From Blois to Tours : 3-Day cycling tour along the Loire river

3days

Reference: BL 302

For a long weekend, a big spring break or simply for an original experience during your vacation, treat yourself to a three-day bike ride in the heart of the Loire castles. 

From Blois to Tours, discover the Château de Chambord, the Château de Chaumont and the Château d'Amboise. This organized tour transports you to the leisurely pace of cycling in the footsteps of the greatest kings of France, in the Loire Valley, a territory with exceptional cultural and natural heritage, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 


You will enjoy :

  • The discovery of the great castles of the Loire.
  • The Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival.
  • Strolls on the banks of the Loire along beautiful cycle paths.
  • Itineraries to choose according to your desires.
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Day 1: Blois - Chambord - Blois

40km - 52km - 67km

Your cycling trip begins with an excursion from Blois to the Château de Chambord. 

Going up the Loire via a cycle path which stretches between the river and the levee, you reach the historic village of Saint Dyé. Take advantage of these kilometers of greenway to observe and feel the power of the last wild river in Europe.

Then head to the Domaine de Chambord, its forest and its castle, the masterpiece of the French Renaissance. Take a break to explore the many rooms and take the monumental and fascinating double spiral staircase up to the magnificent terraced roofs.

You return to Blois via small bucolic roads crossing the AOC Cheverny vineyards, fields and meadows.

Two extensions are proposed with a detour through the Sologne forest and the Cheverny castle.

Take advantage of the end of the day to discover Blois, its historic districts and its castle. Every evening, a magnificent sound and light offer a great way to review our French history lessons.

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

Free tour of the castle and French gardens.

Day 2: Blois - Chaumont-sur-Loire - Amboise

43km

During this day, you follow a route dotted with small, quiet country roads and numerous shaded cycle paths along the Loire. Along the way, take the time to visit the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. The castle, majestically overlooking the Loire, has a fortified-looking architecture very marked by the Renaissance. In its park, labeled remarkable garden, is held every year from the end of April to the beginning of November the International Garden Festival. Around thirty artists from the four corners of the globe present poetic, original and unexpected landscape creations. Do not miss ! 

After this stop, continue your bike route to Amboise via the banks of the Loire and the wine-growing hillsides. The small Loire town welcomes you with its lively medieval streets, its charming boutiques, its wine cellars and good places to dine.

Option: Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (included in the Chateaux Package)

Free visit of the castle, the park and the international garden festival.

Day 3: Amboise – Tours

28km - 32km - 40km

You will take advantage of your stopover in Amboise to visit the imposing castle which was a privileged place of residence for the kings of France. Offering a superb panoramic view of the Loire, it will delight you in many ways. Or go to the Clos Lucé manor, where Leonardo da Vinci lived for the last three years of his life, to discover his entire world, including models of his inventions and a beautiful copy of the Mona Lisa!    

The journey then continues towards the capital of Tours with three itineraries to choose from:

  • Left bank, via the cycle paths of the vineyards of Montlouis and the banks of the Loire. 
  • Right bank, via the Vouvray vineyard route then the cycle paths along the Loire.
  • Along the bucolic banks of the Cher.

Option: Château d’Amboise or Manoir du Clos Lucé (included in the Chateaux Package)

Self-guided visit to the Royal Château d'Amboise or the Manoir du Clos Lucé

End of your trip
Additional night possible in Tours
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 300 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 110 € / person
  • Superior category 350 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 220 € / person
  • Premium category 600 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 330 € / person
Child discount *
  • From 0 to 2 years: 70 %
  • From 3 to 11 years old: 45 %
  • 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

75

Bike discount

if you come with your own bike

100

Baggage transport supplement

50

Off-season baggage transportation

from 01/03 to 01/04 and from 16/10 to 15/11

125

Half board supplement

2 dinners / excluding drinks from

69

Visits pack

Château de Chambord + Domaine de Chaumont (castle & garden festival) + Château d’Amboise or Clos Lucé

57

Supplement for person traveling alone

50

Cancellation insurance

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

32

Cancellation & multi-risk insurance

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

58

Standard category
Extra night in Blois
  • Based on a 2-person room 62 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 41 € / person
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 67 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 38 € / person
Superior category
Extra night in Blois
  • Based on a 2-person room 77 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 77 € / person
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 88 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 32 € / person
Premium category
Extra night in Blois
  • Based on a 2-person room 92 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 91 € / person
Extra night in Tours
  • Based on a 2-person room 119 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 98 € / person

Questions about the stay From Blois to Tours : 3-Day cycling tour along the Loire river

How to get to Blois?

By train :

  • From Paris Austerlitz TER station direct (approximately 1:30 a.m.) or with connection to Orléans (approximately 2:00 a.m.)
  • From Paris Montparnasse station by TGV to Saint Pierre des Corps then by TER to Blois (approximately 2h00)

For more information, consult the SNCF website: www.sncf.com

Blois Chambord train station is located 500 meters from the castle.

By car :

  • From Paris 1:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. via the A10 motorway (Paris-Orléans-Bordeaux) exit no. 17 in Blois
  • From Lyon – Exit n°14 on the A85 motorway at Romorantin (30 minutes south of Blois)

Where to park in Blois?

You can park in the Stationeo underground car parks (around €9 per 24 hours). You can pay as soon as you arrive in the car park, so you can come in and out as many times as you want. The Château car park (2 avenue du Docteur Jean Laigret) is ideally located in the heart of Blois and at the foot of the château. Please note that each Stationeo underground car park has charging stations for electric vehicles.

For more information on Blois car parks, consult www.stationeo.fr

When to arrive in Blois?

Your stay includes a cycling excursion from the first day. We advise you to arrive in the morning at the meeting point which will be communicated in your travel diary, in order to fully enjoy your day. You can first leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation.

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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