Bike paths, routes, travel tips The Loire Valley by bike

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In brief

The Loire Valley Cycleway

The Loire à Vélo is the bicycle route that connects Nevers to the Atlantic Ocean, attracting nearly one million cyclists a year. Its 900 km are part of Eurovelo 6, the cycle path that crosses Europe from east to west.

The valley is wonderful, so it’s not surprising that it was chosen as a residence by the kings of France. Among castles, forests and vineyards, easy bike paths alternate with riverside towpaths and low-traffic roads, making for a varied and stimulating ride every time. There are many places to visit, always well-marked and equipped with all facilities for bicycle tourists, from refreshment stands to children’s playgrounds.

To know

Organized bike tours

The route between the chateaux of the Loire is suitable for everyone, and it’s even easier if you let us handle the organisation and logistics of your vacation. We book comfortable hotels and guesthouses, transport your luggage, and provide you with rental bikes, an App with maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks, and a seven-day-a-week support service. Find out more about our easy cycling holidays.

Itinerary through history, nature, and flavors

A wonderful food and wine experience is paired with unmissable cultural visits. The castles are all within biking distance, as are the nearby towns, treasure troves of art and culture. As the miles go by, the landscape changes: toward the end of the route, beaches and cliffs take the place of architecture and vineyards, while the river opens into its estuary, plunging into the Atlantic. You can toast at the end of each ride with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc or Cabernet Franc!


Between Orléans and Saumur (3 tours)

This is the royal route, that of the most famous castles and gardens: Chenonceau, Chambord, Cheverny, Villandry. Pedaling along the Loire, we pass through many beautiful towns, through which great figures in history have passed: from Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, to the great Leonardo Da Vinci, who chose Amboise as his final resting place. Not to be missed are Tours, the former capital of the kingdom of France, and the charming city of Blois.


For families (1 tour)

The Loire Valley is undoubtedly a bicycle- and family-friendly area! The routes are short and flat, on bicycle paths or low-traffic roads. We offer you facilities with family rooms, discounts for children and teens, and the possibility of renting bikes or special attachments for children of all ages. Add to that castles, princesses, falconers, playgrounds along the way, plus the possibility of extending your vacation in Paris or at its famous amusement park! Read more about biking holidays with children.

Luggage transportation
Travel itineraries include luggage transport service: you leave your bags at the front desk each morning to find them at your next lodging. Traveling light makes all the difference!
Tour information
We send it to you before you leave: it contains practical information, details on how to reach the starting point, list of hotels, and answers to any frequent questions.
On an self-guided tour you will also receive detailed maps and roadbooks, in hard copy or digital format, to follow the route on your own.
On the other hand, if you choose a group trip, you won’t have to worry about the route: the chaperone will lead the participants!
Need help?
We plan your trip carefully to prevent any mishaps, but if you need assistance you’ll have our support numbers available 7 days a week.
Our tips

Which are the best Loire Castles to visit?

More than 300 castles tower over the Loire Valley. Small, large, with immense gardens and each magical in its own way. Among the most beautiful are:

  • Chambord Castle, the largest, and stunning
  • the Castle of Amboise, which houses the relics of Leonardo Da Vinci
  • the Château de Villandry, with its amazing adjoining gardens
  • the Castle of Blois the favorite of the kings of France
  • the Château de Chenonceau, also known as “The Dame’s Castle” with its marvelous gardens
  • the Château de Chaumont, where Nostradamus passed through
  • the Castle of Ussé, that of Sleeping Beauty


On this bike tour from Orléans to Tours we include entrance fees to Chambord, Chenonceaux and Villandry castles.

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Bike paths in France

In recent years, France has perfected an excellent network of bicycle paths, voie vertes and cycleways. Bicycle tourism is a valuable resource here, with dedicated two-wheel routes and hotels and accommodations ready to welcome bicycle tourists.

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