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7 Days Wine, Sightseeing and Cycling Tour in Loire Valley, France
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Hôtel Le Manoir Les Minimes, 34 Quai Charles Guinot, Amboise, Canton of Amboise, Arrondissement of Loches, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Self-Guided Cycling Tour in France

This tour will give you opportunities to explore the Loire Valley wine region. You will experience some of the best wine tastings in the area to complement this cycling tour. You will discover a large selection of Loire wines on this trip such as red wines from Chinon, bubbly Vouvray wines, white and rosé wines from Montlouis, Azay-le-Rideau, and Saumur-Champigny. Cycle through the vineyards and get your wines!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Bike paths through the vineyards, flat with rolling countryside and possible short climbs
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day), moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31 - 45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 109 - 140 miles / 175 - 225 kilometers
  • Vacation type: Leisure cycling
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike (included)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 135 EUR
  • Road bike: Available to rent / 135 EUR
  • Tandem bike: Available to rent / 40 EUR


  • 5-day self-guided cycling
  • Wine tastings in the Loire Valley area
  • Starts in Amboise and ends in Saumur
  • Use of 1 GPS for 3 people and road book with maps
  • Hybrid bike rental during the tour
  • Breakfasts, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transfers


5 days with instruction
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On this tour, you will be accommodated at various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels.

Prices are based on double occupancy rooms that include private bath or shower. Single rooms are limited and are subject to supplemental charges. This is an extra charge over the quoted double room rate which is a shared rate. Single individuals who are not requesting single rooms will be booked into a double with another traveler of the same gender, whenever possible. If a share arrangement is unavailable, the supplement will be assessed prior to departure when Discover France has confirmed that there will be no additional travelers.

If alternative hotels of the same category / standing are fully-booked, there will be no change to the tour price. If the lack of room availability requires that Discover France books you to an inferior / superior category hotel or room, you will be notified in advance and given the option to accept or decline the change as well as any change in the tour price.

Notes: Solo travelers are welcome, but a higher solo supplement is applicable to cover costs that aren't shared such as bag transfers, orientation, etc.


This trip includes some of the best wine tastings of Loire Valley area: the red wine from Chinon, sparkling Vouvray wine, Montlouis, and Saumur-Champigny. It combines the Loire Valley vineyards with the most beautiful and famous chateaux and villages of the area. Most of the itineraries are on bike paths that travel through the vineyards without crossing a car. Because it can be frustrating to visit a wine country and not be able to bring some wine home, some of the wine tasting places offer a shipping service. You will also have the option to take cooking classes to prepare your own meal to go with the delicious wine.

On your first evening (or morning), you’ll be met by a Discover France representative, who will get your trip off to a great start by ensuring you’re comfortable with the routes and your trip materials. They arrange all of your luggage transfers. And should any urgent issues arise, you have 24-hour access to a Discover France person through their local self-guided support hotline.

  • Level: Casual (for beginners and occasional cyclists) or hobby (for weekend riders and people with some cycling experience)
  • Average distance per day: 25.44 miles / 41 kilometers
  • Average elevation gain per day: 243 meters


Day 1: Arrive in Amboise

From Paris, you can take the TGV to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps and then a taxi to Amboise. Transfer on your own and settle into your hotel. Staff from Discover France will greet you and give information including a map explaining the Loire Valley wines and appellations. They will set up and equip your bike for you and answer your questions about this tour. This orientation meeting will be arranged after booking. If you arrive early enough you can visit the nearby royal Château d'Amboise or the Clos Lucé (former home of Leonardo De Vinci).

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on your own
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 2: Loop ride to Chenonceau with wine tasting

  • Distance: option 1 (22 miles / 35 kilometers) or option 2 (31 miles / 50 kilometers) 
  • Elevation gain: option 1 (131 meters) or option 2 (349 meters)

The ride today will take you through the vineyards of the Amboise area and to the famous Château de Chenonceau that you can visit at your own pace. During your visit, you can see the cellar of Chenonceau and try the local wine made in the chateau itself!

