The Indre à vélo route
If you liked the Loire by bike, you will certainly like its “little sister”: the Indre à Vélo! This slightly more secret route takes you through the heart of the bucolic countryside between Berry and Touraine.
The Indre à Vélo as an alternative route
For a new cycling holiday in Touraine, another world is possible… or at least another route, marked out by numerous points of interest. Connected to the Loire by Bike (at Chenonceaux and Azay-le-Rideau), the Indre à Vélo offers another itinerary to cross Touraine from east to west, passing through the south. Do you follow?
From the majestic Chenonceau castle, if you continue 30 kilometres further south, you will arrive at the gates of the royal city of Loches, through which the Indre flows! Along the river, heading west this time, the fortress of Montbazon, the Candé estate and the Balzac museum are nice stops before reaching Azay-le-Rideau, l’Islette, the Maurice Dufresne museum, and then returning to the Loire by bike (to go to Chinon, or return to Tours).
The advantage of the Indre à Vélo route: a particularly quiet and bucolic itinerary, with fewer people on the route as well as in the sites to visit. A real greening up, embodied for example by the village garden of Chédigny!
The Indre à Vélo, from Touraine to Creuse!
Our neighbours in the Berry region have also set up a cycle touring route along the Indre, north of the Brenne ponds, bringing the length of the Indre à Vélo route to 344 kilometres. You can start a long journey from Azay-le-Rideau, and cycle to Loches, Chatillon-sur-Indre, Buzançais, Châteauroux, La Châtre, Boussac, up to Chambon-sur-Voueize. You will cycle successively through the departments of Indre-et-Loire (37), Indre (36), Cher (18) and Creuse (23)!
Interactive map of the Indre à vélo route
Download a pdf map of the Indre à Vélo route in Touraine:
- Azay-le-Rideau – Monts (17 km) > IAV_Azay_Monts
- Monts – Truyes (19.2 km) > IAV_Monts-Truyes
- Truyes – Azay-sur-Indre (14.6 km) > IAV_Truyes-Azay
- Azay-sur-Indre – Chambourg (13.7 km) > IAV_Azay_Chambourg
- Chambourg – Loches – Ferrière (17.8 km) > IAV_Chambourg_Loches
- Ferrière – Chédigny (10.9 km) > IAV_Loches_Chédigny
- Chédigny – Luzillé (8.5 km) > IAV_Chédigny_Luzillé
- Luzillé – Chenonceaux (9.4 km) > IAV_Luzillé_Chenonceaux
Buy the Indre à Vélo guide from Editions Chamina
Services adapted to cycling visitors: there are campsites, hotels and guest houses all along the way. Many of them have the “Accueil Vélo” label.