Place Plumereau in Tours
Chateau de Villandry in department of Indre-et-Loire, France
A weekend ride and heritage
The Eurovelo 6 and Loire à Vélo occasionally cross paths on this cyclable stretch between Tours and Saumur. Your journey follows the mighty Loire river through prestigious vineyards bathed in light and nourished by the abundant waters of the Cher, Indre and Vienne. Crossing the foot of the famous chateaux, the Jardin de France offers you a pleasant break from the open air. Ride your bikes for two days of fun in this green countryside.
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After a walk to explore Tours, with its half-timbered houses and Saint-Gatien Cathedral route, take the road which runs alongside the Cher. Famous for its French gardens, the Château de Villandry is an interesting first approach to the renaissance monuments that dot the banks of the Loire. The cycle path will then guide you towards the Loire from which you will take the exit for Rigny-Ussé, where you will arrive early enough to visit its Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant. Finish your day with a tasting in one of Chinon’s many wine cellars.
MyTripTailor Tip: the château d’Azay-le-Rideau requires a detour of a few kilometres, but is well worth the trip if you have the inclination. However, there won’t be enough time to visit three castles in one day so you’ll have to make a choice.
Get back in the saddle to follow the Vienne followed by the Loire through the beautiful tufa villages of Candes-Saint-Martin and Monsoreau. Between greenways and small roads, the banks of the Loire will lead you to the Abbey of Fontevraud, the beautiful guardian of the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Along the way, you will pass hillside vineyards and troglodyte villages that will enhance your route. Saumur and its chateau await your arrival from up high and offer a breathtaking panoramic view over the Loire.
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