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Loire Valley

A 3-day escape between Blois and Amboise along the Loire Valley

Reviews (19) :
4.74 / 5
Reference L0301
  • Itinerant trip
  • 3 days
  • Very easy
  • From april to november
  • Minimum age 1 year
239€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • From Blois to Amboise bike along the Loire river on the "Loire à vélo" bike paths and discover the most prestigiouscastles of France, the chateaux de la Loire: the Château de Blois, the Châteaux d’Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont with its International Garden festival, le Clos Lucé, last mansion of Leonardo Da Vinci…
    Day after day, in the enchanting region of the Loire Valley, discover the magic of the chateau de Chambord, taste the delicious Loire wines, and be seduced by the medieval city Amboise. Cycle tours takes bike paths and small country roads through vineyards and forest. Three words to describe this bike trip: pleasure, fresh air and diversity.

    Day 1

     
     
    Enter chateau de Chambord’s magnificent forest and take a peek at the sculpted salamanders engraved on the walls of Loire’s most extravagant castle. Enjoy the shade of the hundred years old trees, then ride along the Cosson creek to the “château de Cheverny”. This should bring up some memories, if you ever read Tintin: it was the inspiration for Moulinsart castle.
       

    Château de Chambord 2h

    Visit on your own of the castle.
    13,00 € / adult

    Day 2

     
     
    Stroll inside the château de Beauregard with its gallery of 327 portraits of famous European leaders that forged history between the 14th and the 17th century. Or choose to ride through vineyards before arriving in front of the drawbridge of Fougères-sur-Bièvre stronghold. Follow the toues (traditional boats) along the Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. This place is famous for its fairy-tale castle but also for its International Garden Festival which displays talented creations. Then, you continue your bike ride to the village of Mosnes, near to Chaumont-sur-Loire.
       

    Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire 3h

    Visit the castle on your own. You also have the opportunity to visit the domain, completing your tour of the castle with the visit of the International Garden Festival.
    6,00 € / child
    11,50 € / teen
    18,00 € / adult

    Day 3

     
     
    Ride directly to the beautiful city of Amboise and let the medieval atmosphere of this city seduce you. Discover the architecture of the “château d’Amboise”, which is iconic of the transition period from Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
       

    Visit of the Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the castle and the gardens
    11,00 € / teen
    15,50 € / adult
  • Accommodation
  • Categorie A

    You stay in hotels with ** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Categorie B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.

    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category C

    You stay in small castles, ****hotels or charming bed and breakfasts where you can enjoy the "vie de château" in an exceptionnal environment. They are selected for their impeccable service. Breakfast is included.



    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.

    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 peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

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


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Paris or Tours and then train to Blois.
    • By train: inter-regional trains from Paris-Austerlitz station (direct or 8min connection in Orléans). The duration of the trip is from 1h20 to 2h00. Or TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse and connection in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps to take a regional train to. The duration of the trip is about 2h00. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Blois, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center, close to your accommodation and the train station. The daily rate is 5,5€ and decreases depending on the duration. The location and contact details of the car park will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 7€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    We can also organise a transfer in a private vehicule on demand.

    If you chose the luggage transport, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 5pm at the pick up location.

    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.

  • Reviews
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    19 bike travelers reviews 4.74 / 5

    “ Super we ! ”

    On the 2017-05-08 by Bénédicte
    super matériel, super logistique, superbes hébergements, un circuit clair, bref...un très beau week-end

    “ Week-end familial à la découverte de quelques châteaux dans la Loire ”

    On the 2017-05-04 by Isabelle
    Organisation impeccable, vélos en très bon état, itinéraire très agréable et visites enthousiasmantes, surtout celle du Château de Beauregard plus insolite. Ce week-end familial a été l'occasion pour certains d'entre nous de découvrir la région et les châteaux de la Loire et pour d'autres de les redécouvrir. C'est notre deuxième voyage familial avec le Vélo Voyageur et nous parlons déjà de choisir la destination d'un troisième.

    “ Belle expérience !. ”

    On the 2016-07-28 by Nicole
    Séjour très agréable, bien organisé, accessible même pour des non-sportifs. Nous recommandons et nous referons un autre circuit l'année prochaine

    “ 3 x days on bike from Blois to Amboise visiting Chateaux ”

    On the 2016-07-26 by DAMASO
    Very good.

