Chateau de Chenonceau. Photo courtesy of LVT.

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Luxury Castles of the Loire Bike Tour

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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 chateaux 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!

    Highlights:

    • France and everything French!
    • Chateaux
    • Deluxe accommodations
    • Vineyards and wine
    • French cuisine

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

  • 2020

    Twin/double: $ 2372 £ 1236 $ 2,147 1439 $ 2479 kr 15371 $ 1,628 Single room supplement: $ 1113 £ 580 $ 1,007 675 $ 1163 kr 7210 $ 764 Additional fee if booking for only one person: $ 223 £ 116 $ 201 135 $ 233 kr 1442 $ 153 Excursion to  'Azay Le Rideau' and overnight in Montbazon, including bike rental: $ 321 £ 167 $ 291 195 $ 336 kr 2083 $ 221 Single supplement: $ 181 £ 94 $ 164 110 $ 189 kr 1175 $ 124


     

    extra options

    2020

    Chateaux package (entrance fees to the mentioned sites): $ 148 £ 77 $ 134 90 $ 155 kr 961 $ 102

    • 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: $ 247 £ 129 $ 224 150 $ 258 kr 1602 $ 170 Single room supplement: $ 206 £ 107 $ 187 125 $ 215 kr 1335 $ 141

    Dinners (6) included: $ 676 £ 352 $ 612 410 $ 706 kr 4379 $ 464

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 99 £ 52 $ 90 60 $ 103 kr 641 $ 68 Extra day electric bicycle rental: $ 49 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 320 $ 34 Extra day hybrid bike rental: $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 34 kr 214 $ 23 Transfer from CDG to Amboise:
    1 to 4 people, sharing cost: $ 544 £ 283 $ 492 330 $ 568 kr 3525 $ 373 5 to 8 people, sharing cost: $ 626 £ 326 $ 567 380 $ 655 kr 4059 $ 430  

    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

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

    Local Travel

    From CDG to St. Pierre Des Corps via TGV train, transfer, and then train to Amboise, travel time approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Please note that TGV travel requires advance reservation. You can visit the SNCF website for more information and to book.

    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. It may not be 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

    Book the Chateaux Package which includes entrance fees to the mentioned sites. See the day to day 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.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 4 star château-hotels, which are unique, boutique establishments

What’s Included

  • Accommodation 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
  • 27-speed hybrid Scott Sub Sport 20 touring bike equipped with one pannier bag, handlebar bag, repair kit, pump, lock, odometer, and helmet. Men's and women's frames available so please indicate preference at time of booking
  • 7-day hotline

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
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length7–8 days
From1439 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrival possible daily from March 1 to October 31, 2020

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

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 - Cour Cheverny, 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 5: Cour Cheverny -  Chambord, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Chambord- Amboise, 37 mi. (60 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 - Cour Cheverny, 34 mi. (54 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: Cour Cheverny - Chambord, 28 mi. (45 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: Chambord - Amboise, 37 mi. (60 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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Tour Reviews

  • Michael S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Loire environment was wonderful, and the well planned routes through the area, with so much off road or quiet road cycling was exceptional. The accommodation and overall organization was of excellent standard.
    The one piece of feedback that you should receive concerning the bicycles is that they needed servicing. There was significant slippage of the gears throughout the trip, on both bicycles. This can very simply be fixed with appropriate servicing of the chain and rear cluster.

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