Family cycling weekend around the Chateaux of the Loire Valley

3days

Reference: TO 301

Enjoy a three-day weekend cycling tour from Tours! A looping route, via the châteaux of Amboise and Chenonceau, ideal for the whole family. With a majority of cycle paths, short mileages and very little elevation changes, the varied routes lead you through the Montlouis-sur-Loire vineyards and the Amboise forest, along the banks of the Loire and the Cher river. To diversify the visits and to please the whole family, explore the universe of Leonardo da Vinci in his last home at Clos Lucé, discover Loire and tropical fishes at the Grand Aquarium de Touraine, take a boat trip under the arches of the chateau de Chenonceau, visit Touraine wine cellars…

You will enjoy :

  • The chateaux of Amboise and Chenonceau and their “remarkable gardens”.
  • Cycling routes suitable for all ages : short distances, low elevation changes, 80% cycle paths
  • A looping route back to the departure city.
From 255€
From 345€
From 465€
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Day 1: Tours - Amboise

28km

Tours is the starting point for this three-day cycling trip in the Loire Valley. At the market halls, you can buy local products for your picnic: rillons, rillettes, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, winegrower tart...
Once you've picked up your bikes, let yourself be guided between the cycle paths along the Loire and the quiet roads through the vineyards of Montlouis. With long sections along the Loire, admire the breathtaking beauty of the last wild river in Europe.
On arriving in Amboise, discover the royal castle, the grave of Leonardo da Vinci and enjoy a unique panoramic view on the Loire Valley from the gardens. A little further on, discover the manorhouse of Clos Lucé, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, and a collection of 40 models representing its inventions.
At the foot of the Château d'Amboise, the evenings are pleasant, the medieval streets and the banks of the Loire are ideal for strolling and tasting local specialties.

Optional : Château d’Amboise and Clos Lucé (included in the Chateaux Package)

Self-guided visits of the Royal Château d'Amboise and the Manoir du Clos Lucé

Day 2: Amboise - Chenonceaux

24km

This new stage leads you to Chenonceaux. Follow a beautiful bike path through the Amboise forest, perfect during warm summer days.
The route continues along the banks of the Cher to the Château de Chenonceau and its gallery bridge spanning the river. On arriving there by bike, enjoy one of the most beautiful views of this unique site. French Renaissance masterpiece, the castle nicknamed the “Ladies Castle” was marked by the rivalry between Diane de Poitiers, the royal Favourite, and Queen Catherine de Medicis, who both lived there.

Optional: Château de Chenonceau (included in the Chateaux Package)

Self-guided visit of the castle and its gardens.

Day 3: Chenonceaux – Tours

35 km

Heading for Tours! The paths and cycle paths lead safely along the banks of the Cher where needle dams and successions of small private castles make this very bucolic route enchanting. A completely flat route, a favorite of Trip à Vélo!

End of your trip
Extra night in Tours possible.
To customize your trip contact us.
In hotels or B&Bs, we offer a rigorous selection of accommodation in 3 different categories.
Standard category
Comfortable 2-star hotels or similar accommodation, where charm and simplicity combine for cozy and relaxing stops after a day of cycling. Ideally located along the routes.

Non-contractual photos presented to illustrate the type of accommodation corresponding to the standard category.

Superior category
3-star accommodation, selected for the quality of their services and equipment. An ideal environment to enjoy the end of your day.

Non-contractual photos presented to illustrate the type of accommodation corresponding to the superior category.

Premium category
It stands out for its elegant and spacious rooms, impeccable service and depending on the establishment you will benefit from a room with a view, a wellness area, an exceptional environment…

Non-contractual photos presented to illustrate the type of accommodation corresponding to the premium category.

Low season
High season

from April 1 to April 11

from September 13 to November 3

  • Standard category 255 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 100 € / person
  • Superior category 345 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 200 € / person
  • Premium category 465 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 270 € / person
Child discount *
  • From 0 to 2 years: 70 %
  • From 3 to 11 years old: 40 %
  • From 12 to 17 years old: 35 %

*Discount applicable for children under 18 sharing a room with two adults.

