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Nature, Villages, and Castles of the Loire River Valley

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!
  • 6 nights | 18 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €1025
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  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This cycling trip leads you along the peaceful Loire River, through the enchanting Sologne Forest, and to numerous historic estates and chateaux. You'll enjoy the short stages, which have been designed to allow you ample time to explore the sites. From Blois to the Chateau de Chambord, until the medieval city of Amboise, the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci, you'll appreciate the charm and hidden treasures of the River Valley.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Discover the charming town of Blois, as you stroll along its paved streets punctuated with staircases, and the château, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.

Day 2: Blois – Bracieux (19 miles/30 km)
This route leads you to the prestigious Chambord estate and château, a true masterpiece of French Renaissance style, boasting no less than 440 rooms and built during the reign of Francis I. Then stop in Bracieux, a pretty little Sologne village which has preserved its magnificent 16th-century covered market.

Day 3: Excursion to "Baignade Naturelle du Grand Chambord" et Cheverny (18 miles/29 km)
A bike excursion to the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its sumptuously furnished apartments, which gave Hergé the inspiration for Captain Haddock's Marlinspike. Then proceed towards a brand new natural swimming pool! An astonishing open-air and organic swimming pool where you can rest and enjoy the surrounding wilderness (open between Jun 25-Aug 31).

Day 4: Bracieux – Chitenay (21 miles/33 km)
Enjoy a ride along the small routes of Sologne, between forests and ponds, offering the opportunity to admire beautiful and tiny manor houses such as château de Troussay, a charming Renaissance manor. Don't hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Cour Cheverny Blanc!

Day 5: Chitenay – Chaumont-sur-Loire (17 miles/28 km)
Cross the vineyards of Cheverny to reach the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small, fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century. Then cycle towards the Loire River banks and reach Chaumont-sur-Loire, whose 15th-century château proudly dominates the town and the river. Don't miss the extraordinary "Festival des Jardins" garden festival between late May and mid-October!

Day 6: Chaumont sur Loire – Amboise (14 miles/23 km)
For your last cycling day, follow the 'Loire à Vélo' cycling tracks before arriving in the charming town of Amboise with its royal château, where the greatest kings of France lived. Do not miss to visit the Manoir du ClosLucé, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, sheltering an astonishing collection of models representing the fabulous inventions of this Renaissance genius.

Day 7: Departure during the day

Dates

Daily: Mar 1-Oct 31, 2020

Prices

Local:

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Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 1025
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 694
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€ 82
Optional dinner package
€ 378
Per person, Chateaux package
€ 70
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€ 89
Electrically assisted bike
€ 189
Child's bike/trailer
€ 67
Extra Nights, Amboise
Per person, double occupancy
€ 145
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 123
Extra Nights, Blois
Per person, double occupancy
€ 100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 73
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Loire Valley Travel Terms and Conditions

Ccancellations of a booking:

  • cancellation more than 30 days before departure: 10% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 30 & 21 days before departure: 25% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 20 & 8 days before departure: 50% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 7 & 2 days before departure: 75% of the total amount of the trip
  • less than 2 days before departure: 90% of the total amount of the trip
  • no show: 100% of the total amount of the trip

For any interruption of stay, no refund will be made.

The tour operator requires prior notice to alter the Tour program at the request of the client.

For any modification of a confirmed booking (date, tour) fees will be invoiced to the client on the following basis:

  • more than 30 days before departure: €50 per booking
  • between 30 & 8 days before departure : €150 per booking
  • between 7 & 2 days before departure : any change will be considered like a cancellation and cancellation fees will be applied

 CHILDREN  REDUCTIONS

  • Children 0-4 in parents' room: 50% discount
  • Children 5 to 12 in parents' room: 20% discount
  • Children 5 to 12 in children's twin room: 10% discount

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