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Loire Valley

3-day bike tour to the Loire Valley castles

You will visit some of the most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley like Amboise castle, le Clos Lucé, le domaine de Chaumont sur Loire and its gardens but also Chenonceau castle built on the water.

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  • Itinerant trip
  • 3 days
  • Easy
  • April to November
  • Minimum age 1 years old
195€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This Loire valley bike tour has you visit among the most emblematic castles of the Loire. First you discover the medieval city Amboise with the royal castle of Amboise and the Clos Lucé, last home of Leonardo da Vinci. Then you follow the Loire river to reach the castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire and the International Garden Festival. Then you meander through the countryside to reach the edge of the river Cher. Follow this charming river to reach the majestic Chenonceau castle. You leave through the forest to return to Amboise.

    Day 1

     
     

    Amboise -Chaumont sur Loire

    Bike
    22km
    You leave the medieval town of Amboise, the royal castle of Amboise and the Clos Lucé. Follow the toues (typical boats) along the Loire river to Chaumont-sur-Loire. This village is famous for its fairy tale castle but especially for its International Garden Festival, which showcases talent creations.
       

    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
    12,00 € / teen
    18,00 € / adult

    Day 2

     
     

    Chaumont-sur-Loire - Chenonceau

    Bike
    25/55km
    You leave the banks of the Loire river and cross small quaint villages and the countryside to reach the Cher river, that you follow until the castle of Chenonceau. Admire the magnificent castle overlooking the Cher.
    You can continue along the Cher banks to the underground city near Bourré.
       

    Château de Chenonceau 2h

    Free discovery of the castle
    11,00 € / teen
    14,00 € / adult

    Day 3

     
     

    Chenonceau - Amboise

    Bike
    23km
    Cross the majestic forest of Amboise and ride past the Pagoda Chanteloup to reach Amboise. You enjoy this medieval town and Clos Lucé before leaving.
       

    Visit of the Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the castle and the gardens
    11,00 € / teen
    15,50 € / 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
  • 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 (+1m55).



    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

    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


    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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    1 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    “ Séjour très sympathique ! ”

    On the 2018-04-25 by Clément
    Un peu cher mais très agréable
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