Would you like to enjoy your trip to France in a different way for a change? Why don’t you explore the wonderful nature and architecture of Loire Valley by bike? Marvelous landscapes, breathtaking castles, fresh air and exercise – doesn’t that sound like a perfect vacation?
About Loire Valley
Located only one hour from Paris, in the west of France, the Loire Valley is a region of nature and history. Lovers of ancient castles and chateaux will enjoy themselves! Not only the world-famous castles of Chenonceau and Chambord, the smaller castles like Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and Saumur are worth a visit. Apart from that, you must see the city of Ambroise and the magnificent landscapes and woodlands of Loire Valley. Perfect for unforgettable Loire Valley bike tours.
How to get there
If you are already in Paris, it is not difficult to get to Loire Valley. Find out more about travelling to Loire Valley here!
Loire Valley Bike Tours
Most providers offer both guided and self-guided tours. Both have their advantages, based on your ideas and needs. The local guides not only lead the way but they know loads of stories about the region. So, if you wish to learn more about the region, its history and its anecdotes, you should book a guided tour. However, if you prefer to discover the region at your own pace, we recommend a self-guided tour.
There is a great deal of various offers available during spring and summer months, mostly from April to October. Please check the website of the specific provider for detailed information. All in all, you can choose between several bike tours with different durations – from only one day up to six days. In case of a duration of more than one day, most offers will include accommodation. You will be able to pick the Loire Valley bike tour that fits best for you since various routes are offered.
Additionally, there can be extra activities to guarantee an outstanding experience for you. For example, you can take a break to have a picnic in a nice spot off the road, visit the breathtaking castles and charming villages with their winding streets all around the area. There are even offers including wine tastings. Or you can also try a Bike & Spa if you’re into wellness!
Length & difficulty
To give you a rough idea of the tours, you will do 25 miles within approximately 12 hours, for example. The level of difficulty varies but most providers will indicate how strenuous the tour will be. If you would like to go on a Loire Valley bike tour, be prepared for cycling through a region with hills and changing grounds since most routes will lead you on back roads and through forests.
First, please don’t overestimate your own fitness! Cycling all day long can be more exhausting than you may think. So, perhaps it is more reasonable to book an easier route for a start. If you are an expert when it comes to cycling, don’t hesitate to try the other bike tours. But even if you are used to cycling a lot, don’t forget the drink enough water, especially during the hot summer months.
Second, if you’re coming with your family, check out first if there are family offers. If your children are old and fit enough for a bike tour, you might be interested in one of the easier ones. But after a whole day riding your bikes, one thing is for certain – your kids are going to sleep like a baby.