Loire cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 30 October 2014

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of the Loire Valley.

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A Meander Through Mayenne

Backroads and river paths to castles, Roman ruins and markets

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 to 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £595

This family-friendly Mayenne tour is the perfect introduction to cycling in France. As one of France’s hidden gems, you won’t have to battle the crowds to enjoy the splendid fortified castles, medieval quarters, Roman ruins and traditional markets of the Mayenne. Cycling is a doddle with few hills, quiet roads and pretty sparkling river paths. Starting with two nights at a 3-star château hotel with pool and spa just outside the historic town of Mayenne, you’ll move to a new 3 or 4-star hotel every other day. Each evening you’ll enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Price includes aperitif, hotel, gourmet dinners, breakfasts, bike and equipment hire, maps and tour suggestions, plus luggage transfers.  

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Atlantic Coast Cycle Holiday

Guided cycling from Brittany to La Rochelle with camping or B&B options

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)78 1128 5021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
10 days / 9 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£920 for camping option, £1195 for B&B option with discount for under 14s

There are quite a few self-guided tours available of the Atlantic Coast, but it's much harder to find one that's fully guided. Even better, there is a fully guided camping option, allowing you to stay close to the wild ruggedness of Atlantic Coast while having someone else carry your camping kit for you (there'll be a support car on hand for that; non-cycling partners and youngsters with tired legs can even grab a lift). If you prefer though there is also a B&B option too. Ride from one historic port town to another: the wonderfully walled St-Malo in Brittany to the boats of La Rochelle, via salt marshes, fields of peat bog and the water world that is the Marais  Poitevin – some of the French coast's most magnificent scenery. Tents, luggage transfer, bike hire (if you need it), all breakfasts and lunches plus some evening meals included. Combine this trip with the Entre Deux Mers and Canal du Midi trips to ride all the way to the Med. 

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Atlantic Coast La Vélodyssée from Nantes to La Rochelle

Ride along the Atlantic coast on the EuroVelo 1 bike route

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
9 days / 8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €1075

On this self-guided tour, you'll enjoy the Atlantic section on the La Vélodyssée with its endless sandy beaches to explore. Hop off the bike to take a dip, top up the tan lines or enjoy the pine forests whenever the fancy takes you. Discover the marshlands of Vendée and spend time in colourful ports. Dine in the evenings with a fresh local seafood platter. La Vélodyssée is nearly all flat and signposted, mostly on secured dedicated greenways – it's a perfect introduction to cycling in France. The price of this tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accommodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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Blois to Tours – The Valley of the Kings

A ride rich in history and beauty along the Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €630

It is not by chance that this region was once called the 'Garden of France'. Let yourself be guided through the parks and castles in this flat, cool and green country. From castle to castle, Blois, Amboise, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceaux andn others offer many opportunities to enter the most beautiful residences of French royalty. In the footsteps of François I, Joan of Arc or Leonardo da Vinci, this is much more than a bike trip, it’s a journey back in time. Stages that take you to the heart of the great cities of the valley allow you to understand part of the history of France. This is a trip to the land of kings, queens and artists who made history. The price of this self-guided tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accommodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets

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Château to Château en Vélo

Ride in the footsteps of France's kings and queens

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
Easy

Level of difficulty:
6 nights

Price:
From £1084

Pedal gently among stunning castles, through fields of sunflowers and along rows of vineyards, samping the local food and wine en route. Highlights include the medieval town of Amboise, Clos Lucé (the home of Leonardo da Vinci), Château de Chenonceau, the most photographed chateau of the Loire, and Château de Cheverny, the château behind Tintin. Included in your tour are 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available), support and luggage transfers between hotels, plus station transfers. All you have to do is ride!

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Châteaux of the Loire

Pedal gently through fairytale France

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £835

Soaring high slated turrets are your constant companions on this tour of the famous chateaux of the Loire valley. As you spend 8 days cycling through glorious countryside and medieval towns, you can sample some of the world's finest food and wine while staying in highly rated 3- and 4-star accommodation. Lots of the route is on quiet roads or the Loire à Velo cycle path, so a relaxing ride with a chance to enjoy the natural surroundings is guaranteed. The price includes bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from UK (ask for prices if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, assistance whenever needed and tandems and electric bikes can be provided on request.

