Cycling tour France: The Loire from Orleans to Saumur

8 Days

Your trip

The Loire Valley, the “Garden of France”, invites you to dance.

Let yourself be enchanted by more than two hundred magnificent castles, the tram-like gardens, lush vineyards and the beautiful natural areas. You will cycle into a fairy tale, through picturesque landscapes with dreamy residences that are certainly worth a stop. In this unique dream route, do not forget to taste the regional delicacies and famous wines to enjoy a real royal vacation experience!


We have carefully selected all the hotels on the tour for you. The hotels are easily accessible from the bike path and close to the main attractions of the cities.

For this bike tour we offer two different hotel categories:

> Category A: 3***/4**** Hotels

> Category B: 2**/3*** hotels

All rooms have shower / WC. In the 2** hotels the air conditioning can sometimes be missing.

When booking the tour we offer different types of rooms:

> A double room is a room with a double bed

> A 2-bed room is a room with two separate beds

>A 3-bed room is usually a room with a double bed + a bed/sofa bed.

Please specify the option “shared room” when booking – or just let us know when booking.

Requirements & route

> The route is not very demanding, although it sometimes runs on hilly sections that require some fitness.

> The daily routes are about 50 km long and of medium difficulty. You will drive a total of about 275 km and about 1,240 meters of altitude uphill.

> Mostly you will ride on bike paths or paved roads with little traffic, sometimes on dirt roads (about 9%).

> There are train connections between all overnight destinations. In addition, on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 you have the possibility to shorten the stages by train.

> The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

Rental bikes: If you want to rent a bike from us, you will get a very good unisex city bike with Deore Shimano 27 speed derailleur. Also available as a men’s bike. 7-speed hub gears with coaster brake on request also possible.

Electric bikes (pedelecs): You can also rent an electric bike for this trip. These are equipped with 9-speed gears and assistance up to 25km/h. Performance: approx. 90 km (depending on driving style)

All bikes are equipped with mudguards, puncture-proof tires, single-sided waterproof pannier, handlebar bag (1 x per room), bike computer, repair kit (1 x per room) and bike lock.

Own bikes

> It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk.

> For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

> On this trip there is a small additional fee for bringing your own bike. Please indicate this when booking. To do this, please book the option “bike”.

Tips for cycling in France

In France, helmets are not compulsory. However, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. You are also welcome to borrow a helmet for the duration of the trip (head circumference 54 – 61 cm).

Half an hour after sunset outside cities and in tunnels, cyclists in France must wear a high-visibility vest.


Car and parking

If you arrive by car, there is a free parking lot (unguarded) at the first hotel for the whole bike trip (not reservable).

Arrival by plane

The easiest connection is via one of the Paris airports.

In Paris, you will then need to take a shuttle bus or subway to the Gare d’Austerlitz station. From there trains run regularly to Orléans. The trip takes about 70 – 90 minutes. The train stops at Orléans Les Aubrais from where a shuttle bus will take you to Orléans Central Station in 5 minutes. For more information and tickets, please contact SNCF travel information.

Return transfer from Saumur to Orléans

By bus

> Every Saturday and additionally every Sunday 02.07. – 20.08. from 2 persons. Price: € 100,- / person ( € 130,- incl. bike). To be reserved with booking.

> The bus will pick you up directly from the hotel in Saumur and take you to the starting hotel in Orléans.

> Recommended if you bring your own wheels.

By train

> Good train connections between Saumur and Orléans (partly with change of trains in Tours)

> Information on this can be obtained from the French railroad company SNCF or also the travel information of Deutsche Bahn.

> Not recommended if you bring your own wheels

Country information

Please note our information on entering France under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Sightseeing on the way

  • Chateau de Meung sur Loire
  • Blois: Pont-Jacques Gabriel, Cathédrale Saint-Louis, the castle
  • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • Amboise Chenonceau Amboise
  • Tours: Cathédrale Saint-Gatien, Pont suspendu de Saint-Symphorien, Pont Montlouis/Vouvrau
  • Forteresse de Chinon
  • Château de Saumur

From day to day

Individual arrival to Orléans :
Day 1

Individual arrival to Orléans

Individual journey to Orléans, home of Joan of Arc. Take advantage of the time to look at the boulevards and the Cathedral of Orléans and walk through the beautifully renovated and mostly car-free medieval quarter.

Cycling tour Orléans - Beaugency or St. Dyé (approx. 30/50 km) :
Day 2

Cycling tour Orléans – Beaugency or St. Dyé, approx. 30 or 50 km

Partly on bike paths, partly on roads with little traffic, your bike trip will take you along the Loire. After visiting Meung sur Loire, you will reach Chateau Dunois and the beautiful medieval center of Beaugency.

