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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 (8) :
4.56 / 5
Reference L0202
  • 2 days
  • Easy
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 9 year
159€ / 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

     
     

    Amboise

    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

    Bike
    45/70km
    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

    Bike
    34km
    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.
       

    Visit of the Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the castle and the gardens
    Included

    DAY 2

     
     

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

    Bike
    26km
    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

    Bike
    48km
    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 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.
    Included
  • 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 4-Star category. Some nights you’ll stay in small castle or quaints 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!
    * 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).


    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 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.


  • Reviews
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    8 bike travelers reviews 4.56 / 5

    “ Parfait ”

    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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