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Loire Valley Self-Guided Bike Tour

Ride on gentle terrain amidst splendid vineyards, magnificent castles, and unique gardens

The magical Loire Valley, in the heart of Central France, is a region with an enchanted landscape of endless vineyards, fruit orchards, and farmland lining the banks of the Loire river. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty where the French royalty and nobility built an amazing collection of impressive châteaux that illuminate Renaissance thought and design. Discover this region for yourself as you pedal on quiet country roads from one château to the next. Along the way, take in the magical scenery and the sparkling waters of the Loire, Indre, and Vienne rivers and even troglodyte dwellings. This self-guided trip provides a great opportunity to combine an active bike holiday while discovering the region’s immense historical and architectural heritage, all at your own pace. Book your trip with confidence »
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Loire Valley Self-Guided Bike Tour
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$2599 Per Person
Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Rider Level: ?
1 / 2 - Leisure / Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Visit the fairytale châteaux of the Loire valley that make this area a UNESCO World Heritage site
Enjoy relaxed cycling on quiet routes and cycle trails to discover the treasures of the Loire Valley
Unwind in a boutique spa hotel on the banks of the Loire river
Sample the delicious and highly acclaimed local wines as you explore this magical region from the saddle of your bike
Discover fascinating historical towns and beautiful vineyards among lush green surroundings
Loire Valley Self-Guided Bike Tour
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Meet your Trek Travel host at 11:00 AM in the hotel lobby in the picturesque town of Montsoreau, on the banks of the Loire river. After familiarizing you with your upcoming itinerary, your host will spend some time fitting you to your Trek bike, ensuring the best fit and comfort for the week. Afterwards, you are free to spend the day as you like: stroll along the riverfront and visit a local wine cave or venture out on a warm-up loop ride through the countryside to a spectacular 12th century abbey – the resting place of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Back at the hotel, relax and unwind perhaps with a dip in the pool or visit to the spa. We also suggest to visit a wine cellar to learn about and taste the local wines. Loire is particularly known for its Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Tonight, make use of our hand-selected recommendations as you decide which local restaurant to try first.

Today's Ride:

Montsoreau to Fontevraud Loop
Approximately 7 miles | 12 km and 470 feet | 146 m of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel La Marine de Loire

Today’s ride heads west, passing through quiet countryside with vast swathes of vineyards en route to the fortified Château (and wine producer!) of Brézé, before following the course of a small river back towards the Loire. Your lunch destination and halfway point on the ride is Saumur, a bustling town on the banks of the Loire, full of boutiques, cafes, and bistros along with its spectacular castle. As you enter town, you cannot fail to be impressed with the remarkable gold-capped château overlooking you on one side and the river on the other. After lunch you’ll take the low road along the river, passing through some beautiful little villages along the way. This area is famed for its troglodyte dwellings - ancient houses carved into the soft rock of the valley walls - some of which have been repurposed as wine caves or mushroom farms! Take a closer look, or even a taste, at Souzay-Champigny and Turquant on your way back to the hotel. This evening dinner is at your leisure at the restaurant in town that best suits your mood.

Today's Ride:

Montsoreau to Saumur and Brézé Return
Approximately 28 miles | 45 km and 1,177 feet | 365 m of climbing

Short Option:

Montsoreau to Saumur Return
Approximately 18 miles | 29 km and 825 feet | 257 m of climbing

Avid Option:

Montsoreau to Saumur and Brézé Return with Montreuil-Bellay Add-on
Approximately 38 miles | 61 km and 1,580 feet | 494 m of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel La Marine de Loire

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Following your morning café and pain au chocolat, head out to the east for a wonderful day of cycling. You will start the ride on the Loire à Vélo, a designated and signed cycling route, heading to the medieval town of Chinon. Be sure to stop and explore the beautiful, cobbled streets and bustling town square, with the imposing fortress overlooking from above. Then pick up the veloroute on the edge of town, a traffic-free path along an old railway line that will take you through quiet countryside where views over vineyards abound. Your destination is Château du Rivau, a truly unique privately owned castle. Unlike a traditional château, Rivau will take you on an amazing journey to the heart of some fairytale gardens. Here all the senses will be awakened with 500 varieties of fragrant roses and an extraordinary vegetable garden, providing produce for the château restaurant. Following this delightful visit, saddle up to head home through some gently rolling countryside, through farmland and vineyards. If you’re looking for more miles, don't miss the detour to Cravant-les-Coteaux, a beautiful little village nestled in a vine-covered valley. Tonight, treat yourself to another meal of your choice in town. The recommendations are at your fingertips.

Today's Ride:

Montsoreau to Chinon and Château du Rivau Return
Approximately 43 miles | 69 km and 1,770 feet | 553 m of climbing

Short Option:

Montsoreau to Chinon Return
Approximately 25 miles | 40 km and 820 feet | 256 m of climbing

Avid Option:

Montsoreau to Chinon and Château du Rivau Return with Cravant-les-Coteaux Add-on
Approximately 55 miles | 88 km and 2,250 feet | 704 m of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel La Marine de Loire

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Having explored the south and east of Montsoreau, today you’ll venture north and east to pay a visit to some of the region's most famous châteaux. Hop over the river, taking in the great view from the bridge before following the Loire à Vélo route through Avoine. The first big stop is Château d’Ussé, said to have inspired Charles Perrault to write Sleeping Beauty and a great spot for some holiday photos against an iconic backdrop. The standard route turns back here, passing through the village of Huismes before another chance to explore Chinon on the way back to Montsoreau. For those taking the avid route, a visit to Azay-le-Rideau is on the cards. This village is home to another of the region's most famous châteaux, dreamily sitting in the middle of the Indre river and creating an illusion of a floating castle. Tonight, take a relaxed stroll in town and find a restaurant of your choice in town. Raise a glass and toast to a fantastic self-guided bike tour in France, full of gentle rides enjoyed entirely at your own pace along the Loire river, through beautiful vineyards that produce excellent wines and a landscape dotted with fairytale châteaux.

