Urban & heritage walks
Get on your bike and discover the open-air art and built heritage of Tours and the surrounding area, accompanied by a guide. These rides offer a unique immersion in the history and culture of the city. Pedal your way through picturesque lanes, historic monuments and emblematic neighborhoods, for an enriching experience that lets you rediscover the city from a new angle.
A guide will accompany you, sharing his or her knowledge and anecdotes based on the chosen theme.
Visit Tours by bike with a sporty guide who is passionate about his city!
The tour guide will show you around Tours, taking you along its banks, over its bridges and through its medieval and Renaissance districts.
For 1h30, climb on your bike and follow your guide on a flat and easy 5.5 km route, accessible to all levels. Discover the city, its history and its heritage while cycling.
At your departure, the bicycles included in the tour are individually readjusted.
With 15,000 km of trails, including 800 km on the Loire à Vélo®, France is a cyclist's paradise. With your nose to the wind, find your own rhythm and explore Touraine by bike.
A 1/2-day tour from Tours
Hop on your bike for a half-day nature break along the Loire à Vélo® on the "Bords de Loire: d'une rive à l'autre" route. Departing from Tours, this loop takes you to Montlouis, Vernou-sur-Brenne, Vouvray and Rochecorbon. You'll ride along the banks of the royal river, through the vineyards of the AOC Vouvray grape variety and past troglodyte dwellings. If you'd like to extend the day's ride, you can stop for a picnic on Île de la Métairie, enjoy a wine tasting at Château de Moncontour, admire Marmoutier Abbey and, on the way back, visit the Cloître de la Psalette nestled in the heart of Tours' Cathedral of Saint-Gatien.
Distance: 29 km
Another idea for a shorter route: from Tours to Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, pedal in the footsteps of Honoré de Balzac! This itinerary will take you to the key places
Distance: 9 km
You can find all the cycling loops at the Tours Loire Valley Tourist Office reception desk or at velo-rando-touraine.fr
What if I didn't bring my bike?
At both Tours and Villandry, it's easy to reserve your bike in advance or on site at the Tours Loire Valley Tourist Office!
Would you like to opt for an electric bike? EZ Bike offers a fleet of electric bikes for hire.
After a few pedal strokes on the famous avenue Grammont, the city fades to make place to the no less famous Loire à Vélo itinerary. On the river side of the Loire or on the towpath discover the scenery and changing colors of the royal river!
For any rental a deposit of 300€ in credit card imprint is obligatory. Don’t forget your credit card!
Rent a bike in Villandry for a day - Pick up and drop off at the Villandry Tourist Office, 100m from the castle.
On the day of pick-up, a photocopy of your ID and a 250€ deposit (by credit card) will be taken.
Proposal of circuits on the secure cycle routes of the Loire à vélo:
Villandry to Rigny-Ussé
The itinerary of the Loire à vélo will make you follow the Cher river until it flows into the Loire. You will then take a 500m paved section that will cause some trepidation in the saddle and handlebars of your bike. Then, you will pass to Vallères before arriving at the castle of Rigny-Ussé. 23 km to Rigny-Ussé.
Villandry to Tours
The Cher river will be your guideline to Tours. Don't forget to stop at the port of Savonnières to discover the revival of the inland waterways. 21 km to Tours.
Rent a bike for people with reduced mobility
Discover a bike adapted for people with reduced mobility! With its electric assistance, it's easy to ride as a duo, making two-wheeled tours accessible to all.
This equipment can be rented from the Tours Loire Valley Tourist Office by the day for €40.
An electrically-assisted three-wheeler bike suitable for PRMs, enabling you to cycle the « Loire à Vélo » with your family or friends in complete safety. On the levees overlooking the Loire or along the towpaths, discover the changing moods and colours of the royal river!
Enjoy the services of Accueil Vélo & Rando
Located in the heart of town, the Accueil Vélo Rando is a multi-purpose facility dedicated to cycling. On site, you'll find tailor-made services for everyday cyclists and cyclorandonneurs (self-repair workshop, showers, lockers, electric bike and telephone recharging, etc.).
You'll also find suggestions for itineraries around the Touraine metropolis, free events and a program of guided tours to help you discover the area in a different way.
May to October: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
November to April: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Address: 31, boulevard Heurteloup, Tours
Further information: website - 02 47 33 17 99
Sleep or take a break at The People
This trendy hostel, a showcase for the glory of cycling, is open to all from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. for coffee, lunch or a drink. It's a great opportunity to meet travelers from all over the world, including those taking the Loire à Vélo®, right in the heart of Tours!
Address: 84, avenue Grammont, Tours
More information HERE
For even more ideas for "slow" rides along the Loire, check out the blog article Pédalez le long de la Loire à Vélo ® !