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Loire Valley

Cycle amongst the Loire valley châteaux from Blois to Tours

On this cycling tour from Blois to Tours, you’ll ride along the famed "Loire à Vélo" bike path and discover the Loire Valley’s most magnifient castles. This area is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering ou amazing scenery and attractions.

Reviews (25) :
4.60 / 5
Reference L0701
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Very easy
  • From 1st of April to 5th of November
  • Minimum age 1 year
789€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • On this Blois to Tours route, you’ll cycle on the 800 miles "Loire à Vélo, a designated bike path. You’ll discover some of France’s most picturesque scenery as you bike through chateau dotted valleys and quaint villages.
    In addtion to being a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Loire Valley is perfect for cycling vacation. Bicycle paths and back roads take you across forests and prestigious vineyards on a flat route. Each day, you’ll discover breathtaking scenery along with awe-inspiring castles. Enjoy the magic of Chambord, delicious Loire Valley wines and the iconic Chateau de Chenonceau. This trip combines everything you need for a memorable holiday, with great scenery, incredible food and all-around French culture.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Blois

    Start your tour by exploring Blois, with its cobblestone streets and meandering walkways. Cross the long stone bridge in the center of town for great views. Your highlight will be visiting Blois Castle, with intricate architectural details and manicured gardens

    Day 2

     
     

    Blois - Cheverny

    Bike
    24/40/68km
    3 route options
    Start your ride by pedaling through Chateau de Chambord’s lush forest with massive trees. Take a peek at the stone bridge salamadenders engraved on the walls of Loire’s most extravagant castle. As you enjoy the shade from hundred-year-old tree, you’ll follow the trail along Crosson creek to the Chateau de Cheverny. The inspiration for Moulinsart Castle came from the Tintin books, which you may have read.
       

    Chocolate factory 1h

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

    Château de Chambord 2h

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

    Day 3

     
     

    Cheverny - Mosnes

    Bike
    39/46km
    2 route options
    Today you have the choice of two bike routes. if you like, stroll through the Chateau de Beauregard’s art gallery. You’ll find over 327 portraits of famous European leaders that forged history between 14th and 17th Century. Looking for something more active? Ride through vineyards before arriving in front of the Fougeres-sur-Bieve drawbridge. Your ride then takes you on a delightful route as you follow the toues, or traditional boats along the path from Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. The city is famous for its fairy tale castle as well as the International Garden Festival which displays over 30 themed gardens with a variety of garden art. After marveling at the castle and gardens, continue your biking with a short trip to the village of Mosnes.
       

    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 4

     
     

    Mosnes - Amboise

    Bike
    11km
    This morning’s route takes you directly to the beautiful city of Amboise. The medieval ton has link to the French Royal Family and is where Leonardo de Vinci spent his last few years. Explore the many cobblestone streets and check out the unique architectural features of the Chateau d’Amboise. The Chateau gives you one of the best overall views of the Loire Valley.

    Day 5

     
     

    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.
       

    Visit of the Clos Lucé 2h

    Free visit of the castle and the gardens
    11,00 € / teen
    15,50 € / adult

    Day 6

     
     

    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.
       

    Château de Chenonceau 2h

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

    Day 7

     
     

    Amboise-Tours

    Bike
    26/34km
    2 route options
    Today you have a choice about which wine route to take to get to the charming town of Tours. Both routes offer great scenery and pleasant ride! One route leads you through Vouvray’s sparkling wine vineyards with picture-postcard scenery. The other route leads you through the Montlouis-sur-Loire stunning white wine region.
       

    Vouvray wine cellar tour 1h

    Included

    DAY 8

     
     

    Departure from Tours

    Before you leave, take time to explore the half-timbered houses, churches and museums in Tours. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and Plumerau Square are worth a visit. Then it’s time to say goodbye to you bike as this memorable vacation comes to an end.

    Let us know if you want to extend your stay. Otherwise, a regional train can take you back to your starting point.
  • 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).



    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.

    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

  • Practical information
  • 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 Blois. 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:

    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 10.90€/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
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    25 bike travelers reviews 4.60 / 5

    “ vélo et confort ”

    On the 2018-07-21 by médicis
    un séjour d'un petite semaine à la fois, culturel, sportif confortable et reposant

    “ A Great Peddle ”