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Châteaux of the Loire - Short Break

Short but sweet visit to the Loire

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights or 5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £725

If you're short on time but have always dreamed of being surrounded by the spectacular fairytale castles of the Loire, then this tour could be a perfect fit. Ideal for the whole family with the route following the Loire à Vélo cycle path, it's safe and surrounded by nature. And of course no visit would be complete without sampling some of the world famous wines. Throughout this short break you'll try fine wines and delicious traditional French fayre, explore historic Chinon on the banks of the River Vienne and visit the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island on the River Indre. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4-star hotel and B&B accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving on your own), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

 

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Chateaux of the Loire: Castles, Caves & Vineyards

Experience the romance of the Loire Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £760

Inntravel Chateaux of the LoireFamed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. West of Tours, the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Park is characterised by vineyards, rolling farmland, hunting forests and limestone cliffs into which astonishing troglodytic dwellings have been carved. Crowning these beautiful landscapes are some of the Loire's most romantic and elegant châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Chinon, Villandry and Saumur. With short, easy routes that are largely on the flat, you have plenty of time to visit all of these during your holiday, along with vineyards and mushroom caves (pay locally in all cases).

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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Cycling Breaks in the Loire Valley

Affordable and bespoke fixed base short breaks in the beautiful Loire

Offered by:
Loire Life Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 25 81 98 51

Tour length:
From 3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €450 per person

Stay on a bed and breakfast basis and with help from your hosts choose from an extensive catalogue of circular cycling routes ranging from 25km to more than 75km in length. Routes take in chateaux, vineyards and the banks of the Loire itself. Bike hire and emergency backup included and free wifi, pool, hot tub and laundry all available for your use. Start any day from April to October. This is your chance to create a memorable cycling break at an affordable price.

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Cycling Holidays in France with Luggage Transfers

Self-guided holidays that make cycling in France easy

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
Varies

Level of difficulty:
Easy-Moderate

Price:
Varies

If you're looking for a cycling holiday with all the added extras taken care of – such as bike hire, baggage transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, route maps and notes – then check out Inntravel's range of self-guided rides. There are a range of destinations across France from which to choose – including wine routes, coastal rides, chateaux and historic hill-top villages. These French cycling holidays vary in length and budget, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a ride that suits you. There are holidays geared for leisure riders – couples, groups or friends, and families – in the Loire Valley, Brittany, the TarnAlsaceBurgundyBordeaux, the Canal du Midi, Dordogne, and Provence. Bonne route!

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Discovery Tour of the Loire

Fixed base cycling holiday that showcases the best of the Loire

Offered by:
Loire Life Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 25 81 98 51

Tour length:
5 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1195

See the best of the Loire on this unique centre-based cycling holiday. The flexible and self-guided routes, which have been carefully mapped out to take in 30-50km each day, will take you to spectacular chateaux, along gentle river towpaths and quiet rural roads, through beautiful vineyards, and to ancient caves and market towns. Your itinerary includes an organised wine tasting with great food to match great wine. Price includes bike hire and accessories, plus local support, 6 nights' accommodation, and all breakfasts and evening meals with wine. Swimming pool, hot tub, wifi and laundry facilities all included at your base, an 18th century chambre d'hôte set in woodlands. This tour has been running since 2009 with a high rate of repeat business.

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From Nantes to La Rochelle - La Vélodyssey

Breeze along the coast on two wheels

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 days / 8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
From £1894

Enjoy the endless beaches and sea views as you cycle along this section of the Velodyssée, the dedicated cycle path that opens up the Atlantic coast to all ages. Fly through pine forests, wetlands and colourful ports and fishing villages, ending up in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle – complete with aquarium and seaside restaurants. Price includes luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire for 7 days' cycling, plus 8 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening meals. 

