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. T
his enchanting Loire bike tour starts in the old town of Blois, the gateway to the Loire Valley and home of the famous Blois Château (a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and a favorite among French kings).
Further on your Loire bike tour will be the dazzling Royal Chambord Château, the largest of all the Loire castles. The grounds of this magnificent Renaissance edifice cover almost 3,000 acres, most of which is lavish gardens. The intertwining staircase within was supposedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
Next is the Château of Chenonceau that is uniquely built right over the Cher River. Nicknamed the Ladies Castle and once the residence of Catherine de’ Medici, it has a noteworthy 2-story viewing gallery and old scalloped bridge. Your Loire Valley bike tour then takes you further through the quiet French countryside eventually bringing you to Amboise. This pretty town still has original white stone houses dating back to the 15th century, and of course there is a royal castle, the 11th century Château d'Amboise. It is built in both the French late Gothic Flamboyant style and Renaissance and contains the first French formal garden. King François I invited Leonardo da Vinci here in 1516, and the artist/scholar/inventor later settled in an adjacent mansion (Clos Lucé), where he ultimately lived out his last years. Today, the Clos Lucé Manor House is a museum containing models of his inventions. And don’t forget that the Loire Valley is France’s third largest wine region! Some of the more famous wines include Sancerre, Reuilly and Menetou-Salon.
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Standard Superior Up and charm Tour Package £ 788 $ 1,241 € 856 NOK 8275 kr 7638 $ 993 £ 972 $ 1,531 € 1056 NOK 10208 kr 9423 $ 1,225 £ 1248 $ 1,966 € 1356 NOK 13108 kr 12100 $ 1,573 Single supplement £ 136 $ 215 € 148 NOK 1431 kr 1321 $ 172 £ 258 $ 406 € 280 NOK 2707 kr 2498 $ 325 £ 414 $ 653 € 450 NOK 4350 kr 4015 $ 522
Supplement for single traveler: £ 64 $ 100 € 69 NOK 667 kr 616 $ 80
7 speed electric bike: £ 56 $ 88 € 61 NOK 590 kr 544 $ 71
Extra night, Standard:
Blois: £ 48 $ 75 € 52 NOK 503 kr 464 $ 60 Single supplement: £ 18 $ 29 € 20 NOK 193 kr 178 $ 23
Extra night, Superior:
Blois: £ 66 $ 104 € 72 NOK 696 kr 642 $ 84 Single supplement: £ 37 $ 58 € 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46
Extra night, up and charm:
Blois: £ 70 $ 110 € 76 NOK 735 kr 678 $ 88 Single supplement: £ 41 $ 64 € 44 NOK 425 kr 393 $ 51
Rates are based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Where You’ll Stay
Choose between standard (2 to 3 star hotels), superior (3 star hotels), or the up and charm version (4 star hotels).
- Accommodations for 6 nights in standard, 2 and 3 hotels or top class 3 and 4 hotels
- Breakfasts & 6 dinners
- 21-speed hybrid touring bicycle equipped with two saddlebags, high visibility jacket, anti theft device, map holder, and repair kit
- Bike helmet
- Luggage transfer
- Route information & maps (one set per booking)
- GPS tracks (must be requested in advance!)
What’s Not Included
Extra night in Blois possible by request.
Arrival possible daily from March 1 through October 31, 2017
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 or Day 3 or 5 can be used as a day of rest. Electric bicycles available upon request.
Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Day 2: Blois - Amboise, 24 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Amboise - excursion to Chenonceaux, 25 mi. + option 5 mi. (40 km + option 8 km)
Day 4: Amboise - Cheverny (standard version), 32 mi. (54 km), OR Ambois - Chitenay (upgrade), 25 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Excursion Beauregard, 19 mi. (30 or 48 km), OR Excursion to Beauregard & Sologne, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 6: Cheverny - Blois (standard version), 24 mi. (40 km), OR Chitenay - Blois (upgrade), 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: 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, 24 mi. (40 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 once lived.
DAY 3: Excursion to Chenonceaux, 24 mi. (38 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 Amboise - Chitenay, 32 or 25 mi. (54 or 42 km)
After riding through the gorgeous countryside and small villages, you will reach the castle of Fougère sur Bièvre. This impressive building is a perfect illustration of traditional 15th century art. There are several smaller castles you will pass such as the Chateau de Troussay before reaching the day's destination of Cheverny or Chitenay.
DAY 5: Excursion Beauregard, 18 mi. (30 km), or Excursion Beauregard & Sologne, 29 mi. (48 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: Cheverny - Blois OR Chitenay - Bloise, 24 or 30 mi. (40 or 50 km)
During this last stage, you will discover the sumptuously furnished Chateau of Cheverny before reaching the prestigious Chateau of Chambord, a real masterpiece of French Renaissance period with it's 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis I.
DAY 7: Departure.
Departure from Blois following breakfast.