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

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Castles of the Loire Bike Tour

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

    For a list of all of our bike tours in France follow the link or do the same for all of our cycling tours in the Loire Valley.

  • 2020

    8 Day Tour

     StandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Tour Package $ 1436 £ 748 $ 1,300 871 $ 1500 kr 9304 $ 985 $ 1839 £ 959 $ 1,665 1116 $ 1922 kr 11921 $ 1,263 $ 2235 £ 1165 $ 2,023 1356 $ 2336 kr 14484 $ 1,534
    Single supplement $ 363 £ 189 $ 328 220 $ 379 kr 2350 $ 249 $ 643 £ 335 $ 582 390 $ 672 kr 4166 $ 441 $ 948 £ 494 $ 858 575 $ 990 kr 6142 $ 651
    7 Dinners included (excl. drinks) $ 338 £ 176 $ 306 205 $ 353 kr 2190 $ 232 $ 445 £ 232 $ 403 270 $ 465 kr 2884 $ 305 $ 511 £ 266 $ 463 310 $ 534 kr 3311 $ 351

    Supplement for single traveler: $ 140 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 908 $ 96

    6 Day Tour

     StandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Tour Package $ 1108 £ 577 $ 1,003 672 $ 1157 kr 7178 $ 760 $ 1371 £ 715 $ 1,241 832 $ 1433 kr 8887 $ 941 $ 1619 £ 844 $ 1,465 982 $ 1691 kr 10489 $ 1,111
    Single supplement $ 264 £ 137 $ 239 160 $ 276 kr 1709 $ 181 $ 437 £ 228 $ 395 265 $ 456 kr 2831 $ 300 $ 676 £ 352 $ 612 410 $ 706 kr 4379 $ 464
    5 Dinners included (excl. drinks) $ 264 £ 137 $ 239 160 $ 276 kr 1709 $ 181 $ 313 £ 163 $ 283 190 $ 327 kr 2029 $ 215 $ 363 £ 189 $ 328 220 $ 379 kr 2350 $ 249

    Supplement for single traveler: $ 140 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 908 $ 96

    extra options

    2020

    8-day version

    Electric bike rental: $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 801 $ 85 Extra day electric bike rental Scott Sub Sport 20: $ 49 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 320 $ 34 Extra day hybrid touring bike rental: $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 34 kr 214 $ 23 Chateaux package: $ 165 £ 86 $ 149 100 $ 172 kr 1068 $ 113

    • Domaine de Chambord (château and gardens)
    • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château and Garden festival)
    • Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
    • Park Leonardo de Vinci in Amboise
    • Château de Chenonceaux
    • Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC wines in Cheverny
    • Wine tasting in cellar in Amboise (3 wines)

    6-day version

    Electric bike rental: $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 427 $ 45 Extra day electric bike rental: $ 49 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 320 $ 34 Extra day hybrid touring bike rental: $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 34 kr 214 $ 23 Chateaux package: $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 801 $ 85  

    • Château de Chambord (château and gardens)
    • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château and Garden Festival)
    • Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
    • Château de Chenonceaux
    • Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC wines in Cheverny

    All versions

     

    Extra nights, Blois
    Standard: 
    $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 95 kr 587 $ 62 Single supplement: $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 267 $ 28 Superior:  $ 127 £ 66 $ 115 77 $ 133 kr 822 $ 87 Single supplement: $ 74 £ 39 $ 67 45 $ 78 kr 481 $ 51 Deluxe:  $ 163 £ 85 $ 148 99 $ 171 kr 1057 $ 112 Single supplement: $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 694 $ 74

    Trailer, tag-along, and baby seats are available. Just ask.

    Transfers:
    From Paris CDG to Blois:
    1- 4 people, sharing the cost: $ 494 £ 258 $ 448 300 $ 517 kr 3204 $ 339 5 - 8 people, sharing the cost: $ 577 £ 301 $ 522 350 $ 603 kr 3739 $ 396

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Closest international airport to your tour start is Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)

    Local Travel

    From the CDG airport:
    From the TGV station, you can access train to St Pierre des Corps where you will transfer to an intercity train to Blois.
    Train travel from/to Blois from the airport is approximately 2½ to 3½ hours depending on connections.
    If you are arriving at another airport, please let us know and we can send you arrival information from Orly Airport, Beauvais Airport, or Tours airport.
    From Paris Center:
    From Paris Austerlitz station, you can take a train to Blois.
    From Blois station by taxi to mooring location, cost is approximately €10.
    Please note that TGV travel requires advance reservation. You can visit the SNCF website for more information and to book.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Once Spring arrives in the Loire Valley, the days begin to get longer and the temperatures rise steadily to up around 68° F/20°C. You can have misty starts to the morning clearing away quickly to give very pleasant days and nights. There will be occasional days of rain but rarely for long periods. This is also a good time to visit as there are fewer tourists around! Late spring and into summer brings dependable weather with long dry spells with average daily temperatures around 75°/24°C. July temperatures peak as high as 82°/28°C dropping to 72°/22°C as September approaches. On average, there are 11 days of rainfall during this period. Perhaps not as warm as those in the far south of France, but a far more comfortable heat. A good website to visit to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    Book the Chateaux Package which includes entrance fees to the mentioned sites. See day to day itinerary and pricing.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycles available upon request. E-bikes are Scott E sub Active with a universal frame, 9 speeds, and come equipped with 2 rear panniers, 1 handlebar bag with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock, 1 mileage counter, and helmet. E-bikes have 80 to 100 km autonomy. Tandem may be available for this tour on request, based on availability.

    TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


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

  • Accommodation for 5 or 7 nights in standard, 2 and 3-star hotels, superior, 3 and 4-star hotels, or deluxe, 4-star chateau hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 27-speed hybrid touring bicycle (Scott Sub Sport 20) available in men's and women's frames. Please specify.
  • One rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, map holder, odometer, repair kit, pump, and helmet
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route information and maps (one set per room)
  • GPS tracks (must be requested in advance!)
  • 7 day hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra night in Blois possible by request.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length6–8 days
From672 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrival possible daily from March 1 through October 31

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour that is 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

You have two different options in regards to the length of tour! Please specify your preference at time of booking.

8-day tour

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Day 2: Blois - Amboise, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Excursion to Vouvray, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Amboise and Excursion to Chenonceaux, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 5: Chenonceaux - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 34 mi. (40 or 54 km)
Day 6: Excursion to Beauregard and Sologne area, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 7: Cheverny (or Chitenay) - Blois, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 8: Departure

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
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: Excursion to Vouvray, 28 mi. (45 km)
Leave the Loire banks for a while to reach the picturesque Vouvray vineyards, surrounded by troglodyte houses, and famous for its fine and elegant white wines! On the way you will admire superb Renaissance private châteaux such as château de Valmer (remarkable for its Italian and vegetable gardens), and the beautiful château de Jallanges as well. And don't hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Vouvray wine!

Day 4: 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 5: Chenonceaux - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 34 mi. (40 or 54 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 6:  Excursion to Beauregard and Sologne area, 29 mi. (47 km)
An excursion offering the possibility to visit the Château of Beauregard famous for its Portrait Gallery. Then continue your excursion to the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’ with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering game, ponds at every crossroads and small private châteaux hidden behind their vineyards or groves.

Day 7: 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 8: Departure

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 Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
  • Park Leonardo de Vinci in Amboise
  • Château de Chenonceaux
  • Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC wines in Cheverny
  • Wine tasting in cellar in Amboise (3 wines)

6-day tour

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: Chenonceaux - 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 - 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: Chenonceaux - 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)
During this last stage you will discover the famous sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny before reaching the prestigious Château of Chambord, real masterpiece of French Renaissance period with its 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis the 1st.

DAY 6: Departure. 
Departure from Blois following breakfast.

Chateaux package can be booked, see pricing.

  • Château de Chambord (château and gardens)
  • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château and Garden Festival)
  • Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
  • Château de Chenonceaux
  • Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC wines in Cheverny

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Tour Reviews

  • Sheri A. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Make sure you bring layers in case of rain

  • Gerald M. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The best memory of the trip was a spectacular meal at Auberge de la labourer in Chenonceaux. They were fully booked but set up a table in the bar and gave us the full restaurant menu. It’s a great restaurant and the extra work the staff put in added to the experience.

    We had two complaints. First, neither of our odometers worked so we had no way of measuring distance. This meant constantly stopping and checking to make sure we were on the right way.

    Second, the directions to get to Cour Chevigny had one massive error. When we came off the trail and onto Route 52 the directions said to turn right, go to the roundabout, and follow the sign to Route D102. There is no such sign. The only sign to Cour Chevigny is for Route 52, the road we were already on. So, thanks to some help, we turned around, followed route 52 for five kilometres and came right to our hotel. THIS SHOULD BE FIXED.

    • Carla from Tripsite 2 months ago     Staff

      Hi Gerald - thanks so much for taking the time to submit your feedback.
      We really appreciate the advice about the misguidance on the route descriptions. We will certainly have it fixed! I also wanted to mention we have GPS tracks for this tour and many other tours, in case you want to avoid the adventure of getting lost in the future.
      Lastly, regarding odometers, I am so sorry they did not work for you. Did you call our local shop to have them fixed? They normally have 5-star service when it comes to fixing bikes.
      Thanks again for your feedback!

  • Mik L. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Loire was wonderful, Jon the guide was wonderful and Lunch in Adon was Magnifique!

  • Linda H. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Excellent routes, well marked and the Châteaus are breath taking. Make sure you have a rain coat.

  • Ann S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I have enjoyed the Castles of the Loire bike trip in France very much. This was my first organized bike trip. The scenery was beautiful, and the architecture was stunning. The meals were delicious. I have recommended this trip to my friends. I am looking forward to my next bike trip in France.

  • Rod C. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

  • Tim Stoepker 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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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