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Orléans to Angers

Follow the cycling path ‘Loire à vélo’

Orléans
Charles de Gaulle or Orly

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Angers
Charles de Gaulle or Orly

Follow the cycling path ‘Loire à vélo’ from Orleans to Angers. Discover the royal valley by longing the majestic river from Orléans to Tours where thousands of treasures are waiting for you: historical heritage and testimony with numerous chateaux, wonderful landscapes of different natural areas, regional gastronomy delights… The second part of the Loire Valley form Tours to Angers is the most doted in chateaux and vineyards. Follow the Loire River which will guide you from historical places to famous cellars for tasting. Enjoy the ‘French art de vivre’ along the peaceful and wild landscapes.
You will ride on well-signposted cycle paths and minor roads with little traffic. 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 of tour Self-guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 10 days
  • Distance 25
  • Easy going routes along the Loire river
  • Castles, wines and french delicatesses
  • Garden of Villandry
  • Saumur, Chinon & Fontevraud
  • Blois & Orléans

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Arrival in Orléans

Discover Orléans and its old historical centre, situated between the large countryside fields of Beauce area, green pastures, ponds and forest of Sologne area.

Day 2

Orléans – Beaugency

26KM

Longing the wild river banks for a stage in calm and serenity through the charming and very flowered city of Beaugency.

Day 3

Beaugency – Blois

46KM

Leave Beaugency by the river banks passing via the prestigious château of Chambord: the widest Château of the Loire Valley masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Then, follow the direction of Blois which presents a rich historical heritage with the château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the middle Ages to the 17th century.

Day 4

Blois – Amboise

42KM

Follow the small countryside routes until the chateau of Chaumont overlooking the Loire River, before reaching Amboise and its royal chateau from 15th –16th century. Few streets further on, is the last home of Léonardo Da Vinci: Manorhouse of ‘Clos Lucé’

Day 5

Amboise – Tours

27KM

Ride through the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars that offer sweet white or sparkling wines. Then, enjoy the lovely chateau birthplace of Gabrielle d’Estrées, the favourite of King Henri IV. Continue to the heart of the city of Tours to discover the old quarters sheltering the famous ‘Place Plumereau’ and its half-timbered houses.

Day 6

Tours – Azay le Rideau

41KM

Reach Savonnières for a journey in the heart of Petrifying Grottoes. Then proceed to Villandry with its famous Gardens, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed terraces, then Saché, the house of the famous novelist Honoré de Balzac. Finally arrive in Azay le Rideau where you can admire its Renaissance chateau, a jewel set over the Indre river.

Day 7

Azay le Rideau – Chinon

35KM

Depart towards Langeais and its 15th century château offering a typical form of a medieval fortified castle where you could admire wonderful tapestries and piece of furniture. Then ride towards the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé which has inspired Perrault for its famous fairy tail story.

Day 8

Chinon – Saumur

36KM

Before you leave the medieval city of Chinon, founded on the Vienne River, you may visit numerous cellars which propose the famous red wine so appreciated by Rabelais. Then, continue towards the abbey of Fontevraud, the largest monastic city remaining in Europe which is the Necropolis of the Plantagenêts sovereigns before reaching the lovely town of Saumur. Optional to cycle 12 km extra.

Day 9

Saumur – Angers

57KM

First follow the Loire River before going through the vineyards of Anjou. You will reach the peaceful city of Angers and its chateau which shelters the famous Apocalypse Tapestry.

Day 10

Departure Angers

Your cycling holiday ends today. There is a good train connection back to the airport from the railwaystation in Angers.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
3/4/2017 - 3/9/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
3/4/2017 - 3/9/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
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3/18/2017 - 3/23/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
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4/29/2017 - 5/4/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
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6/24/2017 - 6/29/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
7/1/2017 - 7/6/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/1/2017 - 7/6/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
7/8/2017 - 7/13/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/8/2017 - 7/13/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
7/15/2017 - 7/20/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/15/2017 - 7/20/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
7/22/2017 - 7/27/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/22/2017 - 7/27/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
7/29/2017 - 8/3/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/29/2017 - 8/3/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
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8/26/2017 - 8/31/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
8/26/2017 - 8/31/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
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9/9/2017 - 9/14/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
9/9/2017 - 9/14/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
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9/16/2017 - 9/21/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
9/23/2017 - 9/28/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
9/23/2017 - 9/28/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
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9/30/2017 - 10/5/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now
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10/14/2017 - 10/19/2017 Available Orléans Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version 3*/4* hotel Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version Double room € 2798,-
Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version Single room € 1769,-
Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version Double room € 3678,-
Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version Single room € 2404,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Local Hybrid 21-gears 10 days €135
Local E-bike 7-gears 10 days €255

Included

  • Accommodation based on double room with shower & toilets in 2-star / 3 –star and 4-star hotels (according to the program)
  • Half board (breakfast+ dinner)
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
  • Colour maps, itineraries & tourist information
  • Taxes & services
  • GPS-tracks (on request only)

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,-
  • Drinks, lunches, and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • Rental bike
  • Personal bike transfer
  • Train ticket for return transfer
  • Luggage transportation on last day
  • Travel and cancellation insurance

Special details

Operated by local partner.
A minimum of 2 participants
Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
No bike insurance available for this tour.
The program is subject to change without notice.

