Loire Multisport

Loire Multisport

Loire Multisport

The Loire Valley from a different point of view! How many people see the Castle of Chenonceau from a canoe?! You can on this trip; as well as experience zip lining, cycling, and hiking! Discover the old town of Tours on an easy orienteering course, and taste some local chocolates in Amboise. The tranquil waters of the Loire, Indre, and Cher rivers flow through the heart of this scenic region known for its vineyards, orchards, and magnificent castles. This multi activity trip still takes you to the highlight castles, villages, and allows you to experience the best of the Loire but in a totally different way!

For many visitors, the Loire Valley conjures images from the fairy tales of childhood. This tour starts in Amboise, an important cultural town with both a castle and historical sites. The program will take you to chateaux that are visiting such as Chenonceau and Azay le Rideau, and also the kind you stay in if you choose to upgrade. You will also visit some important wine regions and have the chance to explore some well known gardens.

Tour Information

  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Price: from 990
  • Level: Easy
  • Activity: Multisport - Self Guided
  • Date:Starts any day


Overview for your Multisport Trip

Available dates

This tour starts any day

Level

Easy
typically flatter terrain, no notable hills or anything of a steep gradient. Low kilometers, less than 45km (28 Miles). Ascent : less than 450 meters (1480ft), in comparison to other tours. These are the easiest trips available.

Transportation Details

Arrival city is Amboise, which accessible via train from Paris to St Pierre des Corps. 1hour; or from Paris Montparnasse to Amboise 1hr 35min. Departure from Chinon by train to Paris, 2hours 20min.

Optional Services

Travel insurance, Paris museum & metro passes, Paris day tours, Lido shows, and other services. Cell phone rental and luggage storage services.

This is a self-guided tour but you are not alone

We're with you from beginning to end

We will provide you with relevant information at each step of your trip.

Upon confirmation of your tour we will send you some general information about passports, training tips, reading lists, cell phone rental, travel insurance, and more!

Upon final payment you will receive hotel lists, contact numbers, itineraries, a packing list, regional information (sites, culture, regional specialities, important towns and historical sites), general France travel information, bike travel tips, vouchers, train travel tips, language phrases, holiday info, tour details, culture and customs tips, and much, much more!

Note: Prices subject to change based on hotel availability.
See terms and conditions.


Regional information

The Loire river marks the symbolic division between the north and the south of France. This quiet river, the longest of France ( 1012 km), crosses the beautiful regions of Touraine and Anjou, in which these harmonious landscapes invite the "douceur de vivre", meaning the "sweetness of life".

L'Anjou and the Touraine: The valleys of Anjou (region close by Angers city)and Touraine (region close by Tours city) are covered of prairies with savory and fruited vineyards. It is the land of the rose wine and where the roofs of houses are made of slate.

The Sologne: At the south of the Loire River, in the loop formed by the river, the landscape changes. The Sologne is planted with pines and is a region of fishing and hunting.

Testimonial

"We had an absolute blast! I hope I have the chance to do another trip with you someday."
- A. Branley, Loire

Multisport itinerary for your tour

  • Day 1: Arrive in Amboise
  • Day 2: Amboise to Chenonceaux - 30 or 50km (18 or 31mi)
  • Day 3: Amboise to Tours - 32km (19mi)
  • Day 4: Ride from Tours to Azay le Rideau - 36 or 48km (22 or 30mi)
  • Day 5: Ride to Chinon - 34 or 45km (21 or 28mi)
  • Day 6: Hiking, Biking and Adventure Park Options
  • Day 7: Departure Day
Itinerary map for Loire Multisport

Day 1: Arrive in Amboise

Arrive in Amboise and transfer on your own to your hotel, located 5 minutes from the city center. We recommend arriving early so you have time to visit the city using one of the different walk options left at the hotel for you. Orientation and bike set up tonight. Dinner included.

