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Blois to Tours

7 days – Self Guided

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€1195

Cycling the Loire Valley, France Discover the Loire by bike!

The Loire tinted gold by the sky’s reflection, where the sun comes to dive, the light, the breeze, the calm, this restrained impetuosity is there, the sign of a big and beautiful river. It is not by chance that this region was called by our ancestors the “Garden of France”, so let yourself be guided through the parks and castles, in this flat, cool and green country. The valley, deceived by the undulations of the ground which blur the horizon, seems infinite.

From castle to castle, Blois, Amboise, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceaux, so many opportunities to enter the most beautiful residences of the majesty!

In the footsteps of François I, Joan of Arc or Leonardo da Vinci, this is much more than a bike trip, it’s a journey back in time. Stages that take you to the heart of the great cities of the valley, allow you to understand part of the history of France. A trip to the land of kings, queens and artists who made our history!

Dates

1 May 2020 to 30 Sep 2020

1 May 2021 to 30 Sep 2021

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Riding Level

Easy-Going

40KM Daily Average

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • An unrivalled area of superb French wine and cuisine
  • Visit world famous châteaux and their wonderful gardens
  • Tranquil cycling alongside the meandering River Loire
  • Journey through the passage of time, following in the footsteps of Kings and Queens
  • Explore a mix of medieval villages and traditional market towns

CC Advantage

Charming locally run hotels, located near to all the sights

A delightful route for the A to B orientated Cycle Tourist! Combine it with the Route of Kings self guided tour to make an epic journey!

Enjoy reading the history of the region with our CC included guide book

Wear a custom made CC France Loire Valley jersey!

Cycling the Loire Valley, France

We had a wonderful time. Of course we drank too much of that wine, but we reckoned we deserved it! Thanks again for a memorable cycle down the Loire.

K. & J. Whitmore

Tamworth, Australia

Route Map

itinerary
Day 1. Blois, Loire Loop

39km (70m ascent) 

Start cycling with a pleasant countyside loop, along the longest river in France. Ride along its banks and enjoy the heritage of the Loire. Enjoy small villages such as Cour-sur-Loire and discover the extensive wildlife of the river, including the many birds that have made this majestic waterway home.
Back on Blois, lose yourself in its narrow streets. Discover its castle, churches, houses and gardens, all organized like an amphitheater cut into the rock. A bourgeois town, with a staircase of streets, at the top near the cathedral you will appreciate the panorama of the surrounding countryside and forests.


Day 2. Blois, Chambord Loop

48 km (160m ascent)

A bike loop to Chambord Castle and its forest park. You will leave Blois to ride on royal paths. They will lead you straight to the four towers of this impressive castle, built as a hunting lodge for Francois I. From the Renaissance to the Empire, let yourself be surprised by the historical richness of the place! A truly magical place. Return to Blois.

Chateaus Cycling the Loire Valley, France, Chambord

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Day 3. Blois to Chaumont Sur Loire

44 km (180m ascent)

From Blois see the Loire snake west into the heart of the valley – this is your direction. Today’s objective: Chaumont-sur-Loire and its castle which hosts the International Garden Festival every year. But before that, you will cross the countryside and the Russy forest estate. You will pass near the castle of Beauregard, former hunting lodge of François I. The castles of Beau Séjour, Chailles or Villelouet will grab your attention before your arrival in Chaumont.

Cycling in France, Loire Valley Bike Tour Chateau


Day 4. Chaumont sur Loire to Amboise

22 km (85m ascent)

A day to wonder along the Loire by bike. You will arrive in Amboise, city of Leonardo da Vinci. Visit his last home and now a museum, the chateau Clos Lucé is a fascinating place to explore the mind of an inventor and artistic genius. A trip to the royal castle makes this a market town of character where it is both pleasant to stroll through its alleys or alongside the river banks.


Day 5. Amboise, Chenonceaux loop

39 km (230m ascent)

You leave the Loire riverbanks and head toward the south. Welcome to Touraine! Luxuriant, abundant and spiritual this is the land of Rabelais and Balzac Courier. In this Eden of fine food, let yourself be tempted by local dishes and spirits. In Chenonceaux, take time to enjoy its famous chateau. Built in 1513, it is one of the most famous and beautiful of the Loire Valley, stretching across the river itself. You ride back to Amboise for a second night.

Chateau Chenonceau France bike tour


Day 6. Amboise to Tours

45km (230m ascent)

You leave Amboise, cycling past beautiful manor houses, listening to river birdsong. Take the opportunity to taste a few Touraine wines, or simply learn more about the wine making process at a local winery. This day leads you to the old city of Tours, capital of the Loire castles. Take time to discover the fifteenth century wooden houses still present here and the interesting back streets.


Day 7. Tours, Villandry loop

43km (15m ascent)

On the banks of the Cher you go west and discover the exhilarating colours and the beauty of the gardens of famous Villandry Castle. A dip in the heart of the sixteenth century, this place will leave you amazed. A leisurely route, you return to Tours.

Trip details

Tour Style

Tour Style

Leisure Tour – Self Guided

Bikes – Hybrid or Trekking

Group Size – 2+

Route – Blois, Chambord, Onzain, Amboise, Tours

Riding Level

Easy – distances are a daily average of 40km. The terrain is mainly flat with a couple of small hills. Good surfaced roads on quiet country routes (busier near the bigger cities and town of Blois). Suitable for hybrid-touring bikes.

Accommodation

6 Nights

Historic and comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels

Food

All 6 breakfasts

Extras Included
  • Luggage delivered to your next hotel
  • Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
  • Emergency support and contact details
  • Pre-tour pack
  • Tour guide book / maps / route notes
Staff

1 representative will meet and greet in Blois and give an introduction to the area and route. They will also provide daily luggage transfers.

Extras Not Included
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunch and dinners
  • Drinks, visits and other personal expenses
  • Bike Rental 7 days: from 115€/pp
  • Electric Bike Rental 7 days: from 218€/pp
  • Children Bike rental 7 days: from 84€/pp
  • High Season Supplement in July and August, 35 Eur extra pp (Single supplement 325 Eur)
  • Jersey: Receive a Cycling Country custom designed Loire Valley Cycling Jersey, delivered to your home before departure: 59 Eur per jersey inc p&p
Getting Here

Blois and Tours are both connected by good bus and train connections.

Lodgings

The small hamlets bursting with geranium colours, the peep into village life, the awakening of towns in the mornings, this route gives you a glimpse of southern Spain at its finest.

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Reviews

With great hybrid bikes, fantastic scenery, luxury and historic hotels, great food but above all excellent directions, maps, gpx and information notes this holiday delivered on every level. We will be back! Thank you Cycling Country
Sandy Evans – London, April 2018

Hi Maggi and Jeff,
Our last day of cycling went just as well as the preceeding ones. Thanks again for the great trip! We‘ll recommend your tours to anybody showing the slightest interest in cycling. 🙂 Have a good time!
Antoine Brédif – Canada, June 2017

Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .

DATES & RATES

CASTLES OF THE LOIRE VALLEY

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

€ 1195

SINGLE SUPP € 235

SELECT YOUR DATE AND CHECK AVAILABILITY HERE

Choose your date: Any date between 1 April and 31 October given availability

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