Loire Valley Wine Tour

This trip includes some of the best wine tasting of Loire Valley area : red wine from Chinon, sparkling Vouvray wine, Montlouis, Saumur Champigny… It combines the Loire Valley vineyards with the most beautiful and famous chateaux and villages of the area.
Most of the itineraries are on bike paths that travel through the vineyards without crossing a car. Because it can be frustrating to visit a wine country and not be able to bring some wine home, some of the wine tasting places offer a shipping service!
You have the option to take cooking classes to prepare your own meal to go with the delicious wine for an additional fee.

Price from : 1180 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Loire
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level : Casual or Hobby
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

Click below to see hotels versions.

Day 1 :  

Arrive in Amboise

From Paris, you can take the TGV to Saint Pierre des Corps and then a taxi to Amboise. Transfer on your own and settle into your hotel.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and give information including a map explaining the Loire Valley wines and appellations. We will set up and equip your bike for you and answer your questions about this tour.

If you arrive early enough you can visit the nearby Royal Chateau of Amboise or the Clos Lucé (former home of Leonardo De Vinci).

Day 2 :  

Loop Ride to Chenonceau With Wine tasting

Option 1 : 22 Miles - 36 Km  Option 2 : 31 Miles - 50 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 131 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 349 Meters 

The ride today will take you through the vineyards of the Amboise area and to the famous Chateau of Chenonceau that you can visit at your own pace. During your visit you can see the cellar of Chenonceau and try the local wine made in the chateau itself!

Continue your ride towards the charming village of Montrichard and the cave of Monmousseau to discover their secrets of sparkling wines production. Return to Amboise, where you can continue to explore the historical center and chateaux.

This evening a wine tasting is included in Amboise with a local wine maker. He keeps some aged bottles of wine; you might find you birthday bottle there! The wine tasting comes with local cheese.

Day 3 :  

RIDE TO TOURS WITH VOUVRAY WINE TASTING

Distance 1 : 21 Miles - 34 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 290 Meters 

The morning starts with a beautiful ride in the vineyards of Montlouis. You will see and eventually meet wine producers working there. Stop in the charming village of Montlouis where you can go visit local producers’ wineries or keep on riding to the next wine area on the other side of the Loire River in Vouvray.

Vouvray is known for its sparkling wine (similar to Champagne). Finish your ride in Tours, a bike friendly town with nice bike lanes by the river. You can choose to have dinner in one of the many “bar à vin” wine bars listed in your travel book.

A wine tasting served with a light lunch is reserved in a local chateau. You will visit their cellar then take a tour to see their grapes just above the “coteaux” (vineyards hill). Ship your favorite wine from the wine tasting home (US)! This place is among other selected wineries that propose possibilities to ship your wine selections home.

A chef meets you at to the winery where you will cook your lunch together. Your private cooking class is directly in the cellar with a local French chef (English speaking) and then you will share the lunch together in a private room on the property.

Day 4 :  

CHATEAU DE VILLANDRY ON TO AZAY LE RIDEAU

Option 1 : 21 Miles - 34 Km  Option 2 : 29 Miles - 46 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 200 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 250 Meters 

This morning you will ride on one of the nicest bike paths in the area. Only fishermen and cyclists take this peaceful lane that brings you to the famous gardens of the Chateau de Villandry. There are many possibilities for lunch in Villandry, you can try the vegetables that come from the gardens of the chateau in the restaurant nearby!

Day 5 :  

Chinon Wine and Castle

Option 1 : 25 Miles - 41 Km  Option 2 : 32 Miles - 52 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 171 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 326 Meters 

Your ride continues west and to the most famous wine area of the Loire Valley: Chinon. First you will go through the village of “vannerie” (weaved basketry) and through one of the most beautiful village of France: Crissay sur Mance. Then you enter the territory of Chinon vineyards! The longer riding option travels through the charming village of l’île Bouchard. Your destination of the day brings you to Chinon. Do not miss the fortress of Chinon, on the top hill of the town. The story says that it is there that Joan of Arc met the king to raise an army against England.

Wine tasting at Domaine de Noire with the possibility to buy the wine you tasted in the US ! You will sample the famous Chinon red wines, produced from the same grape as a Bordeaux.

Day 6 :  

From Chinon Red Wine to Saumur Sparkling White

Option 1 : 21 Miles - 34 Km  Option 2 : 29 Miles - 46 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 187 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 300 Meters 

The day starts with an easy ride along the river bank. You can decide to do the long ride and visit the largest abbey of Europe: Fontevraud Abbaye. Not to miss is the “Tuffaut” troglodytic site (lime stone caves) and the picturesque Turquant, with its unique village of workshops of local artists and craftsmen located within the limestone caves. This evening there is another chateau that you can visit: Saumur Chateau. Settle in your hotel, if you want to try another wine cellar, our recommendations are noted in the travel book. There is also a wine cellar where you can ride your bike around!

