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La Vallée du Loire, Tours à Angers (avec guide)

Along the Loire

Tours
Charles de Gaulle or Orly

  • Départ
  • Fin

Angers
Charles de Gaulle or Orly

Did you know that the Loire is the only large river in Western Europe that still follows its natural course? Not canalized or dammed, but a true winding river, with sandbanks, rapids, a natural habitat. This makes for a varied and intimate landscape that justly bears the name of The Garden of France.

You will ride on well-signposted cycle paths and minor roads with little traffic. And of course, you will ride along a string of beautiful castles, abbeys, historical towns and picturesque villages. The route starts in beautiful Tours. Sometimes you will ride on paths close to the river, and sometimes you will follow little winding roads through semi-open farmland. You will ride through an old cultural landscape, with forests, wheat fields, sheltered fields and of course, vineyards. After all, you will be riding through the largest wine area of the Loire valley. A patchwork of 20,000 hectares of vineyards that together account for 28 appellations.

  • Type de voyage Guided
  • Niveau 2
  • Durée 8 jours
  • Distance 45 km, moyenne par jour
  • Castles Villandry, Azay le Rideau, Langeais
  • Abbey of Fontevraud
  • Hidden world of the troglos
  • Saumur

Itinéraire

1 km = 0,62 miles
Jour 1

Arrival in Tours

Discover the once capital of the kingdom of France. The combination of architectural splendor and the charming narrow streets and lively squares are what make this town so pleasant. Enjoy on a stroll through the old town center and drink a glass of Vouvray on the Place Plumereau.

Jour 2

Tours – Azay le Rideau

38km

Passing by Savonnières and its limestone caves you will cycle further to Villandry with its famous terraced gardens. Narrow little roads will take you further along Saché and you will eventually arrive in Azay de Rideau, where you can admire the Renaissance château on the Indre.

Jour 3

Azay le Rideau – Chinon

36km

Today you will head in the direction of Langeais and its 15th century château. In this medieval castle you can marvel at the splendid tapestries and antique furnishings. The highlight of today is without a doubt the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle in Ussé. It is no surprise that Perrault was inspired by this château when he wrote the famous fairy tale.

Jour 4

Chinon, rest day

A perfect day to visit the beautiful city of Chinon. Make sure to take a visit to the Château de Chinon.

Jour 5

Chinon – Saumur

36km

For this stage of the trip you will journey from the medieval Chinon to the lovely little town of Saumur. On the way you can pay a visit to one or more of the many wine cellars you will be cycling past. You certainly shouldn’t miss a visit to the Abbey of Fontevraud (48 km)

Jour 6

Saumur, rest day

A well deserved rest day in Saumur. Saumur is famous for its horse back riding school and beautiful castle.

Jour 7

Saumur - Angers

57km

The last stage of your cycling tour of ‘The Garden of France’ ends appropriately in Angers. Leaving the vineyards of Anjou behind you, you will arrive at this town, which calls itself ‘the most flowered city in Europe’, and not without reason.

Jour 8

Angers, departure

You cycling holiday ends today in Angers. There is a train connection which takes you back to Tours.

Dates de Voyage

Date Disponibilité Départ Accommodation Category  
8/31/2019 - 9/7/2019 Disponible Tours Hotels Tours to Angers, guided 2*/3* hotels Inscription en ligne

Prix

Hébergement Cabine Prix par cabine Enfants de 0-2 ans Enfants de 3-11 ans
Prices are per room 0 0
Hotels Tours to Angers, guided Double room € 2790,- 0 0
Hotels Tours to Angers, guided Single room € 1795,- 0 0

Location de vélo

Image Nom Type Prix par semaine
Local electric bike 9 gears 8 days Local electric bike 9 gears 8 days Scott E-Sub Active E-Bike, helmet included €193
Image Nom Type Prix par semaine
Assurance de vélo à 24 vitesses Assurance de vélo à 24 vitesses Sans risque propre €20
Assurance de vélo électrique Assurance de vélo électrique Sans risque propre €40
Local hybrid 21-gears Local hybrid 21-gears Gitane Silence, helmet included €88
Bike Helmet Bike Helmet €15

Included

  • 7 nights in hotels, 2-person room with shower or bath, and lavatory
  • 7x breakfast
  • 7x dinner
  • Luggage transport (day 2 – 7)
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Support van
  • Route information

Not included

  • Reservation fee € 20.- per party
  • Return journey, Angers – Tours (by train)
  • Bicycle rental
  • Personal insurance and cancellation insurance
  • Excursions (entrance fee for museums/gardens/parks)

Special details

  • This tour is exclusively developed by and for Cycletours Holidays.
  • Minimum of 8 people to operate this tour.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • No bike insurance available for this tour.
  • Transfer from destination to starting point by train. The costs of this travel are not included: Angers – Tours about € 20,- You can leave the rental bicycle at your destination.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

By car

For directions from your residence to your hotel we refer to www.viamichelin.com.
You can park your car in the parking garage ‘Vinci gare’ near the hotel, see enclosed map of Tours. A parking lot in ‘Vinci gare’ costs about € 45, – per week.

Public transport

If you’re travelling by train you’ll probably arrive at ‘Gare SNCF TOURS. For more information about the French railways we refer to sncf.

Return trip

The return trip Angers – Tours is by train, on your own account. In case you have a rental bike you can leave it at the hotel in Angers (please ask the hotel receptionist where to place the bike). See enclosed map of Angers for directions to the train station.

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Questions & Réponses

  • De quels pays viennent les participants ?

    La plupart des participants viennent des États-Unis, du Canada,  du Royaume-Uni, d’Australie et de la France. Nous recevons aussi régulièrement des clients d’Afrique du Sud  et du Japon.

  • Quel est l’âge moyen des participants ?

    L’âge moyen se situe entre 35 et 75 ans. Bien sûr, il y a aussi des personnes plus jeunes et plus âgés. Pendant les vacances scolaires (Juillet/Août), il y a plus d’enfants à bord.

  • Que faisons-nous s’il pleut ?

    La plupart des personnes se munissent alors de vêtements de pluie. Si le temps ne permet absolument pas de faire du vélo (cela n’arrive presque jamais !), l’accompagnateur organisera un programme alternatif qui peut être composé d’excursions culturelles et de visites de villes.

  • Quelle est la distance moyenne des tours à vélo ?

    La distance moyenne est de 40 à 50 kilomètres par jour. N’oubliez pas que les Pays-Bas sont plats et qu’on fait du vélo tranquillement. Une journée de vélo dure environ 7 à 8 heures, pauses et visites comprises. Le temps passé sur votre vélo est environ 4 heures par jour.

  • Quelles langues parlent les accompagnateurs ?

    Tous les accompagnateurs parlent anglais. Un certain nombre d’accompagnateurs parlent français, allemand, espagnol ou italien. Nous essayons autant que possible d’accorder la connaissance des langues de l’accompagnateur avec les différentes nationalités du groupe.
    À bord la langue véhiculaire est l’anglais.

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