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CASTLES OF THE LOIRE VALLEY CLASSIC TOUR
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Cycling tours Loire Valley

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. The tour visits the most famous castles of the Loire Valley - Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord - as well as the less known, but very interesting castles such as Cheverny and the beautiful Chaumont castle. The terrain is mostly flat and is very suitable for casual cyclists wanting to discover the classic sites of the Loire Valley in an easy fashion.


Day 1: ARRIVE IN AMBOISE

The easiest way to get to Amboise is to take the TGV train from Paris to Saint Pierre des Corps, 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 the Chateau 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.

Day 2:  LOOP RIDE TO CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU FROM AMBOISE

A short and moderately flat ride will take you through the forests and alleys of the Amboise countryside passing by the Parc Mini Chateaux (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 XVIth 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.

Day 3:  CYCLE TO BLOIS

Two differents routes are proposed today. Both itineraries start by the Chateau Chambord. Possibly the most famous of the Loire Valley castles - Chateu Chambord is an architectural masterpiece and displays a somewhat rare sense of wimsy 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 Chateau de Villesavin. If you would choose the longer option, you get to visit Chateau 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. 

Day 4: LOOP RIDE TO CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD AND CHEVERNY

Two differents routes are proposed today. Both itineraries start by the Chateau Chambord. Possibly the most famous of the Loire Valley castles - Chateu Chambord is an architectural masterpiece and displays a somewhat rare sense of wimsy 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 Chateau de Villesavin. If you would choose the longer option, you get to visit Chateau 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. 

Day 5: DEPARTURE DAY

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.

 
Features
Duration of the tour5 days
Type of tourBike tour
LanguageEnglish
BikeThis is a bike tour. We transfer your luggage from hotel to hotel.
ChateauThe 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.
 
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  • Private transportation in a full option minibus comfortable Mercedes minivan.
  • Complementary pick up and drop off at your hotel.

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