Wine tasting near Saumur in a Chateau ! A visit to the ancient cellar of Antoine Cristal and the modern winery, followed by a visit of the Clos d'Entre Les Murs vineyard, the jewel of the estate producing an exceptional cuvée. After the visit, you will move to the tasting area where you will have the chance to taste 4 wines of your choice accompanied by foie gras and rillettes. If you are interested in purchasing, shipping can be arranged by the domaine.

Day 7 :  

Departure Day

Departure after a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel.

Average / Day : Distance : 41.44 Km / 25.67 Miles - Elevation gain : 244.89 Meters

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Day : Pre-tour Night, 1, 2

At a distance of 500 yards from the town center in the shadow in the raised garden, this residence dating from the begining of the 20th century (renovated in 2000) has been able to preserve the tradition of the "art de vivre" in Touraine. This charming hotel (without air conditioning) welcomes you with its familial and friendly atmosphere.


Day : 3

In the heart of the city of Tours, hôtel Colbert gives you all the comfort of a country house hotel. Take advantage of our ideal location for your stay in Tours. We are right next to the business center, as well as the historic and touristic sites that the rich region of TOURS has to offer. hôtel Colbert is conveniently located on Colbert Street, the oldest street of Tours, with its numerous restaurants and adapted to all kind of budgets.Should you need a night walk or a morning jog, hôtel Colbert is at walking distance from the banks of the Loire or the inevitable plaza of Tours: “Place Plumereau.


Day : 4

Built rue Balzac in the village of Azay-le-Rideau, the hotel de Biencourt was during the 16th century a hotel named White Horse. It later became a place where the real tennis was played before becoming under the Second Empire a school for boys and the village first girls class.Ideally located in the heart of Azay-le-Rideau, just a stone's throw from the castle, you will find here the charm of the past with all the comfort you would expect when away from home. The courtyard garden is an oasis of peace to relax after a long day of discovering.


Day : 5

Hotel Diderot is like arriving at a friend's house with the charm of an authentic dwelling built in the fifteenth century and modified in the eighteenth century. It's just a few hundred meters from the town center, the medieval quarter and the chateau. On the terrace, you will remember your visits to chateaux or vineyards, while drinking a glass of the Chinon wine praised by Francois Rabelais.


Day : 6

Le Londres Hotel & Apartments is ideally located at the heart of the town centre, within walking distance of the château, pedestrian streets and restaurants. Le Londres has perpetuated the tradition of excellent entertaining since 1837. Since July 2005, Le Londres hotel has been undergoing sweeping renovation works. Inspired by its glorious past when it was the Grand hôtel de Londres, we have completely refurbished our hotel rooms with a strong desire to faithfully render the historical spirit of the place by choosing plush textures and noble materials (wood and iron works, tuffeau walls) whilst providing a strong dose of modern comfort in order to perpetuate the nice story that began 175 years ago!


Day : Pre-tour Night, 1, 2

Picture-perfect and as well cared for as all get out, this gorgeously stylish hotel is lucky enough to preside over a Loire riverbank under the shadow of Amboise great cliffside chateau. Set within its own compound and centered around a grass parterre, this quaintly shuttered manoir looks like it is on sabbatical from a Fragonard landscape -- a pavillon in the 18th-century style, it is a refreshing change from the usual Renaissance castle-style so prevalent in these parts. Inside, the grand staircase (note: no elevator), dining room, and main salon are all a-dazzle in daffodil yellow silks and gilt-framed mirrors, with ruby accents of the Louis Seize sofas and bergeres.


Day : 3

A small luxury guest house with refined simplicity, la Maison Jules is set in a charming 19th century mansion, with gardens in the heart of the city of Tours, France.


Day : 4

In the heart of the Valley of the Kings, where the Touraine is the most authentic, sits Le Grand Monarque. Located in Azay le Rideau, the hotel offers a charming stay and relaxation. During your stay you'll discover its enchantment, a peace of mind to yourself, a great comfort, and an art of living accompanied with genuine French cuisine.


Day : 5

Hotel Diderot is like arriving at a friend's house with the charm of an authentic dwelling built in the fifteenth century and modified in the eighteenth century. It's just a few hundred meters from the town center, the medieval quarter and the chateau. On the terrace, you will remember your visits to chateaux or vineyards, while drinking a glass of the Chinon wine praised by Francois Rabelais.


Day : 6

On the Loire river banks, near the historic center town, beneath the Castle which gave immortal fame to the " Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry", this private mansion house built in the 18th century still echoes with the ardors of restoration heroes and military romance ...A historically graded fa?_ade, a magnificient staircase crowned by a trompe-l'oeil celling, designs of Percier and Fontaine, Napoleon's architects, ... so many historical marks that you contemplate with emotion.


