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Discover France’s valley full of tempting Loire châteaux and vineyards. The amazing French castles really are everywhere, so you can experience loads without cycling for England! Check out Chambord, the flamboyant palace of a hunting lodge or Chenonceau, the château bridge too far. Then there’s symmetrical Cheverny, Chaumont, Chinon, Chitenay and so many more. Fortresses or follies, you decide as you pedal through right royal vineyards or perhaps venture to the outstanding abbey at Fontevraud.
Our self-guided cycling holidays and short breaks in the Loire Valley feature both linear and circular routes and include hotel to hotel and single centre cycling tours.
Just a little shorter than our FLC5 Loire Star tour, this single centre break lets you explore some of the most majestic and magical of the châteaux in the Loire at your own pace through a range of circular route options. With only 3 nights away, you might have harder choices when it comes to which of the châteaux-laden routes to select, but we'll still reward you with gastronomic delights on the last night!
In a 3 star hotel in Chitenay.
Fancy a truly French summer getaway? For sandy beaches, sea-air and a spot of really stylish island life, there’s nothing the French treasure more than their Atlantic Coast around La Rochelle’s beautiful Ile de Ré. But pop down first to Rochefort’s historic harbourlands and it’s only natural to pedal back via the coast’s wildlife-rich marshes around Yves – and the village of St Laurent (de Prée) of course! - plus chic Châtaillon-Plage with its casino, race-course and impressive waterpark. From the charming Vieux Port ramparts of cosmopolitan La Rochelle, the pale sands, white-washed cottages, abbey ruins and colourful marinas of Ile de Ré are all just a pedal push away. Cycling is certainly cool here, but then a glass of Charentais blanc in the company of fresh local seafood or oysters on some tempting bistro terrace is pretty refreshing too!
In a 3 star hotel in La Rochelle.
A single centre tour to let you explore some of the most majestic and magical of the châteaux in the Loire at your very own pace through a range of circular route options. As you'll be enjoying the variety of different châteaux each day, so we thought you’d appreciate tasting different local flavours every night!
In a 3 star hotel in Chitenay.
A tale of five rivers along the Loire. Countless wonderful wines, 8 inspiring Châteaux, 5 winding rivers, 2 outstanding cities - one winning formula. Cycle from Tours to cross the Cher and skirt the Indre’s watery meadows. Migrate from the castle-clad banks of the Vienne to the richest vineyards and love the Loire all the way to Angers. Flat riverside tracks and quiet lanes are combined with undulating countryside on this linear tour which reveals the Loire Valley’s sparkle through its waters and its wines.
In Tours, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Saumur and Angers.
It’s the sheer magnificence of the Châteaux, not the pedalling which will take your breath away on this most enjoyable circular tour of the Loire Valley. There’s time to get acquainted with the Loire’s firm favourites like Amboise, Blois, Chenonceau and the mighty Chambord and to discover a whole valley full of lesser known castle gems. Our route gives both direction and detours, so you can pick and choose how many out of the 11 possible Châteaux you clock up over your five day tour.
In Blois (2 nights), Amboise, Chenonceaux and Chitenay.
Saints, bishops, kings, dukes and duchesses, even a mighty musketeer or three – you’d be hard pushed to be in greater company on this château-rich, river-hugging tour of some of the Loire’s best bits. Pedal along riverside tracks and quiet lanes through the green fields of the Beauce area near Joan of Arc's Orléans to the pastures, ponds and rich forest of the Sologne. The great hunting lodge at Chambord, Amboise and Blois are just some of the château turrets and towers which grace this rather majestic linear tour.
In Orléans, Beaugency, Blois, Amboise and Tours.
The gentle wine region around Saumur, Fontevraud L'Abbaye and Chinon is an intoxicating destination, just ripe for a short circular cycling break to enjoy with family or friends. This tour along some of the Loire Valley's most picturesque quiet tracks and lanes blends vineyard slopes with feisty fortresses, châteaux treasures and the resting place of the Plantagenets.
In Saumur (2 nights), Fontevraud L'Abbaye (2 nights) and Chinon.
A circular tour to allowing time to view some of the most majestic and magical of the châteaux in the Loire. Spending two nights at Blois, Amboise and Chitenay plus one night at Chenonceaux, this tour gives you ample time to explore the magnificent Loire region.
In Blois (2 nights), Amboise (2 nights) and Chitenay (2 nights).
Get a real taste for ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ and the breath-taking Atlantic coast on a tour that’s the finest blend of ancient and modern. Enjoy the company of the Charente river as you get to know the warming flavours of Cognac country and pedal on through rolling vineyards towards the Roman amphitheatre at mighty Saintes. Historic Rochefort - built to a rigid plan to defend the French Royal Navy - may be a more sober affair, but its nearby oyster farms are an invitation to chew on things and chill out with a glass of Charentais Blanc, before coasting it up via stylish sandy beaches and more modern resorts to colourful La Rochelle and that French holiday island favourite, Ile de Ré.
In Cognac (2 nights), Saintes, Rochefort and La Rochelle (2 nights).
This Orléans to Angers tour joins our two linear Loire itineraries together to make one superb Loire Valley experience. Taking in three vibrant historic cities and countless châteaux both great and small, it's a great way to explore the very finest treasures of the Loire.
In Orléans, Beaugency, Blois, Amboise, Tours, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Saumur and Angers.
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