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 24 reviews submitted.
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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, indulge in local delicacies and enjoy a glass of wine on a Loire River small boat cruise. 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
Start
Blois, France
Finish
Angers, France
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
France
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
AMXL
This trip generates 13 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.
  • Discover the Loire's charm on a river cruise and toast the moment with a glass of exquisite local wine.
  • 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.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle The Loire Valley including France

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts

Transport

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

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)

Activities
  • Chateau de Chambord
  • Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Chateaux Villandry & Gardens
  • Loire River Small Boat Cruise
Add on activities
  • Chateau du Clos- entrance - EUR18
  • Chateau de Cheverny - EUR14
  • Chateau d'Usse - EUR14

Dates and availability

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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 cannot rent bike helmets so please bring your own bike helmet from home, or purchase one at one of local bike shops in Blois (which are open both Saturday and Sunday)."

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 from Tours to Bloise in 2023.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 24 reviews submitted.
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Simon · Traveled April 2024
Very well led by Alice & Walter. Easy paced rides through some beautiful scenery. Not too physically demanding. Comfortable accommodation options, great food options of course. Angers located very close to Paris train & bus connections.
Review submitted 16 May 2024

Mark · Traveled April 2024
Varied and pleasant trip. Guides adaptable depending on cycling confidence and stamina. Great choice of 3 chateau - other options too. Excellent restaurants at fair prices - with some non meat options.
Review submitted 27 Apr 2024

James · Traveled April 2024
The professionalism, knowledge, grace, humour, and charm of the guides deserve a 10! The trip itself a 5, it was truly excellent. The Intrepid Booking Team deserves a fail for insisting a single supplement wasn't available when all 5 hotels had many vacancies. I booked my own superior double rooms for almost the same price as a single supplement.
Review submitted 10 May 2024

Hannelore · Traveled September 2023
Loved this trip. Each day riding along the Loire offered stunning views and chateaux with an ideal mix of exercise and exploration. Our leader Safia and our driver/gear guru Dani were wonderfully kind, fun and helpful. Accommodations were clean and comfortable. Overall felt like a blissful week in a fairy tale. Thank you, Intrepid!
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023

Carmen · Traveled September 2023
We enjoyed a wonderful cycling trip with a great team from Intrepid and a group of liked minded cyclists. Countryside was interesting and the Chateaux we visited beautiful in different aspects. A great holiday experience.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2023
Cycle the Loire Valley
From
ZAR  44,380