Loire Valley Family Trip : from Tours to Chinon

This stay in the heart of the Loire Valley is ideal for the whole family! Indeed we invite you to explore the Loire and its castles on itineraries suitable for everyone. Your children will be delighted to explore the treetop adventure park. Young and old alike will find their happiness in the many castles that you can visit such as Villandry, Chinon and the castle of Ussé and its treasure hunt.

Price from : 640€
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Loire
Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Level :
Type : On the way
Category : Biking
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Hybrid
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrival in Tours

Arrival to the Saint Pierre des Corps-Tours TGV station, located only 1h from Paris by train. Transfer on your own by taxi to Tours and settle at your charming hotel.

Day 2 :   From Tours to Villandry

Distance 1 : 13 Miles - 21 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 94 Meters 

For this first day from Tours you will follow the Cher and the Loire almost from the beginning to the end! Start your bike ride in the direction of Savonnières, then in the famous gardens of Villandry, which were designed to be in perfect harmony with the architecture of the castle.

Day 3 :   From Villandry to Azay le Rideau

Distance 1 : 17 Miles - 27 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 118 Meters 

Today you will walk along the Loire River during the first part of your itinerary, start your day in the direction of Langeais where you can visit the medieval city center. Then head to Azay-le-Rideau, your final destination today, famous for its castle on the Indre River, originally built in the Middle Ages to protect the passage of the road from Tours to Chinon.

Day 4 :   From Azay le rideau to Chinon

Distance 1 : 22 Miles - 35 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 185 Meters 

Ride from Azay-le-Rideau to Chinon for a full day of cycling, Chateau of Usse, a fairytale castle which is reputed to have inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty and a "must" for all Walt Disney's fans. You will then finish by riding to Chinon, house to a few interesting museums, where you can taste some of the local wine, made famous in the writings of Francois Rabelais.

Day 5 :   Departure from Chinon

You can take your time getting started in the morning to have breakfast and depart at your leisure. (Depart on your own). 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.

Average / Day : Distance : 27.67 Km / 17.33 Miles - Elevation gain : 132.33 Meters

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Day : 1

Located in Tours, this hotel offers comfort in a family home atmosphere, with the guarantee of professional services. In the heart of the city, between Place Plumereau, Rue Colbert and Rue Nationale, 10 minutes walk from the train station and the congress centre. Follow the cobblestones of our streets steeped in history to visit the many restaurants nearby. Thanks to its easy parking, you can follow the Loire River, reach the castles and all the places of interest of this beautiful region by car, motorbike or bicycle!


Day : 2

Opposite the Château de Villandry, on the other side of the river Cher, at the gateway to the Loire Anjou Touraine Regional Natural Park... The Loire Valley is a world-famous region famous for its castles and its gentle way of life, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site... Whether you are looking for tourism or leisure activities, we will share with you our passion for our region where many riches await you... Come and recharge your batteries by the pool or in the garden of this establishment.


Day : 3

Built rue Balzac in the village of Azay-le-Rideau, the hotel de Biencourt was during the 16th century a hotel named White Horse. It later became a place where the real tennis was played before becoming under the Second Empire a school for boys and the village first girls class.Ideally located in the heart of Azay-le-Rideau, just a stone's throw from the castle, you will find here the charm of the past with all the comfort you would expect when away from home. The courtyard garden is an oasis of peace to relax after a long day of discovering.


Day : 4

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 : 1

As soon as you enter, the lines and design of the furniture instantly plunge you into the atmosphere of the thirties. The Grand Hotel de Tours has indeed called upon a designer for the renovation of its rooms and the decoration of our lounge. The Grand Hotel de Tours offers Comfort, Superior, Premium, Triple, Family (for 2 adults and 2 children) and Junior Suites and Suite rooms.


Day : 2

Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villandry is one of the gateways to the Loire-Anjou Natural Park and certainly the international reference for French-style gardens. Located just above the village and its castle, the hotel Le Haut des Lys is a beautiful bourgeois house made of tufa. Welcome to the hotel Le Haut des Lys !


Day : 3

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 : 4

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.

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

Available in men and women versions. Available sizes : Men's M, L, XL ; Women's S, L

  • Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Included with your bike rental :
  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Hand pump
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Rear pannier
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Click below to see activities per trip version.

Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Daily Elevation Profiles
Average / Day : Distance : 27.67 Km / 17.33 Miles - Elevation gain : 132.33 Meters
Day 2 :   From Tours to Villandry

Option 1: 13 Miles - 21 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 94 Meters 

Day 3 :   From Villandry to Azay le Rideau

Option 1: 17 Miles - 27 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 118 Meters 

Day 4 :   From Azay le rideau to Chinon

Option 1: 22 Miles - 35 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 185 Meters 

Included

  • 4 nights of accommodation in hotels or Guest house with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide.
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information.
  • Mobile application 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

  • 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.

Informations & Recommendations

Arrival Tours:

Train from Paris : 1 hours 30 with direct trains

Departure Chinon:

Train to paris :  3 hours with change of train in Tours

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 640 € 150 € 965 €
Standard 695 € 200 € 1070 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Activities

Category Activity Price
Tickets Natural History Museum +4.2 €/person
Outdoor activities Accrobranche Gadawi Park +20 €/person
Tickets Visit Château de Villandry +10 €/person
Tickets Langeais castle +15 €/person
Tickets Maurice Dufresne Museum +12 €/person
Tickets Chinon castle +10.5 €/person
Tickets Ussé Castle + treasure hunt +14 €/person

Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

Bikes available


Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental
    Standard Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 95 €
    Performance 175 €
    Premium 230 €
Electric assist bike
    Standard 95 €
Kid Bike Rental
    Standard 20 €

I bring my bike Discount of -90€ if you ride with your own bicycle.



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Services available

Services available
Luggage transfer
    On a 2-person basis 155 €/pers

Bot scann is mandatory