LVV1 – CYCLE AMONGST THE LOIRE VALLEY CHATEAUX FROM BLOIS TO TOURS – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS – From $1228.36
From 01 April to 30 November
Ride along the Loire cycling paths and discover France’s most prestigious chateaux de la Loire: Blois, Chambord, Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont, Le Clos-Lucé, Chenonceau...
The Loire Valley is on the Unesco World Heritage List and is perfect for a cycling holiday: cycling paths and roads take you across forests, plains and vineyards on a flat itinerary. Day after day, your cycle tour reveals the wonders of this enchanting area: the magic of Chambord, the delicious Loire wines tasting, the medieval town in Tours and the iconic chateau de Chenonceau.
This bike trip combines on a wonderful way the beautiful landscape, the unmissable chateaux de la Loire and the delicious French cuisine.
Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Walk your way through Blois old town, its old paved streets and all small stairs. Discover the charms of Blois castle, which was the stage of many court plots and particularly the spiral staircase is an architectural marvel.
Day 2: Blois- Cheverny (24, 40 or 68 km)
Enter Chateau de Chambord ($18.04 per person) magnificent forest and take a peek at the sculpted salamanders engraved on the walls of Loire’s most extravagant castle. Enjoy the shade of the hundred years old trees, then ride along the Cosson creek to the “château de Cheverny”. This should bring up some memories, if you ever read Tintin: it was the inspiration for Moulinsart castle.
Day 3: Cheverny – Mosnes (39 or 46 km)
Stroll inside the château de Beauregard with its gallery of 327 portraits of famous European leaders that forged history between the 14th and the 17th century. Or choose to ride through vineyards before arriving in front of the drawbridge of Fougères-sur-Bièvre stronghold. Follow the toues (traditional boats) along the Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire ($27.88 per person). This place is famous for its fairy-tale castle but also for its International Garden Festival which displays talented creations. Then, you continue your bike ride to the village of Mosnes, near to Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Day 4: Mosnes – Amboise (11km)
Ride directly to the beautiful city of Amboise and let the medieval atmosphere of this city seduce you. Discover the architecture of the Château d’Amboise, which is iconic of the transition period from Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Day 5: Amboise
Let the medieval atmosphere of this city seduce you. Admire the machines designed by Leonard da Vinci which are surprisingly up-to-date in Clos-Lucé ($24.60 per person), the last place where he lived and died.
Day 6: Day trip to the castle of Chenonceau (40 or 70km)
Through the forest and along the river’s banks you reach one of the most iconic châteaux de la Loire, the Chateau de Chenonceau ($21.32 per person) overlooking the Cher River. You can continue along the Cher banks to the underground city near Bourré.
Day 7: Amboise – Tours (26 or 34km)
To reach Tours old town and its half-timbered houses, you can choose between two wine routes. The first leads you through Vouvray’s sparkling vineyards and the second along Montlouis-sur-Loire white wine domains.
Day 8: Tours
Discover the charming old neighbourhood in Tours boasting many half-timbered houses. Stroll around and visit Saint-Gatien cathedral, the Wilson Bridge and Plumereau square.
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- 7 nights accommodations
- 7 breakfasts
- 6-day rental of a fully-equipped bike (saddle bags, locks, toolkit)
- The luggage transport from one lodging to the other
- Road book with maps and descriptions of the routes
- Touristic leaflet
- Visit of a chocolate factory
- Visit and tasting in "Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray"
- Local visitors' taxes
- 24/24 hotline
- Lunch, diner and drinks
- Electric bikes (extra $73.80 per person)
- The journey to the tour location
- The entrance fee to sites
On your arrival day, we provide you a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem equipped: front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.
We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children: baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.
Electric bikes are also available for adults.
We include luggage transport from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle. in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress:
Our word of advice: as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.