Cycling holidays in France: Loire Valley bike tour

Cycling holidays in France: Tours, a nice stop during your Loire Valley bike tour (Loire à vélo) Cycling holidays in France: Loire Valley bike tour © David Darrault

On the EuroVelo route #6 that runs from Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) all the way to the Saint-Nazaire beaches, a Loire Valley bike Tour is an original way to discovering the best of Loire Valley, along the Loire à vélo route. Landscapes, towns, castles, vineyards... a great tour for cycling holidays in France, in a Unesco world heritage site. 

From the ramparts of the Amboise chateau to the alleys of Candes-Saint-Martin village, the Loire cycle route is a unique trip through Touraine where you can discover our unique cultural heritage along the 150 kilometres pathway: the silhouettes of the major Loire Valley chateaux (Amboise, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais, Chinon, Loches...), Loire river landscapes, vineyards and gorgeous villages.

Cycling holidays in France: practical information for your Loire Valley bike tour 

It is marked, secure and free of charge. Bicycle rental stations can be found at various locations along the Loire cycle routeRail links (train stations in Amboise, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Tours, Langeais, Chinon and Saumur) make it possible for you to split up your outings as you wish, and to return your bicycles to a location other than the one where you rented it - practical!

Moreover, along your Loire Valley bike tour, numerous accommodation have been approved "Loire a vélo"; their owners are used to welcome travelers cycling Loire Valley. So, at the end, a picnic outing for a few hours or a trek over several days... the choice is up to you!

Cycling holidays in France: Loire Valley bike tour with children - Bréhémont. Loire à vélo

Loire Valley bike tour, in Bréhémont village, near Tours. Photo credit: David Darrault

Loire Valley cycling, in Touraine: distance chart to get your bearings

Count on an average speed of 6 or 7 mph if you are not very athletic... or not in a hurry!

 

Amboise

Tours

Villandry

Ussé

Saumur

Amboise

 15,5 mph28 mph40 mph71 mph

Tours

15,5 mph 13 mph25 mph53 mph

Villandry

28 mph13 mph 12,5 mph40 mph

Ussé

40 mph25 mph12,5 mph 28 mph

Saumur

71 mph53 mph40 mph28 mph 
Loire à vélo trail

Agencies for a Loire Valley cycling tour

Several travel agencies can organize your cycling tours in Loire Valley.

1/ French agencies
2/ Agencies in United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia...
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