Loire Valley classic tour
from 595 €
8 Days / 7 Nights, Category B
Web code FR003
SA 18.04 - 19.09.2020 and additionally SU 24.05 - 30.08.2020
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.
Season 1: 18.04 - 1.05 and 5.09 - 19.09.2020
Season 2: 2.05 - 26.06 and 24.08 - 4.09.2020
Season 3: 27.06 - 23.08.2020
Price per person
595 € in double room, Cat. B: 2/3* hotels
695 € in double room, Cat. A: 3/4* hotels
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast buffet
- Welcome briefing in English
- Travel guide, Maps, Roadbook
- Luggage transportation
- Hotline service
- Hotel taxes
- Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”
Supplements per person
205/240 € single room (Cat. B/A)
80 € season 2
110 € season 3
155/170 € half board (Cat. B/A): 6 dinners (3-course meals, except in Tours), beverages not included
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
60/95 € in Orléans, Cat. B and A
60/90 € in Saumur, Cat. B
68/105 € in Saumur, Cat. A
80 € transfer Saumur-Orléans (bike included, min. 2 persons).
Available on Saturday.
Also possible on Sunday only from 24.05 to 30.08.2020.
Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
85 € Touring bike
195 € E-bike
Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)
105/135 € 3rd person in room (Cat. B/A)
Day by Day
Individual arrival in Orléans, homeland of Joan of Arc.
2. Orléans – Beaugency/St. Dyé (30/50 km)
You pedal along the Loire alternating cycle paths with back roads. After a visit to Meung-sur-Loire you arrive at the Chateau Dunois, with the beautiful medieval centre of Beaugency. A land full of water and culture will lead the way to the beautiful town of St. Dyé, an ancient river harbour.
3. Beaugency/St. Dyé – Blois (50/30 km)
From the huge park surrounding Chambord Castle today’s trip continues at the border of the forest of Boulogne. On the other side of the Loire crowded with a wonderful bridge, you can already see the profile of Blois and its castle, the steeples of the abbey and the Cathedral of St. Louis standing out.
4. Blois – Amboise (45 km)
After the visit of the city of Blois and its impres- sive castle, you pedal along the Loire river. Here you can visit the castle of Chaumont built on the top of a hill overlooking the river. In Amboise you cannot miss the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life.
5. Amboise – Tours (55 km)
After crossing forest of Amboise you arrive in Chenonceaux, known as the castle of the three ladies. You continue along the river Cher up to the city of Tours. You mayalso decide to stop for a visit at the castle of Nitray with its famous wine cellars.
6. Tours – Chinon (60 km)
Pedalling between the Loire and the Cher rivers you arrive at Villandry Castle, well known for its gardens. Following the Loire river, you’ll reach the city Langeais where you can stop for a break. Before arriving in Chinon you will visit Ussé, where you can admire the castle of the Sleeping Beauty.
7. Chinon – Saumur (35 km)
The tour continues along country roads beyond the confluence of the rivers Loire and Vienne, where you’ll get to Savigny en Vèron and the wonderful village of Candes St-Martin. A few kilometres away you’ll see the castle of Montsoreau from which you can enjoy the landscape over the Fontevraud Abbey. At the end of the stage you will visit Saumur, considered the “Pearl of Anjou”.
Departure after breakfast.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.
- Total length: 275 km
- Total vertical up: 1.240 m
- Terrain: 91% tarmac, 9% unpaved
- Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
- Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
On this tour you cycle through the wonderful Loire Valley. This cycle trip is not very demanding, though sometimes there are some hilly sections. The daily stages are not very long – always about 50 kms – mostly in the lowlands. The itinerary is mainly on cycle paths or paved roads with little traffic.
Some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience.
How to get there
Orléans is connected with the following airports:
Tours: 110 km, Paris: 140 km.
For further information on train timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.sncf.com.
Accommodation and meals
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.
According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:
- Cat. A: 3/4* hotels
- Cat. B: 2/3* hotels
All rooms have en suite facilities. In some 2* hotels there may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning.
When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.
Bikes and accessories
Girolibero bikes available in different sizes and frames:
- Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
- Touring bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
- E-bike 9-gear Shimano
- aluminium frame
- rear rack
- comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com
- anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
- ergonomic bicycle grips
- Speed Lifter system
An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
1 water bottle (0.75 l)
1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
1 combination bike lock
At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.
The Information Pack (one per room) includes:
- final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
- hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival
- restaurant vouchers (if you have booked half-board)
Girolibero Greens booklets:
1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour.
Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you will visit.
3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.
By your side
In Orléans you will meet our representative who:
- will illustrate the tour
- will deliver your bikes
- will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.
The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.
For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
- office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
- emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
21 Client reviews
Departure 09-16 September 2019
Online from 22 September 2019
Departure 09-16 September 2019
Online from 22 September 2019I liked this tour much better than the bikenBarge Avignon to Aigues-Mortes due to scenery nicer, and great Castles to see.
I think it being rated Easy/Moderate is accurate but someone should ride the routes to make it more clear when there are climbs and how to get out of town each day. Some days were pretty confusing as to where the route started.
All in all, this was my favorite tour vs the BikenBarge Avignon-AiguesMortes.
Also, some of the hotels were too far out of town.
Departure 31 August - 07 September 2019
Online from 12 September 2019Un bellissimo viaggio, ricco di tantissime tappe interessanti. Il viaggio si articola tra boschi, villaggi e castelli e all'arrivo c'è sempre una bella città tutta da scoprire. Annoiarsi è impossibile.
