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Tours to Angers

Cycling along the Loire, the garden of France

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Charles de Gaulle or Orly

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Angers
Charles de Gaulle or Orly

The part from Tours to Angers is the part of the Loire Valley, where the valley is 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.

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 of tour Self-guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 6 days
  • Distance 30 km
  • Castles
  • Vineyards
  • ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau
  • Medieval city of Chinon
  • abbey of Fontevraud

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 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.

Day 2

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 3

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 4

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.

Day 5

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 6

Angers, departure

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

Travel Dates

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3/4/2017 - 3/9/2017 Available Tours Hotels Tours to Angers, standard version 2/3-star hotels Book now
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Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Hotels Tours to Angers, standard version Double room € 1570,-
Hotels Tours to Angers, standard version Single room € 985,-
Hotels Tours to Angers, upgraded version Double room € 2058,-
Hotels Tours to Angers, upgraded version Single room € 1298,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Local Hybrid 21-gears €95
Local E-bike 7-gears €155

Included

  • 5 nights in hotels, 2-person room with shower or bath, and lavatory
  • 5x breakfast
  • 5x dinner
  • Luggage transport (day 2 – 5)
  • Coloured maps, detailed itineraries & tourist information.
  • GPS-tracks for bike stages (on request only)

 

Not Included

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

Special details

  • Operated by local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions. 
  • 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.

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

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may.  This has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please state this at time of booking.  Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transfering from one place to another.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Price starting from € 785,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Hotels Tours to Angers, upgraded version
Hotels Tours to Angers, upgraded version
This are the level of hotels for the upgraded version of Tours 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.

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
Hotels Tours to Angers, standard version
Hotels Tours 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.

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

Loire Tours to Angers

 

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