Continue your ride towards the charming village of Montrichard and the cave of Monmousseau to discover their secrets of sparkling wines production. Return to Amboise, where you can continue to explore the historical center and chateaux.

This evening, a wine tasting is included in Amboise with a local winemaker. He keeps some aged bottles of wine; you might find your birthday bottle there! The wine tasting comes with local cheese.

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 3: Ride to Tours with Vouvray wine tasting

  • Distance: 20 miles / 32 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 164 meters

The morning starts with a beautiful ride in the vineyards of Montlouis. You will see and eventually meet wine producers working there. Stop in the charming village of Montlouis where you can go visit local producers’ wineries or keep on riding to the next wine area on the other side of the Loire River in Vouvray. Vouvray is known for its sparkling wine (similar to champagne).

A wine tasting served with a light lunch is reserved in a local chateau. You will visit their cellar then take a tour to see their grapes just above the “coteaux” (vineyards hill). Ship your favorite wine from the wine tasting home to the US! This place is among other selected wineries that propose possibilities to ship your wine selections home.

Finish your ride in Tours, a bike-friendly town with nice bike lanes by the river. You can choose to have dinner in one of the many “bar à vin” wine bars listed in your travel book.

Private cooking class (150 EUR per person)

A chef meets you at the winery where you will cook your lunch together. Your private cooking class is directly in the cellar with a local French chef (English-speaking) and then you will share the lunch together in a private room on the property.

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 4: Château de Villandry to Azay-le-Rideau

  • Distance: option 1 (22 miles / 35 kilometers) or option 2 (30 miles / 48 kilometers) 
  • Elevation gain: option 1 (200 meters) or option 2 (256 meters)

This morning you will ride on one of the nicest bike paths in the area. Only fishermen and cyclists take this peaceful lane that brings you to the famous gardens of the Château de Villandry. There are many possibilities for lunch in Villandry, you can try the vegetables that come from the gardens of the chateau in the restaurant nearby!

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 5: Chinon wine and castle

  • Distance: option 1 (24 miles / 39 kilometers) or option 2 (30 miles / 48 kilometers) 
  • Elevation gain: option 1 (250 meters) or option 2 (350 meters)

Your ride continues west and to the most famous wine area of the Loire Valley: Chinon. First, you will go through the village of “vannerie” (weaved basketry) and through one of the most beautiful villages of France: Crissay-sur-Manse. Then you enter the territory of Chinon vineyards! The longer riding option travels through the charming village of L'Île-Bouchard. Your destination of the day brings you to Chinon. Do not miss the fortress of Chinon, on the top hill of the town. The story says that it is there that Joan of Arc met the king to raise an army against England.

You will have a wine tasting in Chinon with the possibility to ship your wine home to the US. Chinon is a charming town and a wine tasting in the city with the most famous local producer is included. You will sample the famous Chinon red wines, produced from the same grape as a Bordeaux with some local food specialties.

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 6: From Chinon red wine to Saumur sparkling white

  • Distance: option 1 (21 miles / 34 kilometers) or option 2 (29 miles / 47 kilometers) 
  • Elevation gain: option 1 (187 meters) or option 2 (300 meters)

The day starts with an easy ride along the river bank. You can decide to do the long ride and visit the largest abbey in Europe: Fontevraud Abbey. Not to miss is the “Tuffaut” troglodytic site (limestone caves) and the picturesque Turquant, with its unique village of workshops of local artists and craftsmen located within the limestone caves.

Have a wine tasting before Saumur at the end of the afternoon in a chateau that has just celebrated its 350th anniversary! Once again, you will be able to taste a wine that you can ship home to the US.

This evening, there is another chateau that you can visit: Château de Saumur. Settle in your hotel, if you want to try another wine cellar, Discover France's recommendations are noted in the travel book. There is also a wine cellar where you can ride your bike around!

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 7: Departure day

Your departure will be after a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)

Notes: You can ask Discover France to design you a custom tour or simply take their maps and add miles to your route. Feel free to improvise, but know your limits and know what the symbols on the maps mean!