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From Nantes to La Rochelle on La Vélodyssée

Feel the Atlantic breeze as you cycle along the gorgeous coastline

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
8 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €955

La Vélodyssée is one of the most popular cycle routes in France – and for good reason. It follows the Atlantic Coast from Brittany to Spain, passing natural and cultural highlights, wild seaside landscapes, golden beaches, giant dunes, salt marshlands and pine forests – all with the ocean as your constant companion. It's an 'easy' route for families and newer cyslists, while its epic nature can still captivate seasoned tourers. This self-guided itinerary includes quaint fishing ports and picture-perfect seaside resorts, adding variety (and amazing food!) to your trip. Price includes 7 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, one evening meal, a travel folder with maps, route info and tourist brochures in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire, and an on-call support hotline in case you get stuck.

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Gardens and Grapevines of the Loire

Visit stately gardens and majestic chateaux

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1070

After visiting Château de Villandry and Château du Rivau you will understand why the Loire Valley is known as the garden of France. It is home to some of the most immaculate gardens in the country, and over 185,000 acres of vineyards add to the green palette. On this self-guided tour you will ride between three varied winemaking areas, from the light reds of Chinon to the traditional sparkling wines of Saumur and the crisp whites of the Touraine. A wine is only as good as where it is consumed and the châteaux gardens and riverside bistros on this tour are the perfect places to enjoy them. The price of this tour includes 3*/4* hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers, water bottles and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps and instructions, and friendly assistance whenever needed. Electric bikes can be provided on request.

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Loire à vélo from Tours to Angers

A week by the waters of the beautiful Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €555

From Tours with its attractive wooden houses dating back to the 15th century, this gentle paced self-guided tour will initially take you west along the banks of the river Cher. Take in the vibrant and colourful gardens at Château de Villandry before picking up the river Indre, which will guide you to Chinon and its 12th century fortress. Then from Saumur's castle, you'll ride through the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park with lots of chance to try local wines and produce along the way. The valleys around here have inspired many artists and maybe you too will find new inspiration. The price of this tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accommodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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Loire Family Discovery

Perfect cycling adventure for all ages

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £998

With its quiet country lanes and shady woodland the Loire makes cycling safe and accessible for all ages and abilities. This tour winds through the famous chateaux (including the birth place of Tin Tin) and towns of the region, and is specifically tailored to allow plenty of time to visit the suggested family attractions while leaving plenty of time to make it back to the hotel for a dip in the pool before dinner. The price includes 2 days' easy cycling, 2 nights' half board at family friendly hotels with pools, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire, English-speaking local rep and station transfers.

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Loire Single Centre Walking and Cycling Holiday

Fixed base self-guided cycling breaks in the Loire

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
3, 5 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £474

This single-centre holiday in the Loire Valley is based in the villages of Montsoreau and Candes-St-Martin, within 1km of each other and both classified as make ‘Le Plus Belle Villages de France’, or the most beautiful villages of France. Expect original stone buildings and cobbled streets. Candes-St-Martin sits on the point of confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers and has a charming cobbled village square, complete with 12th century church and an excellent local restaurant. A short walk along the river is Montsoreau, an old river port, and its château, setting of a famous Dumas novel, is the only one in the Loire Valley built into the riverbed itself. This self-guided holiday includes five cycle routes, with maps and route notes, as well as three walking itineraries (there are also other local activities you can add). The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments, bikes, pannier bags, water bottles and repair kits for the duration of your stay, support from a local representative and a welcome pack upon arrival. Oh and two bottles of local wine are thrown in for good measure.

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Loire Valley from Blois to Angers for active riders

Take in Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Fontevraud and Saumur

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€779

Discover the secrets of the Loire Valley on bike paths and small country roads as you ride pass the most prestigious renaissance castles of the Loire, including Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Ussé, the castle that inspired the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. This part of the Loire Valley is also home to the abbey of Fontevraud and beautiful medieval castles and fortresses like Langeais, Chinon and Angers, which houses an impressive medieval tapestry. Discover the changing colours of the Loire and its traditional boats (toues) bobbing between sandbanks. Don't forget to stop at the world-renowned vineyards around Chinon and Saumur. Troglodyte dwellings and picturesque villages will be a constant throughout this self-guided ride with daily distances of 50-60km. 

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