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Offline dombrosk

Loire Cycling
« on: July 04, 2015, 06:30:58 pm »
Looking ahead to summer 2016 I'm wondering if anybody has

  1) general tips for cycling the Loire Valley in France

  2) experience with outfitters who arrange tours with bike rental and luggage transfer.

Thanks in advance!

Offline Galloper

Re: Loire Cycling
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2015, 08:21:22 am »
The Loire is one of my favourite cycling destinations,   The main cycle route is:

There are lots of local cycle routes which are generally well signposted.    If you go to any of the local Tourist Information Offices they will be able to provide maps and advice.   I'm sure an internet search will provide information on tour companies but can't comment on any of them as I prefer to make my own tours up as I go along.

Amboise is a very nice town to use as a base, plenty of nice shops and cafes and some really nice cycle routes.   The Chateau Chambord is spectacular and, again, lots of really nice local cycle routes.

Have fun!

Offline csykes

Re: Loire Cycling
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2015, 11:27:09 pm »
I can recommend VBT (Vermont Bicycle Tours) in general for fully supported bike touring in France.  I have not done their Loire Valley trip, but have done Provence and Burgundy and would not hesitate to use them again.  They have nice bikes, good guides (one one bike and one in a van,) various daily routes, and take care of all the logistics.  It's bike touring-light, nothing hard-core.

Offline briwasson

Re: Loire Cycling
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2015, 06:54:38 pm »
There are a number of self-guided outfitters that offer trips in France. Usually they set you up with a rental bike, arrange each night's lodging, and transport your luggage each day. But during the day you are on your own. This is how many if not most Europeans that use services tour. There are a few big outfits out of Austria and Germany. Austria Radreisen is one. I can't recall the other. Search on "self guided tours" and the Loire and you should turn up some options.