Chateau de Blois, Blois, Loire Valley, France. Photo via Flickr:@lain G

Pedaling to the Patisserie! Photo via Flickr:yisris

Loire Valley - Châteaux Country (based in one hotel) Bike Tour

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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, 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 * 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 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.

    Highlights:

    • 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!

    A comprehensive list of all of our bike tours in France ​can be found here or take a look at one of our many bicycle tours in Europe.

  • 2020

    AccommodationsSuperior in Chitenay
    March, April, and Oct.     
     Superior in Chitenay
     May through Sept
    Deluxe in Cheverny
    Twin/double $ 884 £ 460 $ 800 535 $ 923 kr 5703 $ 608 $ 950 £ 495 $ 860 575 $ 992 kr 6130 $ 653 $ 1058 £ 551 $ 957 640 $ 1104 kr 6823 $ 727
    Single supplement $ 223 £ 116 $ 202 135 $ 233 kr 1439 $ 153 $ 248 £ 129 $ 224 150 $ 259 kr 1599 $ 170 $ 298 £ 155 $ 269 180 $ 311 kr 1919 $ 204
    Balneo room suppl. (3 nights)
    w/ spa bath and 1free access to spa area
    $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 95 kr 586 $ 62 $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 693 $ 74 n/a
    Extra night B and B $ 109 £ 57 $ 99 66 $ 114 kr 704 $ 75 $ 127 £ 66 $ 115 77 $ 133 kr 821 $ 87 $ 207 £ 108 $ 187 125 $ 216 kr 1333 $ 142
    Extra night dinners included $ 164 £ 85 $ 148 99 $ 171 kr 1055 $ 112 $ 182 £ 95 $ 165 110 $ 190 kr 1173 $ 125 On request
    Single supplement $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 426 $ 45 $ 74 £ 39 $ 67 45 $ 78 kr 480 $ 51 $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 95 kr 586 $ 62
    Balneo room (extra night) supplement $ 17 £ 9 $ 15 10 $ 17 kr 107 $ 11 $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 35 kr 213 $ 23 n/a

     

    extra options

    2020

    Cheauteux package: $ 99 £ 52 $ 90 60 $ 104 kr 640 $ 68 Transfer one way Paris CDG to Chitenay or Cheverny:
    1 to 3 persons, sharing the costs: $ 545 £ 284 $ 494 330 $ 569 kr 3518 $ 375 4 - 8 persons, sharing the costs: $ 628 £ 327 $ 568 380 $ 656 kr 4051 $ 432 Electric bike: $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 426 $ 45 Extra day hybrid bike rental: $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 35 kr 213 $ 23 Extra day electric bike rental: $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 320 $ 34 Trailer, child bike, tag along, and baby seat are available.
     

    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

    Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport

    Local Travel

    Public transportation
    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.

    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

    We recommend that you booke the Chateaux package. See the daily itinerary and pricing.

    Remarks

    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.

    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.


Skill Level

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

Deluxe (4 star): Hotel Relais des Trois Chateau in Cheverny
Superior (3 star): Auberge du Centre in Chitenay

What’s Included

  • 3 nights in a 3-star accommodation or 4-star chateau hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • Route information and maps (one set per room)
  • 4-day bike rental, 27-speed hybrid touring bike (Scott Sub Sport 20) equipped with one rear pannier, one front pannier, lock, odometer, and repair kit available in men and women's frames so please specify
  • Bike helmet
  • GPS files (must be requested in advance!)
  • City taxes
  • 7 days a week hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights are always recommended especially in the "garden of France" region, the Loire Valley.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length4 days
From535 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrivals possible from March through October

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Loire Valley - Châteaux Country (based in one hotel) Map

In Chitenay

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
Passing by the countryside routes before reaching the Loire banks at Chaumont-sur-Loire where you can visit the nice 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.

In Cheverny

Excursion 1: Arrival in Cheverny and excursion to Chambord, 24 mi. (39 km)
On your 1st 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.

*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 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

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Tour Reviews

    • Dore Mead 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We took this tour in October, 2012. It was fantastic. The history, the scenery, the chateaus of the Loire Valley are truly amazing. The little country inn was delightful, with steaming pots of hot chocolate with breakfast and elegant, world- class, dinners. The provided route maps were a challenge to follow, taking us deep into forests, etc. that were great to experience. But on Day 3, we switched to the official French bike route maps because they were so easy to use. I finally got to study the scenery as we pedaled along! Thanks, Pack and Pedal, for a perfect vacation. We'll be back!

    • Jana & Brian 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We had a fantastic time this past June (2012). The routes were level and beautiful. The hotel and restaurant were outstanding. We hope to do this trip again. Many thanks to Hennie and her terrific staff for making our 4th vacation with Pack and Pedal another incredible event.

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