Cycling Holidays in the Loire Valley
An area of rich natural beauty deserves to be explored at a pace that combines gentle travel with short intervals that introduce life in the towns and villages. A cycling holiday in the Loire Valley presents a unique opportunity to travel through gentle terrain, along winding routes beside the meandering river, and down country lanes that lead to majestic châteaux.
The acclaimed Loire à Vélo cycle route provides the perfect trail over which to explore the charms of the region. The full route stretches some 800km, crossing through the Pays de la Loire and winding along the banks of France’s longest river. It incorporates tracks through such enchanting towns as Amboise and Blois – all of which possess a certain joie de vivre that embodies classic French life.
Of course, a cycling holiday in the Loire Valley would be incomplete without a visit to the many illustrious châteaux dotted across the region. Easy cycling paths pass through expansive vineyards and verdant countryside en route to impressive structures dating back more than three centuries. Experience the elegant Château de Chissay, discover the lavish interior of Château de Cheverny, and explore the wooded parkland of the 17th century Relais des Landes, all complemented with tastings at the premier wineries of the Loire Valley.
Traversing the Loire by bike is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable forms of discovering the region. Whether it’s to marvel at the opulence of the architecture, or to simply take in the remarkable scenery, this is an area that always surprises.
4 Matching Holidays
Loire Prestige en Vélo
Tranquil rivers and regal architecture
Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois with time to discover the classic wines of the region. Visit world famous châteaux and stay in luxury accommodation each night.
Along the Leisurely Loire
Historic Blois to charming Saumur
A moderate cycle following the majestic River Loire from Blois to Saumur. Visit several of the grand châteaux via the bustling city of Tours with its enchanting old quarter. The hotels offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare.
Château to Château en Vélo
Pretty villages and enchanting châteaux
This easy cycling holiday takes you past princely mansions standing next to picturesque farm houses, and fields of sunflowers merging with uniform rows of vineyards. There is ample opportunity for tasting some of the local wines.
Loire Family Discovery
Gentle cycling and activities to suit all the family
The Loire is the perfect region for a family activity holiday: quiet country lanes and shady woodland routes make for gentle cycling for all ages and abilities. We've allowed plenty of time to visit the suggested family attractions and still make it...