Departure 24-31 August 2019
Online from 06 September 2019E' un tour che merita di esser fatto. Fatto poi in sella a electro bike, che ci ha consentito di percorrere le sei tappe senza eccessiva fatica, consentendoci di apprezzare le bellezze naturali della campagna francese (meno la centrale nucleare) e le bellezze architettoniche e storico/artistiche dei suoi castelli.
Departure 17-24 August 2019
Online from 30 August 2019Una vacanza fantastica da godersela in pieno con amici o in copia esplorando tanti bei posti e assaggiando piatti tipici della zona .
Departure 11-18 August 2019
Online from 27 August 2019Probabilmente non esiste miglior compromesso per percorrere la Loira in libertà e con un itinerario comunque soddisfacente, ma senza la scomodità di doversi portare pesanti bagagli al seguito. Sicuramente valuterò altre destinazione dell'offerta di GiroLibero.
Departure 11-18 August 2019
Online from 23 August 2019Posto ideale per una vacanza in bicicletta, percorsi tranquilli e molto sicuri, interamente su ciclabili o strade pochissimo trafficate, paesi caratteristici e castelli meravigliosi. Siamo stati contentissimi
Departure 06-13 July 2019
Online from 14 August 2019Vacanza perfetta, organizzazione senza pecche sia come documentazione, bici, alloggi...
Departure 28 July - 04 August 2019
Online from 09 August 2019Bel tour ben studiato e organizzato.
Alberghi confortevoli, colazioni ottimo livello.
Materiale e biciclette ottimi.
Personale simpatico professionale e servizievole, servizio impeccabile.
Departure 27 July - 03 August 2019
Online from 08 August 2019La vacanza in bici lungo la Loira, da Orléans a Saumur, è stata un'esperienza magnifica. Abbiamo coniugato cultura, attività fisica, ammirato panorami meravigliosi e degustato cibo e vino con piacere.
La scelta della vacanza individuale ci ha permesso di muoverci con massima autonomia e serenità.
L'organizzazione Girolibero puntuale e professionale.
Sicuramente ripeteremo l'esperienza!
Departure 15-22 June 2019
Online from 27 June 2019Una vacanza da grandi spazi!
Castelli maestosi e natura sconfinata! Campi di grano, papaveri, vigneti a perdita d'occhio e, all'improvviso, una chiesetta o un gruppo di case!
Bisognerebbe avere più tempo per vedere tutto e fotografare tutto!
Departure 25 May - 01 June 2019
Online from 08 June 2019Leo war supernett und hilfsbereit.
Departure 27 April - 04 May 2019
Online from 09 May 2019La stagione primaverile s'è dimostrata ideale per questa splendida pedalata tra colline, castelli e corsi d'acqua...un connubio perfetto tra natura, cultura e sport. Colori, profumi e suoni che riempiono anima e corpo.
Departure 12-19 August 2018
Online from 02 October 2018Vacanza perfetta! L'organizzazione impeccabile di Girolibero ci ha piacevolmente soddisfatti!
Departure 01-08 July 2018
Online from 25 September 2018Un viaggio da fare ...si viaggia tranquilli, godendo della vacanza fino in fondo, sapendo che quando si arriva sì trova il confort di alberghi scelti con cura e poi paesaggi stupendi
Departure 01-08 July 2017
Online from 10 January 2018Un perfetto mix tra arte, paesaggio e sport.
Consiglio di non seguire pedissequamente l'itinerario base proposto, ma di percorrere le numerose varianti al percorso (che trovate sul libretto) per poter visitare più castelli, anche se, così, si ha un po' meno tempo per visitare le città lungo il percorso (Orléans, Blois e Tours su tutte).
Departure 05-12 August 2017
Online from 18 August 2017Giro bellissimo, grandi pedalate e tanti castelli da visitare lungo l'itinerario proposto. Strutture ricettive non sempre soddisfacenti. Comunque consigliato!
Departure 30 July - 06 August 2017
Online from 11 August 2017Questo è stato il mio secondo viaggio con Girolibero, dopo la Passau/Vienna. Rispetto a quello precedente questo presenta qualche difficoltà in più e alberghi meno confortevoli. Ho comunque apprezzato i posti visitati e la possibilità di effettuare visite ad alcune cantine incontrate lungo strada.
Departure 15-22 July 2017
Online from 28 July 2017Non potrei pensare al tour dei castelli sulla Loira se non in bicicletta!
Departure 20-27 August 2016
Online from 10 September 2016Una settimana davvero rilassante!
La Valle della loira offre bei paesaggi e bellissimi castelli da visitare.
Le biciclette erano davvero molto comode e ben accessoriata, il materiale informativo ottimo.
Unico neo sarebbe utile specificare meglio cosa si intende per "strada sterrata" perché un giorno abbiamo seguito un itinerario alternativo proposto dalla guida in dotazione (per arrivare a Tours) e il percorso era molto dissestato con pietre, sabbia e numerose buche, non adatto alle biciclette in dotazione.
Il personale di Girolibero si è mostrato molto cortese, così come i gestori degli hotel in cui abbiamo soggiornato.
Online from 29 June 2016
We returned from another very successful Girlolibero holiday at the weekend.The documentation,route, hotels and bike preparation were all to the high standard we have come to expect .
Of particular note were the 2 typically French hotels at Chinon and St Dye, the later providing a really excellent evening meal.
The decision to opt for the electric bike enabled me to thoroughly enjoy the holiday despite the foot being in plaster for three months prior to the holiday.
Many thanks to you and the Girolibero team – hope to see you again next year for our 6th holiday with you.
Kind regards and best wishes,