Cycling in Loire Valley France on tour of the castles and vineyards!
Cycling tour Loire Valley France; Atout France/Daniel Philippe
Bike Tour Loire Valley Castles France
Bike Tour Loire Valley Castles France
Bike Tour Loire Valley Castles France

France - Loire Royal Valley Cycling Tour

from 897 Euros

One of the most popular cycling tour regions in France is the Loire Valley - and for good reason: The Loire region has been rich in history since the time of the Romans and the birth of Christianity, the period of English superiority, and the era of the Plantagenets. It ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided hybrid cycling Level 2
  • Availability
    April to October
  • Duration
    5 nights / 6 days
  • Distance
    40 km/day

Day 1 | Arrive in Amboise

Your arrival town is Amboise, located right on the Loire River, and accessible from Paris by train. On the south side of the river lies the town centre and castle, where the French kings spent their childhoods during the XV and XVI centuries. In town there is also a museum displaying many of the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, who spent the last few years of his life here until he died in 1519. The center has very nice walking streets, pastry shops, cafes, and wine shops with 'degustation'! Allow some time to visit and if in summer, take in the Sound and Light show at the Castle this evening. Orientation and bike delivery will be tonight or tomorrow morning at your hotel; we confirm time with your booking. Dinner on your own. (B)

Manoir Les Minimes


Amboise

Manoir Les Minimes

Picture-perfect and as well cared for as all get out, this gorgeously stylish hotel is lucky enough to preside over a Loire riverbank under the shadow of Amboise great cliffside chateau. Set within its own compound and centered around a grass parterre, this quaintly shuttered manoir looks like it is on sabbatical from a Fragonard landscape -- a pavillon in the 18th-century style, it is a refreshing change from the usual Renaissance castle-style so prevalent in these parts. Inside, the grand staircase (note: no elevator), dining room, and main salon are all a-dazzle in daffodil yellow silks and gilt-framed mirrors, with ruby accents of the Louis Seize sofas and bergeres. The standard guest rooms are pleasant enough -- three are set in an adjoining, trellised annex -- but try to spring for the showpieces, such as the Suite Prestige in a stunning blue toile de Jouy, which are stunners. Happily, most rooms have charming views of the château, even the smaller dormer rooms on the top floor.

Cycling in Loire Valley France on tour of the castles and vineyards!

Cycling in Loire Valley France on tour of the castles and vineyards!

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Day 2 | Ride to Chenonceau and Montrichard - 24 or 45 km

Start your morning as you wish; breakfast on your time, and then after you can get kitted up to ride! One of the advantages of a self-guided trip is you set your schedule each day - enjoy! The highlight of today’s ride is the chateau of Chenonceau, the most romantic of all the Loire chateaux. It actually sits on the Cher River, whose waters reflect the pale stone of the beautiful turrets and arches, and was the home of both Catherine de Medicis and Diane de Poitiers. Take your time for a good visit and you may want to pack a lunch from Amboise to enjoy here as well. After, continue on to the village of Montrichard, which faces the Cher River at the footsteps of the fortress built in 1121. You stay here tonight, dinner included. (B,D)

Auberge du Bon Laboureur


Chenonceaux

Auberge du Bon Laboureur

The hotel du Bon Laboureur is a charming inn located just a stone’s throw from the Château of Chenonceau, the most gracious of all the Loire Valley Châteaux ; it is a former Postal Relay whose foundations date back to 1786. Antoine Jeudi settled there in 1902 and it is his great grandson, Antoine, who now watches over this cosy old residence.

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Cycling tour Loire Valley France; Atout France/Daniel Philippe

Cycling tour Loire Valley France; Atout France/Daniel Philippe

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Day 3 | Chenonceau/Montrichard to Cheverny 36 or 45 kms

Another 'royal' day of castles! Today you are away from the main tourist routes on your bike, where you will frist see some Troglodyte houses along the Cher Valley. You ride through vineyards and woods until the attractive village of Fougères sur Bievre with its Feudal Chateau. There is then about 15kms left to get to the Villages of Chitnay and then near Cheverny to a nice castle hotel near to the famous Cheverny Castle. As tomorrow is a big day, you may want to take time to visit Cheverny, by bike, today. Dinner included again. (B,D)

Chateau Du Breuil


Cheverny

Chateau Du Breuil

Set in a magnificent 30 hectare wooded park, Chateau du Breuil is situated between the Loire and Sologne rivers, in the prestigious location of the legendary Castles of the Loire Valley. The chateau continues the traditions of old French stately homes by offering warm hospitality, comfort and tranquility. Welcoming hosts and attentive staff are the recipe for the smooth functioning of the chateau and ensuring the tranquility of your stay.

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Day 4 | Cheverny to Blois 43 kms

The ride today takes you north through forests to find the amazing chateau of Chambord, the masterpiece of the French renaissance, completed in 1545. After the visit, you cross the Loire River to ride the north bank downstream toward Blois. This is definitely one of the most pleasant section of the Loire to ride along. You eventually get into the royal city of Blois where Louis XII was born. The fine castle is full of history - assassinations were perpetrated here, and there are beautiful examples of different architectural styles. Blois is also a nice walking town around the center where you will find shops and restaurants. (B)

Mercure Blois Centre


Quai St Jean Blois

Mercure Blois Centre

The hotel Mercure Blois Centre, completely renovated, is located in the heart of the chateaux of the Loire. It is ideally located, facing the river Loire and 5 minutes away from the city centre, the Royal castle and House of Magic. Enjoy our spacious rooms with contemporary design. You have access to the Spa from 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week. Our restaurant, le Quai St-Jean, provides regional and refined cuisine. Paying enclosed private car park according to availability.

