Chateau de Chenonceau. Photo courtesy of LVT.

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Luxury Castles of the Loire

France Bike Tours

A luxury Loire Valley bike tour in Châteaux country

  • This deluxe Loire Valley bike tour offers you the experience of what the French call "joie de vie". The French have raised the enjoyment of the small things in life to the level of art and they know how to slow down and savor each moment.

    Often called the "Garden of France", the Loire Valley is an enchanted land of vineyards, flowers, and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand chateaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle paced life that has, for centuries, made it a sought-after location for poets and writers. Discover its wonderful treasures of art and architecture as you cycle Loire and taste the delectable regional cuisine as well as its world famous wines.

    Accommodations on this deluxe bike tour are in chateux hotels or boutique accommodations which offer a romantic and relaxing experience.

    Be sure to consider booking the optional excursion day and the Chateaux entrance package!

    A full list of all of our bicycle tours in France can be found here.

  • Twin/double: £ 1234 $ 1,919 1274 NOK 12952 kr 11956 $ 1,554 Single supplement: £ 562 $ 874 580 NOK 5897 kr 5443 $ 708 Additional fee if booking for only one person: £ 107 $ 166 110 NOK 1118 kr 1032 $ 134 Excursion to  'Azay Le Rideau', including bike rental: £ 153 $ 238 158 NOK 1606 kr 1483 $ 193 Single supplement: £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116

    extra options

    Chateaux package (entrance fees to the mentioned sites): £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110

    • Park Leonardo de Vinci
    • Wine tasting in Amboise (3 wines)
    • Château de Chenonceaux
    • Domaine de Chambord (château + gardens)
    • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
    • Château de Cheverny + "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition

    Extra nights: Amboise:
    Twin/double: £ 149 $ 232 154 NOK 1566 kr 1445 $ 188 Single room supplement: £ 111 $ 173 115 NOK 1169 kr 1079 $ 140

    Dinners (6) included: £ 407 $ 633 420 NOK 4270 kr 3942 $ 512

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 34 $ 53 35 NOK 356 kr 328 $ 43 Extra day electric bicycle rental: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 Extra day hybrid bike rental: £ 10 $ 15 10 NOK 102 kr 94 $ 12 Transfer from CDG to Amboise, 1 to 4 people, 5 on request: £ 397 $ 618 410 NOK 4168 kr 3848 $ 500

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Arrival in Paris, Charles de Gaulles International Airport (CDG)

    Local Travel

    From CDG to St. Pierre Des Corps via TGV train, transfer, and then to Amboise, travel time approximately 2 hours and 6 minutes

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the area are: March, 54/38°, April, 60/42°, May, 66/48°, June, 73/54°, July, 76/57°, August, 75/56°, September, 70/52°, and October, 60/45°

    Remarks

    Electric bicycles available upon request.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 4 star château-hôtels, unique, boutique establishments

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 6 nights in 4* category accommodations (Chateau hotels)
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maps, itineraries, and tourist information (one set per room)
  • All taxes and services
  • 21 speed Scott Sportster P 6 hybrid touring bike equipped with two pannier bags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, map holder, helmet and repair kit (men’s and women’s frames available)

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Excursion to Azay le Rideau with bike rental and overnight in Montbazon, see pricing
  • Entrance fees to the attractions, can be booked with supplement. See pricing.
  • GPS files (must be requested in advance!)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
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TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length7–8 days
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily from March 1 to October 31, 2018

Skill Level

Moderate self-guided hotel to hotel bike tour with daily distances ranging from 20 miles to 33 miles. Electric bicycles available upon request.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Luxury Castles of the Loire Map

Below is a new itinerary for 2018

Day 1: Arrival in Amboise
Day 2: Amboise - Montbazon, 28 mi. (45 km)
OPTION : Possibility of extra night + excursion to Azay le Rideau, overnight in Montbazon, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 3:  Montbazon - Chenonceaux, 22 mi. (34 km)
Day 4: Chenonceaux - Cheverny, 21 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Excursion á Chambord, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Cheverny - Amboise, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 7: Departure

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Amboise
The nice town of Amboise, built at the edge of the Loire River, is overlooked by its Royal Chateau where the most important kings of France lived. Do not forget to visit the Manoir du Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci, invited by his friend Francis the 1st, lived the last 3 years of his life.

Day 2: Amboise - Montbazon, 28 mi. (45 km)
Follow the "Loire à Vélo" cycling paths through the vineyards of Montlouis and its numerous wine cellars producing the famous sweet or sparkling white wines. Then, take time to enjoy the old and vibrant quarters of Tours city and especially the “Place Plumereau”, a beautiful square with half-timbered houses. Proceed along the
Touraine countryside to reach your next chateau-hotel.

OPTION : Possibility of extra night + excursion to Azay le Rideau, 53 km
Ride on the "Indre à vélo" cycling paths along the winding Indre river and admire its beautiful mills and typical villages, before joining Azay le Rideau and its romantic Renaissance château, elegantly enclosed in its water and greenery setting.

Day 3: Montbazon - Chenonceaux, 22 mi. (34 km)
Ride along the tortuous Indre river to reach the Cher Valley by crossing vineyards and typical small Touraine
villages. Then, you will discover Chenonceaux, famous for its Renaissance château spanning the Cher river still
steeped in memories of the famous ladies in French History : Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis.

Day 4: Chenonceaux - Cheverny, 21 mi. (48 km)
Leave the Chenonceaux to reach the nice medieval village of Montrichard. It is time to ride through the vineyards of Touraine area via the chateau of Gué Péan and the medieval chateau of Fougères sur Bièvre, a perfect illustration of the traditional 15th century building art. A beautiful itinerary through the countryside and
vineyards before reaching the famous château of Cheverny.

Day 5:  Excursion á Chambord, 31 mi. (50 km)
After a short ride to the chateau of Villesavin, you will continue through the rich Domaine de 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.

Day 6: Cheverny - Amboise, 32 mi. (52 km)
For your last cycling day, follow the 'pays des châteaux' cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which proudly dominates the river. Then continue on the 'Loire à Vélo' cycling tracks before arriving at the charming town of Amboise.

Day 7: Departure

Chateaux package (entrance fees to the mentioned sites) can be booked for a supplement. See pricing! 

  • Park Leonardo de Vinci
  • Wine tasting in Amboise (3 wines)
  • Château de Chenonceaux
  • Domaine de Chambord (château + gardens)
  • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
  • Château de Cheverny + "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition

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