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Loire Valley

Bike weekend around Chambord - Loire Valley

Château de Blois, château de Chambord and château de Chaumont: the most prestigious castles of the Loire Valley just during the time of a getaway.

Reviews (11) :
4.64 / 5
Reference L0201
  • Itinerant trip
  • 2 days
  • Very easy
  • From April to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
127€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Take a break in the enchanting Loire Valley, and enjoy the “Loire à Vélo” cycling paths. You will find the famous Loire Valley castles, the chateaux de la Loire on your itinerary among which Blois, the castle château de Chambord, chateau de Cheverny or chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire. You will ride across forests and Loire’s vineyards on exceptional and easy biking routes. Experience the magic and the quietness that lies in the heart of France’s kings country.

    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.
       

    Chocolate factory 1h

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

    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. Follow the toues (traditional boats) along the Loire to Chaumont, famous for its fairytale castle and its worldwide known International Flower and Garden Show.
       

    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
  • 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.


    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 3.60€/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
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    11 bike travelers reviews 4.64 / 5

    “ camilla ”

    On the 2017-05-09 by camilla
    Service très satisfaisant de tous les côtés

    “ 1ère vacances à vélo ”

    On the 2016-09-20 by Gaëtan
    3 supers jours de vélo autour des châteaux de la Loire avec ma femme et ma fille de 3 ans et demi !

    “ Je conseille ”

    On the 2016-08-19 by Antoine
    Très satisfait. Les documents sont bien fait, les vélos en parfait état et les organisatrices joignables facilement et arrangeantes.

    “ Excellente escapade ”

    On the 2016-08-16 by Vincent
    Nous avons passé 3j fabuleux dans les chateaux de chambord à vélo! Tout est bien préparé, on ne s'occupe que de profiter des paysages et des chateaux. Merci beaucoup

    “ Belle découverte ”

    On the 2016-08-11 by Sylvie
    Voyage agréable et bien organisée. Des vélos confortables et des paysages magnifiques

    “ Petit promenade de Blois à Chaumont. ”

    On the 2016-07-06 by Geogeo et Popo
    Séjour très agréable. Explications claires et très précises de la feuille de route.

    “ 2 jours magnifiques!! ”

    On the 2015-08-27 by marc
    séjour exeptionnel en famille autour de Blois, choix des hotels et restaurants absolument parfait! l'accueil fut garanti tout au long du parcours le circuit est vraiment ideal pour une petite escapade ou une decouverte du cyclotourisme! les chateaux de la Loire se prètent tout a fait a cette activité.

    “ Bon we et bonne organisation ”

    On the 2014-06-26 by Edouard
    Le séjour est tres bien organisé avec un bon suivi et préparation de la part de Velo Voyageur. Les itinéraires et logements correspondaient à mes attentes.

    “ Heureux ”

    On the 2014-05-11 by zaz
    Séjour vraiment très agréable, le circuit est sans voitures, bien balisé. Le rythme est parfait, alternance de visites et de vélo dans la campagne ou sous les arbres. Petit conseil, quand la météo annonce une probabilité de 90% de pluie, ne pas oublier le Kway dans la valise! Ce séjour était offert par nos enfants et nous avons vraiment apprécié. Merci et bravo au vélo voyageur!

    “ Pays de Loire ”

    On the 2013-07-02 by Claude
    Très bonne escapade " De Blois à Chaumont" . Très bonne organisation logistique ; circuit agréable et hébergement sympathique . Idéal pour un we "au vert" .

    “ Un cadeau de mariage qui surprend ! ”

    On the 2013-06-25 by Charlotte & Nicolas
    Un super cadeau de mariage. On s'est beaucoup amusé en tandem. Une organisation au top et des informations fournies très claires, on ne s'est pas perdu ! Les chemins empruntés sont pratiques car on croise peu de voiture. Idéal pour passer un weekend loin de la ville et un bon compromis entre sport, détente et culture ! Une bonne épreuve à faire en couple...
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