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)

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, 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 a 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.

  • 2019:

    AccommodationsSuperior in Chitenay
    March, April, and Oct.     
     Superior in Chitenay
     May through Sept
    Deluxe in Cheverny 
    Twin/double £ 454 $ 915 530 $ 806 NOK 5035 kr 4648 $ 604 £ 497 $ 1,002 580 $ 882 NOK 5510 kr 5086 $ 661 £ 609 $ 1,226 710 $ 1079 NOK 6745 kr 6226 $ 809  
    Single supplement £ 116 $ 233 135 $ 205 NOK 1283 kr 1184 $ 154 £ 129 $ 259 150 $ 228 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171 £ 154 $ 311 180 $ 274 NOK 1710 kr 1578 $ 205  
    Balneo room suppl. (3 nights)
    w/ spa bath and  1 access to spa area
    £ 47 $ 95 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63 £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74 n/a 
    Extra night B and B £ 57 $ 114 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 £ 66 $ 133 77 $ 117 NOK 732 kr 675 $ 88 £ 113 $ 228 132 $ 201 NOK 1254 kr 1158 $ 150  
    Extra night dinners included £ 80 $ 161 93 $ 141 NOK 884 kr 816 $ 106 £ 89 $ 180 104 $ 158 NOK 988 kr 912 $ 119 n/a 
    Single supplement £ 34 $ 69 40 $ 61 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46 £ 39 $ 78 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 £ 47 $ 95 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63  
    Balneo room (extra night) supplement £ 9 $ 17 10 $ 15 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11 £ 17 $ 35 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23 n/a 

     

    Please ask if you would like to include dinner

    extra options

    Cheauteux package: £ 47 $ 95 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63 Transfer one way Paris CDG to Chitenay or Cheverny:
    1 to 3 persons, total: £ 257 $ 518 300 $ 456 NOK 2850 kr 2631 $ 342 4 - 8 persons, total: £ 300 $ 605 350 $ 532 NOK 3325 kr 3069 $ 399 Electric bike: £ 21 $ 43 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Extra day hybrid bike rental: £ 13 $ 26 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17 Extra day electric bike rental: £ 21 $ 43 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport

    Local Travel

    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.

    Climate

    Average high temp in °F for the area is 60 in Apr, 66 May, 73 June, 76 July, 75 Aug, 70 Sep & 60 Oct.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycles available upon request.


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
Superior (3 star): Auberge du Centre in Chitenay

What’s Included

  • 3 nights in 3 star accommodations or 4 star chateau hotel accommodations
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • Route information & maps (one set per room)
  • 4 day bike rental, 21 or 27-speed hybrid bicycle 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
From530 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019:

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: 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!

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 splendour, 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, 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 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 heath lands, 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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Customer Feedback

    • Dore Mead 7 years ago

      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

      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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