The Loire by bike: 7-Day holiday from Blois to Saumur


Reference: BL 701

From Blois to Saumur, this 7-day cycling tour takes you to explore the Loire Valley, its castles, vineyards, troglodytes, with the Loire as a common thread throughout the journey. 

From cycle paths to small country roads, at the leisurely pace of your bike, the route is punctuated by numerous points of interest such as the castles of Chambord, Azay le Rideau and the gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire and Villandry. You pass through picturesque towns and villages in the region: Amboise, Tours, Chinon, Montsoreau... and discover the local heritage and gastronomy: wines from Touraine and Saumur, Sainte Maure de Touraine cheese, fouace de Rabelais... 

An ideal cycling holiday to get back in shape, get some fresh air and discover one of the most beautiful regions of France.

You will enjoy : 

  • The great castles of the Loire: Chambord, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon…
  • The vineyards of the Loire Valley: Montlouis, Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur…
  • The variety of landscapes: the banks of the Loire and the more intimate banks of its tributaries, the wine-growing hillsides, forests, bocages…
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Day 1: Blois - Chambord - Cheverny


Your cycling holiday begins in Blois, gateway to the Loire castles. From the first kilometers the Loire exerts its magic on the traveler: the reflections of the sky on the water, the islands and wild banks, myriads of birds. And a perfect first cycle path to familiarize yourself with your bike! 

Then head to Chambord, the largest of the Loire castles, majestic: 426 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and in the center, the famous double revolution staircase which takes you to the roof terraces to offer you a 360° view of the domain. 

You get back in the saddle. By the greenway which crosses the forest of Boulogne and by small roads with little traffic, through orchards and vineyards, you reach Cheverny, a Loire castle in a classic and richly furnished style. Any resemblance to the Château de Moulinsart in Tintin is not accidental: it indeed inspired Hergé.

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

Free tour of the castle and French gardens.

Day 2: Cheverny - Amboise


Take advantage of the freshness of the morning to get back on the road. For this second stage by bike, the multiple landscapes of the Loire Valley unfold over the kilometers on quiet roads and paths. In Chaumont-sur-Loire, take a break for lunch on the banks of the Loire then wander the paths of the International Garden Festival. Around a theme renewed each year, it welcomes the poetic and original creations of around thirty gardening artists from the four corners of the planet. 

Your route continues for 22 kilometers, along the river and on the wine hillside to Amboise. At the foot of the castle, in the medieval town, numerous terraces invite you to relax and taste Loire wines... in moderation.

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

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

Day 3: Amboise – Tours

28km – 32km – 40km

3 routes to choose from

In the morning, before setting off again on the roads by bike, possibility of visiting the royal castle of Amboise. Built on a rocky promontory, it offers an exceptional panorama of the Loire Valley. The great moments of French history resonate here in its Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It is in his chapel that Leonardo da Vinci rests. A few hundred meters from the Château d'Amboise is the Clos Lucé manor, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.  

The route continues towards the Touraine capital with three routes to choose from through the vineyards of Montlouis, along the banks of the Cher or on the Vouvray wine route.

In Tours, stroll through the historic districts, discover St Gatien Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic art, sit on one of the many terraces on Place Plumereau to admire the half-timbered houses, savor the regional specialties, Sainte Maure de Touraine, rillettes, Fouace de Rabelais, fish from the Loire.

Optional : Château d’Amboise and Clos Lucé (included in the Chateaux Package)

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

Day 4: Tours - Azay-le-Rideau


On the program for this 4th day, the Loire by bike ventures on the banks of the Cher: kilometers of cycle path in complete tranquility, the meeting with the toues cabanées, traditional boats of the Loire navy, the charming village of Savonnières, its petrifying caves... and Villandry, the latest addition to the great Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley with its remarkable gardens and its famous French-style vegetable garden. 

End of the stage in the small town of Azay-le Rideau famous for its elegant castle. 

Extension of 6 kilometers: along the way, you can take a short detour through the troglodyte valley of Goupillères to discover the behind the scenes of these beautiful tuffeau stone castles of the Loire Valley.

