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Loire Valley cycling routes
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Loire Valley - cycling around Fontevraud
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Loire Valley - cycling around Fontevraud

Loire Valley - cycling around Fontevraud

Enjoy castles, gardens and wine

  • A region with many places to explore
  • Discover towns full of history, medieval castles and old abbeys
  • Majestic rivers and beautiful nature surroundings
  • Taste the delicious local wines from the area
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Start: Fontevraud      Finish: Fontevraud

Day 1: Arrival in Fontevraud
Day 2: Cycling roundtrip via Chinon (42 km)
Day 3: Cycling roundtrip via Saumur - (37 km)
Day 4: Cycling roundtrip via Cadre Noir de Saumur (49 km)
Day 5: Cycling roundtrip around Fontevraud (20 km)
Day 6: Departure from Fontevraud

Day 1:    Arrival in Fontevraud

You individually travel to Fontevraud. Check in at your hotel and have a stroll around the abbey (or buy tickets to visit) and through the town centre. 

Day 2:    Cycling roundtrip via Chinon (42 km)

Cycle at an easy pace through the woods and sunflower fields (when flowering) to the magnificent historic town of Chinon. Visit the fortress or enjoy life on a terrace by the banks of the majestic Vienne river. On the way back to the hotel you could also visit the museum of the famous French author François Rabelais.

Challenge: 42km, 216m ascent, 220m descent

Day 3:    Cycling roundtrip via Saumur - (37 km)

Today you'll cycle to Saumur, with it's chateau that overlooks confluence of the Loire.The Château de Saumur has been listed as a "monument historique" by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862. The town of Saumur is very pleasant, with its imposing 17th century church of Notre Dame des Ardilliers and at Saint-Pierre square, you can admire its half-timbered houses. You can also visit a distillery in the center or try some wines from the region! From Saumur you get to choose: cycle back or take a boatride on the Loire river to Montsoreau. As of there it's only 4 km. back to the hotel.

Challenge: 37km, 191m ascent, 205m descent

Day 4:    Cycling roundtrip via Cadre Noir de Saumur (49 km)

Today you'll cycle around in the countryside of the Anjou area (which is nowadays called the Mainee-et-Loire department), also known for the Chenin Blanc grapes. You will continue your way to Cadre Noir, which is thé center for equestrian fans ( the French military riding academy). The route continues through the idyllic valley of the Loire, back to your hotel.

Challenge: 49km, 246m ascent, 244m descent

Day 5:    Cycling roundtrip around Fontevraud (20 km)

If you haven't done so far, take some time in the morning to visit the world famous abbey of Fontevraud. In the afternoon you can cycle a relaxed tour in the area, through woods and picturesque villages and then come back to Fontevraud.

Challenge: 20km, 145m ascent, 146m descent

Day 6:    Departure from Fontevraud

After breakfast end of the trip...or you extend your trip and book some extra nights?

'standard' hotels

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose a comfortable 3* hotels where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included and 2 diners during the trip : one ‘gastronomic’ and one ‘bistro’.

You can book this trip with upgraded room ('SELECT' option)

Hotel La Croix Blanche *** (Fontevraud l'Abbaye)
Hotel La Croix Blanche *** (Fontevraud l'Abbaye)
'Select' hotels
Hotel La Croix Blanche *** (Fontevraud l'Abbaye)
Hotel La Croix Blanche *** (Fontevraud l'Abbaye)
practical info

Departure any day of the week from 1st April to 31st October.

The best airport of arrival is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), which is also served by several low cost carriers.

Also, possibility of arrival in Nantes Airport.

Arrival/Departure in/from Fontevraud

From Paris, you can take the TGV (high speed train) to Tours (approx. 1h05). From Tours, you take the local train (TER) to Saumur (approx. 30 min). For time tables and further information look at the website SNCF or TER-SNCF.

At the Saumur train station, you will need to take a taxi (approx. 20 min to Fontevraud), on request.

From Paris to Fontevraud (approx. 3h20 - 310 km/192 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

If you are driving to the Loire Valley, you can leave your car at the first accommodation’s private car park for the duration of the trip.

Parking possibilities at the hotel


ARCADE Escape Men/Lady, 24 Speed  

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock


KALKHOFF Voyager 8i  

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

GPS tracks are available on request



  • 5 Nights in a charming 3* hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 2 Diners : one ‘gastronomic’ and one ‘bistro’
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps 
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and back Fontevraud
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental


  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental 
  • E-bike supplement 
'Standard' hotels 'Select' hotels
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