    “ Blois à Amboise ”

    On the 2016-07-24 by Elyse
    Bonjour, Nous sommes rentrés à Vancouver la tête remplie des toutes les beautés de la Loire! Merci pour une logistique sans faille et de bons équipements. Les plans étaient bien faits mais nous aurions aimé avoir des directions plus complètes pour rejoindre notre chambre d'hôtes à Onzain. Nous avons du demander à quelques personnes avant d'en trouver une qui connaissait le gite. Par ailleurs, nous n'avons pas trop compris que Les douves bénéficient de 4 étoiles car à part la situation unique du bâtiment, le reste des prestations était plutôt ordinaire: la salle de bain est à l'étage et son accès est difficile par un escalier étroit et très raide. Le petit déjeuner est bon mais mais n'offrait aucune source de protéine pour des cyclistes entreprenant leur journée. Bref, nous ne pensons pas que les 40€ que nous avons dépensé en supplément étaient vraiment mérités. Nous sommes dans l'ensemble très satisfaits de vos services et n'hésiterons pas à recommander votre agence à nos amis voyageurs. Un beau weekend à vous Elyse et Fares

    “ jean pierre ”

    On the 2016-07-22 by Jean-Pierre
    Equipe féminine compétente, réponses rapides sans équivoque Merci les filles

    “ Fantastic Trip! ”

    On the 2016-07-17 by Family from Colorado
    Our family of four (my wife and I and our two boys 11 and 16) had an absolutely fantastic time on our three day/four night bike trip through the Loire Valley. The scenery was beautiful, the excursions were fun, and the inns and restaurants were first rate. The logistics and organization of the trip were great and allowed us to relax and enjoy the ride and scenery without having to worry about our luggage, where to eat, or how to get where we were going. We definitely plan on taking another vacation with Velo Voyageuer in the future.

    “ BLOIS-AMBOISE ”

    On the 2016-07-12 by CLAUDE
    Séjour bien organisé à recommander

    “ Très bonne expérience ”

    On the 2016-06-22 by CLAIRE
    Malgré quelques information erronées qui n'ont pas eu d'incidences réelles sur notre voyage (mais sur notre organisation, par exemple, quelques informations techniques concernant les vélo), nous avons passé un très bon voyage! Nous avons eu de la pluie les 2 premiers jours, et nous avons d'autant plus apprécié les logements proposés par le vélo voyageur. L'option "vélo électrique" nous a été très utile et l'utilisation est très facile ainsi que très bien expliquée. Le roadbook est facile à suivre (sauf les premières indication, le temps d'être vraiment situé au bon endroit) et pourtant je ne connais pas au monde quelqu'un qui se perd aussi facilement que moi.

    “ Great bike trip in the Loire ”

    On the 2016-05-22 by Fox
    We were very satisfied with this bike trip. The bikes (and accessories) were great - provided us with a smooth ride. The directions were clear and we appreciated the long, medium, and short options. The bed and breakfasts were fantastic as well. Overall, it was a great trip that I would highly recommend!

    “ A wonderful 3 days in the Loire Valley ”

    On the 2015-09-09 by Alison
    We did a 3-day trip from Blois to Ambroise. I cannot fault the Velo Voyageur organisation. The accommodation was good and the luggage transfer worked perfectly. The Loire Valley is a wonderful region to cycle. Velo Voyageur did a great job of putting together routes which made use of the Loire a Velo cycle routes but were original and took us to some great chateaux. The routes gave us a taste of the countryside while allowing enough time to visit a couple of castles each day. We had route choices so that we could do longer or shorter rides if we wanted to. The bikes were excellent, although the lowest gear was deliberately made to be unavailable. The generally easy terrain meant this was not a great problem. I would not hesitate to use Velo Voyageur again.

    “ vacances sans soucis ”

    On the 2015-08-08 by olivier
    Nous n'avions pas prévu de faire notre ballade de 3 jours. Nous avons découvert le site le dimanche et le mardi, nous enfourchions nos vélos. Merci encore pour la réactivité et la qualité de votre écoute. Aucun couac, une organisation super bien huilée, du matériel de qualité. Et tout le long, un accueil dans les hôtels, pour la remise ou la récupération des bagages, pour récupérer ou rendre les vélos super agréable. Je conseille de profiter de cette organisation. Nous prévoyons de nous appuyer à nouveau sur ce service.

