The Loire Valley as a World Heritage Site is stunning. The magnificent fluvial countryside of the Loire with so many castles, manor-houses and châteaux, built by the French kings and their aristocratic imitators is really outstanding? Amboise, Blois, Chenonceaux, Cheverny and Chambord are truly melodic names, which don’t make you forget the innumerable other castles. This cycle trip takes you to the heart of the "Garden of France“ as well as to its delicious cuisine.
Day 1: Arrival in Blois and round trip to Chambord Castle, ~40 km/25 miles
Possibility to visit the marvelous town with its typical paved streets punctuated with staircases, and the château, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century. A first bike tour of about 40 km to Chambord Castle is possible if you arrive early in the day.
Day 2: Round trip to Cheverny, ~49 km/31 miles
On today's stage you will discover the famous sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny. If you choose our option 'entrance Chateau' you will get in there without waiting to see all the hidden treasures of this impressive castle. On your way to Cheverny you will ride along the Loire River and through vineyards and charming villages.
Day 3: Blois - Amboise, ~39 km/24 miles
This itinerary will guide you through the forest and vineyards of Mesland appellation until the Château of Chaumont sur Loire that proudly overlooks the Loire River before reaching the nice town of Amboise and its royal castle. Don’t miss to visit the Clos Lucé Manor, last home of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Day 4: Amboise - Chenonceaux - Amboise, ~38 or 46 km/23 or 28 miles
Bike through forest, vineyards and orchards until the famous château of Chenonceau elegantly straddling the Cher River, which was the scene of a rivalry of French history: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. On little roads you go back to Amboise.
Day 5: Amboise - Tours, ~24 or 32 km/15 or 20 miles
Ride along the wine fields of Montlouis and discover the numerous wine cellars where the white sparkling wine is produced. Ride on to the manor of Gabrielle d'Estrée, concubine of Henry IV. A bit further on the Chateau La Bourdaisière is on your way. The landlord will be pleased to present you its gardens with a number of medical plants. The stage finally ends in the elegant town Tour, famous for its medieval town center with lovely decorated half-timbered houses.
Day 6: Round trip to Villandry Castle, ~39 km/24 miles
The famous French gardens of Villandry Castle you should not miss at all. Discover the decorative vegetable gardens, the 'Garden of Love' as well as the 'Water Garden' and the 'Sun Garden'.
Day 7: Alas! Departure and "au revoir"
6 nights in 4**** chateau hotels in cat. de Luxe
6 nights in 3*** hotels in cat. A
6 nights in 2** and 3*** hotels in cat. B
6x copious breakfast
3 dinner (3 course menu)
luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
complete documentation with maps
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every day
route (1)-(2): ~245 km/153 miles
flat and sometimes hilly, often on country lanes
how to get there
by car: motorway to Blois
by train: station Blois, direct train from Paris
by plane: airport Paris
Tours - Blois 135 €/ride (8 persons max, supplement 15 €/bike)
airport Paris CDG - Blois 300 €/ride (4 persons max)
Tours - airport Paris CDG 340 €/ride (4 persons max)
package 'entrance Chateaux'
Chateau Chambord and its gardens
Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire and Festival of gardens
Chateau Cheverny and exposition
winetasting in a wine cellar in Amboise
Park Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise
gardens of Chateau Villandry
are available in all categories in Tours and Blois in double and single room, on request
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