For this tour, you should be an independent person, capable of reading a map, interpreting directions, and taking charge of your planning. Discover France is here to help you, but in the end, you will be the one out there on the road / trail and the more prepared you are mentally as well as physically, the more fun and better memories you will have! Use this tour as an excuse to increase your conditioning and fitness and take some time to read everything Discover France sends to you as well as do your own research.

Everyone travels at his or her own speed. In the bike rides, Discover France generalizes an average of 13 - 18 kilometers per hour on flat surfaces and 10 - 13 kilometers per hour on grade. Those times do include bathroom breaks, but not the time for lunch and visits. Everyone should allow time to stop and explore, visit sites, and check directions.

If you can ride a bike at 20 miles per hour, you cannot take a trip and expect to finish a ride in two hours. First, you need to allow time to check directions as you go, and then stop to visit. No less than four hours should be allowed to do any of the hikes and rides Discover France has in their programs on any day. Longer days will last as much as eight hours with stops and visits included.

Bicycle rental

Discover France includes hybrid bikes in the tour rate. Bicycle rentals are optional for all tours and are available for an additional charge. Bicycles are e-bikes or road bikes of very high quality. The brand may change from year to year, so you are responsible for inquiring about what type of bike and added gear is provided with your bicycle rental at the time you reserve it.

Bikes are delivered to each participant based on height. They are sized as close as possible but they remain rentals and may take some minor adjustments. The quality is top notch for rentals. Discover France's mechanics review every bike after each rental to prepare for the next use. While on tour, remember that you must know how to fix a flat tire. Discover France gives you the tools, but they are not on call to fix that. They will resolve any other mechanical issues if they should arise.

Any participant who chooses to bring his / her own bicycle is responsible for all mechanical issues and all transportation issues including traveling by train, which is difficult in France on the TGV. The bike you received is your responsibility once you are on the road. When the bike is at the hotel (inside or in the hotel's storage), the bike is under the hotel's responsibility. If you do not return the bike, break it or lose it, you will be invoiced for 400 EUR per hybrid / mountain bike or 1,200 EUR per road bike or e-bike. Each time, you have to check with the reception to know where to leave your bike.

Hybrid bike - SCOTT Sub Sport 20

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom rack time carrier, and compatibility with Snap-it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure. All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.

Included with your bike rental:

  • Rear pannier containing: Helmet, lock, pump, and 2 spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit, tire levers, and patch kit
  • 1 water bottle (souvenir)
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)

Road bike - Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 6

Cannondale's carbon construction method uses precisely placed high stiffness fibers over a base of high tensile strength fibers and high impact resins to deliver an extremely lightweight and perfectly tuned stiffness, without sacrificing strength. Discover France has all sizes for you: XS, S, M, L, XL. The weight is approximately eight kilograms (18 pounds).

Included with your bike rental:

  • Saddlebag containing: Toolkit, tire levers, patch kit, 2 spare tubes, and 1 hand pump
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)
  • 2 water bottle (souvenir)

E-bike - Cannondale Mavaro Active 1

With its integrated rack, seamless assist, and comfortable upright position, the Mavaro is all about freedom. The freedom to enjoy weekend treks or trips to the store, the freedom to escape the car for the daily commute or the freedom to feel the wind in your face - effortlessly.

Included with your bike rental:

  • Rear pannier containing: Helmet, lock, pump, and 2 spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit, tire levers, and patch kit
  • 1 water bottle (souvenir)
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)

Tandem bike - Cannondale Tandem 29er

A more upright and adventurous model brings the strength, stability, and smooth-rolling comfort of 29-inch wheels to the two-up crowd.

Kid bike - Orbea MX 20 or 24

The Orbea MX 20 or 24 (or equivalent) is a truly functional bike for smaller riders who like a race-inspired style. With this bike, let your children ride totally safe.

Included with your bike rental:

  • Helmet
  • 1 new bottle
  • 2 tire levers, 1 spare tube, patch kit, and multi-tool

GPS and route books

Discover France provides, at the orientation, a roadbook with cue sheet (step by step itinerary), detailed maps, and regional information. Discover France is proud to be a leader in providing complete and even advance technology on their self-guided and custom-guided tours that allow their clients to use the best equipment possible. They invested in GPS units a few years back and have some simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices available on nearly all of their tours.