Day 2: Amboise to Chenonceaux - 30 or 50km (18 or 31mi)

Canoeing and chocolate tasting! A short and moderately flat ride will take you through the forests and alleys of the Amboise countryside passing by the Parc Mini Chateaux (great for kids) and then dropping down to the fabulous Chenonceau Castle that must be discovered with plenty of time to visit. Once at Chenonceau, ride to Civray, just a mile away to start your canoe ride! You will drop off your bikes there, and they will take you to the start of the itinerary. You will then canoe downstream for almost 2 hours, and pass under the Chateau de Chenonceau. Pick up your bikes and ride back to Amboise where you can enjoy a reward : a chocolate tasting in front of the chateau of Amboise ! Return to the same hotel and dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Amboise to Tours - 32km (19mi)

Amboise to Tours and orienteering around the city! Following bike paths out of Amboise, you will first ride through the vineyards of Montlouis, a famous white wine appellation. Then continue, to the city of Tours (bicycle friendly!) where you can enjoy a nice lunch and try our orienteering to discover "Le Vieux Tours" the original medieval district of the city. Unique to the Old City are its preserved half-timbered buildings and La Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, where terraces fill the center of the square. walking around Tours. Night in the center of town, dinner on your own. Breakfast included

Day 4: Ride from Tours to Azay le Rideau - 36 or 48km (22 or 30mi)

Your first ride, once again on an easy road for bike, will take you to Savonnieres and then to the famous gardens of Villandry, which were designed to be in complete harmony with the Renaissance architecture of the chateau. Then you will continue to Azay-le-Rideau, your final destination for today, famous for its Chateau on the Indre River, originally built in the Middle Ages to protect the passage from the road going from Tours to Chinon. The long option gives you the opportunity to visit Sache, chateau of the famous writter Balzac. Night in a charming hotel with dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5: Ride to Chinon - 34 or 45km (21 or 28mi)

Chateaux Day! Today the itinerary will take you through more Medieval Chateaux. First stop in Langeais, where the Chateau was the temporary lair of lawless armed bands during the Hundred Years War. After this Chateau, continue to a different theme, Chateau of Usse, a fairytale castle which is reputed to have inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty! Finally, you will head to Chinon where you will spend the night and where you can taste some of the local wine, made famous in the writings of Francois Rabelais. Dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Hiking, Biking and Adventure Park Options

Loop around Chinon with different options: riding, walking or Adventure Park! Today the choice is yours! We offer 3 different options for activities depending on your preferences!
Hiking: A nice hike of 8.5 or 13km will take you around Chinon through its vineyards and back.
Biking: ride through sunflower fields and vineyards to take in your last peaceful days in the Loire Valley (44km)
Adventure Park: for the adventurous ones, you will have the option to ride to the park (20km) where you will enjoy zip lining nd other activities in the trees! Please note that the park is open daily in April, July and August, on weekd-end in May, June and September, so if you want to go there, make sure today falls on a weekend during those months. Return to the same hotel. Dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Departure Day

Departure after breakfast. Easy train access back to Paris via Tours.. We are happy to help with train info, added nights in Paris, car rental, or other services in France.Breakfast included.

Hotels for your Multisport Tour

The hotels listed below are for the Standard version. We will send you the Upgraded and Basic versions on request.

Day 1

Hotel La Breche: Day 1 - Loire Multisport

Hotel La Breche 2 stars

Amboise

At a distance of 500 yards from the town center in the shadow in the raised garden, this residence dating from the begining of the 20th century (renovated in 2000) has been able to preserve the tradition of the "art de vivre" in Touraine. This charming hotel (without air conditioning) welcomes you with its familial and friendly atmosphere.

Day 2

Hotel La Breche: Day 2 - Loire Multisport

Hotel La Breche 2 stars

Amboise

At a distance of 500 yards from the town center in the shadow in the raised garden, this residence dating from the begining of the 20th century (renovated in 2000) has been able to preserve the tradition of the "art de vivre" in Touraine. This charming hotel (without air conditioning) welcomes you with its familial and friendly atmosphere.

Day 3

Hotel Central Tours: Day 3 - Loire Multisport

Hotel Central Tours 3 stars

Tours

The Best Western Central Hotel is a comfortable city centre hotel in a quiet commercial area overlooking gardens. Close to museums, concert hall, cathedral, shops and, Loire castles. Our rooms include cable television, dataports, wake-up calls, AM/FM alarm clock, coffee maker, mini-bar, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and non-smoking rooms are available.