 

By car:

From Paris, take highway A10 Exit «Orléans centre».
For more detail, do not hesitate to visit: https://goo.gl/maps/QXqlS GPS point : N 47°89’79” / E 1°89’24”

About your personal car:
Possibility to park the car during your trip at the hotel (guarded & closed car park): 7 € per night
NB : to reach the hotel at the end of the tour, you have to go by train
From Angers station to ?Orléans station. For more information, do not hesitate to visit: www.sncf.fr

By train:

From Paris Austerlitz station?Arrival Orléans station (town centre). For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.fr
From Orléans station:
by taxi : about 15€/20 € (day) / 20€/26€ (nights, week-end and bank holidays) by Bus : take line n°10 until Quai St Laurent (about 25 min)
by Tramway : take line Tram A direction « Hôpital de La Source » and go down at the station «Quai Royale Châtelet » (about 9 min), then reach by foot « Quai St Laurent » (about 5 min).

By plane:

From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > St Pierre des Corps train station > Orléans train station.
From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Austerlitz train station > Orléans train station.
From Tours airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Tours train station > Orléans train station.
From Nantes airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Nantes train station > Orléans train station.

Welcome

Your room is available from 15.00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Upon check in, you receive the following items:
– hotel vouchers for the other hotels
– luggage stickers
– the detailed itinerary of your trip day by day and colour maps
– tourist information about the area, cities and different sites you will be able to visit along your stages
– some information leaflets about the area.

Your stay is based on half-board (lunch & diner). Normally breakfast is served between 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. Diner is in your hotel or nearby restaurant.

No lunch is included. As you will ride through villages where you could meet shops (butcher, baker, grocer’s shop, restaurants…) where to buy for your picnic.
In your itinerary, you will see notes ‘Food & drinks’ which means that you will be able to meet shops on these places. If any notes are mentioned on one stage, you will have to look for food before leaving (some hotels propose picnic).

Also, keep in mind that generally, in small villages, shops are closed on Sundays and Mondays. This is why we suggest you have always some snacks with you!

Luggage transport

Please leave your luggage for the luggage transfer (1 suitcase or large bag per person) before 9.45 a.m. at the reception (do not forget to use the luggage tags). Usually you’ll find your luggage from 16.00 p.m. in the next hotel but at least at 17.00 p.m. Do not leave any securities or cash in your luggage.

The bike

For a successful cycling holiday it is necessary to have a good bike. If you bring your own bicycle check it carefully before departure. Pay special attention to tires, brakes and gears. If you bring your own bike don’t forget to bring a repair kit with you. You can leave your bike in the therefore intended place in the garage. Don’t forget to bring comfortable cycle clothing. Since 2008 you are obliged to wear a safety vest when you’re cycling in France outside the city area after sunset or at low visibility.

The rental bicycles can be requested at the hotel reception upon arrival. The 21-speed bicycles come with a map holder, panniers, lock, repair kit and pump. You don’t have to pay a surety but you’re personally responsible for your rental bike in case of damage or theft.

Itinerary

Itinerary, maps and information concerning this trip you will receive upon arrival. If there are any mistakes in the descriptions please inform so we can correct these for future guests.

Clothing

We advise you to wear comfortable shoes and various layers of practical clothing to be prepared for sudden changes of climate and temperature; don’t forget a K-Way or a poncho, both indispensable in the event of rain, besides a light jacket for cold days and evenings. Sunglasses, a hat, protective suntan cream and insect repellent sprays are important, especially in summer. Helmet, cycling trousers and gloves are advisable but not essential. Also remember to bring a first aid kit with you.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does a support vehicle accompany us?

    Our experience has taught us that virtually every cyclist is able to make it to the next hotel without difficulties, since you’ll be setting your own pace and have the whole day for the journey.  Should circumstances render you unable to cycle further, then our agent will obligingly find you the best manner of public transportation and/or taxi.  The costs, in such a case, must be self-incurred.

  • How is the luggage transported and when does it arrive?

    The luggage is transported by van and must stand ready for delivery by approx. 9 a.m. and will be at the next hotel by approx. 4 p.m.

  • What can I expect of the hotels along the way?

    For our trips, we generally utilize good 2-3 star hotels with a bathroom in each room. The accommodations vary a great deal, ranging from a very luxurious hotel to a simple chambre d’hôte and from a family hotel to a former cognac estate.

  • What will happen should I encounter problems along the way?

    Luckily, this rarely occurs, since our bicycles are virtually new and well-maintained.  Nevertheless, should you encounter a problem, then a quick phone call to our local agent will be sufficient.  He’ll ensure that you are back on your bike as soon as possible and, should it be necessary, you can exchange your bike through him.  We assume that you are able to fix a flat tire yourself, and for this purpose, we will provide you with a repair kit and bike pump.

  • When are the rental bicycles delivered?

    The rental bicycles are as a rule delivered on the evening of the day of arrival and must be returned upon arrival at the last hotel.

More questions

Price starting from € 1399,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version
Hotels Orleans to Angers, standard version
This are the level of hotels for the standard version of Tours to Angers, Loire à Vèlo. We work with different hotels depending on availability.

Orleans

A 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Beaugency

Dinner and accommodation in a 3* hotel

Blois

A 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Amboise

Dinner and accommodation in a 2* hotel

Tours

A 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Azay-le-Rideau

A 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Chinon

A 3-star standard hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Saumur

A 3-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Angers

A 3-star hotel and dinner in a local restaurant
Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version
Hotels Orléans to Angers, upgraded version
This are the level of hotels for the upgraded version of Orleans to Angers, Loire à Vèlo. We work with different hotels depending on availability. You stay in charming 3-star or 4-star hotels. The prices for extra nights are on request.

Orléans

A 4* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Beaugency

A 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

Blois

Dinner and accommodation in a 3* hotel

Amboise

Dinner and accommodation in a 3* hotel

Tours

A 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Azay-le-Rideau

Dinner and accommodation in a 3* hotel.

Chinon

Dinner and accommodation in a 3* charming hotel

Saumur

Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel

Angers

Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel

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