Through a landscape with a lot of water, the tour leads you to the small and charming St. Dyé, an old river port.

Cycling tour Beaugency St. Dyé - Blois, approx. 50 or 30 km :
Day 3

Cycling tour Beaugency St. Dyé – Blois, approx. 50 or 30 km

From the huge park that surrounds the castle of Chambord with its 380 chimneys, continue cycling along the edge of the forest of Boulogne. Here, beyond the waters of the Loire, crowned by a beautiful bridge, stands out the profile of the city of Blois with the castle, the pinnacles of the abbey and the Cathedral of St. Loius.

Cycling tour Blois - Amboise (about 45 km) :
Day 4

Cycling tour Blois – Amboise, about 45 km

After visiting the city of Blois with its imposing castle, you will cycle along the Loire River until you reach the Chateau of Chaumont, built on a hill on the banks of the river. From here you continue along the left bank of the river to Amboise. Here you can visit another castle and the residence of Leonardo da Vinci, where he spent the last three years of his life.

Cycling tour Amboise - Tours, about 55 km :
Day 5

Cycling tour Amboise – Tours, about 55 km

Another unforgettable day on the bike! Through the forest of Amboise you will reach the castle of the three ladies of the court, Chenonceau, with its beautiful gardens that magnificently decorate a bend of the Cher River.

This watercourse will accompany you until the city of Tours, with possible stop at the residence Nitray with its wine cellars.

Bike tour Tours - Chinon, about 60 km :
Day 6

Bike tour Tours – Chinon, about 60 km

From Tours, your bike trip will take you along the beautiful bike path until you reach the castle of Villandry, famous for its gardens on three different levels. You will then continue along the Loire River to the charming town of Langeais, where you can take a break. After that you continue cycling to Ussè, where Sleeping Beauty Castle is located. At the end of the stage you will reach the town of Chinon.

Bike tour Chinon - Saumur, about 35 km :
Day 7

Bike tour Chinon – Saumur, about 35 km

The bike route winds along small country lanes, across the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers. You will reach Savigny en Véron and the small beautiful village of Candes St-Martin. Not far from here, the castle of Montsoreau awaits you.

From here you can enjoy a special panorama. Through the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud you will reach Saumur, the pearl of Anjou.

Individual departure or extension :
Day 8

Individual departure or extension

If you have not booked an extra night in Saumur, depart today. You only need to leave your rental bicycles locked at the hotel.



  • 7 x nights with breakfast in booked hotel category
  • App with maps, route description, points of interest and GPS data
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transport between Orléans and Saumur
  • Service hotline (partly in English)
  • Tourist tax

not included:

  • Arrival/Departure
  • Admissions
  • Lunch and dinner

Dates and prices

Arrival 2024: every Saturday and additionally from 07.07. until 18.08. every Sunday in the …
Season 1 04.05. – 10.05. and 07.09. – 28.09.
Season 2 11.05. – 21.06. and 24.08. – 06.09.
Season 3 22.06. – 23.08.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room w. breakfast 770 € 900 € 950 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.100 € 1.230 € 1.280 €
Third person in shared room 620 € 750 € 800 €
Double room Comfort w. breakfast 870 € 1.000 € 1.050 €
Single room Comfort w. breakfast 1.200 € 1.330 € 1.380 €
Third person in a Comfort multi-bed room 690 € 820 € 870 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Orléans double room standard with breakfast 80 € 80 € 80 €
Extra night in Orléans single room standard with breakfast 130 € 130 € 130 €
Extra night in Saumur double room with breakfast 80 € 80 € 80 €
Extra night in Saumur single room with breakfast 130 € 130 € 130 €
Extra night in Saumur DZ Comfort with breakfast 90 € 90 € 90 €
Extra night in Saumur EZ Comfort with breakfast 140 € 140 € 140 €
Additional services
Return transfer 100 € 100 € 100 €
Note on return transfer: only on request, price may vary (!)
> usually Sat
> from 07.07. until18.08. As a rule, so
Rental bicycles
E-bike 300 € 300 € 300 €
Touring bike 150 € 150 € 150 €
Bicycle helmet 15 € 15 € 15 €


Is there a return transfer from Saumur - Orléans

Yes. Please book “Transfer” if you want to use the return transfer.

Are there extra nights?

Yes. We will gladly book additional nights for you – upon request:
Please select
– “Extra night at the point of departure” for an extra night in Orléans resp.
– “Extra night” for an extra night in Saumur.

Can I travel with my own bike?

Yes. Unlike our other trips, however, there is a small surcharge for bringing your own bike on this tour. Please book “bike” to bring your own bike.

Please note: The given route is only a suggestion. Follow the Loire and the paths as you please. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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