Base in atmospheric Azay-le-Rideau, a pleasant village made famous by the picturesque castle that is a favourite in the Loire Valley. Ride through world-famous vineyards to troglodyte houses and breathtaking châteaux dining each night in local restaurants.

Location

Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau, France

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

3 nights lodging
All breakfasts
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date between May 1 and October 31
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

4 days / 3 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Azay-le-Rideau

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy: the day rides vary from 32 to 62 km (20 to 38 miles) depending on your level of accommodation and the routes you select.

TERRAIN

Mainly flat to moderately hilly

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $795
Single Supplement: US $210

Luxe Accommodation: US $1,200
Single Supplement: US $320

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There Azay-le-Rideau is located approximately 260 km southwest of Paris. To reach Azay-le-Rideau from Paris you need to take a train with a connection in Tours or Saint-Pierre-des-Corps. The trip from Paris takes two hours.

1

Day 1

Arrive in Azay-le-Rideau. Stroll through this ancient town, and visit its castle. Perhaps the most beautiful of all Loire Valley chateaux, sitting majestically on a tiny island in the middle of the Indre River, the castle of Azay-le-Rideau is a must see. Our area manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for the tour.
Ride Distance: 21 km, elevation gain 92 m.*

2

Day 2

Today ride to Chateau de Villandry and its incomparable gardens, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Renaissance gardens include water features, flower and vegetable gardens that are as impressive as any
in France. Ride along a dedicated cycling path that follows the Loire River, returning to Azay on quiet roads.
Ride Distance: 47 km, elevation gain 235 m.*

3

Day 3

Ride west towards Chinon to explore the vineyards or to Crissay-sur-Manse, one of ‘les plus beaux villages en France’. Have lunch here or in Saint-Epain, another beautiful village with lots to see and do.
Ride Distance: 34 km, elevation gain 80 m or 52 km, gain 146 m.*

4

Day 4

Take time for more cycling or another stroll through Azay-le-Rideau before departing for your next adventure.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Classic

Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Hotel de Biencourt, Azay-le-Rideau

This 18th century property once housed a Napoleonic school and is located close to the castle on a quiet street in the center of Azay. With friendly owners and a charming setting, this is a simple, yet tasteful hotel that is popular with cyclists.


Luxe

Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Hotel Le Grand Monarque, Azay-le-Rideau

This hotel was once the town post office and is now the smartest hotel in Azay-le-Rideau, surrounded by one hundred year old plane trees. This boutique hotel has a lovely bar and restaurant on site and is just 150 meters from the castle.



Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Trips starting at
US $795

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