Loire Chateaux Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    5 or 7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Blois / Blois
  • Distance

    167 miles/268 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Simple to Superior
  • Tour code

    027-104CFR
Price From £735

Overview

A leisurely cycling holiday through the Loire Valley taking in historic towns, gorgeous countryside, idyllic villages and of course the splendid and elegant Châteaux for which the region is famous. Dedicated cycle paths and quiet lanes lead you through a patchwork of vineyards, riverside meadows and shady forests to spectacular palaces all with an incredible story to tell.

The Loire Valley could have been designed with leisurely cycling holidays in mind, not only does it offer a beautiful rolling landscape peppered with historic towns and delightful villages but it also boasts some of the country’s most famous and elegant Châteaux, all within an easy ride of each other. To top it off, the forward thinking locals have made sure that cycling here is a real pleasure by installing dedicated cycle paths wherever possible. Also, just in case further encouragement is required, bear in mind that the region produces some world class wines and is revered – in a country that takes its food pretty seriously – for the quality of its local dishes.

Loire Valley - Loire River - France

Loire River at Blois

This trip will suit cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The route is pretty flat and you will average about 45km per day. The few hills you encounter along the way will be short and gradual.

Itinerary & Map

This trip will suit cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The route is pretty flat and you will average about 45km per day. The few hills you encounter along the way will be short and gradual.

The itinerary below reflects the 7 night holiday. If you opt for the 5 night holiday then days 3 and 6 are omitted

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Day 1 Arrive Blois

Blois - Loire - France

Blois

Upon arrival make your way to your hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore the city. Blois is steeped in history with some truly awe inspiring architecture. Explore the narrow streets, paved squares and winding pathways running through this attractive town. Be sure to visit ‘Château de Blois’, once occupied by King Louis XII, a perfect example of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th Century. Also take a stroll along the banks of the River Loire to the 18th Century stone bridge for a panoramic view of Blois.

Day 2: Blois – Amboise, 27 miles/42 kms

Chateau de chaumont-sur-loire - France

Chateau de chaumont

Leaving Blois behind, easy cycle paths lead you downstream alongside the Loire River into The Land of Castles. You will pass a succession of  small riverside villages before arriving at the impressive 15th Century ‘Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire’ which enjoys a commanding position on a hill overlooking the river. Continue along the ‘Loire à Vélo’, a well-signposted route through glorious wild-flower meadows and vineyards. Your destination today is the charming town of Amboise, famous for the ‘Châteaux d’Amboise’, where the greatest kings of France resided, as well as being the place where Leonardo da Vinci lived, and ultimately died.

Day 3: Roundtrip to Vouvray, 28 miles/45 kms

Amboise

This day is omitted if you opt for the 5 night holiday.

Today’s route leads you away from the river for a while to explore the picturesque Vouvray vineyards, famous for producing some superb white wines. In Vouvray itself you can marvel at the troglodyte houses carved out of the hillside. During the ride you’ll also pass the Renaissance Château de Valmer (private) and the enchanting Château de Jallanges. Stop at one of the vineyards to sample the local produce before completing the circle back to your hotel in Amboise.

Day 4: Amboise – Chenonceaux, 28 miles/ 44 kms

Chenonceaux Chateau

Chenonceau Château

This morning you will set off through the serene ‘Amboise Forest’, home to many rare species of plants and wildlife, to ‘Château de Chenonceau’. This stunning Château enjoys an idyllic setting straddling the River Cher. It was the scene of a famous love feud between Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, one the mistress the other the wife of King Henry II of France. Currently owned by the Menier family, famous for their chocolates, it is the second most visited château in France after the ‘Palais de Versailles’. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, one named after Diane de Poitiers, and of course the other after Catherine de Medici. You’ll spend the night in the charming village of Chenonceaux nearby.

Day 5: Chenonceaux – Chitenay or Cheverny, 25 or 31 miles/ 40 or 50 kms

Fougeres sur Bievre Castle - Centre - France*

Chateau de Fougeres sur Bievre

Today’s ride leads you along the banks of river Cher to the medieval town of Montrichard. You then pedal through the Touraine vineyards to the medieval ‘Château de Fougeres sur Bievre’. This hidden gem, which is a bit off the beaten track, attracts fewer crowds but doesn’t disappoint as it’s a perfect example of 15th Century architecture. Continue on to the ‘Château de Troussay’, a Renaissance style chateau with wonderful landscaped gardens. The final destination is the sumptuously furnished ‘Chateau de Cheverny’, which was an inspirational backdrop to the Belgian comic book creator Herge, for scenes for his Tintin stories. Spend the night in Chitenay or Cheverny.

Day 6: Roundtrip to Beauregard and Sologne, 29 miles/47 kms

This day is omitted if you opt for the 5 night holiday.

Today you have an enjoyable ride on quiet lanes through the enormous ‘Russy Forest’, a protected woodland area, to ‘Chateau de Beauregard’. This 16th century chateau, besides being a very attractive building,  houses a notable collection of portraits depicting the great and good of France between 1328 and 1643. The route then leads you into the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’. With its vast expanses of forest, moors and lakes, this region of the Loire Valley has small private chateaux hidden behind vineyards, giving the area special character and charm. Return to Chitenay or Cheverny where you will spend a second night.