Garmin GPS are included on all tours. Since 2008, Discover France had mainly chosen Garmin for their GPS (or equivalent brand in some countries). They change the units every two years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices, they are available on all of their tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. One GPS is provided for every three people. The GPS you received is your responsibility. In case you lose, break it or do not return it, you will be invoiced for 300 EUR.

Discover France roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that they have planned and laid out. They have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of their customers over many years (since 1997) to make the road books even better.

The road books include colored-maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step). Discover France tries to give you enough information to interpret the route without giving you too much information that makes you read all the time and not enjoy the ride. It is a delicate balance!

Tour support

Even on a self-guided tour, Discover France is behind the scenes working and they are available to you if you need help. In their two offices in the Loire Valley and in the South of France, they are on standby via phone for all of their travelers no matter where they are in France. This support service is available during daylight hours when the clients are out on the routes.

They will help customers arrange alternative transfers if the weather is bad or if someone is sick and can't participate in the day's activity. They can also iron out any problem with hotels you may encounter when you arrive. Moreover, they can help if a bike problem should arise and help with additional services you may need during your trip.

Surface / trail / road conditions

All assumed to be in good condition; no technical experience is needed and not an added difficulty factor. You will also find plenty of road signs and indications to keep you on course and roads are easily identified on maps included with the roadbook.

Luggage transfer

Bags are transferred for the self-guided trips via pre-arranged transportation with the hotel. You will need to have bags packed and left at the checkout desk by 09:00, or it will be noted what time bags must be dropped. Check for any bag limits. Bags are dropped at the hotel by 17:00 (latest time). Discover France has never lost a bag - don't worry about that!

Child policy

Children are welcome at many of the hotels, but kids under the age of 10 may require special equipment such as trailers or child tandems. If so, Discover France recommends parents to have some prior experience at home with these tools. Keep in mind that some of the routes and tour activities may not be very interesting for children. Discover France recommends discussing the proposed routes with them to determine whether the route is suitable for kids.

Health requirements

Ask yourself if you are fit enough to do the trip you are contemplating and enjoy yourself along the way. Discover France's cycling tours require a minimum level of fitness, so please call them. While on tour, please remember you’ll have access to their local support contacts, but if you are unable to finish the day’s ride, they will send a support van. Of course, that’s just another opportunity to have a beer at a local cafe, smell the flowers, etc.


This cycling tour will take place in the Loire Valley, France. It will start in Amboise and end in Saumur. The route will cover places such as Amboise, Montrichard, Montlouis, Vouvray, Villandry, Crissay-sur-Manse, Tours, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Turquant, and Saumur.

Loire Valley

Only a short train ride south of Paris, the Loire Valley is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Touring this French region, you can ride from one amazing castle to another: Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, and Villandry to name only a few. Although the Loire Valley is best known for its many castles, it also boasts lovely historical towns such as Chartres, picturesque villages, and many vineyards from which the Loire Valley wine is made.


Six breakfasts, one light lunch, and one dinner are included. You will also have four wine tastings, one of them comes with local cheese.

Food is the best part of travel in France! This is certainly no time to go on a diet, but as you will learn in France, many wonderful things can be enjoyed in moderation. The tour offers cuisine of the region and suggestions for places to visit and specialties to enjoy will be available. For meals that are included, if you have a special need, please let Discover France know in advance and they will make every effort to meet those needs. In nearly every case, beverages are not included with meals (your individual purchase).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3-day self-guided cycling
  • 4 wine tastings (3 wine tasting with the possibility to ship your wine to the USA)
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Use of 1 Garmin Oregon GPS for 3 people
  • Use of a detailed roadbook (including detailed maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary, and cue sheets)
  • Orientation in person with a local guide
  • Technical and emergency support (available at all times)
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 light lunch, and 1 dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Other meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any personal items

How to get there

Arrival by train

From Paris Montparnasse to Gare de Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, you can reach Amboise which is accessible via train for one hour by TGV or train to Amboise for one hour 35 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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