    “ Fantastic time - pros and cons reviewed ”

    On the 2015-07-22 by Andrea
    My parents (ages 60 and 59) did the Blois-Amboise trip and had a fantastic time. I'll cover the pros first and touch on the one con at the end. The bikes themselves were good. Sturdy but still lightweight. Easy to pedal and gears worked fine. The baggage transfer was well worth the money! We had no problems with that and it was great to arrive at our accommodations each night and find our suitcases waiting for us. Accommodations themselves were one of the highlights- all lovely rooms in pleasant places and the proprietors were more than friendly and helpful. The document packet provided by Le Vélo Voyageur is also excellent. Very thorough and informative - lots of great resources. This company seems very well organized and timely with all communication. We also ate very well for dinner every night (not fancy, just delicious) and prices were much cheaper than in Paris. Locals out in the towns were also very friendly and over the whole 3 days we encountered probably only 2 people who did not greet us with a cheerful "bonjour." There was one negative aspect to this trip, however. The directions out of Blois were not that great. One difficulty is that roads and paths in France are not as well or thoroughly marked as they are in the U.S., for example. Some of the directions out of Blois (until we got to bike routes) told us to turn at places that were not marked, making it difficult. If you are a tourist from another country, I'd recommend getting temporary cell service in France so that you can have GPS access if necessary and also bring a fold-out map of the region. We used my cell phone a couple times to determine where we were in comparison to the maps provided. Once our directions moved to the bike routes, we had no problems. Overall: we had a fantastic time and I've already booked another trip with Le Vélo Voyageur for when a friend comes to visit in France. This was a great experience and if you enjoy physical activity and seeing the countryside, you should consider one of these well-organized bike trips.

    “ NATHALIE AND CO ”

    On the 2015-05-10 by NATHALIE
    Super week end sportif et culturel! Que de chateaux entre Blois et Amboise!!! ça a été aussi très amusant de découvrir nos hotels, lorsque nous arrivions fourbus de nos journées. Et, oh, magie! nos bagages étaeint là!!! Nos enfants ont apprécié: Notre fils de 11ans était toujours en tête Celui de 16 ans apprenait une poésie en pédalant Et notre second de 14 ans a dépassé son handicap (trisomie 21) en réalisant 50 km de vélo le second jour!!!

    “ claude ”

    On the 2015-05-10 by claude
    tres bonne organisation a recommander par beau temps

    “ très belle expérience ”

    On the 2014-08-22 by isabelle
    je suis enchantée par ce voyage; l'organisation est très bonne; les parcours sont bien homogènes et les différents prestataires très courtois et à l'écoute de nos demandes.Sur ce voyage les circuits étaient faciles et vallonnés pour le dernier et les différents hotels au delà de nos attentes (le domaine des Thomeaux est somptueux). A refaire pour d'autres circuits

    “ Chateaux de la Loire ”

    On the 2014-06-27 by CHANTAL
    Trois jours de détente loin du bruit, de la circulation et de la foule, à travers la forêt, la campagne, les coquelicots et à la découverte des châteaux, un séjour dépaysant pendant lequel on prend son temps et qui nous révèle un cocktail de parfums (foin fané, herbe frâichement coupée, fraises, humus, essences de résineux..etc) et un patrimoine magnifique. Une organisation et un circuit très bien détaillé qui nous a permis de rouler avec insouciance..

    “ Séjour exceptionnel ”

    On the 2014-05-18 by Véronique
    Un séjour Blois-Amboise réussi, grâce à une excellente organisation, le choix des prestataires de grande qualité et un accueil très chaleureux, dans une région éblouissante de beautés. Même si le guidage est une tâche plutôt difficile, Vélo voyageur relève ce défi. Nous avons pu visiter et pédaler dans les meilleures conditions qui soient données. BRAVO!

    “ Châteaux de Loire ”

    On the 2014-05-08 by Gatien
    Très beau séjour de 3 jours pour une découverte de ce style de voyage associant effort physique et visites. Très bonne organisation des itinéraires avec un road book bien détaillé. Les hôtels sont de qualité et permettent de bien se reposer
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