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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 (11) :
4.58 / 5
Reference L0202
  • Centre based trip
  • 2 days
  • Easy
  • from april to october
  • Minimum age 9 year
GPSGPS-app available
150€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • The medieval flair of Amboise is perfect for two-day lovely break. You can choose between different cycle tours, depending on your interests.

    Two round trips take you the most emblematic castles of the Loire Valley, Chenonceau which spans over the Cher river, or Chaumont which is world famous for its International Garden Festival. You can alternatively go to Tours on the Vouvray wine road or the Mountlouis-sur-Loire wine road. In that case, you take the regional train to come back to Amboise with your bikes. Last but not least, enjoy Amboise, its lively streets, the visit of the Clos Lucé and the views on the Gothic castle. 

    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.

    Day trip to the castle of Chenonceau

    2 route options
    Your tranquil bike route today leads you through idyllic natural beauty with rivers and forests, leading to the most iconic Chateaux de la Loire, the "Chateau de Chenonceau". This historical castle had an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, restored and saved the castle. Today it is one of the most photographed castles in France. If you like, continue riding along the banks of the Cher River until you reach the underground city near Bourre. This suberranan city can be viewed to experience what life was like living in a cave-structure. You’ll see an amazing reconstruction of an underground city.

    Day trip to the wine route of Vouvray

    Return by train (20 min)
    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.

    Château du Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the château, Leonardo’s workshop, the cultural park and the "Leonardo da Vinci, painter and architect" galleries.
    13,50 € / teen
    19,00 € / adult

    Château de Chenonceau 2h

    Take a self guided tour of the château and its gardens and discover the rich history of the site.
    14,00 € / teen
    17,00 € / adult

    DAY 2


    Day trip to the wine route of Montlouis-sur-Loire

    Return by train (20 min)
    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.

    Day trip to Chaumont

    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 and the estate on your own, enjoy the art and garden exhibitions as part of the International Garden Festival.
    6,00 € / child
    12,00 € / teen
    20,00 € / adult
  • Accommodation
  • Category 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

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3-Star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty breakfast is included!
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category C

    You’ll have a wider selection of accommodations when you choosing this 3/4-Star category. Some nights you’ll stay in guaints hotels, and other times you might be in a charming Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy the "vie de chateau" atmosphere in an exceptional environment. Properties are selected for their high standards and impeccable service. Don’t forget...breakfast is included!
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  • 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 Tarif tab)

    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.
  • 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.


    If you arrive by car, you can park your car in a public car park in the city, please have a look : parkopedia.fr for more informations.
    It's not possible to park your car at the hotel during your whole stay.

    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.

  • Reviews
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    11 bike travelers reviews 4.58 / 5

    Séjour vélo très agréable

    On the 2020-07-24 by Laurent
    Excellent séjour et parcours à vélo à Amboise (attention à quelques cotes pour les non habitués mais le reste est plus plat). Très beaux paysages et chateaux. Excellent service d'hotel et restaurant pour un simple 2 étoile à Amboise !

    It was wonderful right from the start!

    On the 2020-01-03 by Colleen Williams
    A huge thanks to le Velo Voyageur, we had an amazing trip and they made everything so very simple for us. All the information from maps to accommodation were sent to us well in advance. They were very friendly and helpful and we highly recommend them. The only downside... it wasn't long enough!! We'll be back!

    Great company to organise your cycling trip!

    On the 2019-05-28 by Adeline
    We booked a 2-day cycling trip around Amboise in the Loire Valley. All the instructions and booking vouchers were emailed within 10-14 days prior to the trip and we had no problem using the voucher to enter the castle or hotel. The rental bike company didn’t seem to be aware of our arrival but didn’t seem to mind and proceeded to show us to the bikes! What’s really great is the app that they use for the routes, it has very detailed instructions on where to go/turn, in most cases they even had a picture of the actual junction with arrow to mark which way we should go, very easy! The app does drain your phone battery quickly so I suggest bringing a powerbank with you and you can quickly top up the battery while you stop for break or visiting the chateaux and vineyards!


    On the 2018-08-26 by eli77
    Weekend magnifique autour d’Amboise, accueil et organisation bien rodés, circuits sympas. À refaire.

    Un super week-end à Amboise

    On the 2018-06-04 by Delphine
    Un week-end très bien organisé par le Vélo Voyageur. Des équipements au top, des recommandations d'hôtels superbes (nous avions pris classe B, et nous ne sommes pas déçus), et des parcours à vélo qui nous ont permis à la fois de découvrir plein d'endroits sympathiques en plus des visites de châteaux. Je vous le conseille!

    Bien mais un peu cher

    On the 2017-07-23 by Xavier
    Nous avons passé deux jours très sympathiques sur les bords de la Loire et du Cher. Le logement était très sympa, les vélos de bonne qualité, les itinéraires balisés et pratiques, et la météo plus que clémente. Seule ombre au tableau (mais non des moindres), un tarif onéreux si l'on additionne le coût de location des vélos et celui du logement (les livrets sont sympas mais pas tellement utiles tant le balisage est fourni dans cette région).

    boucle Amboise

    On the 2017-05-25 by Martine
    Nous avons été ravis de retrouver l'organisation du vélo voyageur, et le concept. Compte-tenu de la météo, nous avons modifié notre circuit et commencé par Chaumont et le festival des jardins afin de profiter du beau temps. Le lendemain, la pluie a gâché la journée, mais quel bonheur la découverte du Clos Lucé. Merci

    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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