Difficulty Rating : 4 Start: Angers Finish: St Pierres des Corps Terrain: Gentle climbs, not a hilly tour Daily Average: 52km Weekly Average: 315km Tour Type: Group Teaser: Fairytale castles, riverside paths, charming villages and some of Frances finest wines...the Loire Valley tour is all you could want in a cycling holiday.
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Fairytale castles, riverside paths, charming villages and some of Frances finest wines...the Loire Valley tour is all you could want in a cycling holiday.

Our Safari starts in Samur on the banks of the Loire, the longest river in France. Our cycle through the "Garden of France" is mainly flat along small roads and occasional tracks. There is time to explore many of the famous castles of the region, from the incredible underground chateu at Breze to the spectaculter Chateu Usse (inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty).

In the evening time, after sampling some delicious French cuisine, we may have the opportunity to see the chateu from a new angle as the spectacular son et lumiere shows light up the castle against the night sky. Our final night is spent in Amboise with its iconic Royal Castle and neighbouring Clos-Luce manor, the onetime home of Leonardo da Vinci. As you pack away the cycling shorts and enjoy a final glass of wine, you will already be planning your return to this magical and captivating region.

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Day 1

Arrival in Montreuil Bellay

Transfers are included from Saumur train station to your hotel.
We start from Montreuil Bellay, a delightful walled village with striking château overlooking the river Thouet. A chance to lounge by the pool and enjoy a cold pastis.

Day 2

Montreuil Bellay ~ Chinon (42 kms)

An easy ride to one of the highlights of the week, Château Brézé, a wine-making estate famous for its amazing underground chateau. Leaving Brézé we make our way to the Royal Abbey at Fontevraud once home to many French Queens. After lunch, we descend to the river Vienne and cycle along a riverside path to Chinon where we stay at the Hotel France in the heart of medieval Chinon.

Day 3

Chinon ~ Azay-le-Rideau (55 kms)

We leave Vienne and cycle towards the river Indre where we find Châeau Ussé. Next stop is Villandry and its incredible Michelin 3***rated gardens., then cycle through delightful riding country to Azay-le-Rideau, another top-rated château. Tonight you will stay at the Hotel Châteu with the chance to visit the spectacular son et lumière, and the spectacle at Azay-le-Rideau is worth the stroll.

Day 4

Azay-le-Rideau ~ Loches (59 kms)

Today is a long cycle, 60km plus, but much of it follows the delightful Indre valley and the flat rolling countryside that divides the Indre and the River Cher. The Indre valley is widely regarded as the prettiest of all the many river valleys in the region, and Loches is an unsung delight with a lovely château and a charming town centre.

Day 5

Loches ~ Montrichard (42 kms)

A long, memorable day, with some glorious cycling that takes you off the tourist route to the Cher Valley and to the most famous of all the Loire Châteaux, Chenonceau. The Ballroom, built by Catherine de Medici, spans the Cher in spectacular fashion. The on to the Caves du Monmousseau for a tour of their wine cave and a tasting of their sparkling wines. Tonight you are beside the banks of the River Cher at the Hotel Bellevue.

Day 6

Montrichard ~ Chambord (50 kms)

Follow the Cher valley, visiting fascinating mushroom caves at Bourré. After lunch, the route follows quiet backroads across deserted countryside to Château Cheverny which lies in the Cour-Cheverny appellation with wine. The Château Chombard is by far the largest of all the Loire châteaux (and the best!). Our hotel faces this beautiful château in the middle of a vast hunting park.

Day 7

Chambord ~ Amboise (63 kms)

Much of today is spent beside the Loire downstream, passing through Chaumont. Your final destination is Amboise. With its beautiful white château overlooking the Loire and the bustling medieval centre, Amboise was also the last home of Leonardo da Vinci at the Clos-Luce, which is well worth a visit. Your last night is at the Hotel le Vinci.

Day 8


We will arrange transport to Amboise train station with an 11-minute journey to the TGV station at St Pierre des Corps. A departure time from St Pierre of 10.30 arrives in Paris before midday, and London by mid-afternoon.

  • 7 nights accommodation in village hotels wtih breakfasts
  • Seven dinners (group tour only)
  • Guide cycling with group (group tour only)
  • Luggage transfer 
  • Maps and route details
  • Set transfer on arrival day from Saumur to the first hotel
  • Set transfer on departure day from last hotel to Amboise train station

    Note: Bike rental is not included in tour price in 2022.

We use Trek 7300 FX Hybrid 24 speed touring bike with aluminium frame and Shimano gear system.

One this tour the guide cycles with you, however each person has their own route details. There is no “sag” wagon as such but we can arrange to collect the weary!!
The maximum group size on these tours is fifteen people and one, sometimes two guides.

omfortable cycling clothing – padded cycling shorts and cycling gloves are invaluable.
Training shoes are fine for cycling.
Hat, sunglasses, suntan lotion, swimwear.
Casual clothes for evening. You may be grateful for something warm with long sleeves.
Helmets, though not obligatory in France, are highly recommended. To be sure of comfort we suggest you bring your own helmet, however, in the event that you need a helmet, they are provided

Just to let you know that we had a really great holiday.
The hotels, accommodation and meals were all top rate. The bikes (all new) and other equipment- panniers etc were excellent.
We have been raving about our Loire tour since we came home and we are definitely looking forward to doing another next year.

