Diverse Directions: Self-Guided Cycling Tours in France

Cycling Tours in the Loire Valley

Our Loire Valley tour itineraries are a joy for everyone. The cycling is relatively easy, the starting points are just a short train ride from Paris, and the cycling is almost completely done on bike paths or very quiet roads designated as bike routes. You can often cycle for miles without encountering motorized traffic. These itineraries are ideally suited to those making their first cycling tour in France.

Land of romantic castles -- built for luxury rather than defense -- the Loire Valley is known as the heart and soul of France. Here you will find gentle landscapes crossed by a myriad of rivers -- all tributaries of the Loire, Europe's last untamed river. The Loire and its tributaries exhibit a natural beauty that has been largely untouched by human hands. And rising seemingly everywhere along the banks of these rivers are the grand châteaux.

The Loire Valley's terrain is mostly gentle, making for easy cycling, though cliffs often arise abruptly from the river banks, adding grandeur to the geography. Like many regions of France, the Loire Valley virtually constitutes one huge vineyard, producing an enormous variety of reds, whites, and rosés. There are also large areas of ancient forests that introduce another wonderful dimension to cycling here.

The table below provides an overview of each of the cycling tour itineraries that Diverse Directions offers in the Loire Valley. Click on the itinerary name for complete details.

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checkmark Only 1 - 2 Hours from Paris by Train

checkmark Easy Cycling

checkmark Cycling on Bike Paths & Tiny, Local Roads

checkmark Exquisite Castles Virtually Everywhere

checkmark Historic Cities, once Home to French Kings

checkmark Authentic Medieval Villages

checkmark Beautiful Landscapes & Rivers

checkmark Vineyards / Wine tastings

checkmark Expanses of Dense Forests

Loire Tour Itineraries Overnight Destinations Tour Format Level of Difficulty # Days / Nights Adult / Child Price
Loire Valley Châteaux 6-Day Circuit Blois, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, & Chinon Circuit Easy to Moderately Challenging 6 / 7 $675 / $275
Loire Valley Châteaux 5-Day Circuit Blois, Amboise, & Azay-le-Rideau Circuit Easy to Moderately Challenging 5 / 6 $575 / $250
Loire Valley Châteaux 5-Day Circuit Blois, Amboise, & Tours Circuit Easy to Moderately Challenging 5 / 6 $535 / $250
Loire Valley Châteaux 4-Day Circuit Blois, Amboise, & Azay-le-Rideau Circuit Easy to Moderately Challenging 4 / 5 $525 / $225
Western Loire Valley Châteaux 3-Day Circuit Tours, Azay-le-Rideau, & Chinon Circuit Easy to Moderately Challenging 3 / 4 $395 / $175
Eastern Loire Valley Châteaux 3-Day Circuit Blois & Amboise Circuit Easy to Moderately Challenging 3 / 4 $375 / $150
Western Loire Valley Châteaux 2-Day Circuit Tours & Azay-le-Rideau Circuit Easy to Moderately Challenging 2 / 3 $325 / $125
Loire Valley Châteaux Hub & Spoke Amboise Hub & Spoke Easy to Moderately Challenging 5 / 6
4 / 5
3 / 4
2 / 3
$325 / $175
$300 / $150
$275 / $125
$250 / $100

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