Day 7: Cheverny or Chitenay – Blois, 25 or 32 miles/40 or 50 kms

Chateau de Chambord - Loire - France

Château de Chambord

On this penultimate day you are in for a treat as you will be visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ‘Château de Chambord’. This masterpiece of French Renaissance architecture, was built during the reign of King François I, and has over 400 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 84 staircases. It is one of the best known chateaux in the world, and was the inspiration for the Beast’s castle in the 1991 animated Disney film ‘Beauty and the Beast’. After exploring the Château you have a short ride to Blois where you will spend the last night of your tour

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head home or onto your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2020 dates
Daily arrivals 01 April to 15 October

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027-104CFR
Per person
01 Apr
to
15 Oct
 
5 Nights
Simple Category
Double £520                  
Single £722                  
Solo £824                  
Comfort Category
Double £684                  
Single £1014                  
Solo £1115                  
Superior Category
Double £881                  
Single £1375                  
Solo £1476                  
7 Nights
Simple Category
Double £672                  
Single £931                  
Solo £1033                  
Comfort Category
Double £912                  
Single £1406                  
Solo £1508                  
Superior Category
Double £1242                  
Single £1951                  
Solo £2052                  
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

5 or 7 nights in your chosen accommodation. See practical information
5 or 7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Entrance fees to monuments

Supplements

Half board, 5 night trip, simple (£170)
Half board, 5 night trip, comfort (£196)
Half board. 5 night trip, superior (£217)
Half board, 7 night trip, simple (£233)
Half board, 7 night trip, comfort (£281)
Half board , 7 night trip, superior (£318)
Extra night Blois, double/twin, simple (£53)
Extra night Blois, single, simple (£80)
Extra night Blois, double/twin, comfort (£74)
Extra night Blois, single, comfort (£122)
Extra night Blois, double/twin, superior (£96)
Extra night Blois, single, superior (£164)
Bike with pannier & lock, 5 night trip. See practical information (£74)
Bike with pannier & lock, 7 night trip. See practical information (£96)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 5 night trip (£122)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 7 night trip (£175)

Reductions

20% for children 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults
2020 Arrival Dates
Daily arrivals 01 April to 15 October

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2020 Prices
027-104CFR
Per person
01 Apr
to
15 Oct
 
5 Nights
Comfort Category
Double £735                  
Single £1071                  
Solo £1178                  
Superior Category
Double £925                  
Single £1444                  
Solo £1552                  
7 Nights
Comfort Category
Double £1007                  
Single £1501                  
Solo £1609                  
Superior Category
Double £1311                  
Single £2040                  
Solo £2147                  
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

5 or 7 nights in your chosen accommodation. See practical information
5 or 7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Entrance fees to monuments

Supplements

Chateau package, 5 night trip. See practical information (£80)
Chateau package, 7 night trip. See practical information (£106)
Half board, 5 night trip, comfort (£201)
Half board. 5 night trip, superior (£233)
Half board, 7 night trip, comfort (£286)
Half board , 7 night trip, superior (£328)
Extra night Blois, double/twin, comfort (£74)
Extra night Blois, single, comfort (£122)
Extra night Blois, double/twin, superior (£96)
Extra night Blois, single, superior (£164)
Regular bike with pannier & lock, 5 night trip. See practical information (£74)
Regular bike with pannier & lock, 7 night trip. See practical information (£101)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 5 night trip (£148)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 7 night trip (£212)

Reductions

20% for children 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex hybrid with panniers and map holder

Unisex hybrid with panniers and map holder

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable gel saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, handlebar bag or map holder, high-visibility jacket, lock, repair kit, and odometer.

E-bikes are also available to rent.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are supplied locally.

Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet in France and we always advocate their use for riders of all ages.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Simple: Pleasant guest houses, inns and hotels.

Blois: Hotel Le Monarque
Amboise: Hotel Le Breche
Chenonceau: Relais de Chenonceau
Cheverny: Hotel St Hubert
Blois: Hotel Le Monarque

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Blois: Best Western Blois Chateau
Amboise: Hotel Le Bellevue
Chenonceau: Relais de Chenonceau
Chitenay: Auberge du Centre
Blois: Best Western Blois Chateau

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Blois: Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court
Amboise: Hotel Le Clos D’Amboise
Chenonceau: Hotel La Roseraie
Chevernay: Chateau Du Breuil
Blois: Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court

 

Getting There

Fly directly to Tours or Paris or take the Eurostar to Paris

Research flights from the UK here.

Take the train to Blois

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 4.5
  • Date - 12/11/2016
  • Name - Keith Leah
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Hotel ready, bikes & equipment ready, maps, etc ready.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - A little expensive for the meals we got. One hotel made it obvious we were on the "economy" menu.
  • Flexitreks response - Sorry to read you weren't overly imprressed with the food Keith. In light of your comments we are reviewing the meals plans offerred on this trip.