7-Day cycling holiday in the Loire Valley from Orléans to Tours


Reference: OR 702

From Orléans to Tours, this cycling holiday takes you on the most beautiful cycle paths of the Loire à Vélo to discover the emblematic castles of Blois, Chambord, Chenonceau and Amboise, and the gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire.

This beautiful roaming tour is ideal for nature lovers and history buffs. While pedaling on flat terrain alternating between cycle paths and small quiet roads, let yourself be enchanted by the grandiose landscapes of the banks of the Loire, the large forests of Sologne and Amboise and the towns of art and history which dot your stay.

You will enjoy :

  • Balanced cycling stages with no difference in altitude.
  • Pack your bags for two nights in Blois and two nights in Amboise.
  • Five of the largest castles of the Loire: Blois, Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau and Amboise.

From 770€
From 920€
From 1440€
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Day 1: Orléans - Beaugency


Departure from Orléans. The Johannine city is marked by more than 2000 years of history and many buildings such as the Sainte Croix cathedral, the Place du Martroi or the Hôtel Groslot deserve a little attention.

Then you get on your bike. Along the quays designed for safe cycling, the Loire takes center stage to become the common thread of this day. You make a short detour via its tributary the Loiret, and follow the small roads and cycle paths through the orchards and market gardens typical of the Loire Valley.

A few discreet nuggets punctuate your way to Beaugency, such as the small town of Meung-sur-Loire, the basilica of Cléry Saint André, which houses the tomb of Louis XI, and the Gardens of Roquelin.

Day 2: Beaugency - Blois

35 km

On today's program, the Loire, and always the Loire! You cycle between Beaugency and Blois on cycle paths which offer incredible panoramas of the Royal River. The villages on the banks of the Loire with their wash houses and the long wall of the Château de Ménars enhance the route.

You pack your bags in Blois for two nights. Take the opportunity to discover the old neighborhoods spread out at the foot of the castle and around the cathedral, the house of magic and of course, the royal castle.

At nightfall, let yourself be tempted by the magnificent sound and light projected on the facades of the castle.


Option: Château de Blois (included in the Chateaux Package)

Self-guided visit of the castle.

Day 3: Blois - excursion to Chambord

40km - 52km - 67km

Going up the Loire via a cycle path which stretches between the river and the levee, you reach the village of Saint Dyé. Then head to the Domaine de Chambord, its forest and its castle, the masterpiece of the French Renaissance. Take a break to explore the many rooms and take the monumental double spiral staircase up to the magnificent terraced roofs.

You return to Blois via small bucolic roads crossing the AOC Cheverny vineyards, fields and meadows.

Two extensions are proposed with a detour through the Sologne forest and the Cheverny castle.


Optional: Château de Chambord (included in the Chateaux Package)

Free tour of the castle and French gardens.

Day 4: Blois - Amboise


You follow a route dotted with small country roads and numerous shaded cycle paths along the Loire à Vélo. Along the way, take the time to visit the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. The castle overlooking the Loire offers a mix of fortified and renaissance architecture. In its park, the International Garden Festival takes place every year where around thirty artists present poetic, original and unexpected landscape creations. Do not miss !

After this stop, continue your bike ride to Amboise.

The Loire city welcomes you for two nights. The opportunity to visit the royal castle where the great moments of French history resonate, as well as the Manoir du Clos Lucé, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci. Medieval streets, small shops, wine cellars and numerous restaurants complete the charm of this small town.

Option: Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (included in the Chateaux Package)

Free visit of the castle, the park and the international garden festival.

Day 5: Amboise – excursion to Chenonceau


A day by bike for an excursion to the Château de Chenonceau, a pure masterpiece of the French Renaissance. The route takes beautiful, long cycle paths through the Amboise forest and along the banks of the Cher. On arrival, enjoy the spectacular view of the castle and its gallery bridge, a unique structure in the world. Nicknamed the “Château des Dames”, it was offered by Henry II to his favorite Diane de Poitiers. When the latter died, Queen Catherine de Medici took it back from her rival in exchange for Chaumont. Women of power, they both contributed to making Chenonceau the elegant castle we know today.

Return to Amboise

Optional: Château de Chenonceau (included in the Chateaux Package)

Self-guided visit of the castle and its gardens.

Day 6: Amboise - Tours

28km - 32km - 37km

The journey continues towards the Touraine capital with two itineraries to choose from in two major AOCs of Touraine:

  • Left bank, via the cycle paths of the vineyards of Montlouis and the banks of the Loire.
  • Right bank, via the Vouvray wine route and the cycle paths along the Loire.

Option: Château d’Amboise + Clos Lucé (included in the Chateaux Package)

Self-guided tour of the Royal Château d'Amboise and the Manoir du Clos Lucé

Day 7: Tours

Tours has an exceptional heritage. In the heart of its always lively historic districts, don't miss the St Gatien cathedral and the half-timbered houses of Place Plumereau. Take the opportunity to taste local gastronomic specialties, rillons, rillettes, Saint Maure de Touraine, nougat from Tours…

Possibility of extending the rental of your bike for this last day and going for a very pretty round trip to the Château de Villandry, and its famous gardens.

End of your trip
Extra night in Tours possible.
To customize your trip contact us.
In hotels or B&Bs, we offer a rigorous selection of accommodation in 3 different categories.
Standard category
Comfortable 2-star hotels or similar accommodation, where charm and simplicity combine for cozy and relaxing stops after a day of cycling. Ideally located along the routes.

Non-contractual photos presented to illustrate the type of accommodation corresponding to the standard category.

