Cycle the Loire Valley

7 Days | Delight in the charming French countryside and inspiring Chateaux on a Loire Valley cycling adventure.

4.8 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
USD $2,750
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The Loire Valley is renowned for its picturesque countryside, charming villages and impressive food and wine. Combine this with cycling, and you’ve got a perfect way to discover the region. Cycle alongside the serene Loire River, visit a selection of classic chateaux, marvel at the manicured gardens and far-reaching vineyards, and indulge in local delicacies. This small-group adventure through the Loire Valley on a seven-day active cycling journey through the countryside is sure to delight the senses and fulfil all your French fantasies.

Trip overview

Map of Cycle The Loire Valley including France
Blois, France
Angers, France
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Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
This trip generates 13.11 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Cycle along the Loire River, passing by classic quaint villages and the verdant countryside in the north west of France.
  • You haven’t seen chateaux until you’ve seen the ones in France. Marvel at the Chateau de Chenonceau, which spans the banks of the Cher River, and the acclaimed Chateau de Villandry, among others.
  • Consider the option of visiting a chateau turned museum, showcasing Leonardo da Vinci’s designs and how he spent his final years of life in the nearby town of Amboise.
  • Explore the vineyards of Vouvray, near Villandry, for an optional tasting, and discover why this region is known for its aged chenin blanc wines.
  • Complete your cycling journey in the township of Angers, with its history dating back centuries, and buildings to suit.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip covers quite some distance, with cycling for up to a maximum of 60 kilometres a day on varied terrain with a few hills. As well as obviously the ability to confidently ride a bike, in reality you only require a reasonable level of fitness to participate.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
  • There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
  • You'll be spending your nights in hotels all the way, ranging from comfortable to basic level, but they'll always be authentic and a great opportunity to interact with the locals and fellow travellers.
  • The weather in this region can be varied depending on the season. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.
  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.


Map of Cycle The Loire Valley including France



5 breakfasts


Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support vehicle, Train


Hotel (6 nights)

  • Chateau de Chambord
  • Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Chateaux Villandry & Gardens
  • Chateau d'Usse
Add on activities
  • Chateau du Clos- entrance - EUR14
  • Chateau de Cheverny - EUR8

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organize a suitable sized bike.
3. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
6. Due to frequent negative client feedback the start city of has changed form Tours to Bloise in 2023.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Will · Traveled August 2023
- Alice - very supportive and well cared for us. Awesome member. Well planning required -Andrea great leader and definitely worth having. Looking out for us and makes the trip a whole lot easier
Review submitted 25 Aug 2023

Laura · Traveled August 2023
This trip has been on my bucket list for several years and met every expectation. It was a perfect combination of physical and intellectual stimulation. The chateaux and cathedrals we visited were well chosen for the diversity of experiences and importance in French history. The routes we cycled were varied and beautiful. Our guide and support driver were top notch, lovely people. I highly recommend! And we ate well along the way! A++
Review submitted 31 Aug 2023

Sharon · Traveled July 2023
An amazing trip lead by outstanding team. The moment you join the trip, you immerse into the wonders and delights of the Loire Valley. An experience that you will not forget.
Review submitted 25 Jul 2023

Katie · Traveled July 2023
Best trip ever! I loved every minute of the Loire cycling adventure. Our guides (Saf, Fred & Andrea) were fantastic, the food/wine amazing, the Chateau's were incredible and cycling through fields of sunflowers, wheat, hay and through small villages was pure magic. We had coffee breaks and lunch along the way and ended each day with dinner as a group. I highly recommend this trip!!!
Review submitted 25 Jul 2023

Kathyn · Traveled May 2023
A perfect combination of cycling and chateau visits. We loved seeing this extraordinary part of France up close while wheeling along peaceful river paths and country roads. Magnifique!
Review submitted 25 Jun 2023
Cycle the Loire Valley
USD $2,750