Loire Valley, Châteaux Country, based in one hotel
France Bike Tours
Royal stay in the heart of the land of castles
On this bike tour in châteaux country in France, you will discover the most famous castles of the Loire such as Chambord, Chevrny, Blois Chaumont, and more all from your chosen accommodation in Chitenay or Cheverny. You will be situated in the very heart of France’s third largest wine region and home of many of the country’s finest châteaux.
In peaceful, rustic, Chitenay, you will be accommodated in a 3 * family run Auberge with charm and character: huge fireplaces, lovely decorated comfortable and relaxing rooms/ Enjoy the savours of the local gastronomy in its elegant restaurant! In Cheverny, you will enjoy accommodating in a 4 * hotel château, a refined environment, marked with charm and abundant history, surrounded by green, in the heart of Cheverny AOC vineyards.
- Château de Chambord: 16th century "castle of castles". Built to serve as a hunting lodge for King François, it is the largest in the region with grounds of roughly 3000 acres of beautiful gardens and pristine nature. Due to its very distinct French Renaissance architecture, the château is one of the most recognizable in the world.
- Château of Cheverny: 17th century castle with a magnifcently adorned interior rooms as well as a renowned collection of tapestries, furniture and other objets d’art.
- Château Chaumont -sur-Loire: 11th century, once home to Catherine de' Medici who entertained Nostradamus and other astrologers here
These are just some of the over 300 châteaux to be found in the area!
Accommodations Superior in Chitenay
March, April, and Oct.
Superior in Chitenay
May through Sept
Deluxe in Cheverny Twin/double £ 503 $ 783 € 520 NOK 5287 kr 4880 $ 634 £ 537 $ 836 € 555 NOK 5643 kr 5208 $ 677 £ 779 $ 1,212 € 805 NOK 8184 kr 7555 $ 982 Single supplement £ 121 $ 188 € 125 NOK 1271 kr 1173 $ 153 £ 136 $ 211 € 140 NOK 1423 kr 1314 $ 171 £ 189 $ 294 € 195 NOK 1983 kr 1830 $ 238 Balneo room suppl. (3 nights)
w/ spa bath and 1 access to spa area
£ 29 $ 45 € 30 NOK 305 kr 282 $ 37 £ 58 $ 90 € 60 NOK 610 kr 563 $ 73 n/a Extra night B and B £ 64 $ 99 € 66 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81 £ 75 $ 116 € 77 NOK 783 kr 723 $ 94 £ 154 $ 239 € 159 NOK 1617 kr 1492 $ 194 Extra night dinners included £ 88 $ 137 € 91 NOK 925 kr 854 $ 111 £ 99 $ 154 € 102 NOK 1037 kr 957 $ 124 £ 193 $ 300 € 199 NOK 2023 kr 1868 $ 243 Single supplement £ 39 $ 60 € 40 NOK 407 kr 375 $ 49 £ 44 $ 68 € 45 NOK 458 kr 422 $ 55 £ 48 $ 75 € 50 NOK 508 kr 469 $ 61 Balneo room (extra night) supplement £ 10 $ 15 € 10 NOK 102 kr 94 $ 12 £ 19 $ 30 € 20 NOK 203 kr 188 $ 24 n/a
Cheauteux package: £ 53 $ 83 € 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67 Transfer one way Paris CDG to Chitenay or Cheverny: on request
Electric bike: £ 24 $ 38 € 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 Extra day hybrid bike rental: £ 15 $ 23 € 15 NOK 153 kr 141 $ 18 Extra day electric bike rental: £ 24 $ 38 € 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31
Rates are based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Train transfer from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport to Blois via Paris-Austerlitz station, 2 ½ - 3 hr. (or 1½-2 hr. from Paris city center to Blois); taxi to hotel in Chitenay or Cheverny.
Average high temp in °F for the area is 60 in Apr, 66 May, 73 June, 76 July, 75 Aug, 70 Sep & 60 Oct.