Day 4

Le Grand Monarque: Day 4 - Loire Multisport

Le Grand Monarque 3 stars

Azay Le Rideau

In the heart of the Valley of the Kings, where the Touraine is the most authentic, sits Le Grand Monarque. Located in Azay le Rideau, the hotel offers a charming stay and relaxation. During your stay you'll discover its enchantment, a peace of mind to yourself, a great comfort, and an art of living accompanied with genuine French cuisine.

Day 5

Hotel Diderot: Day 5 - Loire Multisport

Hotel Diderot 2 stars

Chinon

The two star Hotel Diderot is like arriving at a friend’s house with the charm of an authentic dwelling built in the fifteenth century and modified in the eighteenth century. It's just a few hundred meters from the town center, the medieval quarter and the chateau. On the terrace, you will remember your visits to chateaux or vineyards, while drinking a glass of the Chinon wine praised by Francois Rabelais.

Day 6

Hotel Diderot: Day 6 - Loire Multisport

Hotel Diderot 2 stars

Chinon

The two star Hotel Diderot is like arriving at a friend’s house with the charm of an authentic dwelling built in the fifteenth century and modified in the eighteenth century. It's just a few hundred meters from the town center, the medieval quarter and the chateau. On the terrace, you will remember your visits to chateaux or vineyards, while drinking a glass of the Chinon wine praised by Francois Rabelais.

Equipment available for your tour

Scott Sportster

Our lead bike on all DFA tours is the Scott hybrid. The Sportster emphasizes comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. The frame design offers the user a smooth ride and plenty of standover clearance for safety and confidence.

All bikes are turned over every year to 2 years and is the reason for different models on what is essentially the same bike. Of note: this model is a superior quality all terrain bike that we call a hybrid. It is meant for the road or dirt surfaces that are relatively wide and free of obects.

Technical specifications See other bikes available

Rental Rate: 105€/bike for the duration of the tour. This includes all the gear shown as well as bike delivery, set up, and bike return. Every bike is given an inspection by our mechanics in the bike shop before they go out again. Pedals with or without straps available. Clients can bring their own Clipless pedals to be changed over.

Accessories included with your bike rental

  • Helmet
  • Computer
  • Frame pump
  • 1 bottle cage and bottle
  • Rear rack
  • Rear pannier
  • Handlebar bag containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Spare tube
  • Patch kit
  • Lock

Pannier & handlebar bag included with bike rental

A rear pannier and a front handlebar bag are provided with the Scott Sportster to carry all your equipment and gear.
You can take those bags with you when you stop, so you don't to carry a backpack.

Roadbooks included on all tours

Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristical information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).

GPS included on all tours

Garmin GPS 450T

We invested in GPS units a few years back and have some simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices available on nearly all of our tours.
The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to folow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy."

1 GPS is provided for every 2 people

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Bikes available on this Tour

Hybrid Bike
Smooth ride
Hybrid Bike
Electric Bike
Extra comfort
Electric Bike
Road Bike
Fast ride
Road Bike
ModelScott Sportster
Technical specifications
Scott E-Venture
Technical specifications
Look 566
Technical specifications
HelmetYesYesYes
OdometerYesYesYes
Spare tube/toolkit/tyre levers/patch kit/pumpYesYesYes
LockYesYesYes
1 rear Pannier
& 1 handlebar bag
YesYesNo
Saddle bagNoNoYes
Water bottle (to keep with you after the trip)112
PedalsFlat, cages or ownFlat or own Flat, cages or own
Price105€160€160€

Rates for the Loire Multisport Multisport Trip

Double Occupancy - per person
Standard 1020€
Upgraded 1360€
Basic 900€
Single Occupancy (part of a group) from1200€
Solo Traveler (travelling alone) from1460€
Bike rentals from 105€

Triple occupancy rates on request

What's included

  • 6 nights of accommodation: 3 & 4 star superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bathroom
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Bikes available for rental, see EQUIPMENT
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON 450T for 2 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Bike rental. Bikes are available for rental.
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.