Self-guided Bike Tour of the Loire Valley in France
Rich in agriculture and close to Paris, the Loire Valley has long been the playground of the aristocracy of France. The legacy of castles and fine chateaux has developed since the 16th century and today attracts large number of touring cyclists. Pedal from historic town to historic town, visiting architectural masterpieces all along the way. This legacy of castles, combined with quiet country roads and gentle terrain make for perfect cycling. This is the perfect bicycle tour for avid or recreational cyclists, families, photographers, painters, and wine lovers!
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Arrive in Saint Pierre des Corps, Tours
Highlights: Fit bikes and enjoy a test ride or visit Tours
Arrive today in Saint Pierre des Corps-Tours , located only 1 hour from Paris by train and check in at your hotel, a beautiful manor house just outside Tours. Take time to rest or explore this town on the Loire River and its famous cathedral. Meet our representative for an orientation talk and bike fitting this evening at the hotel. Dinner is included tonight.
Ride from Tours to Azay-le-Rideau
Highlights: Cycling along the Loire, Villandry and Azay-le-Rideu, the castle of Langeais
Pedal along River Cher and Loire today on your way to the famous castle of Villandry, where you will be able to explore its beautifully manicured gardens. You will then continue to the Chateau Azay-le-Rideau where you can spend some time visiting this Renaissance castle and enjoy its magical setting alongside the Indre River. Dinner is included tonight. Mileage options: 36 km or 48km (23 or 30 miles)
Pedal from Azay-le-Rideau to Luynes
Highlights: Easy cycling along the Loire River, castles of Usèe, Roman acqueduct
Today you'll take another wonderful journey through the magical castles of Loire Valley. Your first stop is the castle of Ussè, the inspiration for the famous story, "Sleeping Beauty." Then, you will continue on to Langeais to visit the charming village and its medieval castle. Complete your ride at Luynes, site of a wonderful castle and Roman aqueduct, across the river from the castle of Villandry. Dinner is included tonight. Mileage: 46 km (28 miles)
Cycle from Luynes to Amboise
Highlights: Vouvray vineyards, Amboise & Clos-Lucé
A flat ride today brings you to the town of Tours, perfect site for a morning stroll in the pedestrian area of the historical center. Continue your ride through the famous Appellation d'origine controlee vineyards of Vouvray, home to one of the most enjoyed wines of the Anjou-Saumur-Touraine region. Arrive in Amboise this afternoon to explore its castle, and to the Clos-Lucé, the nearby manor house where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life as the guest of Francois I. Leonardo is presumed to have completed his Mona Lisa during this time. Dinner is included tonight. Mileage: 46km (28miles)
Amboise loop ride to Chenonceau
Highlights: Castle of Chenonceau, Amboise
A short and moderately flat ride takes you through the forests and valleys of the Amboise countryside to the enchanting castle of Chenonceau. Along the ride you'll pass by the Parc Mini Chateaux, an amusement park great for kids. Chenonceau sits astride the Cher River, a tributary to the Loire. A flour mill occupied this site in the 15th century; the first castle was built at the beginning of the 16th, and then improved throughout the centuries especially by Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau was a favorite of mistresses and wives of the Kings of France. Of all the Loire chateaux, it is one of the most charming. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 30km or 50km (18 or 31 miles)
Bicycle from Amboise to Blois
Highlights: Chateau of Chaumont, Fougeres and Beauregard
Leave Amboise today for a pleasant ride through many charming tiny villages. Plan to arrive to Chateau of Chaumont for a picnic lunch and a visit of the property. Built at the turn of the 16th century on the site of two earlier castles, Chaumont commands an imposing view north across the Loire. You can then choose to ride a short option to Blois through quiet country roads or choose the longer ride option through sunflower fields and deep countryside of the area to visit other magnificent castles such as Fougeres and Beauregard on the way. Your route continues on to the historic town of Blois. Plan a visit to its castle, with its famous spiral staircase. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 44km or 68km (27 or 42 miles)
Loop ride to Chambord
Highlights: Chateau de Chambord, Chateaux of Cheverny, Troussay, and Beauregard
Today you have two ride options. A short ride takes you to the famous village and Chateau de Chambord, where you can enjoy its magnificent architecture and unique features. We suggest taking your time to visit Chambord, the creation of French king, Francois I, and the largest of all the Loire castles. Enjoy a chocolate tasting in a chocolate factory in a nearby charming village before heading back to Blois with a stop at the Chateau de Villesavin on the way. On the longer option, after Chambord you will continue south to the Chateaux of Cheverny, Troussay, and Beauregard. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 49km or 63km (30 or 40 miles)
End of the tour
After breakfast your cycling experience in the Loire ends. We hope you have enjoyed cycling with us! Blois is conveniently located on the main rail line to Paris
|Includes||8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners; use of a quality hybrid bicycle (road bike available for an additional fee); detailed route descriptions with cultural information; suggestions for dinners and lunches; use of a GPS device (one per 2/3 people); luggage transfers|
|Arrive/Depart||Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Orly Airport (ORY)|
|Total Distance||251-325 km (156-202miles)|
|Daily Distance||0 - 68 km (0 - 42miles)|
|Notes||You can make this a 5 days tour. Ask for details. Tour Factsheet|
|Terms||Terms & Conditions|
|Dates||The tour can start any day of the week.
SOLO TRAVELER please ask for price
ROAD BIKE or ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL ADDITIONAL FEE: 105€
|Prices||€1690 (€100 discount on March, April, October)||Single Supplement||€405 (€25 discount on March, April, October)|
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"What was your favorite experience on this trip?" Loving rolling right up to gorgeous chateaus - what a great way to take a break from cycling! Great service, we enjoyed very much
All hotel choices were excellent. My favorite experience on this tripwas the joy of riding through the beautiful small towns. Boy did I feel like we were in France. I had a lovely time and cannot wait to do it again.
Your company did a great job of helping us plan and carry out our whole trip.
We really enjoyed it : the bike route was fantastic, the hotels were great and the dinners were excellent. We are definitely talking about doing another one
The whole trip was just perfect, and we had great weather. Each hotel was charming in its own way. My favorite experience on this trip was Chenonceaux: so much history and such a beautiful ride; the Domaine de Beauvais in Luynes was beyond first class, Brasilian jazz concert there!