Loire Valley Castles Deluxe

Explore the Loire Valley from Amboise to Saumur, cycling past breath-taking castles and gardens such as Chenonceau or Villandry along the way. You will also have the time to taste some great wines in the Chinon and Saumur vineyards.
This tour offers different itinerary options, all of which are perfect for bike riding. From casual bikers to more experienced ones, this program will amaze everyone.

Price from : 1990 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Loire
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level : Casual or Hobby or Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :  

Arrive in Amboise

From Paris, you can take the TGV to Saint Pierre des Corps and then a taxi to Amboise. Transfer on your own and settle into your hotel. Arrive in Amboise and head to your deluxe hotel just near the castle. Settle in and visit the village and sites. Amboise is a small town with much to see and do; among which is the Clos Lucé (where Leonardo DaVinci lived) and the chateau. Orientation in the evening and gourmet dinner in your deluxe hotel tonight.

Day 2 :  

Loop Ride From the Chateau de Chenonceau to the Chateau d’Amboise

Option 1 : 21 Miles - 34 Km  Option 2 : 31 Miles - 50 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 158 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 349 Meters 

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. Chenonceau, erected by Henry II in the XVIth century over the Cher river and improved by Catherine de Medicis. The castle hides several pieces of historical interest, furniture and tapestries. For the long option you will continue on to Montrichard, La Genaudière and St. Regle before returning to Amboise.

Day 3 :  

Ride Through the Loire Valley Vineyards to Montbazon

Distance 1 : 26 Miles - 42 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 314 Meters 

Start riding on a nice paved bike lane in the middle of the vineyards of Montlouis. Then you have the opportunity to visit the Chateau Bourdaisiere. Before reaching your deluxe lodging, you can first visit the Donjon of Montbazon.

Day 4 :  

Cycle to Villandry and Azay le Rideau Castles on to Luynes

Option 1 : 30 Miles - 49 Km  Option 2 : 33 Miles - 53 Km  Option 3 : 43 Miles - 69 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 290 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 300 Meters  Elevation gain 3 : 450 Meters 

You start with a nice ride through the rolling countryside to the site of the castle of Azay le Rideau (option: visit the Chateau of Villandry). Situated along the Indre River, this is one of the most classic chateaux from the Renaissance period. You will then cross the Loire river to discover the chateau of Langeais. After that you will start cycling toward Luynes with a nice and relatively long countryside ride. Arrive at the deluxe Domaine de Beauvois for the night.

Day 5 :  

Chinon to Fontevraud Abbey to Saumur

Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 625 Meters 

Your day starts with a taxi transfer to the wine town of Chinon. Chinon is famous for its castle as well; dating back to Joan of Arc and medieval times. From Chinon, you will have a leisure ride toward the famous and historic Abbaye de Fontevraud. This double monastery dates back to the year 1110. It is still a functioning abbey and open to visitors. After your visit, continue to your hotel nearby with gourmet dinner.

Day 6 :  

Loop Ride Around Saumur

Distance 1 : 28 Miles - 45 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 385 Meters 

Visit the town of Saumur and its chateau: the great Chateau de Saumur itself stands high above the town. The Saumur castle was originally built in the tenth century by Thibault le Tricheur, comte de Blois, as a fortified stronghold against Norman raid. The loop tour today takes you to Montreuil Bellay chateau. Return to the same hotel.

Day 7 :  

Departure Day

You can leave at your leisure after breakfast. Trains from Saumur to Tours and Paris are available. Extra nights can be arranged.

Average / Day :
Distance : 49.75 Km / 30.88 Miles - Elevation gain : 358.88 Meters

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Day : 1, 2

Located at the edge of the Loire and at the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise, homeland of Leonardo da Vinci, the hotel Le Choiseul is a charming house typically from Tours built in 18th century. The hotel enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of the Valley of Loire castles. Le Choiseul has 30 rooms of 5 different categories, from the most elegant apartment to the most delightful room. They offer pleasant views over the Italian garden, the Loire and the Château d'Amboise.


Day : 3

A magnificent 18th century style edifice built by the famous perfume creator, Francois Coty. Its shining white stone is set off perfectly by the green of the 50 acre park surrounding it. A great location for visiting the sites of the Loire region. Located about 16 km from Tours.


Day : 4

This 16th and 17th century manor house, surrounded by 350 acres of wooded parkland, stands on the western outskirts of Tours, overlooking the Briffaut lake. Since its transformation in 1967, the Domaine has been constantly embellished and enlarged, but its style has been maintained. It is an oasis of peace which stars of the arts and show business, such as Robert de Niro, Jessye Norman and Grace Kelly or the leading racing drivers in the Le Mans 24 hour race found attractive.


Day : 5, 6

Peacefully set in a four acre park, right in the midst of Saumur, Verrieres allows you to discover the charm and History of the Loire Valley. Verrieres has nevertheless kept its private mansion atmosphere, with its authentic decoration and its period furniture.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


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, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 4 gastronomic dinners included at your hotel
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 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
  • 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.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Upgraded 1990 € 670 € 2990 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 135 €
    Performance 205 €
    Premium 275 €
Electric Assisted Bike 135 €
Kid Bike Rental -40 €
Tandem Bike Rental 40 €


Arrival city is Amboise, which accessible via train from Paris to St Pierre des Corps, then taxi to your first hotel. 1 hour by TGV. Departure from Blois with direct trains to Paris. (1hr 45)