Circuit through Saumur

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    65 km
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  • Saumur © Eska2012 -
  • Montreuil-Bellay © S. Gaudard

Explore the southern area of Saumur, with its vineyards and cave dwellings, along a circuit which reveals the region’s outstanding heritage.

Added extra: An impressive diversity of natural and built heritage to be explored by bicycle.

© A. Lamoureux

You can get to Saumur by train, coach or car to join the Loire à Vélo cycle route. Looking to rent a bike? The team of professionals at Accueil Vélo offer a range of bicycles to suit everyone’s needs and desires (mountain bikes, electric bikes, etc.)


Take the time in Saumur to explore the streets of the old town. This city of art and history is renowned for its wine, its gastronomy and art of living, in addition to being a capital of equestrian activities. The Loire à Vélo cycle route, which lies to the west of Saumur, near Thouet*, will take you through charming villages and their troglodyte houses, a specificity of the region.

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Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine © D. Drouet

Make a stop at Doué-la-Fontaine, renowned for its unusual underground worlds, including fossil rock quarries and Bioparc, a unique form of troglodyte zoo
Continue to Puy-Notre-Dame, a quaint country village nestled between vineyards, ramparts and a 13th-century church.

Head into the Thouet Valley, the fortress town of Montreuil-Bellay and the villages built from tuffeau stone, along a section of the cycle trail which is common to the Vélo Francette route, before arriving back in Saumur.

© S. Gaudard

Good to know:

  • Intermediate level, includes slopes-
  • Follow signposts “n°2 – purple “
  • *Intersection of La Loire à Vélo / La Vélo Francette
  • Follow the La Loire à Vélo / La Vélo Francette signs (towards Gennes), then the “n°2 – purple” signposting towards the south, in the direction of Doué-la-Fontaine.

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