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 be accommodated at the 4 star Hotel Le Clos d'Amboise, located in the very heart of the royal city of Amboise. This is a sumptuous 17th century house converted into a luxury hotel in 2011. 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.
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Where You’ll Stay
4 star Hotel Le Clos d’Amboise
- 3 nights accommodations in 4 star ahotel
- 1 "Bistrot" dinner at hotel
- 1 dinner at local restaurant
- Color maps, route descriptions, and tourist information
- Bike rental with two panniers, high visibility jacket, lock, map holder, helmet, odometer and repair kit
What’s Not Included
- One dinner
- Drinks, lunches, and personal expenses
- Entrance fees
There are various excursions offered from which you can choose:
Excursion 1: Chenonceau, 26 mi. (41 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 2: Vouvray Vineyards, 25 mi. (40 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!
Excursion 3: Chaumont-sur-Loire, 27 mi. (44 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: 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