6 days
Duration
Easy to Moderate
Difficulty
France
Location
April-October
Availability

Easy and relaxed cycling on shaded riverside paths and quiet country lanes

Explore the elegant Royal towns of Blois and Amboise

Visit the fairy-tale châteaux of Amboise, Chambord and Chenonceau

Enjoy relaxing riverside picnics with a glass or two of the excellent local wines


Self-guided cycling holiday in the Loire Valley

The Loire valley was a strategically important region throughout French history. As a highway between the Atlantic and the heart of France, it was home to kings, queens, dukes and nobles. They left behind a legacy of castles and palaces so impressive that the entire area is now an enormous Unesco World Heritage Site. The region is also famed for its excellent wines and gastronomy and is often referred to as the ‘garden of France’.

There is no better way to explore this enchanting region than by bike. On this leisurely cycling holiday, you will discover some of France’s finest fairy-tale chateaux, such as Amboise, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau. You will also discover many lesser-known gems as you follow easy cycle paths through the vineyards and gently rolling countryside.

This trip is rated as easy-moderate and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS From €499 per person sharing*

*Discounts available for groups of 3 in a triple room. Please enquire for prices
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo cyclists
*A €40 surcharge will apply from 1 – 25 April and from 30 Sept – 31 Oct

BIKE RENTAL If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are have a minimum of 21-speed gears.  It is also possible to rent an electric bike.

You will receive your rental bike at the start of your holiday and return it before you go home. We deliver the bicycle at your first accommodation (morning of day 2) and pick it up from your last accommodation after your last cycling day. You just need to give us your body length, so that you receive the correct bike size, and we take care of everything else.

PRICES:

  • Hybrid bike: €90 (€30 x 3 nights)
  • E-bike: €135 (€45 x 3 nights)

Bicycles are equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock.

ACCOMMODATION All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included. The standard hotels of this trip are listed below. In case any hotels are unavailable, we will book one of a similar standard and inform you of the change. You can also book additional nights at any of the hotels along the way.

For more comfort, we can upgrade the hotels to 3/4 * category on request (supplement applies, please enquire for details and prices).

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and October 31st.
INCLUDED
5 nights  in **/*** hotels, with en-suite bathrooms
5 breakfasts
Luggage transport to the next hotel (1 piece per person, max. 20 kilos)
Detailed route notes and maps with tracks on
Tourist taxes
Pre-departure information pack
24/7 telephone support
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches or dinners
Trains or ferries
Anything else not mentioned in the Included section
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Bike rental
Upgrade to ***/**** hotels
Single room supplement
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Day 1: Arrival in Blois

Blois is easily reachable by train from Paris. Take a walk around the charming old town which is known for its light facades and blue roofs. The atmosphere of bygone centuries is gracefully preserved in its pedestrian streets. A visit to the Royal Château de Blois is also a must. This one-time feudal seat of the powerful counts of Blois is a perfect example of the evolution of French architecture between the Middle Ages and 17th century.

Overnight: Blois

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Day 2: Blois to Amboise

Distance: 43 km | Ascent: 265 m | Descent: 295 m

From Blois you follow a lovely riverside path along the southern bank of the Loire. You leave the river to cycle between rolling vineyard-covered hills to Cande-sur-Beuvron. From here, you cycle back along the Beuvron to the majestic Loire. High on the bank is the elegant castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire surrounded by beautiful gardens.

You are in the historic region Touraine, known as the ‘Garden of France’ for its excellent food and wine. We highly recommend visiting a local wine grower to sample the superb ‘sauvignon blanc´. In Amboise, enjoy the grandeur of the Châteaux Amboise and Clos-Lucé, the final resting place of legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci.

There are some short climbs along the route today.

Overnight: Amboise

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Day 3: Amboise to Chenonceau

Distance: 41 km | Ascent: 315 m | Descent: 316 m

Today’s cycle takes you via the ancient town of Montlouis-sur-Loire to the famous “Château de Chenonceau”; one of France’s most spectacular castles, straddling the Cher River on its five distinctive arches. Known as ‘the ladies chateau’, its design was largely influenced by women. The arches over the river and the formal garden were added by Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II.

End in the charming village of Chenonceau, situated on the banks of the Cher river. There are two cycle routes to choose from: one is direct, while the other takes you on a scenic route along the Loire and Cher River valleys with options to visit more chateaux and villages en route.

Overnight: Chenonceau

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Day 4: Chenonceau to Chitenay

Distance: 35 km | Ascent: 298 m | Descent: 264 m

You leave the Cher Valley behind today the and enter the Touraine area, via the château of Gué Péan and the medieval château of Fougère sur Bièvre; a perfect example of traditional 15th Century architecture. Your night’s accommodation is at a charming rural hotel with a lovely garden.

Overnight: Chitenay

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Day 5: Chitenay to Blois

Distance: 50 km | Ascent: 178 m | Descent: 200 m

During this final cycling day, you will have the opportunity to discover the sumptuously furnished Château de Cheverny. The castle was an inspiration for Hergé when he was writing The adventures of Tintin, and today has a permanent exhibition devoted to Tintin.

There is still one more castle to explore; the prestigious Château de Chambord, regarded as one of the crowning achievements of French Renaissance architecture. With 426 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases, Chambord is the largest, grandest and most visited château in the Loire Valley.

You finally return to charming Blois, where you will have one more night to explore the medieval streets surrounding its hilltop château.

Overnight: Blois

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Day 6: Departure from Blois

Your Loire Valley cycling holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional services with us.


Arrival and departure info

  The most convenient airports to fly to are the Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the north and Orly in the south. They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Blois, see below.
Train to/from Blois

Blois is reachable by train from Paris. The journey takes approx. 1h 30 mins. For timetables and further information please check the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

Travelling by car

Blois is 185 km from Paris and driving time is 2 hrs aprox. For driving routes see the website ViaMichelin. Parking information is available on request.

Loire Valley cycling holiday
Blois
medieval street in Blois
Blois fencing demonstration
Cycling in the Loire; Chateau de Chaumont
The Royal Chateau of Amboise
Amboise on the Loire, CC Rolf Kranz
Le Chateau de Chenonceau
The magnificent gardens of the Chateau de Chenonceau
Cycling in the Vallee de Loire et Cher
Loire valley vineyard
Château_du_Gué_Péan_Daniel-Jolivet-CC-BY
Château_de_Fougères-sur-Bièvre-Gerd-Eichmann-CC-BY-SA
Chateau de Cheverny
The Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord

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