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Loire Valley

A cycling week in family from Blois to Amboise

From Blois to Amboise, cycle along the Loire Valley with your family. Discover short itineraries leading you to the most prestigious castles of the region... An incredible cycling week to share with your kids!

Reviews (6) :
4.67 / 5
Reference L0703
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Very easy
  • From April to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
689€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • From Blois to Amboise, cycle along the Loire River in family and discover the most prestigious castles of France: Blois, Chambord, Amboise, Cheverny and the Clos Lucé.

    The Loire Valley, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage, is an ideal cycling itinerary for children. Discover at your own pace the Loire Valley by riding on secured cycling paths.

    Day after day, in the enchanting region of the Loire valley, explore the magic of Chambord and be seduced by the medieval city of Amboise.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Blois

    Walk your way through Blois old town, its old paved streets and all small stairs. Discover the charms of Blois castle, which was the stage of many court plots and particularly the spiral staircase is an architectural marvel.

    Day 2

     
     

    Blois - Bracieux

    Bike
    30km
    Enter the magnificent forest of Chambord. Take a peek at the sculpted salamanders engraved on the walls of the most extravagant castle of the Loire Valley, masterpiece of French Renaissance. Take the double staircase in which two people can go up and down without seeing each other. That will lead you to the royal apartments of Francis I and Louis XIV.

    Then, continue to the small village of Bracieux.
       

    Château de Chambord 2h

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

    Day 3

     
     

    Bracieux - Chitenay

    Bike
    25km
    Cross the countryside to discover all secrets of a chocolate factory, a well-known industry in the region.

    Then ride along the Cosson creek and discover the small castle of Villesavin before regressing to childhood in Cheverny castle. This should bring up some memories, if you ever read Tintin: it was the inspiration for Moulinsart castle.
       

    Chocolate factory 1h

    At the end of the guided visit you will enjoy different kinds of chocolates.
    Included

    Day 4

     
     

    Excursion à Fougères-sur-Bièvre

    Bike
    24km
    You can enjoy the day to relax by the pool and explore the surrounding area or discover one of the few fortified castles of the Loire Valley, the Chateau of Fougeres-sur-Bievre.

    Day 5

     
     

    Chitenay - Mosnes

    Bike
    35km
    You ride through the countryside before reaching the Loire banks, along which traditionnal wood boats called "toues" are anchored. You reach Chaumont-sur-Loire, known around the world for its International Garden Festival, an annual garden design competition which presents the best creations in the castle park. You have only a fews kilometers more to ride before reaching Mosnes.
       

    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 6

     
     

    Mosnes - Amboise

    Bike
    11km
    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

    Day 7

     
     

    Amboise

    Let the medieval atmosphere of this city seduce you.

    A regional train takes you back to the starting point or you can extend your stay.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with ** and *** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels with services of good quality welcome you warmly. In family, you will enjoy the swimming pool available in one of the accommodations of the itinerary. 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

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • 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.

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


    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 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 (bound A5 format) 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


    GPS tracks


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

  • 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.


    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. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.


  • Reviews
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    6 bike travelers reviews 4.67 / 5

    “ Organisation quasi-parfaite ”

    On the 2015-08-25 by Daniel 88
    Séjour très bien organisé, tant dans la préparation que dans le déroulement. Très bonnes prestations d'ensemble(Hôtels, réservations visites, vélos adaptés, équipés et bon état) Bon rapport qualité prix. Parcours étudiés avec un minimum de circulation automobile permettant une activité découverte très détendue. Lecture des plans et parcours très complètes, précises et faciles. Je pense renouveler ce type de voyage et séjour. Je recommande sans restriction.

    “ Une belle expèrience en famille ”

    On the 2015-08-23 by gilles
    Une façon très intéressante et accessible de découvrir une belle région en alliant culture et déplacement au rythme des vélos : un vrai plaisir de ne pas utiliser la voiture pendant une semaine. Une organisation parfaite : carnet de route très précis, vélos de qualité, bagages toujours au RDV et accueil dans les hôtels, les restaurants, les châteaux très sympa. Nous conseillerons à notre entourage de tenter l'expèrience.

    “ Sympa en famille ”

    On the 2015-08-20 by Anne
    un séjour très agréable, chaque jour nous découvrons un nouvel endroit à visiter, les enfants sont aux commandes pour trouver le bon itinéraire, et chaque soir nous avons apprécié la qualité des hôtels.

    “ Great family fun ”

    On the 2015-07-28 by Peter
    A wonderful holiday, with excellent quiet routes, to a fabulous part of France. Highly recommended

    “ Amazing family adventure in the Loire Valley ”

    On the 2015-07-20 by Family from Victoria, BC, Canada
    Our family of four (children aged 7 & 9) just finished a week of cycling in the Loire Valley from Blois to Amboise courtesy of Le Velo Voyageur. Each day we rode 35-45km on safe, relatively flat trails and bike paths. The distances were just perfect and the scenery was beautiful. We had absolutely no complaints from the kids and we were always pleasantly surprised at the end of each day to discover which beautiful hotel had been chosen for our stay. The accommodations were carefully selected - the kids often had their own room or a bunk bed, and there were always great restaurant options nearby. Each day was broken up with an adventure for the family - a donkey ride through the forest, a visit to a chocolate factory, or a tour of a local castle (always with some kind of treasure hunt component to keep the kids engaged). We were very happy with the equipment and clear directions provided, including a list of recommended restaurants with approximate price ranges. We were initially planning to request a trailer or tandem bike for our 7 year old daughter, but in the end she wanted to ride her own bike and she had no trouble keeping up with the family and covering the required distances. The cycling paths are very well marked and protected from traffic. In rare instances where we rode in traffic, we never felt that our young kids were in any danger - the drivers were always very courteous. We would not hesitate to recommend this company to others looking for a unique family holiday. What a wonderful way to see the French countryside! When we compared notes with other cycling groups that we encountered, we felt that we had found the best value for our money by choosing Le Velo Voyageur. The day that we returned our bikes, we spent some time on their website dreaming about which cycling holiday we would try for our next vacation...

    “ Vélo dans la Loire ”

    On the 2015-06-08 by Richard et Nathalie
    Grâce a la bonne organisation de vélo voyageur, nous avons découvert une belle région de la France, avec de bon vélo ,de belle auberge régionale, Des pistes cyclables agréables. Une bonne logistique pour les trajets journaliers. Les bagages toujours au bon endroit et a temps..Château magnifique et produit du terroir délicieux. Une belle maniere de voyager et de découvrire une région avec une bonne organisation. Merci au vélo voyageur.
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