlebar bag, odometer, repair kit, lock, and pump (4-day rental)
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Route descriptions and maps (one set per room)
  • GPS files (must be requested in advance!)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Orleans & Tours.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length6 days
From707 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 and 2020

Arrival possible daily from March 1 to October 31

Skill Level

Easy self-guided hotel tour with 4 days of cycling from 19 to 28 miles per day. Terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Loire Valley - Orléans to Tours Map

Day 1: Arrival in Orléans
Day 2: Orléans - Beaugency, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 3: Beaugency - Blois, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 4: Blois - Amboise, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Amboise - Tours, 17 or 19 mi. (27 or 31 km)
Day 6: Departure from Tours

All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, route disturbances due to repairs, detours, etc.

Day 1: Arrival in Orlèans
Discover Orlèans and its old historical center, situated between the large countryside fields of the Beauce region and the green pastures, ponds, and forests of Sologne region.

Day 2: Orlèans – Beaugency, 16 mi (26 km) 
Following the wild river banks, you cycle the Loire Valley in peace and serenity through the charming and very flowered city of Beaugency.

Day 3: Beaugency – Blois, 29 mi (46 km)
Leaving Beaugency, you bike once again along the river banks passing the prestigious château of Chambord: the most popular Château of the Loire Valley, a masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Cycling the Loire Valley further, you follow the path in the direction of Blois. This charming town presents a rich historical heritage with a château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

Day 4: Blois – Amboise, 26 mi (42 km)
Today you discover the beauty of the forests and vineyards of Touraine Mesland until you reach the chateau of Chaumont. This castle, originally built in the 10th century but then burned to the ground in the 15th century by orders from King Louis XI, was rebuilt later in the 15th century. Enjoy the view overlooking the Loire river before cycling on to Amboise and its royal chateau from the 15th-16th century. A little further down the road you find the last home of Léonardo Da Vinci : Manorhouse of ‘Clos Lucé’.

Day 5: Amboise – Tours, 17 or 19 mi. (27 or 31 km)
Today you bike Loire Valley through the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars offering sweet white or sparkling wines. Then, enjoy the lovely chateau birthplace of Gabrielle d’Estrées, the favorite of King Henry IV. Continue to the heart of the city Tours to admire the old quarters sheltering the famous “Place Plumereau” and it’s half-timbered houses.

Day 6: Departure from Tours

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  • Châteaux de Meung sur Loire
  • Domaine de Chambord (château and gardens)
  • Domaine de Chaumont-sur Loire (château and Garden Festival)
  • Park Leonardo da Vince in Amboise

It is possible to combine this tour with Loire Valley: Tours to Angers and Loire Valley: Angers to Le Croisic. Please contact us for details.

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Tour Reviews

  • Frank H. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Loire River Valley tour was spectacular in every way: bikes, scenery, route, trails, signage, difficulty level (which was "easy" and fit our previous experience level), the towns and accommodations.

  • Stanley Pearson 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our group of 12 took this tour in 2010. We combined it to go from Orleans to Angers.

    The routes are pleasant and the hisoric sites are aewsome. As usual, Pack and Pedal took care of us in a very first class way.

    Stan Pearson

  • Wayne Goodman 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I really enjoyed my experience in the Loire Valley thanks to the great service Carla, Hennie, and Mary provided. The tour went smoothly, the bicycle was comfortable, the maps were detailed and the whole experience was exactly as it was described here in the website. I chose the 2-3* option and the hotels were clean and nice (for the most part), and the restaurants (all but one) were absolutely delicious!! I would highly recommend tripsite to anyone considering cycling through Loire, and I intend to use them again on my next trip in Europe--BON VOYAGE!

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