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 £ 815 $ 1,300 856 NOK 8560 kr 7902 $ 1,027 £ 1006 $ 1,604 1056 NOK 10560 kr 9748 $ 1,267 £ 1291 $ 2,060 1356 NOK 13560 kr 12517 $ 1,627
    Single supplement £ 141 $ 225 148 NOK 1480 kr 1366 $ 178 £ 267 $ 425 280 NOK 2800 kr 2585 $ 336 £ 429 $ 684 450 NOK 4500 kr 4154 $ 540

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 66 $ 105 69 NOK 690 kr 637 $ 83

    2018 6 Day Tour:

     StandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Tour Package £ 630 $ 1,006 662 NOK 6620 kr 6111 $ 794 £ 778 $ 1,241 817 NOK 8170 kr 7542 $ 980 £ 945 $ 1,507 992 NOK 9920 kr 9157 $ 1,190
    Single supplement £ 138 $ 220 145 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 £ 248 $ 395 260 NOK 2600 kr 2400 $ 312 £ 381 $ 608 400 NOK 4000 kr 3692 $ 480
    Dinners included £ 114 $ 182 120 NOK 1200 kr 1108 $ 144 £ 129 $ 205 135 NOK 1350 kr 1246 $ 162 £ 152 $ 243 160 NOK 1600 kr 1477 $ 192

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 71 $ 114 75 NOK 750 kr 692 $ 90

    extra options

    2018:
    Extra day bike rental: £ 14 $ 23 15 NOK 150 kr 138 $ 18 Electric bike supplement: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 250 kr 231 $ 30 Extra ay electric bike rental: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 250 kr 231 $ 30 Trailer/child bike and child seat are available.
    Extra nights, Blois
    Standard:
    £ 52 $ 84 55 NOK 550 kr 508 $ 66 Single supplement: £ 29 $ 46 30 NOK 300 kr 277 $ 36 Superior:  £ 69 $ 109 72 NOK 720 kr 665 $ 86 Single supplement: £ 38 $ 61 40 NOK 400 kr 369 $ 48 Deluxe:  £ 94 $ 150 99 NOK 990 kr 914 $ 119 Single supplement: £ 62 $ 99 65 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78 Chateax package: £ 67 $ 106 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84 Transfer, 1 - 4 people, one way, from Paris CDG to Blois: £ 314 $ 501 330 NOK 3300 kr 3046 $ 396 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. 11 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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