michelin map little-arrow arrow-right arrow-left close circle check motorbike car hike bike mtb balade edit-location location arrow-dropdown facebook linkedin instagram youtube bicycle contact-tel hand-card price activity route france-ne france-nw france-se france-sw
France, Indre-et-Loire (37), Vallée de la Loire classée Patrimoine Mondial de l' UNESCO, Rigny-Ussé, château d' Ussé qui a inspiré Charles Perrault pour La Belle au bois dormant ©Ph. Body/hemis.fr

France, Indre-et-Loire (37), Vallée de la Loire classée Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, vers Rigny-Ussé, vue sur la Loire et route cyclable qui s'intègre à l'EuroVélo 6, itinéraire qui permettra de relier à vélo la façade atlantique à la Mer Noire en longeant les fleuves, à travers dix pays sur 3650 km ©H. Lenain/hemis.fr

the medieval square: place plumereau in the vieux tours ©Faabi/iStock

Place Plumereau in Tours

France, Indre-et-Loire (37), Vallée de la Loire classée Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, près de Villandry, piste cyclable sur l'itinéraire de l'EuroVélo 6, qui permettra de relier à vélo la façade atlantique à la Mer Noire en longeant les fleuves, à travers dix pays sur 3650 km ©H. Lenain/hemis.fr

France, Indre-et-Loire (37), Vallée de la Loire classée au Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, château de Chinon, style médiéval, au bord de la la rivière la Vienne ©Ph. Body/hemis.fr

France, Maine et Loire (49), Vallée de la Loire classée Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, Anjou, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Abbaye de Fontevraud, classée Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, XII-XVII siècle, église abbatiale XII siècle, Cloître Sainte-Marie ou Grand Cloître ©Ph. Body/hemis.fr

France, Indre-et-Loire (37), Vallée de la Loire classée au Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, Candes-Saint-Martin, labellisé Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Confluence de la Loire et la Vienne ©Ph. Body/hemis.fr

France, Indre-et-Loire (37), Vallée de la Loire, classée Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, Tours, promenade le long de la Loire et le pont Wilson daté du XVIIIe siècle ©Ph. Body/hemis.fr

Villandry, France - April 26, 2012: Photography of the Chateau de Villandry in France. A beautiful garden belongs to the Castle. Castle of Villandry is located in the Loire Valley ©Nellmac/iStock

Chateau de Villandry in department of Indre-et-Loire, France

view of the French town of Saumur in the Loire River running through it ©fotoluk1983/iStock

Saumur

The Loire by bike from Tours to Saumur

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.

Ref : 450

Customize your trip

Tours Saumur

Day 1 - Tours – Chinon

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.

  • Distance : 57 km
  • Altitude + :116 m
  • Altitude - :34 m

Day 2 - Chinon – Saumur

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.

  • Distance : 38 km
  • Altitude + :116 m
  • Altitude - :22 m

Our added value