Superior category
3-star accommodation, selected for the quality of their services and equipment. An ideal environment to enjoy the end of your day.

Non-contractual photos presented to illustrate the type of accommodation corresponding to the superior category.

Premium category
It stands out for its elegant and spacious rooms, impeccable service and depending on the establishment you will benefit from a room with a view, a wellness area, an exceptional environment…

Non-contractual photos presented to illustrate the type of accommodation corresponding to the premium category.

Low season
High season

from April 1 to April 11

from September 13 to November 3

  • Standard category 770 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 310 € / person
  • Superior category 920 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 500 € / person
  • Premium category 1440 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 780 € / person
Child discount *
  • From 0 to 2 years: 70 %
  • From 3 to 11 years old: 45 %
  • From 12 to 17 years old: 40 %

*Discount applicable for children under 18 sharing a room with two adults.

The price includes :
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a double room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 days of rental of an equipped “VTC” bike
  • Baggage transport
  • A travel diary with practical and tourist information
  • The GPS route app
  • Telephone support 7 days a week
  • Tourist taxes
  • Application fee
The price does not include:
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Parking fees
  • Entrances and site visits
  • Optional insurance (cancellation or cancellation & multi-risk)

Electric bike supplement

6 days


Bike discount

if you come with your own bike


Half board supplement

5 dinners / excluding drinks from


Visits pack

Blois, Chambord, Domaine de Chaumont (Château + Garden Festival), Clos Lucé and Château d'Amboise, Chenonceau


Off-season baggage transportation

Baggage transport supplement out of season from 01/03 to 01/04 and from 16/10 to 15/11


Cancellation insurance

for information only, variable depending on the total price of the stay


Cancellation & multi-risk insurance

for information only, variable depending on the total price of the stay


Standard category
Extra night in Orléans
  • Based on a 2-person room 76 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 63 € / person
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 67 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 38 € / person
Superior category
Extra night in Orléans
  • Based on a 2-person room 87 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 72 € / person
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 88 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 32 € / person
Premium category
Extra night in Orléans
  • Based on a 2-person room 144 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 119 € / person
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 119 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 98 € / person

Questions about the stay 7-Day cycling holiday in the Loire Valley from Orléans to Tours

How to get to Orléans?

By train :

  • From Paris Austerlitz TER station direct (approximately 1h15)

For more information, consult the SNCF website: www.sncf.com

By car :

  • From Paris via the A10 motorway: 01:00
  • From Lyon – Clermont Ferrand via the A71

Where to park in Orléans?

You can park in the Orléans-Gestion underground car parks. The media library car park offers a weekly rate of around €36. It is ideally located near the train station and the city center. https://www.stationnement-orleans.fr/parking-mediatheque,12

When to arrive in Orléans?

Your stay includes a cycling stage from the first day. Your bikes must be collected in the morning at the meeting point which will be communicated in your travel diary, ideally between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. You will be able to fully enjoy your day.

You benefit from the baggage transfer service, you will be asked to drop them off at our partner storage facility before 9:00 a.m.

Other frequently asked questions about our cycling trips


  • The bikes

    We work with cycle professionals whose comfortable and robust bikes are renewed, maintained and serviced regularly. Each bike is equipped with a handlebar bag, a rear bag (15 or 20 liters) and a helmet. We provide smartphone support and repair kit per reservation. We provide breakdown assistance on all our rental bikes.

    Your stay includes the rental of a VTC (all-road bike) adapted to your size or that of your child.

    You have the option of opting for a electric bike. With an average range of 80 kilometers, the electric bike allows you to enjoy each stage with ease, whatever the distance and elevation. Note that this type of bike requires a minimum height of 1m55 and maximum of 1m90. 

    For children, we offer a wide range of solutions depending on their age: child seat, child trailer, follower bike, follow-me system.

    The terms and conditions for collecting and returning your bike are communicated in the travel diary.

    You can also come with your own bike. Please note that in this case, you will not be able to benefit from breakdown assistance, will not be able to rent accessories and the possible repatriation of your bike to the starting point will have to be organized by you yourself.

  • Baggage transfer from one stage to another

    If you have requested baggage transfer or if the service is already included in your package, you are asked to drop it off each morning at the reception of your accommodation, before 9:00 a.m. They are delivered to you during the day, before 6:00 p.m., to your next accommodation.

  • The travel diary

    Before your departure, you will receive a travel diary containing all the information useful to your stay:

    • The detailed program of your trip, day by day (meeting time and address on the first day, accommodation details, useful addresses, points of interest, etc.).
    • Connection to our GPS application during your trip (step-by-step route, points of interest and practical information).
    • Exchange vouchers.
    • Tourist information and advice for cycling with complete peace of mind.
    • A support number.
  • What to do cycling at the end of your stay?

    We organize the repatriation of all bicycles rented with Trip à Vélo during our roaming stays. For loop or star stays, the bikes are returned by you to partner establishments. In all cases, the drop-off address will be communicated to you in the travel diary.

    If you came with your own bike, any repatriation must be organized by you. Regional TERs accept bicycles on board (see the conditions on the SNCF website: www.sncf.com ).

  • How to return to the city of departure?

    If you have to return to the city of departure, the return must be organized by you. 

    By train: numerous TER trains serve the cities of Orléans, Blois, Onzain, Amboise, Tours and Saumur at a high daily frequency during the season. You can already consult the SNCF website: www.sncf.com. You will also find more information on timetables in your travel diary. 

    At your request, we can organize a taxi transfer (surcharge).

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