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Blois to Tours

 

7 days / 6 nights, Self Guided

 

Quality Hotels & Country Retreats

 

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€1,125

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!

Route Map

itinerary
Day 1. Blois, Loire Loop

Approx 39km (70m ascent) ride

A smooth loop, along the longest river in France. You ride along its banks and enjoy heritage of the Loire. First architectural, that you enjoy thanks to small villages such as Cour-sur-Loire; then natural which is expressed mainly by the many birds that are indivisible from the majestic river. Back on Blois, lose yourself in its narrow streets. Discover its castle, its churches, its houses, its gardens, organized like an amphitheater on a rock. A bourgeois city with a staircase of streets where 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 Francis I. From the Renaissance to the Empire, let yourself be surprised by the historical richness of the place! Return to Blois.

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Day 3. Blois to Chaumont Sur Loire

48 km (160m ascent)

From Blois you will watch the Loire sneak into the heart of the valley, look towards the west, this is the direction you’ll be taking! 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. From here, a 15Km royal path led directly to Chambord. Then the castles of Beau Séjour, Chailles or Villelouet will catch your attention before your arrival on Chaumont.


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.His last home, the Clos Lucé, and the royal castle make this a city of character where it is pleasant to stroll through its alleys or on the quays.


Day 5. Amboise, Chenonceaux loop

39 km (230m ascent)

You leave the Loire riverbanks and head toward the south. Welcome in 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 castle (the same name without an X). Built in 1513, it is one of the most beautiful of the Loire Valley. You ride back to Amboise for a second night.


Day 6. Amboise to Tours, par le vignoble de Vouvray

45km (230m ascent)

You leave Amboise by its hillsides. Take the opportunity to taste a few Touraine wines, or simply learn more about the wine making. 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; they share beautiful bits of history…


Day 7. Tours, Villandry loop

43km (15m ascent)

On the banks of the Cher you go west and discover the exhilarating colors and the beauty of the gardens of the Villandry Castle. A dip in the heart of the sixteenth century that does not leave you indifferent! Leisurely, you return to Tours.

Trip details
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 35-50km. 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
  • Repairs, spareparts and mileage allowance
  • 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
  • Extra nights in Blois, Angers, etc..
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Entrance Fees to Chateaux
Getting Here

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

Lodgings

If you have been trying the famous Loire Valley ... drinks then you will appreciate a good bed at the end of the day. The hotels you will find will then not disappoint as they are all set in convenient places, close to sights. Good quality 3 and 4 star hotels will be a welcome place to come to after each day´s cycle and lay your head and dream again of all the sights you have seen that day!

Experience an unforgettable stay at a manor converted into a luxury hotel in Amboise! At the heart of the royal city, Hôtel Le Manoir St Thomas is a heaven of peace. Here you will be within easy reach of the rest of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site. Its exceptional location in the old town centre of Amboise make the hotel a very special place to stay.

Enjoy a unique experience at The Hauts de Loire! Set at the very heart of the Valley of the Kings, The Hauts de Loire makes an indescribable impression, the sort of impression you get from a place where those in the know come to enjoy the comforts of a 19th-Century hunting lodge that is now devoted entirely to good living and the simpler, subtler pleasures in life.

Reviews

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

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, worth every penny.
Rachel Steves - London, April 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

From €1,125


Single supplement: €235

CUSTOM DATES: Minimum 2 people. Any dates between 1 April and 31 October given availability.

Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Encounter enchanting quaint villages in dramatic castle settings
  • Visit two of France´s most beloved Chateaux, Chambord and Chenonceau
  • The Loire River is a bird lovers paradise with visions of egrets, herons and songbirds
  • Tread in the footsteps of Kings and Queens and visit Leonardo da Vinci´s home.
  • Tempt your taste buds with the French fare of fresh produce straight from the gardens and orchards

THE CC ADVANTAGE

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Ride the best cycling route in France!

This turned into the best vacation we've ever had, at any price. They treated us as royalty, immediately corrected problems (which were few), threw in jerseys, bikes that made us happy, inns that were simply marvelous, food to die for, and, tours of historical interest at every turn.

John Hymes

Trip Advisor

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