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Cycling holidays Castles on river Loire

Bicycle: Loire

In the King's Valley – Explorer Tour

This cycling tour leads you into the romantic Loire valleys and its tributaries, into the ‚Garden of France‘ and is totally characterised by royal residences built here centuries ago. Kings, overlords and court ladies seduced by the scenic allure of the region, took up residence here – and left their marks, which are best followed by bike: Villandry with its marvellous grounds, the ‚Sleeping Beauty Palace‘ Ussé, the royal abbey of Fontevraud, which was at times used as a prison, the spectacular Chenonceaux palace, built on top of the foundations of a watermill situtated directly into the river Cher. One fascinating, one-of-a-kind building followed by the next. Inbetween vineyards and wine villages oozing rural charm cover the area.

Adventurous cyclists get their money’s worth and take plenty of time escpeically for Chambord palace and the numerous sights of Blois and Amboise. Without any pressure you cycle from palace to palace, delight in the stupendous architecture and revel in the royal sense of life of a region, where the wealthy and powerful of days gone by used to abnadon themselves to idleness and where you too will feel just like you live in clover.

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Itinerary

Discover the historic old town and the imposing castle, already the kings of France were magically attracted to this place.

The Loire-cycle path leads you from Blois to Chaumont-sur-Loire. The palace here has never been a royal residence and is hence a bit of an insider tip. It is a sight to see mainly due to the giant park, the annual venue for an international garden show. You end your day in Amboise, whose palace is an especially early example for Renaissance architecture in the Loire-valley. One of the greatest artists of this era found his final resting place here: the town house Clos Lucé attached to the castle is very much dedicated to the memory of Leonardo da Vinci.

approx. 45 km

This tour leads you into the vineyards on the slopes above the river Loire, into the wine-growing area Montlouis-sur-Loire and the little town with the same name with its idyllic location on the river. Here we recommend a short break before you continue along the riverbank to Tours.

approx. 30 km

The river Cher leads you directly to the castle Villandry with its terraced gardens. Certainly, you should not miss paying a visit to this famous installation. Every visitor will be amazed by the shadowy footpaths, the flower-bedecked bowers, the fountains and the artistically laid out vegetable gardens.

Some kilometres further on you will exchange the bank of the Cher for the bank of the famous Loire. And again you will be tempted by the next castle – Langeais. From the top of the fortified tower (this castle exclusively served for military purposes) you will see the river and its whole surroundings lying in front of you. On the verge of the dark and mysterious forest of Chinon rises the castle of Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. Via small villages and on side roads you will reach today’s destination – Chinon.

approx. 50 km

The river Vienne initially leads you into the little village of Candes-St-Martin. At the place of death of Saint Martin an amazing Romanesque church was built. In Montsoreau the river Vienne joins the mighty river Loire – an impressive nature spectacle. The ‚Cave Gardens‘ feature a length of over 800 km. You cycle through neat vineyards to Fontevraud l'Abbaye. Nowhere else in the world will you come across a medieval monastery complex so completely preserved as Fontevraud. Now follows a ‚literary return journey‘ to Chinon. Your route leads you past the birth place of the distinguished author Francois Rabelais, as well as through the valley where the plot of his famous book "Gargantua" takes place.

approx. 55 km

You leave Chinon with its medieval alleyways clustered between river and castle headed North. The route leads you through old vineyards and remote villages to Crissay, with its houses dating back to the 15th century it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. Naturally again today you get to marvel at yet another palace, in fact a grade A specimen: Azay-le-Rideau, a Renaissance palace featuring peak perfection. ‚A diamond with a thousand facets, set by the river Indre‘, according to the words of Balzac. What else is there to say? You spend the night directly in the village and hence have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the palace together with its cultural events.

approx. 40 km
180 – 265 m
160 – 225 m

There is another highlight in store: this time concerning nature. Through the romantic river landscape, steadily following the Indre, you will reach Montbazon. A short ascent awaits you. By pedalling really hard over a mountain ridge you reach the Cher Valley.

On meadow paths and along the Cher you go to Bléré, a small market town. For many visitors the Castle of Chenonceaux is the topping on the cake. A magnificent, double floored bridge gallery goes over the river. But before the lovely palace garden will enthuse your eyes. But see and discover on your own.

approx. 60 km
220 m
215 m

This tour leads you through the pretty scenery of the Touraine to Chaumont castle and from there you proceed along romantic paths along the river Loire to Blois. After settling into your accommodation you embark on an exploration tour. Bloir palace with its galleries, protruding balconies, bay windows and aspen could be your destination.

approx. 50 km
220 m
215 m

Today is mostly dedicated to Chambord palace. Already from a distance this largest and most stupendous residence on the river Loire is shimmering through the trees. You get a very good idea of the incredible dimensions of the complex if you cycle around the palace along the canal. Just the park is a large as the 20 districts of Paris and is surrounded by a 35 km long wall. Half a millennium of French history in Chambord has left its mark: built in the Renaissance are under the art-loving King Francois I., venue for glittering parties and hunting festivities under ‚le Roi Soleil‘ Ludwig XIV., plundered during the French Revolution and today after Versaille the second most visited palace in France. It will be very easy for you to find lots of good reasons for it.

approx. 50 km
220 m
215 m

Tour character

Mainly flat on cycle paths and low traffic secondary roads with almost consistently very good signposting. The terrain in the vineyards is somewhat more hilly and there are also a few short ascents to tackle. 

