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Tours to Angers - Self Guided Bike Tour - Loire Valley France - Van Gogh Tours

Tours to Angers

From: $1,730 USD

6 Days / 5 Nights
Type: Self-Guided
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Imagine Yourself…

  • Touring through the medieval streets of lovely Tours
  • Cycling through idyllic countryside to the white stone castle that inspired “Sleeping Beauty”
  • Complimenting your French dinner with a delicious local wine
  • Leisurely strolling through the beautiful Villandry gardens of a stunning Renaissance chateau

Overview

Van Gogh Tours - Tours to Angers - Bike Tour - Loire Valley FranceDiscover the incredible “Garden of France” at your own pace, stopping to admire the stately elegance of centuries-old chateaux, always assured that your room and dinner will be waiting for you at the end of the day. You will cycle through the scenic vineyards and fragrant forests west of Tours and visit the must-see castles of Azay le RideauAngers and the Villandry Gardens, as well as the delightful, though less well known, Saumur and Chinon chateaux. Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Tours

    You will arrive in Tours leaving time to visit this lively, flower-filled university city on the River Loire. Explore its fascinating medieval quarters, the famous “Place Plumereau,” and its well-preserved half-timbered houses. Your bike and route information will be waiting for you at your first hotel.

  • Day 2: Tours - Azay-le-Rideau – 25 miles (44 km)

    Passing through the Valley of the River Indre, you’ll make several interesting stops en route to Azay-le-Rideau. You will visit the beautiful Châtaeu and gardens of Villandry, the last of the large chateaux built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance. Saché is the next chateau on your route, and was the writer Honoré de Balzac’s home during his most productive years. Next you’ll visit the Chateau Azay le Rideau, a 16th century masterpiece situated in an elegant waterside setting, and one of this region’s architectural gems. It was built between 1518 and 1523 during the reign of King Francois I and houses a lovely collection of Renaissance portraits and tapestries.

  • Day 3: Azay-le-Rideau - Chinon – 22 miles (35 km)

    Today you’ll cycle to the town of Langeais to visit its striking 15th century chateau. In 1491, the arranged marriage of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany was celebrated here.

    From Langeais, you’ll follow our route through Ussé, home of the brilliant white stone castle that inspired the great fairytale writer Perrault to create Sleeping Beauty. From Ussé, you will pedal away from the river through meadows and woodland to pick up the “Route des Vignobles,” which passes through vineyards and presents some opportunities for wine tasting along the way. Later you’ll cycle along the River Loire again to medieval Chinon, situated on the banks of the River Vienne. This historic old town, with its narrow streets and gabled houses, is famous for its feudal dungeon and most revered guest, Joan of Arc. In the evening you’ll enjoy a delightful French dinner and taste local wines which have contributed greatly to the Chinon’s glowing reputation!

  • Day 4: Chinon - Saumur – 22  or 30 miles (36 or 48 km)

    Follow the “Loire à Vélo” routes which will lead you to the village of Candes-Saint-Martin (where you can visit the magnificent 12th and 13th century collegiate church) and to the beautiful village of Montsoreau. Continue along troglodyte sites and vineyards before reaching lovely town of Saumur. Saumur is also famous for its splendid mushroom varieties. You’ll pass caves burrowed out of the rock, used for mushroom growing, storing sparkling wines, as well as dwellings as you approach this underappreciated ancient town.

    You will visit the Fontevraud abbey, Europe’s largest remaining monastic complex which is also the Necropolis of the Plantagenêt kings!

    Option: Canoe trip on the Vienne & Loire rivers ($ 35 per person)

  • Day 5: Saumur - Angers – 35 miles (57 km)

    Today you final ride will take you to the lovely city of Angers and its towering medieval chateau, “King Rene’s Castle of Love,” which houses the renowned Apocalypse Tapestry and is well worth a visit.

  • Day 6: Tour Ends

    You tour ends today with departure after breakfast.

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full

Accommodation

Double

Single

3* & 4* Château Hotels or Domains

$ 1730

$ 2130

  • Prices are per person in US Dollars – inclusive bike rental
  • This tour can be guided upon request
  • Choose your own starting date
  • What's included

    • Accommodations in small four-star chateau-hotels
    • Daily breakfast and dinner
    • 27-speed bike rental, pannier (5 Gallon), steering wheel bag, repair kit, smartphone holder, lock, front/rear lighting (Helmet on request)
    • Entrance fees to Château d’azar le Rideau, Château de Villandry, Fontevraud Abbey
    • Local wine tasting
    • Luggage transportation (1 per person / 40 pounds per piece)
    • Route descriptions, maps
    • Personalized navigation app showing points of interest along the route
    • Emergency service phone number 7 days a week
  • Bikes

    Bikes are included in the price of the tour. Bikes are well-maintained 27-speed men’s and women’s bikes, equipped with pannier, steering weel bag, repair kit, smartphone holder, front/rear lighting and lock. Bike helmet on request. 

    Electric bikes can be rented for this tour ($100 per person).We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver. In addition, you can rent children’s bikes, child seats, and bike trailers.

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  • Meals

    Included in the tour price you’ll receive daily buffet breakfast and dinner. For the buffet breakfasts there’s an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, jams, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and tea. For lunches you will be in a town so you can find lunch at a restaurant on your own. Dinners are three-courses with either a set menu or a choice of two options. We can accommodate many types of dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy free. Please indicate these requests at the time of booking.

  • Not included

    • Air fare
    • Beverages
    • Lunches
    • Other items of a personal nature
    • Trip cancellation insurance

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

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