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Loire Valley Bike Tours


Our Loire Valley cycling trips are favourites amongst our clients. Affectionately known as the Garden of France, the fertile Loire Valley is replete with opulent estates and châteaux that date back thousands of years. Once a popular region with kings, queens and nobles who established their feudal castles and ornate palaces, it hasn’t lost its character. The valleys yield abundant fruit, asparagus and grapevines. The Loire Valley is the biggest producer of white wine in France, including the Sancerre, Vouvray and Quincy appellations and the perfect destination for a leisurely cycling holiday.

Our Loire Valley cycling holidays tend to be quite flat, making them good for leisurely cyclists and families. There are well-marked routes along the Loire, Indre, Cher and Vienne rivers, through beautiful villages and past some of the region’s most notable attractions. Don’t miss the quirky troglodyte caves dotted through the valley, especially the system of caves where mushrooms are grown.

Call our cycle experts to find out more about our self guided Loire Valley bike tours. Remember, our cycling holidays are ABTA and ATOL protected.

Why Book With Us?

  • 40 years' creating tailor-made holidays
  • Crafted by experts who love cycling
  • Boutique hotels and gourmet dining
  • Local support in destination
  • Luggage transferred between your hotels
  • Fully serviced hybrid and e-bikes
  • ABTA & ATOL protected

Our Top Tours in the Loire Valley

Discover fabulous châteaux and medieval towns in the fairytale Loire Valley. Our cycle experts have hand crafted these leisurely tours for perfect pedalling and exceptional experiences. Explore this wonderful region by bike and discover its charm and beauty for yourself.

Our Top Accommodation in the Loire Valley

Explore our boutique and hand-picked accommodation in this wonderful region. Whether it’s a charming hotel or an indulgent château, rest assured you’ll sleep like royalty on our leisurely cycle tours.

Cycling in France

Things to Do in the Loire Valley

Chateaux on a Loire Valley cycling holiday

Châteaux of the Loire

Awarded UNESCO status for its staggering number of medieval châteaux, admire the poignant turrets, cupolas and enormous banquet halls on our Loire Valley cycling tours. Cycle to the Renaissance Château de Chambord, which is the largest château in the valley. Château de Villandry is known for its triple-terraced gardens that are open year round. On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon Fortress was the meeting place of Dauphin Charles VII and Joan of Arc, before her battle to free the city of Orléans from the British.

Most Beautiful Châteaux in the Loire
Food and wine on a Loire Valley cycling holiday

Food & Wine

You’ll enjoy some of the finest cuisine on our Loire Valley cycling trips. Salmon and pike perch are line-caught and perfectly accompanied by locally grown mushrooms, white asparagus and artichokes. Fruit bowls are overflowing with cherries, pears and strawberries. Crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc and sweet Chenin Blanc white wines are produced from local vines. If you are in Chinon on a Thursday morning, cycle to the farmers market to pick up picnic supplies of fresh fruit, vegetables and delicious locally-made cheeses.

Best Restaurants in the Loire Valley
Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax

What our experts say

Our cycling holiday was seamless from the get-go and thoroughly enjoyable – every detail thought through. We stayed in boutique hotels and enjoyed the leisurely cycling in the Loire. I highly recommend booking a trip this year.

Cycling Tours in the Loire Valley

Inspiration for Cycling Holidays in the Loire Valley

FAQs About Our Loire Valley Cycling Holidays

The Loire Valley has 500 miles of bike paths, which are relatively flat and easy to cycle along.

The Cycling for Softies tours to the Loire run from April to October. We run our tours this time of year because of the good weather conditions. In addition, landmarks, shops and accommodation are open during this time.

Our expert team will make your Loire Valley cycling holiday as smooth as possible from start to finish. When you book a flight-inclusive package we will provide you with all the latest travel information you need. We are also ABTA & ATOL bonded so you can book with confidence.

Our self guided cycling tours in the Loire Valley are curated for easy cycling which makes it very inclusive for any level of cyclist joining the trip. The terrain isn’t tricky and the distances are very manageable. There are plenty of stops too.

We Can Tailor-make
a Holiday to Suit You…

We have a team of experts on hand to help you choose the perfect holiday. From a luxury cycling holiday weekend in Tuscany to a big adventure in through the Loire Valley, we’re whatever you want your holiday to be.