France Bike Tours
Vineyards and Castles
Experience the France of Kings, in the heart of the valley of the Loire Castles! During this luxurious bike tour in France, you will have your choice of three levels of accommodations from which you will have your choice of cycling itineraries
Amboise is set upon the southern bank of the Loire and is overlooked by an inspiring 15th-century château. This was the childhood home of Charles VIII and the final resting place of the great Leonardo da Vinci, who, as a guest of the king, came to Château Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the nearby Clos Lucé.
From your hotel, you will be able to cycle to the various Touraine Vineyards and discover many treasures of history, architecture, and culture each day.
Standard Category Superior Category Deluxe Category Twin/double £ 352 $ 603 € 433 NOK 4222 kr 3897 $ 507 £ 429 $ 735 € 528 NOK 5148 kr 4752 $ 618 £ 510 $ 875 € 628 NOK 6123 kr 5652 $ 735 Single supplement £ 73 $ 125 € 90 NOK 878 kr 810 $ 105 £ 171 $ 293 € 210 NOK 2048 kr 1890 $ 246 £ 236 $ 404 € 290 NOK 2828 kr 2610 $ 339 Dinners included £ 49 $ 84 € 60 NOK 585 kr 540 $ 70 £ 57 $ 98 € 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82 £ 69 $ 118 € 85 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99
Extra nights Standard Superior Deluxe Amboise B & B £ 50 $ 85 € 61 NOK 595 kr 549 $ 71 £ 72 $ 123 € 88 NOK 858 kr 792 $ 103 £ 98 $ 169 € 121 NOK 1180 kr 1089 $ 142 Dinners included £ 16 $ 28 € 20 NOK 195 kr 180 $ 23 £ 20 $ 35 € 25 NOK 244 kr 225 $ 29 n/a Bike rental £ 12 $ 21 € 15 NOK 146 kr 135 $ 18 £ 12 $ 21 € 15 NOK 146 kr 135 $ 18 £ 12 $ 21 € 15 NOK 146 kr 135 $ 18
Chateaux package: £ 53 $ 91 € 65 NOK 634 kr 585 $ 76
Electric bike: £ 20 $ 35 € 25 NOK 244 kr 225 $ 29 Extra day bike rental: £ 12 $ 21 € 15 NOK 146 kr 135 $ 18 Extra day e bike rental: £ 18 $ 31 € 22 NOK 215 kr 198 $ 26
Trailer bikes, tandems, children bikes, and baby seat available. Please ask.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
You will have a couple of options to travel from the airport to Amboise. You can take the TGV from the airport to St. Pierre des Corps, transfer and then take the express regional train to Amboise. You can also take a train via Paris Austerlitz to Amboise. Be sure to research local travel before your tour and note that TGV tickets require advance reservations.
Please check local conditions before arrival. A good website to use for average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.
Where You’ll Stay
There are three levels of accommodations for this tour, Standard, in Hotel La Breche, Superior, in Hotel Bellevue, and Deluxe, in Au Charme Rabelaisien or Le Clos D’Amboise
- 3 nights accommodations in 2, 3, or 4 star accommodations
- 1 dinner
- Color maps, route descriptions, and tourist information (one set per room)
- Scott Sportster P6 hybrid bike rental with two panniers, high visibility jacket, lock, map holder, helmet, odometer and repair kit, men's or women's frames
What’s Not Included
- All other meals
- Entrance fees to various chateaux (can be booked for a supplement)
There are various excursions offered from which you can choose:
Excursion 1: Montlouis: 19 mi. (31 km)
This is an excursion through the heart of the Montlouis vineyards, whose wines tend to reflect earthy and mineral notes. There is the possibility of a visit to the Aquarium de Touraine and the magnificent Château de la Bourdaisière and its gardens. Upon arrival back in Amboise, be sure to to stroll about and visit the Manoir du Clos Lucé, made from pink bricks and tufa stones. Leonardo da Vinci lived here for the last 3 years of his life and you can see firsthand the genius of the famous inventor. Forty of his fabulous machines are displayed at Le Clos Lucé such as the first automobile, the metric counter, the paddleboat, the machine gun – and the life-size flying machine
Excursion 2: Chenonceau, 27 mi. (43 km)
Once you have crossed the forest of Amboise, you will come to the famous Château de Chenonceau, uniquely built over the Cher River. Nicknamed the Ladies Castle and once the residence of Catherine de’ Medici, it was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history between her and Diane de Poitiers, mistress of the king. It is France history at its best; passionate, scandalous, and torrid. Upon the death of King Henry II, Catherine banned Diane from Chenonceau, sentencing her to live out the rest of her days in obscurity at a castle in Anet.
Excursion 3: Chaumont-sur-Loire, 28 mi. (45 km)
This cycling excursion follows the meandering country roads to the banks of the Loire in Chaumont-sur-Loire, whose 15th-century château proudly dominates the town and the river. The "Festival des Jardins" (garden festival ) is held between late May and mid-October, showcasing the art of gardening with new flower arrangements, garden sculptures, and innovation in design.
Excursion 4: Vouvray Vineyards, 28 mi. (45 km)
This route leads away from the banks of the Loire to reach the picturesque Vouvray vineyards, surrounded by troglodyte houses, dwellings dug into the slopes and rock faces of the landscape. The region is famous for its fine and elegant white wines. You will cycle pass superb Renaissance private châteaux such as Château de Valmer (remarkable for its Italian and vegetable gardens), and the beautiful Château de Jallanges as well. Be sure to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Vouvray wine!
Think about booking the Chateaux Package! See pricing.
- Châteaux of Amboise
- Park Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise
- Château of Chenonceaux
- Wine tasting in Amboise (3 winess)
- Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + garden festival)