|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||27 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Mar 1-Oct 31, 2014|
|Start city:||Blois, France|
|End city:||Blois, France|
Discover the Loire Valley treasures: Chateaux, ponds and forest. Follow this royal river by discovering the most prestigious chateaux.
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Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Possibility to visit the town with its typical paved streets punctuated with staircases, and the chateau, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle ages and the 17th century.
Overnight in Blois.
Day 2: Blois - Amboise (28 miles/44 km)
Follow the 'pays des châteaux' cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which proudly dominates the river. Then continue on the 'Loire à Vélo' cycling tracks before arriving at the charming town of Amboise with its royal château, where the greatest kings of France lived.
Overnight in Amboise.
Day 3: Excursion to Chenonceaux (24 miles/38 km)
After crossing the Amboise forest, reach the famous chateau of Chenonceau straddling the Cher river, which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Enjoy a walk in the heart of the Diane de Poitiers‘s garden, then the Catherine de Medici’s one. Take a breath, under the shadow of one of the huge park trees, at the rhythm of the river murmur which will tell you stories about these 2 rival women.
Overnight in Amboise.
Day 4: Amboise – Chitenay (25 miles/40 km, Category A) or Amboise – Cheverny (31 miles/50 km, Category B)
Enjoy a ride through countryside routes via typical villages to reach the medieval chateau of Fougère sur Bièvre, a perfect illustration of the traditional 15th century building art. Meet along your day small private chateaux in the middle of green setting such as Chateau de Troussay before your final destination : the famous chateau of Cheverny.
Overnight in Chitenay or Cheverny.
Day 5: Excursion Beauregard (16 miles/26 km) or Excursion Beauregard & Sologne (29 miles/46 km)
An excursion through the Forest of Russy with possibility to visit the Château of Beauregard famous for its Portrait Gallery. Possibility to extend your excursion to the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’ with magnificent landscapes : beautiful forests sheltering game, ponds at every crossroads and small private châteaux hidden behind their vineyards or groves.
Overnight in Chitenay.
Day 6: Chitenay - Blois (31 miles/49 km, Category A) or Cheverny – Blois (25 miles/40 km, Category B)
During this last stage you will discover the famous sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny before reaching the prestigious Château of Chambord, real masterpiece of French Renaissance period with its 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis the 1st.
Overnight in Blois.
Day 7: Departure
Mar 1-Oct 31, 2014
|Category A: 3-star accommodations|
|Category B: 2-star accommodations|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Category A: 3-star accommodations
Day 1: Holiday Inn, Blois
Days 2 and 3: Best Western Hotel le Vinci, Amboise
Days 4 and 5: Auberge du Centre, Chitenay
Day 6: Holiday Inn, Blois
Category B: 2-star accommodations
Day 1: Hotel le Monarque, Blios
Days 2 and 3: Hotel le Blason, Amboise
Days 4 and 5: Hotel St.Hubert, Cheverny
Day 6: Hotel le Monarque, Blios
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bicycle equipment includes 21 speed men’s and ladies' bike, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, a mapholder, a helmet, a counter and a repair kit. Adjustment is provided by a cycling specialist.
Electrically assisted bikes also available (limited supply of 8).
This tour is along paved streets and cycling tracks through tiny villages and chateaux.
Tour start and end
Nearest airports: Paris airports
Nearest train station: Blois
Transfers are available from the main Paris airports (request must be made at time of booking) All transfer prices and supplements are per direction
Charles de Gaulle to Blois:
1 to 3 people: €335
4 to 6 people: €375
6 to 8 people: €410
Orly to Blois
1 to 3 people: €295
4 to 6 people: €335
6 to 8 people: €365
Public Holidays and Sundays: €22 surcharge
9pm to 5am departure: €19 surcharge
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Loire Valley Travel has been organising cycling and walking tour packages in a large number of French regions and making its exclusive skills available to you for more than 20 years.
From 3 days to two weeks, our fully inclusive tours and trips allow you to take advantage of our France’s most beautiful regions on cycling tours . You are free to program the visits of sites as you please. Programs adapted to your own rhythm !
With experience and detailed local knowledge, our team ensures your comfort by selecting the best private hotels, where you will be constantly reminded that you are in a region where well-being and living well are key concepts!
When you book one of our tours, you can be sure of the tranquillity of an organised holiday planned down to the last detail before you leave (hotel reservations, luggage transfers, detailed itinerary and maps). Once you arrive, you have all the time you want to complete each day’s itinerary in total freedom and at your own pace, stopping where you like - you can choose from among the various sites suggested along your route depending on your interests (culture, cuisine, vineyards etc.).
Any change to a confirmed booking will give rise to extra cost of: 40 euros per person.
For cancellation of a booking more than 30 days before the departure date, expenses will be payable on the following basis:
And for cancellations of a booking
The insurance costs are not refunded in case of cancellation of the trip.