During this trip you will stay in the same place, so you only have to unpack your suitcase once! The described routes are only some examples of the tours you can do. When you receive your tripdetails, we will give you about different routes you can choose from every day.
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.
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
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
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
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
After breakfast end of the trip...or you extend your trip and book some extra nights?
All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.
We have chosen a comfortable 3* hotel where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included and 2 dinners during the trip : one ‘gastronomic’ and one ‘bistro’.
For this trip you can choose between Comfort and Comfort +. When choosing Comfort +, you will be staying in an "Ambiance room".
5 Nights included
3 Star Hotels
Tourist tax included
Breakfasts and 2 Dinners included during the trip : one ‘gastronomic’ and one ‘bistro’
Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest
24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline
No Luggage transport. You are based at the same hotel for 5 nights
Parking possibilities at the hotel
GPS tracks are available on request
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.