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Loire Valley

*Luxury trip* Bike the Loire Valley and experience the French luxury

With this luxury bike trip, discover the most emblematic castles of the Loire Valley from Blois to Tours.

Reference SE-L0704
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Very easy
  • From April to October
  • Minimum age 7 years
3199€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • From Blois to Tours, discover the most emblematic castles of the Loire Valley by bike and stay in luxury accommodation. The Loire Valley will hold no more secrets for you with this luxury cycling trip from Blois to Tours. Get on your bike and discover the castles of Chambord, Cheverny, Chaumont and Amboise. The route follows cycle paths and country roads through forests, vineyards and plains. Each day your route passes a different château : let yourself be seduced by the magic of Chambord, discover Cheverny and its Tintin exhibition, or admire the sublime gardens of Chaumont. After your cycling days, take advantage of luxury places to spend the night : castles, manor houses, mansions... Experience the French way of life in outstanding accommodation!

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Blois

    Start your tour by exploring Blois, with its cobblestone streets and meandering walkways. Cross the long stone bridge in the center of town for great views. Your highlight will be visiting Blois Castle, with intricate architectural details and manicured gardens

    Day 2

     
     

    Blois - Cheverny

    Bike
    24/43/68km
    3 route options
    Start your ride by pedaling through Chateau de Chambord’s lush forest with massive trees. Take a peek at the stone bridge salamadenders engraved on the walls of Loire’s most extravagant castle. Leaving the castle, you can enjoy a bucolic jaunt to Neuvy, with its many ponds (+ 26 kms), or head more quickly to Bracieux. As you enjoy the shade from hundred-year-old tree, you’ll follow the trail along Crosson creek to the Chateau de Cheverny. The Moulinsart Castle inspired Hergé of the Tintin comics, which you may have read.

    Day 3

     
     

    Cheverny - Veuzain-sur-Loire

    Bike
    34/55km
    2 route options
    Today you have the choice of two bike routes. if you like, stroll through the Chateau de Beauregard’s art gallery. You’ll find over 327 portraits of famous European leaders that forged history between 14th and 17th Century. Looking for something more active? Ride through vineyards before arriving in front of the Fougeres-sur-Bieve drawbridge. Your ride then takes you on a delightful route as you follow the toues, or traditional boats along the path from Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. The city is famous for its fairy tale castle as well as the International Garden Festival which displays over 30 themed gardens with a variety of garden art. After marveling at the castle and gardens, cross the Loire river to reach Veuzain-sur-Loire.

    Day 4

     
     

    Veuzain-sur-Loire - Amboise

    Bike
    27km
    This morning’s route takes you directly to the beautiful city of Amboise. The medieval ton has link to the French Royal Family and is where Leonardo de Vinci spent his last few years. Explore the many cobblestone streets and check out the unique architectural features of the Chateau d’Amboise. The Chateau gives you one of the best overall views of the Loire Valley.

    Day 5

     
     

    Amboise - Chenonceau

    Bike
    17/47km
    Ride through the forest of Amboise and along the banks of the Cher until you reach one of the most iconic castles of the Loire, the Château de Chenonceau. You can also continue your bike ride to an underground village and a mushroom cellar near Bourré.

    You can visit Le Clos Lucé before leaving Amboise.

    Day 6

     
     

    Chenonceau - Tours

    Bike
    36km
    From the banks of the Cher, you can enjoy an unparalleled view of the arches of the Château de Chenonceau. You follow peaceful country roads and towpaths along the banks of the Cher until you reach the city center of Tours.

    Day 7

     
     

    Departure from Tours

    Before you leave, take time to explore the half-timbered houses, churches and museums in Tours. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and Plumerau Square are worth a visit. Then it’s time to say goodbye to you bike as this memorable vacation comes to an end.
  • Accommodation
  • Luxury category

    You are accommodated in luxury places of the ****/***** type. Castles, mansions, boutique hotels, enjoy luxurious accommodation with services offered on the themes of well-being and gastronomy.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • The bikes provided for this tour are from the brand Scott. They are designed for touring on all types of paths.

    Touring bike
    Scott Sub Sport (or equivalent)
    • Crossbar men frame/ trapeze women frame
    • Selle Royal Essenza
    • 27 speed derailleur
    • Flat pedals (other types on demand)
    • Suspension fork
    • Disc brakes
    • Schwalbe tires
    • Mudguard and carrier

    Ebike
    Scott Sub Tour eRide (or equivalent)
    • Low frame, wave shape
    • Selle Royal Essenza
    • Central Bosch motorisation
    • Battery integrated in the diagonal tube of the frame, removable for charging
    • 9 speed derailleur
    • Flat pedals (other types on demand)
    • Suspension fork
    • Disc brakes
    • Schwalbe tires
    • Mudguard and carrier

    Gravel bike
    SCOTT Speedster Gravel 30
    • Crossbar men frame
    • Selle Syncros Tofino Regular
    • 20 speed derailleur
    • Flat pedals (other types on demand)
    • No suspension fork
    • Disc brakes
    • Schwalbe tires
    • Mudguard and carrier

    Provided equipment
    Handlebar bag
    Rear bag
    Odometer
    Lights
    Helmet
    Universal silicone smartphone holder
    Lock
    Repair kit (spare inner tube, tire lever, patch kit, pump, multitool)

    We can provide on demand child equipment.

    Your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information

  • To get to departure point:

    Access possible by car or train. Travel time by train is estimated at 2h from Paris. We will then pick you up at Blois train station to take you to your accommodation.

    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. A personalized welcome will be provided at 6pm or the next morning at 9am, depending on your convenience.


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