Electric bicycles available upon request.
Easy self-guided based tour with predominantly flat terrain and adjustable average daily distances. The excursions suggested in the road book are on cycle paths and small routes recommended for cycling by the label “Pays des Chateaux”. The route focuses on these select cycle paths and small roads with little traffic. Electric bicycles available upon request.
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations at the 3 star hotel-restaurant Auberge du Centre with friendly staff, excellent food, and brand new swimming pool or in a 4 * chateau hotel.
- Accommodations for 3 nights in 3 accommodations or 4 chateau hotel accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- 2 dinners
- Route information & maps (one set per room)
- 21-speed Scott Sportster hybrid bicycle equipped with saddlebags, high visibility jacket, lock, maps, and repair kit available in men and women’s frames
- Bike helmet
- GPS files (must be requested in advance!)
- City taxes
- 7 days a week hotline
What’s Not Included
- 1 dinner
- Drinks and lunches
- Entrances to excursions (may be booked with supplement)
- Bicycle protection
- Trip insurance
Extra nights are always recommended especially in the "garden of France" region, the Loire Valley.
This tour page is completely updated for 2018. If you are interested in a hotel based tour for 2018, please ask!
Excursion 1: Arrival and excursion to Cheverny, 14 mi. (23 km)
Today's Loire cycle route takes you through fields and vineyards, and a number of villages via the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its elegantly furnished and decorated apartments, which inspired Hergé’s vision of Marlinspike in the adventures of Tintin.
Excursion 2: Chateau de Chambord, 35 mi. (56 km)
Cycle through the rich Domain of Chambord forest, where a stop is essential to visit the most famous and majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendor, the Château de Chambord boasts no less then 440 rooms.
Excursion 3: Blois, 20 mi. (33 km)
Through the forest to finally reach the Loire River banks and the nice town of Blois, worth visiting for its old quarter and also its Château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
Excursion 4: Fougères-sur-Bièvre, 15 mi. (24 km)
A short excursion to discover the Château of Fougères-sur-Bièvre of feudal style in a nice rustic village. The Château illustrates 15th century architecture. Do not miss a stop at a local wine producer for a wine tasting!
Excursion 1: Blois, 29 mi. (46 km)
Through typical country villages, you will reach the very heart of the Loire valley, the village of Blois, gateway to Sologne. The royal town of Blois is packed with lively streets, paved squares, restaurants, and taverns. The Château of Blois, home of Louis XII and François I, is a wonderful example and illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. The return route will be through the forest of Russy. You won't want to miss this Loire Valley bike tour.
Excursion 2: Château of Chambord, 32 mi. (51 km)
Your first cycling excursion leads to Sologne, first to Chateau of Villesavin, then to the famous Château of Chambord, a majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendor, the Château de Chambord, was a retreat for French kings, especially Louis XIV.
Excursion 3 : Château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, 31 mi. (49 km)
Continuing on country lanes, you reach the banks of the Loire at Chaumont-sur-Loire where the Château of the same name towers over the small town and the valley. It was built in the 10th century by Count Eudes II. The count hoped the castle would be an imposing fortress protecting Blois from any outside invaders. The 21 hectares of land have been landscaped into an impressive park and gardens. From April to the end of October, the Château hosts the International Garden Festival showcasing different interpretations of artistic garden composition based on a common theme.
Excursion 4: Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, 18 mi. (29 km)
Discover the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, the unique example of feudal style that illustrates the 15th century architecture. Be sure to stop for a wine tasting in a local producer along your route. You are in the Cheverny appellation!
*Distances are approximate.
Another wonderful option available for this tour is a hot air balloon ride! You will drift over the Loire Valley and enjoy a unique view of the chateaux. See pricing!
Think of booking extra nights!
Châteaux package (see pricing):
- Domaine de Chambord (château and gardens)
- Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Malinspike Hall" exhibition
- Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival
- Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC in Cheverny
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