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Loire Valley

A 3-days bike tour around Blois and the Loire valley.

Reviews (4) :
4.25 / 5
Reference L0303
  • Loop trip
  • 3 days
  • Very easy
  • From April to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
GPSGPS application available
249€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This loop itinerary from Blois will make you discover the treasures of this beautiful region of France. Sometimes in the forest, sometimes in the plains, sometimes along the Loire, you will appreciate the peace and the calm by an itinerary accessible to all. With family, friends or as a couple, this short cycling holiday will take you on the traces of the history of France with the castles of Chambord, Cheverny, Troussay and Fougères-sur-Bièvre that will stand on your way. You will end up along the Loire to reach Blois where you can discover the renowned Château de Blois and the charm of the old town.

    Day 1

     
     

    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.

    Day 2

     
     

    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 3

     
     

    Chitenay - Blois

    Bike
    38km
    Enjoy on your way the beauty of the castle of Fougères-Sur-Bièvres which is distinguished from the great castles of the Loire by a sober and powerful architecture.Continue to wander in the nature until the edges of the Loire which you will follow until you reach Blois. You will enjoy the charms of the old town and castle.
  • Accommodation
  • Categorie A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * 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).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tariff tab)


    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.


    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description


    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
    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:

    Your itinerary end at your starting point.

    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.

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    4 bike travelers reviews 4.25 / 5

    “ Un parcours sans faute ”

    On the 2021-07-15 by dominique
    Notre séjour a été une très belle réussite. Merci beaucoup pour votre organisation parfaite: documents, circuit, road book, location des vélos, assistance des vélos verts, hébergements, transport des bagages... Nous avons vraiment apprécié ces 3 jours en famille, à la découverte des châteaux de la Loire. Aucun souci pour nous, tout était parfaitement organisé et nous avons pu profiter pleinement d’un très beau programme.

    “ À faire ”

    On the 2019-09-29 by Anne
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    “ Peu mieux faire ”

    On the 2019-04-25 by Benjamin
    Circuit sympa> prestations relativement chers pour le service rendu in fine

    “ extra ”

    On the 2019-04-23 by dom
    Nous avons passé un super séjour à vélo au fil des châteaux et des caves. Trajet très bien renseigné, bagages transférés sans problèmes d'un hôtel à l'autre. Nous recommandons tout particulièrement l’hôtel du cygne à bracieux avec de charmants propriétaires et le restaurant juste en face de l’hôtel " chez jacques" ou les plats sont succulents.Pour les amateurs de vin, Attention car beaucoup de domaines sont fermés le dimanche, pour info le domaine le portail est ouvert le dimanche et jours fériés.
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