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Cycle Tours in Loire Valley

Loire Valley

Are you looking for a France bike tour to discover the country’s castles? Only a short train ride south of Paris, the Loire Valley is recognized as a world heritage site. Touring this French region, you ride from one amazing castle to another: Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Villandry… to name only a few.

Although the Loire Valley is best known for its many castles, it also boasts lovely historical towns such as Orléans, Blois, Amboise, Tours, Saumur… picturesque villages, and many vineyards from which the Loire Valley wine is made. Come and discover this beautiful part of France!

Experience the castle lifestyle in the unique setting of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated only 1 hour from Paris by train, the Loire Valley is the perfect spot for a relaxing and unwinding cycling vacation. The Loire Valley has something for everyone. The wine lovers will enjoy the vineyards of Vouvray and Chinon, while the heritage enthusiasts will be amazed by the magnificent castles along the river, Chambord and Chenonceau being the most famous ones.

With hundreds of kilometers of cycling paths following the river Loire and its surroundings, this is also one of the best destinations for a first cycling adventure, or a family trip with kids.

Here, you can experience the French lifestyle in its entirety.

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Loire Valley Castles

There are about 3000 castles in the area! Here are some of the most remarkable:

  • Chateau de Chambord– Originally built as a hunting lodge for Francis I, this structure has withstood the test of time. It is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world and the largest, by far, in the Loire Valley. The magnificent building boasts several huge towers, 440 rooms, 84 staircases and an incredible 365 fireplaces. It’s surrounded by a park and a game reserve, complete with red deer for hunting purposes. It is certainly a sight to behold.
  • Chateau de Chenonceau– Built on the Cher River allowing the chateau’s unique architecture to be reflected in the water is the “Castle of the Lady”. It is nicknamed to honor the different ladies who played a primary role in designing the castle as it stands today, from its exterior appearance to the rooms inside. Renaissance furniture, a vast ensemble of 16th and 17th century tapestries and a great number of masterpieces are a few of the treasures of its visit. 
  • Chateau Chinon– Located on the Vienne River, the Chateau de Chinon has housed as well as imprisoned many influential French leaders in the past. It was here that Joan of Arc visited the disguised King Charles VII to convince him to build an army to liberate France from England. The Templar Knights carved symbols while incarcerated in the castle’s dungeon, which can still be seen today. The castle is divided by a dry moat into three parts, Fort Saint-Georges to the east, Château de Milieu in the center, and Fort du Coudray to the west.
  • Azay-le-Rideau– Recognized as a French national monument, this castle is one of the earliest French Renaissance chateaux. Azay-le-Rideau is built on an island on the Indre River. Its foundations rise straight out of the water. You do not want to miss visiting this striking structure.
Chartres and its Cathedral

Chartres’s breathtaking cathedral is considered to be one of the best examples of gothic architecture in the entire world. It is therefore a UNESCO World Heritage site and its towers are listed as a French National Monument. Rebuilt on the site of a holy cathedral destroyed by lightning and fire, the Chartres Cathedral was designed and erected to honor the sacred relic Sancta Camisa, which miraculously survived fire and destruction unharmed. The cathedral’s magnificent exterior opens to an even more awe-inspiring interior, with its brilliant colors and detailed stained glass windows. Medieval carvings adorn the doors and porches while hand carved sculptures provide testament to the Christian beliefs while drawing a comparison to the close ties that were believed to exist between God and the Kings and Queens who ruled during that time. A walk through the Chartres cathedral is truly a walk through history.

Gardens of Villandry

The gardens surrounding the Chateau de Villandry are often referred to as the most beautiful gardens in the world. Among the 15 acres of different gardens featured at Villandry, there is a water garden, vegetable gardens and incredible ornamental flower gardens, all of which are strategically laid out in formal patterns and linked together with low hedges. Give your legs a break from pedaling, while you take a stroll through an assortment of picture-perfect gardens. Like all the castles in the Loire Valley, the Chateau de Villandry is part of what makes the Loire Valley a World Heritage site and it is currently open to the public for tours.

Loire Valley Vineyards

A trip to France would not be complete without a visit to the Loire Valley. Perfectly located nearby Paris, it offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of the French countryside with quiet riverbanks and countless vineyards. The Loire Valley is known for its great wine, and cycling through the villages and vineyards you must go on a wine tasting tour!

Although most people come to the Loire Valley to visit the ancient castles, the gorgeous landscape is often the reason why they come back. If you are looking for picturesque towns off the beaten path, the Loire Valley is the perfect region, as it hosts several of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”.  

Amboise and its castle

Amboise was once home of the French royal court and The Royal castle became one of the favorite royal residences. It was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries and introduced Italian style and taste into the Loire Valley. Nearby is a smaller castle, Le Clos Lucé, where Leonardo Da Vinci lived and worked for a few years. Today it is a museum dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci, and gives good insight into his work and genius in different fields such as art, civil and military engineering, architecture and urban planning, anatomy, botany…
Make sure you visit the “Parc Mini Châteaux” a 2 hectare park with the most significant châteaux of the Loire on a 1/25 scale. Really amazing!


As you probably already know, the Loire Valley is wine country. From the dry white Muscadet, Pouilly Fume and Sancerre wines to the light red Saumur, Bourgueil and Chinon, the Loire Valley wines are famous worldwide. Our Wine Tour gives you the opportunity to take part in wine tasting sessions of some of the most delicious French wines. Don’t miss out!

The Loire Valley also offers some fine cuisine. Try the very typical Fricassee d’escargots au Sancerre – snails cooked in Sancerre wine!
And don’t leave without tasting the goat cheese specialties: the Crottin de Chavignol and the Valancay. Served warm on a bed of greens or in a cheese pie, they are delicious.


The Loire Valley is located in the center of France, with the Loire River symbolically dividing the country in two. This slow-moving river, the longest of France (1012 km), crosses the beautiful regions of Touraine (the area around the city of Tours) and Anjou (the area around Angers).

Both valleys are covered with vineyards producing some of the best wines in France. And they are also home to many castles (more than 3,000!). Among the most famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley, our tours will bring you to the Chateau de Chambord, Chateau d’Amboise, Chateau de Chenonceau and many more!


For centuries, the Loire River was used for transportation between the Atlantic and the heart of France. During the Hundred Year’s War, the river marked the boundary between French and English territory. It has always played an important and critical part in the History of France.

Most of the Loire Valley castles were not built to protect people against enemies but to illustrate the prosperity of France. Indeed, it is in the Loire Valley that the king Francois Ist (1515-1547) and his court chose to build castles to be able to lead a life-style inspired by the new humanist values of the Renaissance and to celebrate beauty, luxury and refinement.

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