Day : Pre-tour Night, 1, 2

Located at the edge of the Loire and at the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise, homeland of Leonardo da Vinci, the hotel Le Choiseul is a charming house typically from Tours built in 18th century. The hotel enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of the Valley of Loire castles. Le Choiseul has 30 rooms of 5 different categories, from the most elegant apartment to the most delightful room. They offer pleasant views over the Italian garden, the Loire and the Château d'Amboise.


Day : 3

A small luxury guest house with refined simplicity, la Maison Jules is set in a charming 19th century mansion, with gardens in the heart of the city of Tours, France.


Day : 4

In the heart of the Valley of the Kings, where the Touraine is the most authentic, sits Le Grand Monarque. Located in Azay le Rideau, the hotel offers a charming stay and relaxation. During your stay you'll discover its enchantment, a peace of mind to yourself, a great comfort, and an art of living accompanied with genuine French cuisine.


Day : 5

Welcome to the Château de Marçay, an island of calm and serenity at the heart of Touraine, a land of Châteaux and History. This 15th century château is built on the ruins of an 11th century fortress. The Château of Marçay offers 30 rooms, all different. Some have a view on the park, others on the main courtyard. The rooms of the château and its wing have been decorated in a «haute époque» style. Rooms in the Pavillon des Vignes are located on the ground and first floors of one of the dependencies of the château. They are facing the vineyards , their private and quiet environment makes them a place where families with children can play safely. The Château de Marçay is located 8km from the city of Chinon.


Day : 6

Peacefully set in a four acre park, right in the midst of Saumur, Verrieres allows you to discover the charm and History of the Loire Valley. Verrieres has nevertheless kept its private mansion atmosphere, with its authentic decoration and its period furniture.

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.

-Frame: SUB Sport 20 6061 Tig welding

-Fork: SF14 NEX DS HLO PM 700C

-Shifters : Shimano Deore SLM 590

-Chain ring & crank arms: Shimano FC-T3010 Black 48x38x26

-Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34 T Black

-Brakes: Tektro Disc Brake SCH-F15

-Stem: JD-ST103A

-Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5

-Seat post: HL SP-56

-Rims/Spokes: X12 Disc, 32h / Pillar Steel 14G

-Tires: Continental City Ride II or Schwalbe Spicer or Marathon

-Weight: 17 kg / 37.48 lbs

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

-Helmet

-Lock

-Hand pump

-2 spare tubes

-Rear pannier

-Toolkit

-Tire levers

-Patch kit

-1 souvenir water bottle

-Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Accessories


INCLUDED

GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people


INCLUDED

Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


INCLUDED

Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

Day : 2

This evening a wine tasting is included in Amboise with a local wine maker. He keeps some aged bottles of wine; you might find you birthday bottle there! The wine tasting comes with local cheese.

Day : 3

A wine tasting served with a light lunch is reserved in a local chateau. You will visit their cellar then take a tour to see their grapes just above the “coteaux” (vineyards hill). Ship your favorite wine from the wine tasting home (US)! This place is among other selected wineries that propose possibilities to ship your wine selections home.

Day : 5

Wine tasting at Domaine de Noire with the possibility to buy the wine you tasted in the US ! You will sample the famous Chinon red wines, produced from the same grape as a Bordeaux.

Day : 6

Wine tasting near Saumur in a Chateau ! A visit to the ancient cellar of Antoine Cristal and the modern winery, followed by a visit of the Clos d'Entre Les Murs vineyard, the jewel of the estate producing an exceptional cuvée. After the visit, you will move to the tasting area where you will have the chance to taste 4 wines of your choice accompanied by foie gras and rillettes. If you are interested in purchasing, shipping can be arranged by the domaine.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Day : 3

A chef meets you at to the winery where you will cook your lunch together. Your private cooking class is directly in the cellar with a local French chef (English speaking) and then you will share the lunch together in a private room on the property.

Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinner included ( 2 dinners included in Upgraded version)
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • 4 Wine tasting (with 3 wine tasting with possibility to ship you wine to the USA)
  • 1 light lunch during a wine tasting
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

information

Arrival city is Amboise, which accessible via train from Paris to St Pierre des Corps. 1hour by TGV or train to Amboise 1hour 35min.

Departure from Saumur with direct trains to Paris. (2h25m).

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 1180 € 160 € 1730 €
Standard 1390 € 310 € 2090 €
Upgraded 1850 € 590 € 2790 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Activities

Category Activity Price
Wine tasting Caves Duhard Included
Wine tasting Château de Gaudrelle Included
Cooking Class Château de Gaudrelle +215 €/person
Group 2-3 pax
Wine tasting Domaine de Noire Winery Included
Wine tasting Chateau de Parnay Included

Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

Accessories

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental
    Standard Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 135 €
    Performance 205 €
    Premium 275 €
Electric Assisted Bike
    Standard 135 €
Kid Bike Rental
    Standard -40 €
Tandem Bike Rental
    Standard 40 €



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.
Bot scann is mandatory