    On the 2018-06-14 by Kenneth
    I am an elderly New Zealander with moderate day cycling expertise but little French touring experience. Selection of this tour was to fulfill a long-held interest in cycling through the Loire Valley. My tour was organised before I left NZ by an efficient, English-speaking staff member. As I find map reading difficult, fearful of getting lost and as I was cycling alone the use of a GPS proved to be essential - its presence on the handlebars of my bicycle removed virtually all stress; time and time again the unit enabled me to enjoy the passing, ever-changing exquisite French landscape and yet arrive at my destination safely and on schedule. The route was very well-planned, I only walked up one hill. I avoided all major roads, heavy traffic and even difficult intersections. Instead my route wound its way along pleasant small roads, cycle tracks and farmer's tracks, through tiny villages and amazing wheat fields, in deep, lush-green forests and along river banks. The selection of scheduled stops at Castles gave me a well-earned break and satisfied my curiosity. The Bed and Breakfast style accommodation in small boutique Hotels, complete with French style and character enhanced my experience perfectly; each day my luggage was waiting on my arrival. Knowing there was a twenty four backup system in place, though I did not need it, was great comfort. In summary, I am unable nor would wish to suggest improvements or changes to Velo Voyageur's organisation or to my Tour, their service met my needs entirely and it was 'excellent value for money.' If I were to cycle in France again, I would use the services of Velo Voyageur again and what more could you ask for than that?

    “ Séjour 8 j Châteaux de la Loire ”

    On the 2017-08-23 by Isa29
    Très bonne organisation et prestation, des hébergements de qualité et des itinéraires sûrs et bien indiqués. Nous avions choisi la formule demi-pension. C'était parfait ! Nous avons hâte de repartir pour un autre circuit.

    “ Une escapade alliant la sérénité, la découverte et où le dialogue est au coeur du parcours... ”

    On the 2017-07-30 by Gisèle
    Un séjour qui permet une déconnexion totale, une excellente organisation et un parcours riche en découvertes. La sérénité du parcours et le choix des hôtels toujours judicieux et parfaitement situés allient des petits déjeuners parfois surprenants de qualité et de richesse. Très bon accueil partout. A recommander !

    “ Genusstour ”

    On the 2017-07-12 by Stefanie
    Die Reise war gut organisiert, die Unterkünfte originell und sehr schön. Wir würden überall freundlich empfangen. Die Restaurant-Empfehlungen waren wirklich gut. Auch der Gepäcktransfer hat gut geklappt. Es war ein sehr schöner Urlaub für uns, vielen Dank!

    “ Extraordinaire ”

    On the 2016-08-22 by marie pierre
    Nous avons fait cette randonnée vélo en famille avec 2 filles de 12 et 13 ans. C'est une expérience extraordinaire. L'organisation du vélo voyageur est absolument sans reproche : Tout est parfaitement réglé, aucun accroc dans l'organisation (vélos, bagages, hôtels). C'est très agréable et reposant. Les vélos sont tout à fait adaptés et en excellent état. L'itinéraire est très bien indiqué. Le parcours est superbe, On dispose d'un peu de marge pour l'adapter à son rythme. C'est surement le meilleur moyen de visiter les châteaux de la Loire.

    “ idée originale de vacances ”

    On the 2016-08-03 by Franck
    Tout est organisé pour profiter au maximum des trajets à vélo et des visites.

    “ découverte cheveux au vent! ”

    On the 2016-07-29 by Jacqueline et Francis
    Nous avons découvert une région magnifique autant par ses châteaux, ses paysages et ses habitants très accueillants. Les restaurants proposés pour la demi-pension nous ont pleinement satisfait et sont responsables des quelques kilos que nous avons ramenés avec nous malgré l'exercice que nous faisions chaque jour!!! Nous nous réjouissons déjà de faire une prochaine découverte avec vélo voyageur. Merciiiiiiiiii

    “ Great Trip ”

    On the 2016-07-11 by Chris & Jayne
    Velo Voyageur did a great job organising this trip. The accommodation (category b) was good, especially Maison Blanche in Amboise. The cycle routes around the Loire valley are excellent, miles of scenic routes and no cars; brilliant! One week is insufficient to fully explore all the Chateaux between Blois and Amboise, ten days would have been better by far, we'll definitely return.

    “ The Loire Valley: From Blois to Tours ”

    On the 2016-05-27 by Sally
    We had the most wonderful family riding holiday in April. From first contact eevrything we experienced from Velo Voyageur was terrific. Their communication was great prior to the trip, answering all my questions promptly and thoroughly. The bikes & equipment was great, the accommodation (we chose the middle level) was charming. The directions for each step of the ride were clear and easy to follow, the countryside, towns and scenery were superb, and the support from the staff when we discovered my daughter had left her soft toys in one of the previous nights accommodation was wonderful. They tracked down the toys and delivered them to us the same day - so very kind. Our kids (age 9 and 11) loved the trip as did my husband and I, and say that it was their best holiday ever. Thank you Velo Voyageur we cannot recommend you highly enough!

    “ Barb ”

    On the 2015-10-13 by Barb
    We will send pictures later, as we are still on holiday with our relatives in southern France. We were totally happy with our trip! Thank you for doing an amazing job. The bikes were great, the information was easy to follow and the accommodations were super nice.We couldn't have been happier.

