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Loire Valley

Cycle tour in Loire: From Orléans to Tours

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5.00 / 5
Reference L1001
  • Itinerant trip
  • 10 days
  • Very easy
  • From April to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
939€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • From Orléans to Tours, ride along the “Loire à vélo” cycling paths and discover France’s most prestigious chateau de la Loire: Blois, Chambord, Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont, Le Clos-Lucé, Chenonceau... The Loire Valley is on the Unesco World Heritage List and is perfect for a cycling holiday: cycling paths and roads take you across forests, plains and vineyards on a flat itinerary. Day after day, your cycle tour reveals the wonders of this enchanting area: the magic of Chambord, the delicious Loire wines tasting, the medieval town in Tours and the iconic chateau de Chenonceau. This bike trip combines on a wonderful way the beautiful landscape, the unmissable chateaux de la Loire and the delicious French cuisine.

    Day 1

     
     
    Orléans was a very flourishing city during medieval times and has hosted many famous figures such as Saint-Aignan, Calvin and of course Jeanne of Arc. Discover its rich history by visiting the Sainte-Croix Cathedral, the crypt of Saint-Aignan, the restored house where Jeanne of Arc stayed and the many manisions like Hôtel Groslot or Hôtel des Créneaux.

    Day 2

     
     
    Along the wild river banks of the Loire, you ride leisurely through the lush countryside to the charming city of Beaugency overlooked by its 11th century dungeon.

    Day 3

     
     
    You continue your ride to Blois, 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., where you discover its Blois old town, its paved streets and all small stairs. Discover the charms of the chateau de Blois, which was the stage of many court plots and particularly the spiral staircase is an architectural marvel.
       

    Château de Chambord 2h

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

    Day 4

     
     
    You cycle to Cheverny on small country roads lined with rape fields and vineyards. Cheverny castle is the one who inspired Hergé to draw Moulinsart castle in the comic book Tintin. It stands out thanks to its rich furniture.
       

    Chocolate factory 1h

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

    Day 5

     
     
    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
    11,00 € / teen
    17,00 € / adult

    Day 6

     
     
    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.

    Day 7

     
     
    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.
       

    Visit of the Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the castle and the gardens
    10,50 € / teen
    15,00 € / adult

    Day 8

     
     
    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.
       

    Château de Chenonceau 2h

    Free discovery of the castle
    10,00 € / teen
    13,00 € / adult

    Day 9

     
     
    To reach Tours old town and its half-timbered houses, you can choose between two wine routes. The first leads you through Vouvray’s sparkling wine wineyards and the second along Montlouis-sur-Loire white wine domains.
       

    Vouvray wine cellar tour 1h

    Included

    Day 10

     
     
    Discover the charming old neighborhood in Tours boasting many half-timbered houses. Stroll around and visit Saint-Gatien cathedral, the Wilson bridge and Plumereau square.

    If you want the regional train takes you back to your starting point or you can also extend your stay.
  • 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

    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 Orléans.
    • By train: inter-regional trains from Paris-Austerlitz station to Orléans Centre. The estimated duration of the trip is 1h05. From Tours, you can take a regional train to Orléans Centre. The approximate duration of the trip is 1h15. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Orléans, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center, close to your accommodation and the train station. The rate from 8 to 14 days is 50€. 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 20.10€/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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    2 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    “ voyage sans-souci ”

    On the 2016-09-27 by BENOIT
    J’ai été très satisfait de mon voyage , la qualité des équipements m’a grandement surpris, notamment la bicyclette, bonne hauteur, en excellente condition et une marque de haut de gamme . Tout était parfait , les distances . Ce que j’ai grandement apprécié ce fut les réservations au restaurant, j’ai bien aimé de ne pas me casser la tête après une journée de Vélo, à savoir où j’allais manger.

    “ BEST VACATION EVER! ”

    On the 2014-10-03 by Carlos
    It was awesome! The landscape, the ride, the châteaux, the cities, everything! We had a blast. We were super tired, after riding our bikes for hours and then strolling around trying to see as much as we could, but we were so happy. We fell in love with France. Everyone was incredibly nice and helpful. We came back physically exhausted but mentally rested, nothing that a good two nights sleep couldn't fix. We cannot wait to be back. The bikes were very comfortable, the accommodations were great, we didn't have any problem with our luggage. Merci beaucoup!
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