Loire - Orleans to Tours Cycling Break

A leisurely, 5 night cycling break exploring the northern end of the Loire Valley. Enjoy easy cycling along the banks of the Loire River taking in quaint riverside towns, fabulous Châteaux and breathtaking natural beauty

Discover Joan of Arc’s Orléans with it’s imposing cathedral and narrow cobbled streets. Easy riverside cycling leads you to the flowering city of Beaugency with its famous Caesar Tower dating from the 11th century.

The fortress of Chaumont-sur-Loire

The route takes a detour from the river to take in Château Chambord, one of the Loire’s most impressive châteaux before delivering you to Blois, a beautiful, historic city full of traditional restaurants offering delicious local cuisine. You’ll also pass the fortress of Chaumont-sur-Loire standing guard over the river near Amboise.

Finally, after riding through the vineyards of Montlouis you arrive in the beautiful old city of Tours with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses.

You’ll be covering around 30 miles a day on this tour. Much of it is on dedicated cycle paths with the remainder on quiet lanes and roads. Its mainly level with some slightly hilly sections but nothing too strenuous and well within the reach of anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

Loire - Orleans to Tours Cycling Break

A leisurely, 5 night cycling break exploring the northern end of the Loire Valley. Enjoy easy cycling along the banks of the Loire River taking in quaint riverside towns, fabulous Châteaux and breathtaking natural beauty

Discover Joan of Arc’s Orléans with it’s imposing cathedral and narrow cobbled streets. Easy riverside cycling leads you to the flowering city of Beaugency with its famous Caesar Tower dating from the 11th century.

The fortress of Chaumont-sur-Loire

The route takes a detour from the river to take in Château Chambord, one of the Loire’s most impressive châteaux before delivering you to Blois, a beautiful, historic city full of traditional restaurants offering delicious local cuisine. You’ll also pass the fortress of Chaumont-sur-Loire standing guard over the river near Amboise.

Finally, after riding through the vineyards of Montlouis you arrive in the beautiful old city of Tours with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses.

You’ll be covering around 30 miles a day on this tour. Much of it is on dedicated cycle paths with the remainder on quiet lanes and roads. Its mainly level with some slightly hilly sections but nothing too strenuous and well within the reach of anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Orléans

On arrival in Orléans make your way to your first hotel. After check-in you are free to explore this historic city, surrounded by the countryside of the Beauce and the Sologne forests.

We recommend a visit to the house of Joan of Arc who liberated the town in medieval times. The St. Croix Cathedral and lavish City Hall are also worth visiting.

Day 2 : Orléans – Beaugency
16 miles/26 kms

Your first day’s ride breaks you in gently with an easy cycle along the banks of the peaceful Loire River. It’s a relatively short stage on quiet lanes and cycle paths and you’ll soon arrive in the charming old town of Beaugency where you will spend the night.

Day 3 : Beaugency – Blois
29 miles/46 kms

Leave Beaugency heading south on a lovely cycle path beside the river. After a while you detour away from the river to visit the sensational Château de Chambord the largest and probably the most impressive Château in the Loire Valley. From there it’s a short ride to the medieval city of Blois on the banks of the Loire River where you will spend the night.

Day 4 : Blois – Amboise
27 miles/42 kms

More idyllic riverside riding today, half on cycle paths and half on quiet roads. Just past the midway point you will see the impressive Chateau of Chaumont standing guard over the river. Today’s destination is the riverside town of Amboise. After checking in to your hotel take a stroll through this charming little place. Be sure to visit the Royal Castle as well as the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final days.

Day 5 : Amboise – Tours
17 or 19 miles/27 or 31 kms

You’ll be riding through the Montlouis vineyards today, known for their fine whites and sparkling wines. Perhaps stop off at a cellar to sample and buy a bottle before continuing on to the city of Tours. After checking in, stroll through the atmospheric streets of the old town to ‘Place Plumereau’, a lovely old square graced with fine old half-timbered town houses.

Day 6 : Departure

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

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

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. The hotel list below is for the complete tour.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels, guesthouses and inns.

Orleans: Hotel Escale Oceania

Beaugency: Hotel Relais des Templiers

Blois: Hotel Le Monarque

Amboise: Hotel Le Chaptal

Tours: Hotel Le Criden

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Orleans: Hotel d’Orleans

Beaugency: Hotel Ecu De Bretagne

Blois: Best Western Blois Chateau

Amboise: Hotel Au Charme Rabelaisien

Tours: Le Grand Hotel

Deluxe: First class hotels and guesthouses.

Orleans: Empreinte Hotel

Beaugency: Hotel Ecu De Bretagne

Blois: Hotel le Mercure

Amboise: Hotel Au Charme Rabelaisien

Tours: Hotel Oceania L’Univers

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting there

Fly or take the Eurostar to Paris and then take the train to Orléans. At the end of the holiday return to Paris by train from Tours and then fly or take the Eurostar back to the UK.

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