    “ des vacances cultures et sportives ”

    On the 2015-09-12 by danyone
    C'est la première fois que nous faisons confiance à Internet et au "vélo-voyageur" pour organiser nos vacances. Nous en sommes revenu enchantés. Un parcours magnifique, des logements adaptés où nous avons toujours été bien accueillis et des restaurants choisis avec beaucoup de goût. Les châteaux que nous avons visités avaient tous leurs charmes et leur particularités, les routes étaient tranquilles et le parcours fléché ne posait pas trop de problème. Nous étions attendus à chaque étape et nos bagages étaient toujours au rendez-vous. Nous ne pouvons que vous inviter à faire confiance à 'Vélo-Voyageur".

    “ Duco ”

    On the 2015-08-05 by Duco de Boer
    OK

    “ les châteaux de la Loire ”

    On the 2015-07-27 by chantal
    Nous avez passé de superbes vacances grâce à votre organisation, et votre réactivité. Un grand merci et à l'année prochaine !

    “ Dagmar A. ”

    On the 2014-10-23 by Dagmar A.
    the next trip to the Provence is already in sight

    “ Ludewig ”

    On the 2014-08-31 by Ludewig
    Eine rundherum schöne Reise, mit wunderbaren Eindrücken. Sehr gut organisiert, mit individuellen und netten Unterkünften.

    “ Vive la petite reine ”

    On the 2014-08-18 by Pascale et Pascal
    Super semaine qui nous a permis de redécouvrir cette région de la Loire chargée d'histoire et riche en bons produits du terroir. Rien à redire sur l'organisation, la logistique et le choix des hôtels. Bravo et merci à toute l'équipe du Vélo voyageur qui nous a réconcilié avec la petite reine.

    “ 1 semaine au pays de Châteaux ”

    On the 2014-08-10 by Marie et Stéphane
    Nous avons vécu une belle aventure pendant une semaine, à vélo, à travers les chemins nous amenant d'un château à l'autre. Les paysages du pays de la Loire sont magnifiques. Nous avons traversés la vie des rois et des reines de France en visitant les châteaux. Pour ceux qui aime l'Histoire et les balades à vélo, c'est l'idéal. Nous en garderons un merveilleux souvenir.

    “ Découverte des châteaux de la Loire réussie ”

    On the 2014-08-06 by Lionel
    Nous réfléchissions depuis quelque temps à passer des vacances différentes avec nos deux enfants qui sont trop petits pour faire de la randonnée. Nous avons donc décidé de passer des vacances itinérantes en vélo mais en déléguant toute l'organisation du voyage. Nous avons donc pu profiter des ballades, la logistique est parfaite et le programme bien adapté. Il est possible de choisir des parcours en fonction de la météo et de l'état de forme du jour. Les lieux d'hébergement sont très bien et les documents fournis (navigation, programme) sont très bien faits.

    “ La Loire à vélo: on est accroc ! ”

    On the 2013-09-22 by Louis et Josée
    C'est le premier voyage de la sorte que nous faisions et ce ne sera certainement pas le dernier. Quel bonheur de commencer la journée en faisant du vélo dans la campagne de la Loire par une belle journée ensoleillée. Les paysages magnifiques, les chemins tranquille voire des fois presque désert, les auberges toujours très propres, les gens très accueillants et les restos des auberges présentant des tables d'hôtes succulentes avec des produits du terroir. Et pour nous québécois: le bon vin à prix abordable...

    “ Vélo en Loire ”

    On the 2013-06-21 by michele
    Trés bon dans son ensemble et merci à vous de tenir compte de nos avis et remarques.

    “ CHARMANT ”

    On the 2013-06-20 by danielle
    tres bonne ballade, super organisation et tres bonne écoute des responsables. Un site à conseiller à tous les amoureux de "la petite reine ". Les Hébergements sont de bonne qualité ainsi que la restauration, bref bravo à Bérengère et Eugenie

    “ Excellente expérience! Un endroit magnifique! ”

    On the 2013-05-16 by Gutenberg
    Le voyage s'est très bien passé. La pluie et le froid n'ont pas été capables de nuire à la balade à travers cette belle région. Tout était parfaitement planifié. Je vous remercie de votre excellent travail!

    “ Bien ”

    On the 2012-12-11 by Matthieu
    Le voyage dans les pays de la Loire fut une experience fantastique pour moi. Une semaine de pur bonheur a traverser ce pays rempli d'histoire en visitant les chateaux mais egalement en degustant les vins et specialites locales

    “ J'ai adoré! ”

    On the 2012-12-11 by Pierre
    Les vacances avec le Vélo Voyageur: du gâteau! Pas de souci, la bicyclette est au rendez-vous comme les hôtels. Les parcours sont très bien pensés, y compris des alternatives intéressantes. Les bagages suivent le parcours fidèlement. Bravo pour l'idée et la réalisation!
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