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Chinon: Bicycle Tour of Saumur Wineries with Picnic Lunch

1. Chinon: Bicycle Tour of Saumur Wineries with Picnic Lunch

Starting From Chinon, take the cycling path towards the Vienne's river and cross a beautiful countryside for 45 minutes or so. Once you arrive at Candes-Saint-Martin reach the panoramic view and enjoy the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers. Make a stop at the bailica of Saint-Martin and enjoy the beauty of the whole village of Saint Martin before reaching Montsoreau and it's beautiful Castle that overhangs the Loire's river. From then, cycle uphill to reach the hill vineyards of the "appellation Saumur Champigny" and cycle across them, making stops at amazing wineries to taste local wines made with the famous cabernet franc and chenin grapes ! After the first visits of wineries, it' s time to enjoy a nice lunch (picinic) on the banks of the Loire. Back on the cycling path, discover the troglodyte villages of Turquant and Souzay-Champigny before visiting other wineries and tasting local wines again ! Once you reach the world famous castle of Saumur and its fantastic panoramic view over the whole city, take a short shuttle (10 minutes) to take you to Bouvet Ladubay's sparkling winery and enjoy another experience on vintage bikes. Put the headlamps on and follow the guide that takes you to underground galleries to finish your fanstastic wine cycling day ! A shuttle (40 minutes) minutes will drive you back to the starting point at Chinon.

From Saumur: Loire Valley Private 2-Day Wine Cycling Trip

2. From Saumur: Loire Valley Private 2-Day Wine Cycling Trip

We start are amazing 2 days wine cycling tour right at 20 km on the Eastern Chinon near by the Vienne river. Straightaway beautiful vineyards appear and we make some stops to visit famous local wineries. As we come closer to the city of Chnon, amzing churchs, castles and momunents show up. We have lunch (picnic) right in front of the fortress of Chinon making it an unfogettable experience. Right after lunch we keep on cyling on the south bqnk of the Vienne river towards the soils made of cflint and clay where the best red wine is produced ! After another wine tasting session we take the direction of our hotel where a nice swiming pool will help you to relax and finish this first cycling stage in a beautiful way ! Diner will be served at the accomodation in a nice restaurant. Right after breakfast, we take the bikes and cycle in the direction of Saumur to get to know the famous appellation of Saumur Champigny ! after cycling through picturresque villages we arrive at Candes Saint Martin where both Loire and Vienne rivers meet ! After visiting both villages of Candes Saint Martin famous for its basilica, and Montsoreau for its middle ages castle, we climb to reach the hillside vineyards. to have a amazing view of the Loire river and its wonders ! After the lunch break (picnic) we are back in the vineyards crossing beautiful villages and visiting some nice wineries to taste Chenin and Cabernet Franc. afer leaving the vineyards we cycle through troglodyte villages such as Turquant and Souzay and are back to the Loire river that we follow until we reach the Castle of Saumur, end of this amazing cycling experience !

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What a wonderful way to see some Loire Valley highlights! Highly recommend the Chinon/Saumur tour with Yohan, the knowledgeable owner of Le Velo de Dionysos, and Jacky, the extremely amiable support van driver/picnic pro. They are lovely, kind, no-pressure guides. Our group ranged from our two college aged sons, my husband and I, and my 81 year old mother-in-law. My 19 year old son said, "it checked all the boxes"...scenic ride on great bikes, chateaux, vineyards, troglodyte villages, and a bonus fromagerie. When my MIL had enough biking, it was no big deal, she just rode with Jacky and met us at all our stops. We had considered renting e-bikes and navigating le Loire a Velo ourselves which would have been such an unfortunate miss as Yohan's route was so charming and in-the-know! I would definitely consider an overnight tour next time.

My boyfriend and I had such a great experience on this bike tour that we booked another one in Amboise a couple of days later! This added so much to our visit to Loire Valley. Great food, professional and knowledgable guide, easy to use bikes, and you get to see beautiful, unique parts of the countryside. Can't recommend it enough!! Thanks again!

Perfect day! Our two guides were amazing and saw to every detail of the day. We left Chinon at about 10:30 and after a leisurely bike ride, we arrived in Saumur around 5:30 pm. We enjoyed a lovely lunch by the Loire River, visited 2 wineries and much more! We enjoyed our guides so much we are already planning another excursion with them.

We had a wonderful ride with Yohan and Jacque! The ride was just the right amount with a delicious picnic lunch midday. Yohan shared his knowledge of wine and love for the Loire Valley throughout the entire day. This was the highlight of our Loire Valley trip!