Loire Valley - Tours to Angers
France Bike Tours
Bike the Loire Valley amid Chateaux and Gardens
The three Loire Valley bike tours from Orléans to Tours, Angers to Le Croisic, and this itinerary, Tours to Angers can be taken individually or one after the other. Starting in Orléans, you cycle the Loire on routes that travel west all the way to Le Croisic on the Atlantic Ocean.
Highlights of this itinerary:
- Villandry with its famous gardens
- Renaissance Château in Azay Le Rideau
- 15th-century château in Langeais
- ‘Sleeping Beauty’ château in Ussé
- Abbey of Fontevraud
- Vineyards of Anjou,
- Château in Angers
If you are interested in other bike tours in Loire Valley, all of our bicycle tours in France are here.
Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport
From the Paris CDG Terminal 2 Train Station, you can take a train a TGV train to St. Pierre Corps. The TGV train requires 0 transfers and take 1 hour and 39 minutes. From St. Pierre Corps, it is just a 3 minute walk to the regional train station and then onward to Tours. It is only a 5 minute train ride and is only 2 km in distance. You could as well take a taxi from St. Pierre Corps to your first hotel. Please note that TGV travel requires advance reservation. You can visit the SNCF website for more information and to book.
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.
We recommend booking the Chateaux package for an all-around, complete experience in the Loire Valley.
Electric bicycles available on request. E-bikes are Scott E sub Active with universal frame, 9 speeds and come equipped with 2 rear panniers, 1 handlebar bag with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock, 1 mileage counter, and helmet. E-bikes have 80 to 100 km autonomy.
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Where You’ll Stay
Standard category: 2 and 3 star
Superior Category: 3 and 4 star
Deluxe Category: 4 star
- Accommodations for 5 nights
- Hotel to hotel luggage transfer
- 27-speed Scott Sub Sport 20 touring bike (both men and women's frames, please specify when you book) equipped with 1 rear pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, pump, odometer, and helmet (4-day rental)
- Route descriptions and maps (one set per room)
- GPS tracks available but must be requested in advance
- City taxes
- 7 day hotline
What’s Not Included
- All travel to/from tour start and finish
- Lunches and dinners
- Entrances to the individual chateaux
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Extra nights available in Tours or Angers.
2019 and 2020
Arrival possible daily from March 1 to October 31
This is an easy self-guided hotel tour with 4 days of cycling from 20 to 37 miles per day. The Terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills. Electric bicycles available upon request.
Day 1: Arrival in Tours
Day 2: Tours - Azay le Rideau, 26 mi. (41 km)
Day 3: Azay le Rideau - Chinon, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Chinon - Saumur, 22 mi. (36 km) + optional 12 km
Day 5: Saumur - Angers, 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 6: Departure from Angers
All distances are approximate. In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as weather, natural disasters, road maintenance, itinerary changes may be necessary.
Day 1: Arrival in Tours
Take time to enjoy the old and vibrant quarters of Tours city and especially the “Place Plumereau”, a beautiful square with half-timbered houses. Take a look at the splendid gothic cathedral.
Day 2: Tours – Azay le Rideau, 26 mi. (41 km)
As you leave Tours behind, you come upon Savonniéres, an incredibly picturesque town surrounded by beautiful nature. You proceed to Villandry famous for it's chateau and it's matchless gardens. Saché also awaits you, the home 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 3: Azay le Rideau – Chinon, 22 mi. (35 km)
The final destination of todays biking is Chinon but first we must head towards Langeais to admire the 15th century château. Offering a typical form of a medieval fortified castle, here you can admire the wonderful tapestries and furniture from the era in which it was built. Ride on towards the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé which has inspired Perrault for its famous fairy tail story.
Day 4: Chinon – Saumur, 22 mi. (36 km) + optional 12 km
Before leaving the medieval city of Chinon, founded on the Vienne river, there is time to visit the numerous cellars which propose the famous red wine such 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. You will end the day in the lovely town of Saumur.
Day 5: Saumur – Angers, 35 mi. (57 km)
The adventure continues following the Loire river before going through the vineyards of Anjou. You will reach the peaceful city of Angers and its chateau sheltering the famous Apocalypse Tapestry.
Day 6: Departure
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- Chateau d' Azay Le Rideau
- Villandry Gardens
- Fontevraud Abbey
- Château de Langeais