This bike tour is a perfect way to start discovering the Loire Valley. You will start with two nights in the quaint city of Amboise and then stay 2 nights in Blois. Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord - as well as the less known, but very interesting castles such as Cheverny and the beautiful Chaumont castle.
The easiest way to get to Amboise is to take the TGV train from Paris to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (next to the city of Tours), and then a taxi the rest of the way. When you arrive at the hotel, if you have time, don't miss out on visiting the Château Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci lived his last years. 2019 marks the 500-year anniversary since his death in that castle. In the evening, our guide will come to the hotel to help you set up the bikes, followed by the orientation for the trip.
A short and moderately flat ride will take you through the forests and alleys of the Amboise countryside passing by the Parc Mini Châteaux (great for kids) and then dropping down to the fabulous Chenonceau Castle that must be discovered with plenty of time to visit. Chenonceau, erected by Henry II in the 16th Century over the Cher river and improved by Catherine de Medicis. The castle hides several pieces of historical interest, furniture and tapestries. For the long option you will continue on to Montrichard, La Genaudière and St. Regle before returning to Amboise.
Go for a ride to visit the beautiful city of Blois on the Loire River to see the strolls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a perfect day, you can visit the House of Magic located just in front of the Royal Château of Blois. The city concentrates many typical alleys of the Renaissance. The old town is unmissable for the architecture and art like the sculptures on the houses and the Royal Château. A must-seeing in Blois is also the staircase of Denis Papin which are decorated every year. Moreover, the Botanical garden with a free entrance is a perfect place to rest after a visit in the Loire Valley Castles.
Two different routes are proposed today. Both itineraries start by the Château Chambord. Possibly the most famous of the Loire Valley castles - Château Chambord is an architectural masterpiece and displays a somewhat rare sense of whimsy in its design. If you choose this option, you can enjoy chocolate tasting in a nearby village chocolate factory after visiting the castle, followed by a calm ride back to Blois with a stop at the Château de Villesavin. If you chose the longer option, you get to visit Château de Cheverny, a unique place for Tintin fans. After Cheverny, the longer ride goes via Troussay and Beauregard through landscapes that make it clear why the kings chose the Loire Valley as their vacation spot.
The trip is now over, and it is time to leave the Loire valley, but if you feel like the stay has been a little too short, extra nights can be arranged.
Located in the center of Amboise with the Royal Castle and the Clos Luce castle, and two minutes from the train station, the hotel La Breche*** welcomes you with its cozy and warm atmosphere.
The Hotel 4* Mercure Blois, offers you high quality services with a Spa, Restaurants, Bars, Sport Hall for your best comfort. As well, the renovated hotel is located next to the train station, along the Loire River.
Hotel may change according to availability. Should the initial provider be unavailable we will offer accommodation at a parallel quality level.
Loire Valley tours from St-Pierre-Des-Corps station in Tours (save time and money with the TGV).
Tours being only 70 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train timetable recommendation : to be advised shortly.
|Duration of the tour||5 days|
|Bike||This is a bike tour. We transfer your luggage from hotel to hotel.|
|Chateau||The tour includes the tickets to the Chateaux mentioned in the tour. You avoid all queues and have direct access to the monuments with your guide.|
|Types of travel||Activities|
|Type of travel "tickets and activities"||Visit Château|
|Type "tickets and activities"||Activities|
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CYCLING TOUR / 5 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS AT 3* HOTEL / 2 NIGHTS AT 4* HOTEL / AMBOISE / CHENONCEAU / BLOIS / CHAMBORD
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