Chateau de Chenonceau on the Cher River, Loire Valley, France. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Ra-smit

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Castles of the Loire

France Bike Tours

A stunning Loire Valley Bike tour

  • Biking in the Loire Valley region has proven a haven for cyclists time and again, and is rightly referred to as Royal Châteaux Country. (See also our Châteaux Country Tour.) Its fertile landscape is generously peppered with grandiose châteaux (more than 300!) amid lush vineyards and rolling green hills.

    Highlights:

    • French villages
    • Vineyards and wine
    • Chaumont-sur-Loire
    • Amboise ad its 15th century white stone houses
    • Chenonceau
    • Cher Valley
    • Medieval town of Montrichard
    • Cheverny
    • Chambord

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  • 2017 7 Day Tour:

     StandardSuperiorUp and charm
    Tour Package £ 829 $ 1,289 856 NOK 8703 kr 8033 $ 1,044 £ 1022 $ 1,591 1056 NOK 10736 kr 9910 $ 1,288 £ 1313 $ 2,042 1356 NOK 13786 kr 12726 $ 1,654
    Single supplement £ 143 $ 223 148 NOK 1505 kr 1389 $ 181 £ 271 $ 422 280 NOK 2847 kr 2628 $ 342 £ 436 $ 678 450 NOK 4575 kr 4223 $ 549

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 67 $ 104 69 NOK 702 kr 648 $ 84

    2018 6 Day Tour:

     StandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Tour Package £ 641 $ 997 662 NOK 6730 kr 6213 $ 808 £ 791 $ 1,231 817 NOK 8306 kr 7667 $ 997 £ 961 $ 1,494 992 NOK 10085 kr 9310 $ 1,210
    Single supplement £ 140 $ 218 145 NOK 1474 kr 1361 $ 177 £ 252 $ 392 260 NOK 2643 kr 2440 $ 317 £ 387 $ 602 400 NOK 4067 kr 3754 $ 488
    Dinners included £ 116 $ 181 120 NOK 1220 kr 1126 $ 146 £ 131 $ 203 135 NOK 1373 kr 1267 $ 165 £ 155 $ 241 160 NOK 1627 kr 1502 $ 195

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 73 $ 113 75 NOK 763 kr 704 $ 92

    extra options

    2018:
    Extra day bike rental: £ 15 $ 23 15 NOK 153 kr 141 $ 18 Electric bike supplement: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 Extra ay electric bike rental: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 Trailer/child bike and child seat are available.
    Extra nights, Blois
    Standard:
    £ 53 $ 83 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67 Single supplement: £ 29 $ 45 30 NOK 305 kr 282 $ 37 Superior:  £ 70 $ 108 72 NOK 732 kr 676 $ 88 Single supplement: £ 39 $ 60 40 NOK 407 kr 375 $ 49 Deluxe:  £ 96 $ 149 99 NOK 1007 kr 929 $ 121 Single supplement: £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79 Chateax package: £ 68 $ 105 70 NOK 712 kr 657 $ 85 Transfer, 1 - 4 people, one way, from Paris CDG to Blois: £ 320 $ 497 330 NOK 3355 kr 3097 $ 403 From 5  people: on request

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris.

    Local Travel

    Train transfer from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport to Blois via Paris-Austerlitz station, 2½ - 3 hr. (or 1½-2 hr from Paris city center to Blois).

    Climate

    Average high/low temperature in degrees Fahrenheit for Orleans (near Blois) is: March 54/36, April 60/40, May 66/46, June 72/52, July 76/55, August 75/55, September 70/51, and October 60/44.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycles available upon request


Where You’ll Stay

Choose between standard (2 to 3 star hotels), superior (3 star hotels), or the deluxe (4 star hotels).

What’s Included

  • 2018:
  • Accommodations for 5 nights in standard, 2 and 3 hotels, superior, 3 and 4 hotels, or deluxe 4 * chateau hotels
  • Breakfasts & 1 dinner
  • 21-speed hybrid touring bicycle (Scott Sportster P6) equipped with two saddlebags, lock, map holder, odometer, reflective vest, and repair kit, men’s and women’s frames available
  • Bike helmet
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route information & maps (one set per room)
  • GPS tracks (must be requested in advance!)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra night in Blois possible by request.