Today's Ride:

Montsoreau to Château d’Ussé and Chinon Loop
Approximately 38 miles | 61 km and 1,285 feet | 401 m of climbing

Short Option:

Montsoreau to Huismes and Chinon Loop
Approximately 31 miles | 49 km and 1,145 feet | 358 m of climbing

Avid Option:

Montsoreau to Château d’Ussé and Château Azay-le-Rideau Loop
Approximately 62 miles | 100 km and 1,963 feet | 598 m of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel La Marine de Loire

Included Meals:

Breakfast

On this final day of your self-guided bike tour in the Loire valley, take the morning to explore Montsoreau and capture its beauty in the morning sun. If you prefer to pedal, rise early for a morning loop amidst the vineyards to another of the region's world famous wine towns, Bourgueil. Once back at the hotel, you’ll have enough time to return to your room, shower, and change before you depart. Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at the hotel to take your bike and say farewell, concluding your self-guided journey.

Today's Ride:

Montsoreau to Bourgueil Loop
Approximately 24 miles | 38 km and 525 feet | 164 m of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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La Marine de Loire Hotel & Spa

Montsoreau, France

Luxury Accommodation | La Marine de Loire perfectly combines elegance and relaxation. This fabulous hotel sits on the beautiful Loire River, and is wonderfully decorated inside and out, with great attention to detail. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable and homey, whilst still boasting an air of luxury that the Loire Valley region naturally possesses. A wealth of amenities awaits you here, from a lavish spa complex including a sauna and hammam as well as an inviting heated swimming pool. Relax in style by the shimmering water with a drink in hand after an exciting day of exploring.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More experiences. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 2022

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. The Checkpoint ALR 5 is a high-quality build that is light and fast, and is incredibly comfortable for many miles of exploring beautiful terrain. What sets this model apart is the performance components, progressive geometry, and a wealth of features that give you a smooth ride even when the pavement is a bit more rugged. It is the ideal choice for your kind of adventure. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+ 1

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The suspension seat post will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of accommodation at one handpicked hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Checkpoint AL 5 or a Trek Electric-Assist Verve+ 1 Lowstep
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin GPS computer, a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, CO2 cartridge with inflator, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal riding position
  • Ride With GPS Experience on your phone to get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure

GEAR

  • Ride a Trek Checkpoint AL 5 or a Trek Electric-Assist Verve+ 1 Lowstep, available in a limited quantities
  • Garmin GPS computer with mount
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, CO2 cartridge with inflator, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your Trek Travel host will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

For self-guided trips you are welcome to thank your host with a gratuity based on your level of service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 1/2 - Leisure?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
50 kilometers / 31 miles
TOTAL MILES:
253 kilometers / 157 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
365 meters / 1,200 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
1,833 meters / 6,015 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is mostly flat with quiet traffic-free roads and a big network of bike paths, which make the region one of the most bicycle-friendly destinations in Europe. Our Loire Valley Self-Guided bike tour is ideal for our Type 2 Riders but it is also suited for first-time riders using an electric bike. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Visit the Cadre Noir in Saumur – the French national equestrian school that is famed for spectacular displays
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in the cellars in Chinon
  • Take a stroll through medieval villages
  • Visit the Saut aux Loups mushroom farm in Turquant – a network of underground caves where delicious mushrooms are grown
  • Take a ride on a traditional flat bottomed boat along the Loire river – arranged by hotel reception

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or Trek Travel's local experts to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel La Marine de Loire, Montsoreau

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hotel La Marine de Loire, Montsoreau

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). Head to the “Train de Grande Vitesse” (TGV) train station in Terminal 2 of the airport (you don't need to travel into Paris first). Take a TGV to Tours Saint Pierres-des-Corps. There are direct trains from Terminal 2. In Tours you can take a taxi to the meeting location in Monstsoreau. The ride takes about 50 minutes and costs approximately €100.

Alternatively, if you prefer to have even more flexibility to explore the area we recommend renting a car for the duration of the trip. Most major rental car companies are available at the Paris airport (CDG). Advance booking is recommended.

Your Trek Travel host will meet you at your trip hotel La Marine de Loire (9 Av. de la Loire, 49730 Montsoreau) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Depending on the number of guests booked for your departure date, it is possible we will ask you to shift your meeting time by approximately 30 minutes. Please have your riding gear readily accessible to avoid having to unpack your luggage. After a trip overview, you may change into your cycling gear where you will then be fitted to your Trek bike ensuring you will be comfortable for the week. Following a safety talk and a review of the details of the route, you will set off at your own pace along the roads of the Loire Valley.

If you will be late for the meeting or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your host. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our hotel, Hotel La Marine de Loire (+33 2 41 50 18 21) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at the trip hotel to take your bike and equipment and say farewell before your departure. We recommend that you take a taxi to Tours (the hotel can help arranging this with a local driver), followed by a train ride to Paris.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

From May through September, average temperatures in the Loire Valley range from the mid 70s to mid 80s Fahrenheit (mid to high 20s Celsius). The region enjoys a beautiful mild climate, never too hot, never too cold. In the Spring you can appreciate the blooming flowers coloring châteaux gardens and fields, while Autumn will give you the opportunity to witness the grape harvest as the forests beam red and gold in the mild sunshine. Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared with the proper rain gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Paris, France

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums. A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées. You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world. The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments where you can enjoy impressive vistas include the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. The city also boasts some of the world’s best museums. At the top of the list is the Musée du Louvre where you can visit one of the world’s greatest art collections that include such famous works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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