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

Self-guided visit of the castle and its gardens.

Day 5: Azay-le-Rideau - Chinon


Today, head for Chinon! Three great writers of French literature invite themselves on the journey…

Via the banks of the Indre, in this valley dear to Balzac, you reach the banks of the Loire and the small village of Bréhémont with its monumental quays, witnesses of a rich river past. You cycle along the Loire embankment to Ussé and its fairytale castle: Charles Perrault, who stayed there, made it that of his Sleeping Beauty! After a break followed by a few kilometers in the Chinon countryside, set off to attack the royal fortress of Chinon and let yourself be charmed by the medieval streets of the Rabelaisian city.

Day 6: Chinon - Saumur

37km - 48km

A cycling stage in two stages: you first travel through the bocage of the Véron peninsula, a protected natural area characteristic of the Loire Valley up to the confluence of the Vienne and the Loire. Then, back on the banks of the Loire, you pass Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau classified among the “most beautiful villages in France” and cycle between the vineyards of Saumur and the troglodyte dwellings which are particularly remarkable on this route.

 Return extension: 5 kilometers south of Montsoreau stands the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud and its domain, the largest monastic complex in Europe. Necropolis of the Plantagenets, it houses the recumbent figures of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II and Richard the Lionheart. This site, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is worth the detour.

Day 7: Saumur

Saumur has a beautiful appearance with the Loire along which it stretches and the silhouette of its castle built on a rocky outcrop. A city of art and history, it is also renowned for its national riding school, the Cadre Noir, its wines including Crémant de Loire and its troglodytes. A heritage to discover by bike.

Suggested excursion: 30 kilometer bike loop on the Thouet valley greenway to Brézé castle. Less known than the Renaissance castles of the Loire Valley, it is nevertheless no less interesting with its dry moats among the deepest in Europe and a network of several kilometers of underground galleries, witness to the turbulent medieval times when life under earth was organized.

End of your trip
Extra night possible in Saumur.
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 830 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 335 € / person
  • Superior category 925 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 470 € / person
  • Premium category 1160 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 490 € / person
Child discount *
  • From 0 to 2 years: 70 %
  • From 3 to 11 years old: 45 %
  • From 12 to 17 years old: 45 %

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

The price includes :
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a double room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 7 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

7 days


Bike discount

if you come with your own bike


Half board supplement

6 dinners / excluding drinks from


Visits pack

Chambord, Domaine de Chaumont (Château + Garden Festival), Clos Lucé and Château d’Amboise, Villandry


Off-season baggage transport supplement

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 Blois
  • Based on a 2-person room 62 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 41 € / person
Extra night in Saumur
  • Based on a 2-person room 66 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 53 € / person
Superior category
Extra night in Blois
  • Based on a 2-person room 77 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 77 € / person
Extra night in Saumur
  • Based on a 2-person room 71 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 55 € / person
Premium category
Extra night in Blois
  • Based on a 2-person room 92 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 91 € / person
Extra night in Saumur
  • Based on a 2-person room 115 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 37 € / person

Questions about the stay The Loire by bike: 7-Day holiday from Blois to Saumur

How to get to Blois?

  • From Paris Austerlitz TER station direct (approximately 1:30 a.m.) or with connection to Orléans (approximately 2:00 a.m.)
  • From Paris Montparnasse station by TGV to Saint Pierre des Corps then by TER to Blois (approximately 2:00 a.m.) For more information, consult the SNCF website:

Blois Chambord train station is located 500 meters from the castle.

Where to park in Blois?

You can park in the Stationeo underground car parks (around €9 per 24 hours). You can pay as soon as you arrive in the car park, so you can come in and out as many times as you want. The Château car park (2 avenue du Docteur Jean Laigret) is ideally located in the heart of Blois and at the foot of the château. Please note that each Stationeo underground car park has charging stations for electric vehicles.

For more information on Blois car parks, consult

When to arrive in Blois?

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.

If you benefit from the baggage transfer service, you will be asked to drop it 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: ).

  • 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: 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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Reference: BL 701