The price includes :
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a double room
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 days of rental of an equipped “VTC” bike
  • A travel diary with practical and tourist information
  • The GPS route app
  • Telephone support 7 days a week
  • Tourist taxes
  • Application fee
The price does not include:
  • Baggage transport
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Parking fees
  • Entrances and site visits
  • Optional insurance (cancellation or cancellation & multi-risk)

Electric bike supplement

3 days

65

Bike discount

if you come with your own bike

80

Baggage transport supplement

130

Off-season baggage transportation

from October 15 to April 1

190

Half board supplement

2 dinners / excluding drinks from

71

Visits pack

Chenonceau Castle + Amboise Castle and Clos Lucé

53

Supplement for person traveling alone

50

Cancellation insurance

for information only, variable depending on the total price of the stay

24

Cancellation & multi-risk insurance

for information only, variable depending on the total price of the stay

52

Standard category
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 67 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 38 € / person
Superior category
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 88 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 32 € / person
Premium category
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 119 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 98 € / person

Questions about the stay Family cycling weekend around the Chateaux of the Loire Valley

How to get to Tours?

By train :

  • From Paris Austerlitz TER station direct to Tours station (approximately 2 hours)
  • From Paris Montparnasse station by TGV to Saint Pierre des Corps station. (approximately 01:00). A shuttle connects the TGV station to Tours station in 5 minutes. For more information, consult the SNCF website: sncf.com

Tours train station is ideally located in the city center.

By car

  • From Paris (240 km) or Bordeaux (350 km) via the A10 motorway, exit no. 21 at Tours Centre.
  • From Lyon (460 km) via the A85 motorway to exit no. 10 at Chambray les Tours

Where to park in Tours?

You can park in the Vinci Gare underground car park (count from €30 for two days to €90 for 7 days). Please note that the Vinci Gare car park has charging stations for electric vehicles.

For more information on the Indigo car parks in Tours, consult https://fr.parkindigo.com/

When to arrive in Tours?

Your stay includes a cycling stage from the first day. Your bikes must be collected in the morning at the meeting point which will be communicated in your travel diary, ideally between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. You will be able to fully enjoy your day.

Other frequently asked questions about our cycling trips

Séjours

  • The bikes

    We work with cycle professionals whose comfortable and robust bikes are renewed, maintained and serviced regularly. Each bike is equipped with a handlebar bag, a rear bag (15 or 20 liters) and a helmet. We provide smartphone support and repair kit per reservation. We provide breakdown assistance on all our rental bikes.

    Your stay includes the rental of a VTC (all-road bike) adapted to your size or that of your child.

    You have the option of opting for a electric bike. With an average range of 80 kilometers, the electric bike allows you to enjoy each stage with ease, whatever the distance and elevation. Note that this type of bike requires a minimum height of 1m55 and maximum of 1m90. 

    For children, we offer a wide range of solutions depending on their age: child seat, child trailer, follower bike, follow-me system.

    The terms and conditions for collecting and returning your bike are communicated in the travel diary.

    You can also come with your own bike. Please note that in this case, you will not be able to benefit from breakdown assistance, will not be able to rent accessories and the possible repatriation of your bike to the starting point will have to be organized by you yourself.

  • Baggage transfer from one stage to another

    If you have requested baggage transfer or if the service is already included in your package, you are asked to drop it off each morning at the reception of your accommodation, before 9:00 a.m. They are delivered to you during the day, before 6:00 p.m., to your next accommodation.

  • The travel diary

    Before your departure, you will receive a travel diary containing all the information useful to your stay:

    • The detailed program of your trip, day by day (meeting time and address on the first day, accommodation details, useful addresses, points of interest, etc.).
    • Connection to our GPS application during your trip (step-by-step route, points of interest and practical information).
    • Exchange vouchers.
    • Tourist information and advice for cycling with complete peace of mind.
    • A support number.
  • What to do cycling at the end of your stay?

    We organize the repatriation of all bicycles rented with Trip à Vélo during our roaming stays. For loop or star stays, the bikes are returned by you to partner establishments. In all cases, the drop-off address will be communicated to you in the travel diary.

    If you came with your own bike, any repatriation must be organized by you. Regional TERs accept bicycles on board (see the conditions on the SNCF website: www.sncf.com ).

  • How to return to the city of departure?

    If you have to return to the city of departure, the return must be organized by you. 

    By train: numerous TER trains serve the cities of Orléans, Blois, Onzain, Amboise, Tours and Saumur at a high daily frequency during the season. You can already consult the SNCF website: www.sncf.com. You will also find more information on timetables in your travel diary. 

    At your request, we can organize a taxi transfer (surcharge).

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