Máire & Ger Buckley (Loire Valley group tour 2012)

Our tour was everything I expected! Pete McGee, the lead guide, was fun, personable, helpful, knowledgeable, and an all-around great guide. The Trek bikes in good condition,
All our hotels were quite comfortable, the evening meals were exquisite, the tour routes were picturesque and safe with minimal to no traffic.

Barbara Koppenhafer (Loire Valley group tour 2013)

We really enjoyed our bike trek. The region was really nice and the weather couldn’t have been better. All our accommodations were great and the staff at each one were very nice. The restaurants, were also very good and we really enjoyed all menus offered.

Elena Vazquez (Loire Valley group 2015)

We had a wonderful time on our tour. The Loire Valley is incredibly beautiful, with a fantastic combination of gorgeous chateaux, amazing history, lovely towns, charming people, stunning scenery, and of course, delicious wine.

Nancy Burns (Loire Valley group 2015)

I had a wonderful time on the Loire Valley Cycling Tour. I couldn't fault any part of it at all! The cycling program was fabulous, the bikes were almost new and in excellent condition. The accommodation and food were also excellent. Our guide was also excellent and the other cyclists were great company, too!
Hoping to do another cycling holiday next year.

Tess Maclaughlin (Loire Valley group 2015)

€1,725.00 per person sharing
+€405.00 single room supplement (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a roommate for you)

€85.00 bike rental

Self Guided Tour Information

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How to get to the start point for Self guided: 

We suggest flying to Paris and then take our set transfer from the train station (see below)

You will be met at Saumur at 18:40 by a tour representative who will be easily identifiable and brought by minibus to the starting point at Montreuil Bellay. Our transfer aims to leave Saumur station by 18:45.
For guided group tour : Transfers will be arranged from Angers train station

At the end of the week you will be brought to the train station Amboise for the departure to Paris Charles de Gaulle / Montparnasse and London (via Lille) at 11:01
For guided group tour : Transfers will be arranged from St Pierre des Corps train station

*Both transfers are included in the tour price.
Note: On the group tour the times shown are the only transfers we arrange ,  on self Guided tours you can arrive at any time at our designated train stations.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

Montreuil Bellay

Day 1: Relais du Bellay

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Day 2: Hotel de France

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Day 3: Hotel Des Chateaux

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Day 4: Hotel Georges Sand

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Day 5: Hotel Bellevue

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Day 6: Hotel Saint Florent in Mont Pres Chambord

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Day 7: Best Weste Hotel la Vinci

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If you have been on a previous tour, there is a €50.00 discount on our week long tours in Ireland (unfortunately this discount does not apply to other European trips)

A €250.00 deposit is required for each person booking on a holiday. The Balance payment is required two month prior to the starting date. The deposit is forfeited in the event of a cancellation of your booking. The balancing payment is also non-refundable in the event of the cancellation occuring within 14 days of the tour starting date. All transactions are taken in Euro.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
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  • The balance of all monies due, including any surcharges applicable at the time, must be paid to the company or their agents not later than 60 days before departure. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply. If any cheque is dishonoured we reserve the right to charge €25 to cover administration costs.
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.
  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
  • Should the client have a reason to complain, you must immediately notify our representative and the relevant supplier. If the client’s complaint is not dealt with satisfactorily at the time, they must write to us with full details of the complaint within 28 days of the end of the tour. Failure to notify complaints entirely within accordance of this clause will diminish or extinguish the client’s ability to claim compensation.
  • The company provides all services on a “ground only” basis. The client is responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated start points of each tour. The company cannot accept any liability for any delay/cancellation in your transportation and cannot offer any refunds for lost holiday time.
  • Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders and agents whilst on the tour with the company. If in the opinion of such persons the health, level of fitness or conduct of a client at any time before or after departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of a tour the client may be excluded from all or part of the tour without refund or recompense. In the case of ill health the company may make such arrangements as it sees fit and recover the costs thereof from the client. If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and the Company shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. If you are affected by a condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect you or affect other people’s enjoyment or active participation of the tour, you must advise us at the time of booking. No refund will be given for any unused services.
  • The Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised. However, it reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in our brochure/website. If a major change is necessary or deemed advisable, the company will advise the client as soon as reasonably possible, if there is no time before departure. A major change does not apply to a change of transport or named accommodation, but is usually considered a major change in itinerary or change in duration of a client’s holiday. If advised of a major change before departure, the client will have the choice of accepting changes (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available tour from the company, or cancelling the tour with a full refund.

    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
  • Client’s bookings are accepted on the understanding that they appreciate the risks inherent in adventure travel and that they undertake the tours featured in our programme at their own volition. Our obligations, and those of any suppliers providing any service or facility involved in any travel arrangements you book with us, are to provide services and facilities with reasonable care and skill. Facilities will be provided to the realistic minimum standard recommended by the regulatory authorities responsible.
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    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.