On this bike tour in châteaux country in France, you will discover the most famous castles of the Loire such as Chambord, Cheverny, 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-star family run Auberge with charm and character: huge fireplaces, lovely decorated, comfortable and relaxing rooms. Enjoy the savors of the local gastronomy in its elegant restaurant! In Cheverny, you will enjoy accommodations in a 4-star 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 magnificently 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!
All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, route disturbances due to repairs, detours, etc.
Excursion 1: Arrival in Chitenay 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: Château 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 than 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: Excursion to Chaumont-sur-Loire, 24 mi. (39 km)
Passing by the countryside routes before reaching the Loire banks at Chaumont-sur-Loire where you can visit the lovely Château overlooking the Loire. The ‘garden festival’ where you will be able to admire different interpretations of artistic garden compositions based on a common theme takes place every year in its majestic park.
* 4 extra bike excursions available: to Fougères-sur-Bièvre, Beauregard and Sologne area.
Excursion 1: Arrival in Cheverny and excursion to Chambord, 24 mi. (39 km)
On your first bike excursion, you pedal the Pays des Châteaux cycling paths to Chateau of Villesavin before reaching the famous Chateau of Chambord, where a stop is essential to visit the most majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendor, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms and was a retreat for French kings, especially Louis XIV.
Excursion 2: Château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, 39 mi. (62 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 3: Sologne area, 29 mi. (47 km)
Cross the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’ with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering game, ponds at every crossroad and small private châteaux hidden behind their vineyards or groves. Between ponds and heathlands, explore old typical Sologne villages. Do not miss to stop for a wine tasting in a local producer along your route: you are in the Cheverny appellation!
Excursion 4: Blois, 29 mi. (47 km)
Through numerous typical villages, 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. Then return through the forest of Russy.
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. Pricing on request.
Think of booking extra nights!
Châteaux package available for both options (see pricing):
- Domaine de Chambord (château and gardens)
- Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
- Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
- Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC in Cheverny
Hotels & Bikes
You can choose between:
Deluxe (4-star): Hotel Relais des Trois Chateau in Cheverny
Superior (3-star): Auberge du Centre in Chitenay (with swimming pool)
- Counter (one per booking)
- One bottle (100% recyclable)
- Repair kit and life/visibility jacket
- Front pannier with map holder
- Rear rack and pannier (2 panniers on e-bike)
- Child trailer (up to 5 years old)
- Maximum weight: 37kg
- Steel structure
- 2 seats with a security system
- Wheels: 20" quick release
- Waterproof polyester hood
- Anti-insect net
- Storage at the back
- Child helmet and repair kit
- 'Follow-me' tandem (5 to 8 years old)
- Lock, child helmet, and life jacket
- Trail a bike (5 to 8 years old)
- Aluminium frame
- Adjustable seat post
- Wheel: 20"
- Lock, child helmet, and life jacket
- Accommodations for 3 nights
- Daily breakfast
- 2 dinners
- Route information and maps (one set per room)
- 27-speed hybrid touring bike (Scott Sub Sport 20). Both men and women’s frames available (please specify when you book).
- Included accessories: 1 rear pannier, one front pannier, repair kit, lock, pump, odometer, and helmet (4-day rental)
- GPS files (must be requested in advance!)
- City taxes
- 7-day hotline
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrivals possible from March 1 to October 31, 2021
Accommodations Superior in Chitenay
March, April, and Oct
Superior in Chitenay
May through Sept
Deluxe in Cheverny Twin/double $ 926 £ 519 $ 895 € 585 NZ$ 1002 kr 6052 $ 715 $ 989 £ 554 $ 956 € 625 NZ$ 1070 kr 6466 $ 764 On request Single supplement $ 214 £ 120 $ 207 € 135 NZ$ 231 kr 1397 $ 165 $ 237 £ 133 $ 230 € 150 NZ$ 257 kr 1552 $ 183 On request Balneo room suppl. (3 nights)
w/ spa bath & 1 free access to spa area
$ 87 £ 49 $ 84 € 55 NZ$ 94 kr 569 $ 67 $ 103 £ 58 $ 99 € 65 NZ$ 111 kr 672 $ 79 n/a Extra night B&B $ 108 £ 60 $ 104 € 68 NZ$ 116 kr 704 $ 83 $ 125 £ 70 $ 121 € 79 NZ$ 135 kr 817 $ 97 On request Extra night dinner included $ 47 £ 27 $ 46 € 30 NZ$ 51 kr 310 $ 37 $ 47 £ 27 $ 46 € 30 NZ$ 51 kr 310 $ 37 On request Single supplement $ 71 £ 40 $ 69 € 45 NZ$ 77 kr 466 $ 55 $ 71 £ 40 $ 69 € 45 NZ$ 77 kr 466 $ 55 On request Balneo room (extra night) supplement $ 16 £ 9 $ 15 € 10 NZ$ 17 kr 103 $ 12 $ 32 £ 18 $ 31 € 20 NZ$ 34 kr 207 $ 24 n/a
Cheauteux package: $ 111 £ 62 $ 107 € 70 NZ$ 120 kr 724 $ 86
Transfer one way Paris CDG to Chitenay or Cheverny:
1 - 3 persons, sharing the costs: coming soon
4 - 8 persons, sharing the costs: coming soon
Electric bike rental: $ 63 £ 35 $ 61 € 40 NZ$ 68 kr 414 $ 49 Extra day hybrid bike rental: $ 32 £ 18 $ 31 € 20 NZ$ 34 kr 207 $ 24 Extra day electric bike rental: $ 47 £ 27 $ 46 € 30 NZ$ 51 kr 310 $ 37
Trailer, child bike, tag along, and baby seat are available.
Skill Level — Easy
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.
Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG).
From Paris CDG Airport
From the Paris CDG, you can take a train to Blois. Total travel time varies from 3 to 4 hours depending on type of train and time of departure. Usually the trip will entail at least one transfer. Check the SNCF website for schedules. It is beneficial as well to familiarize yourself with the airport via the website and location of the TGV and RER train terminals as both types of trains are possible for your travel to Blois. TGV trains require advanced reservation.
Paris Airport website for travel to/from: http://www.parisaeroport.fr/
Once you arrive to in Blois, it is best to take a taxi to your hotel. The cost is about €50 - €55.
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.
Day of Rest
Any day can be used as a day of rest.
We recommend that you book the Chateaux package. See the daily itinerary and pricing.
Electric bicycles available upon request. E-bikes are Scott E sub Active with 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.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, visa requirements and acquisition, blank passport pages required for your destination (s), etc.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and entry into other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU and EU residents: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and your destination country or countries.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this 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.
Extra nights are always recommended especially in the "garden of France" region, the Loire Valley.
This tour is run by Loire Valley Travel.
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We are not a broker.
We do not inflate tour prices.
We are simply travelers helping travelers.