French rivers
Rigny-Ussé, le château de la Belle au Bois Dormant © M. Jeschke - CRT Centre-Val de Loire
Terrasses de café sur la place Plumereau, à Tours © © F. Charel - CRT Centre-Val de Loire
L'élégant château d'Azay-le-Rideau © L. de Serres - CMN
© © P.Forget - CRT Centre-Val de Loire
Pont sur la Loire à Saumur © J. Damase – Maine-et-Loire

Loire by bike from Tours to Saumur

Short trip
I cycle often

150 km between gardens and castles along the river

This part of the Loire by bike route follows the mighty Loire, lined with varied vineyards, each with its own microclimate, linked to the confluences where the Cher, Indre and Vienne rivers join the Loire. Before entering Anjou, you cross the western part of Touraine, ‘The Garden of France’, both counties renowned for their quintessentially French attractions, including the local produce, and for French literary geniuses Rabelais, Ronsard and Balzac. An essential section with easy cycling.

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