Canals & intimate rivers, Castles & Monuments
20,52 Km
1 h 22 min
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20,52 km cycling route from Villandry to Rigny-Ussé

This is a star-studded Loire à Vélo stage, taking you from the glorious Château de Villandry, with its stunning gardens, on via the confluence of Loire and Cher rivers to the fairytale Château d’Ussé. On this stage, you cycle along a raised levée beside the Loire, allowing you wonderful views of the great river. This is a special stage, mainly along shared country roads.

Elevation of the stage

8 m 0 m

Waytypes of the stage

By road: 20,52 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 20,52 km


The route follows the raised Loire levée along the D 16 road, so sharing the way with motorized traffic, although this is light. Just take care arriving at the town of Langeais.

Alternative route

At the Loire-side village of Bréhémont, you can follow a signposted alternative route down towards the small town of Azay-le-Rideau, with its famed château. This route is only recommended for experienced cyclists, as it has more traffic, although the road isn’t particularly difficult otherwise.

Railway station - SNCF

Langeais train station: 2 trains per day, on average, allow bikes, either going west to Nantes and Angers, or east to Tours and Orléans.
Azay-le-Rideau train station: 8 trains per day, on average, allow bikes on this line running Tours / Azay-le-Rideau / Chinon.

Don’t miss

Villandry: a charming historic village; the beautiful Renaissance château, world-famous for its exceptional terraced gardens, a must-see sight.
Langeais: a pretty little Loire-side town dominated by a grand château with remarkable gardens
Rigny-Ussé: an historic village with a magical château said to have inspired the famed French fairytale, Sleeping Beauty
Azay-le-Rideau: an enchanting small town on the Indre River famed for its stunning Renaissance château, with museum.


  • Langeais : Sunday
  • Azay-le-Rideau : Wednesday and Saturday 

Tourist Information centre

  • Villandry : +33(0)2 47 50 12 66
  • Langeais en Castelvalerie : +33(0)2 47 96 58 22
  • Azay-le-Rideau : +33(0)2 47 45 44 40

Link routes and alternatives to this stage

This stage includes 1 liaison (purple on the map) and 2 alternatives (black dotted line)
Alternative 1

Villandry / Rigny-Ussé

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Alternative 2

Villandry / Rigny-Ussé

GPX track
Liaison 1
GPX track

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