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length6 days
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Tour Dates

2017 and 2018:
Arrival possible daily from March 1 through October 31

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour with predominantly flat but some hilly terrain and average daily distances of about 28 miles a day. Some days can be shortened. Electric bicycles available upon request.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Castles of the Loire Map

This itinerary has been updated for 2018 and reflects changes from 2017.

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Day 2: Blois - Amboise, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Amboise and Excursion to Chenonceaux, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 4: Amboise - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 5: Cheverny (or Chitenay) - Blois, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 6: Departure from Blois.  

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Blois
Upon arrival in the old village of Blois, you will be enchanted with its typical paved streets punctuated with staircases. And of course the charming chateau, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle ages and the 17th century.

DAY 2: Blois - Amboise, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today's path guides you through the forest and vineyards of Mesland appellation until the Chateau of Chaumont sur Loire that proudly overlooks the Loire River. You cycle on to the beautiful town of Amboise. Here you can see the town's royal chateau where the greatest kings of France and Leonardo Da Vinci once lived.

DAY 3: Amboise and Excursion to Chenonceaux, 27 mi. (44 km)
After crossing through the Amboise forest, you will reach the famous chateau of Chenonceau. Straddling the Cher River, this royal residence is an exceptional site not only because of the incredible architecture, but the richness of its art collection, the furniture and its decorations, and the incredible history it has. Chenonceau Castle has an exceptional museum collection of the Old Masters’ paintings: Murillo, Le Tintoret, Nicolas Poussin, Le Corrège, Rubens, Le Primatice, Van Loo, as well as an extremely rare selection of Flanders Tapestries from the 16th century.

DAY 4: Amboise - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
You will ride along the peaceful Cher river banks to the medieval town of Montrichard, after which you enter the vineyards of Touraine via the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century. Your cycling day ends in Chitenay (in a charming rural inn) or in Cheverny, just around the famous château.

DAY 5: Cheverny (or Chitenay) - Blois, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
An excursion through the Forest of Russy starts the day, with the possibility of a visit to the Chateau of Beauregard, famous for its Portrait Gallery. 
You may extend your excursion to the rich and mysterious 'Sologne' with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering the wildlife, ponds at every crossroad, and small, private chateaus hidden behind their vineyards or groves.

DAY 6: Departure. 
Departure from Blois following breakfast.

Chateaux package can be booked, see pricing.

  • Domaine de Chambord (château and gardens
  • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château and garden festival)
  • Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Malinspike Hall" exhibituion
  • Château de Chenonceaux
  • Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC wines in Cheverny

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Customer Feedback

  • Rod C. 10 months ago

    The amazing all inclusive 3-4 course dinners at the end of the day were great. The castles were great to see.

  • Tim Stoepker 4 years ago

    Great trip. We loved the country-side, the villages, the vineyards, small country roads with no cars, easy to read maps, the wonderful restaurants and chateau. We had no problem without having a guide and the people in the towns and staff at the hotels were very friendly and always willing to help. This was our second Trip-Site bike trip and it was great. Thanks.

  • Gai Jordan 5 years ago

    Did Castle of the Loire 3rd week of sept 2012. The weather was nice though we did get rain on our first afternoon. No complaints at all. We picked the 2 star option and were more than happy. All hotels clean and comfortable and the staff helpful and friendly. Food was fantastic. Bikes were also fabulous and the intinery/directions easy to follow (even when we got ourselves a little lost, easy to get back on track). We are 50 and of average fitness, the bike riding was not too hard. We will definately look at another tour soon. Thanks for the memories!

  • Brian Surgenor 6 years ago

    Did Castles of the Loire with another couple. No complaints. Bikes were great. Meals were great. Accommodations were great. Weather was great (didn't rain at all !). Only glitch was the lack of an in-house meal on the monday (Oct 17) at Auberge Du Centre in Chitenay.

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