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Day 5 | Ride back to Amboise - 42 km

The final day of cycling is basically following the Loire Valley South. Half way down is the chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire. This was originally built during the wars between the counts of Anjou and Blois in the 11th century on a very strategic point along the river. Remodeled and rebuilt over the centuries by various owners including Catherine de Medici, the castle is now a venue for the International Garden Festival. Once back in Amboise you can take your remaining time to visit any of the places you missed at the beginning of this cycling tour. Celebrate your last night with some local wines! Dinner on your own. (B)

Manoir Les Minimes


Amboise

Manoir Les Minimes

Picture-perfect and as well cared for as all get out, this gorgeously stylish hotel is lucky enough to preside over a Loire riverbank under the shadow of Amboise great cliffside chateau. Set within its own compound and centered around a grass parterre, this quaintly shuttered manoir looks like it is on sabbatical from a Fragonard landscape -- a pavillon in the 18th-century style, it is a refreshing change from the usual Renaissance castle-style so prevalent in these parts. Inside, the grand staircase (note: no elevator), dining room, and main salon are all a-dazzle in daffodil yellow silks and gilt-framed mirrors, with ruby accents of the Louis Seize sofas and bergeres. The standard guest rooms are pleasant enough -- three are set in an adjoining, trellised annex -- but try to spring for the showpieces, such as the Suite Prestige in a stunning blue toile de Jouy, which are stunners. Happily, most rooms have charming views of the château, even the smaller dormer rooms on the top floor.

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Day 6 | Departure Day

Depart from your hotel in Amboise after breakfast at your leisure. Trains available direct to Paris. (B)
We are available to plan add-on travel in France, especially in Paris if you plan to spend time there before returning home.

Bike Tour Loire Valley Castles France

Bike Tour Loire Valley Castles France

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 5 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels with private bathroom
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 2 Gastronomic dinners (1 of them in a 1* Michelin restaurant)
- GPX tracks if requested in advance
- Welcome orientation meeting with local expert
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information and step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- Daily Luggage transfers
- Pre-tour travel information
- Emergency support during rides

Add-on: GPS rental, bike rental

Lodging

Accommodations: There is a standard and upgraded hotel option for this tour. Regardless of option, all lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities; all options are excellent high end lodging.
 
Upgraded Hotels: 
- Manoir des Minimes****
- Au bon Laboureur**** with dinner in a 1* Michelin restaurant included.
- Chateau du Breuil**** with dinner included
- Le Mercure Blois****
 
Basic Hotels:
- La Breche**
- Le Bellevue***
- Le Saint Hubert***
- Hotel Anne de Bretagne**
 
** Please see itinerary tab for more information. Upgraded hotels are listed on daily itinerary pages.**
***Ways to save*** Book 4 or more people and save ***
Royal Loire Valley Self-Guided 5 nights (Upgraded hotels showing on itinerary tab)
 
Standard Hotels (2&3*)
Upgraded Hotels (4*)
Double Occupancy 944 euros/person 1367 euros/person
Single supplement 253 Euros/person 468 Euros/person
Hybrid Bike rental 120Euros 120 Euros
Road/E-Bike rental 215 Euros 215 Euros
Solo Supplement For Solo travelers, please inquire for supplement.
4 person and 6 person rates in Upgraded Lodging: 1343 and 1285 euros/person respectively; double occupancy.
GPS rental rates: 50 euros/unit
Occasionally triple rooms are available, please inquire.

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Tour Details

Loire Royal Valley Cycling Tour: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Dates - This tour departs any day, subject to hotel availability, April-October.
Level - Level is moderate+ (2+) This tour can be somewhat easy to more moderate depending on short or long ride option.
Tour Highlights:
- Cycle from castle to castle, on quiet countryside roads
- Visit some of the most famous Chateaux: Amboise, Chenonceau, Chaumont-sur-Loire
- Itineraries can be shorter for family friendly options.
Need to Know:
- The terrain is rolling countryside, and very picturesque. Weather in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall can be wet and cold.
- Summer months are the best time through September.
- Arrival city is Amboise, 2 hours from Paris by train, and departure also from Amboise.
We can also organize guided trips for any group size of 4 or more and can accommodate custom requests; please inquire.
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    Patrick studied history and geography at University and graduated with a degree in these subjects. He became an adventure guide for 12 years and during this time accompanied a great many travelers on trips all over the world. Patrick has a real feel for his travelers' expectations when it comes to exploring uncharted territory and possesses a definite flair for finding a region’s “hidden treasures”.
    Our local guides and experts are available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer. About Self Guided Tours

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    "We loved this vacation. The cities we visited on the tour were fantastic and just beautiful. Sebastian our tour contact was wonderful to meet and helpful and informative... " - Client - Loire Valley

    Bikes Available on This Tour:Trek 7.3 hybrid or Trek Madone road bike. See links to spec pages below.
    All bikes are outfitted with:
  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer / GPS
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included


  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour. Panniers can also be added to hybrids only for a small supplement of 20 euros/pair.


    Hybrid bikes:Trek 7.3 - 120 euros/rental Trek 7.3 Hybrid and Trek Madone road bike rents for 205 euros.

    Either hybrid or road bike work well on this tour. If you are looking for added miles or a lighter bike without rack and bags for carrying your picnic or souvenirs, then a road bike is a great choice. The hybrid is the bike of choice for most people.

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