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Loire Valley

An authentic cycle tour around Amboise  

An abstract of the best that the Loire valley has to offer around the charming medieval town of Amboise.

Reviews (4) :
4.75 / 5
Reference L0202
  • 2 days
  • Easy
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 9 year
144€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • The medieval flair of Amboise is perfect for two-day lovely break. The bike paths “Loire à vélo” lead you on the Vouvray wine road or the Mountlouis-sur-Loire wine road. Discover the wonders of Amboise, icon of the Renaissance period. The castle château d’Amboise, Clos-Lucé or Chenonceau are the jewels of the Loire castles, the «Châteaux de la Loire». The bike tour will lead you to Tours.

    DAY 1

     
     
    Let the medieval atmosphere of this city seduce you. Admire the machines designed by Leonard da Vinci which are surprisingly up-to-date in Clos-Lucé, the last place where he lived and died.
     
    Through the forest and along the river’s banks you reach one of the most iconic châteaux de la Loire, the “chateau de Chenonceau” overlooking the Cher river. You can continue along the Cher banks to the underground city near Bourré.
     
    Leaving Amboise on the right bank you reach the hilly vineyards of Vouvray. You can stop and taste the famous "crémant de Vouvray", a sparkling wine and learn the art of vinification. You reach Tours by taking a little bridge over the Loire and leading you directly into the center of the old town center. At Tours train station you can easily hop into a train taking you back to Amboise.
       

    Visit of the Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the castle and the gardens
    Included

    DAY 2

     
     
    On the left bank you take the cyclepath "Loire à vélo" through the vineyards of Montlouis’ white wine. The old town center of Tours is easily reachable. At Tours train station you can easily hop into a train taking you back to Amboise.
     
    On small countryside roads you reach the Loire banks. Along the "Loire à vélo" cyclepath you can rest on sandbeaches. Finally you reach the enchanting “chateau de Chaumont”. Don’t miss the International Garden Festival
       

    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.
    Included
  • Accommodation
  • Category 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

    Category 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.

    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 Amboise.
    • By train: inter-regional trains from Paris-Austerlitz station (direct or 8min connection in Orléans). The duration of the trip is from 1h40 to 2h10. Or TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse and connection in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps to take a regional train to Amboise. The duration of the trip is about 1h35. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Amboise, you can park your car at your accommodation. All details will be given in your travel documents.


    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.


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    4 bike travelers reviews 4.75 / 5

    “ 2 day trip around Amboise (Loire) ”

    On the 2016-07-03 by Isabel
    We had a great 2 day trip along the Loire which we enjoyed immensely. The hotel was nice, the bike routes great and everything was easy to find (thanks to the good material & maps we had from Velo Voyageur). Would book again.

    “ Un super séjour à Amboise ”

    On the 2015-09-14 by Alice
    2 jours riches en découverte à Amboise : de magnifiques balades dans les vignes et au bord de la Loire et du Cher, de belles visites, en particulier le festival des jardins de Chaumont sur Loire, que je recommande +++ L'hôtel était très bien. Je recommande à 100%.

    “ Wonderful two days in the Loire ”

    On the 2015-09-05 by Sarah
    We spent a wonderful two days cycling around Amboise and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We certainly recommend Vélo Voyageur!

    “ Un WE sympatique ! ”

    On the 2013-07-28 by sandrine
    Un WE idéal pour les amoureux du vélo. Une très bonne organisation malgré une réservation tardive. Un hôtel et une restauration au top !! Nous conseillons vivement !
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