Prices & Dates

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: Blois
  Season 1
23.03.2024 - 12.04.2024
28.09.2024 - 12.10.2024

Arrival daily
Season 2
13.04.2024 - 10.05.2024
07.09.2024 - 27.09.2024

Arrival daily
Season 3
11.05.2024 - 06.09.2024

Arrival daily
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. A, FR-LORBB-10A
Base price
1'379.-
1'569.-
1'665.-
Surcharge single room 559.- 559.- 499.-
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. B, FR-LORBB-10B
Base price
1'199.-
1'379.-
1'469.-
Surcharge single room 539.- 539.- 539.-

Category A: 3* hotels (French classification)
Category B: 2* and 3* hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Mar 23, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024
Sep 28, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
Arrival daily
Season 2
Apr 13, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024
Arrival daily
Season 3
May 11, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024
Arrival daily
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. A, FR-LORBB-10A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. B, FR-LORBB-10B
Base price
Surcharge single room
1'379.-
559.-
1'199.-
539.-
1'569.-
559.-
1'379.-
539.-
1'665.-
499.-
1'469.-
539.-

Category A: 3* hotels (French classification)
Category B: 2* and 3* hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Mar 23, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024
Sep 28, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
Season 2
Apr 13, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024
Season 3
May 11, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024
Blois
Double room p. P. cat. A
Blois
Double room p. P. cat. B
79.-
75.-
79.-
75.-
89.-
89.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Blois
  Season 1
Mar 23, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024
Sep 28, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024

Arrival daily
Season 2
Apr 13, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024

Arrival daily
Season 3
May 11, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024

Arrival daily
Blois
Double room p. P. cat. A 79.- 79.- 89.-
Blois
Double room p. P. cat. B 75.- 75.- 89.-
Filter
Bicycle 21-gear unisex
Bicycle 21-gear gents
rental bike PLUS incl. rental bike insurance
Electric bicycle
125.-
125.-
209.-
315.-
Prices per person in CHF

Our rental bikes

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation in your selected category incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailed tour documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Reservation fee of CHF 20.- per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)
Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • Blois Train station
  • Paris airport
  • Public garage costs approx. CHF 30.- per week, no reservation possible

Other important information:

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended.

Ratings

3.8 of 5 Stars (5 Ratings)
4 stars
Katharina Schläpfer CH | 01.10.2018
Abwechslungsreiche
4 stars
Guido Reichmuth CH | 14.09.2016
Sehr empfehlenswert
Man muss vor dem Tagesstart planen, welche Schlösser besucht werden sollen, sonst verliert man zuviel Zeit. Wir hatten hohe Temperaturen, da hatten wir am Mittag bereits mindestens 2/3 der Strecke gemacht. So konnten wir die Tour geniessen.
4 stars
Alex Krähenbühl CH | 15.06.2015
Anstrengend, aber schön
Die Tagesetappen sind relativ lang, aber auf jeden Fall machbar. So bleibt für die Besichtigung der Schlösser nicht allzu viel Zeit. Die Wegweisung happert zum Teil. Die Hotels sind zum grossen Zeil charmant, persönlich und freundlich. Zwei der Hotels wohl weniger. Diese beiden könnte man zugunsten von etwas charmanteren Hotels weglassen.
Eurotrek AG answered:
Eurotrek
Leider gibt es hin und wieder kleine Probleme mit den Klebern (Richtungsweiser) vor Ort, welche teilweise weggenommen werden. Dies wird jedoch laufend wieder aktualisiert und verbessert.Gerne werden wir mit unserem Partner sprechen und klären, ob die Hotels allenfalls ausgetauscht werden können.
3 stars
Doris Zweidler CH | 10.05.2015
Fahradservice durch Kunde!
Ja,aber mit besseren gewarteten Fahrräder kann man die Reise Weiterempfehlen!
Eurotrek AG answered:
Eurotrek
Die Schaltung der Velos wurde wohl beim Transport leicht verstellt. Wir haben unsere Mitarbeiterin vor Ort angewiesen dies vor der Übergabe noch mal zu kontrollieren, damit solche Probleme nicht wieder vorkommen. 
4 stars
C. R. CH | 09.09.2014
Schlösser der Loire
Sehr viel zu sehen; leider im zweiten Teil oft der Strasse längs zu fahren, die aber muss man sagen nicht sehr viel befahren waren. Eine Info fehlt: Wenn man am vorletzten Tag die kürzere Variante nimmt direkt nach Blois kommt man nur vormittags mit dem Bus zum Schloss Chambord; Taxi kostet einfach 35 Euro.
Eurotrek AG answered:
Günther Lämmerer
Vielen Dank für diesen Hinweis. Wir werden in den Unterlagen bei der kürzeren Tour einen Hinweis aufnehmen, damit es hier von nun an keine Missverständnisse mehr gibt.

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