4-day bike tour through the castles of the Loire river Valley

4days

Reference: BL 4015

In the heart of the Loire Valley and its castles, from Blois to Tours, this cycling road trip is an unmissable experience for lovers of gentle roaming and history. Alternating cycle paths and small shared paths, the route takes you from one castle to another, winding between vineyards and orchards, moors and forests, the banks of the Loire and the banks of the Cher.  

Immerse yourself in the heart of the intrigues of the French court at the Château de Blois, live the extravagant dream of a king at the Château de Chambord, take a leap into the cozy atmosphere of the Château de Cheverny, discover the extraordinary gardens of Chaumont-sur- Loire, let yourself be enchanted by the elegance of the Château de Chenonceau or share the last days of Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise, you are spoiled for choice! 


You will enjoy :

  • Explore most of the Loire castles.
  • The long panoramas over the Loire.
  • Cher by bike.
From 540€
From 665€
From 830€
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Day 1: Blois - Chambord - Cheverny

42 km

First day of cycling, first kilometers and quickly you are captivated by this very special atmosphere in the Loire Valley which will not leave you for 4 days! 

Departing from Blois, follow a cycle path along the Loire before heading towards the Chambord area. Leaving the forest, the arrival is spectacular: the white and imposing silhouette of the castle, topped with its lanterns and chimneys stands in front of you. 

The interior of the castle has many surprises in store: an abundance of sculpted salamanders, no less than 60 rooms for free tours and, at the heart of the building, the famous double revolution staircase which leads to the roof terraces to offer a view panoramic view of the area.

You get back in the saddle to reach Cheverny, follow the shaded greenway which crosses the forest of Boulogne then, via small quiet roads, through orchards and vineyards, you reach Cheverny and its pretty, magnificently furnished castle which inspired Moulinsart to Hergé. A Tintin exhibition awaits you if you wish.

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

Free tour of the castle and French gardens.

Day 2: Cheverny - Amboise

55km

Take advantage of the freshness of the morning to get back on the road. For this second stage by bike you follow a relatively flat route on quiet roads and paths. The multiple landscapes of the Loire Valley unfold over the kilometers. In Chaumont-sur-Loire, take a break for lunch on the banks of the Loire then wander the paths of the International Garden Festival. Around a theme renewed each year, it welcomes the poetic and original creations of around thirty gardening artists from the four corners of the planet. 

Your route continues for 22 kilometers, along the river and on the wine hillside to Amboise. At the foot of the castle, in the medieval town, numerous terraces invite you to relax and taste Loire wines, in moderation!

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 - Chenonceaux

23km

Before setting off again on the roads by bike, you have the opportunity to visit the royal castle of Amboise. Built on a rocky promontory, it offers an exceptional panorama of the Loire Valley. The great moments of French history resonate in its Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Leonardo da Vinci rests in his chapel. 

A few hundred meters from the Château d'Amboise you can visit the Clos Lucé manor where the Renaissance genius lived the last three years of his life. We discover his whole world there, including models of his famous inventions and a beautiful copy of the Mona Lisa!    

The route continues through the Amboise forest and along the banks of the Cher: you head towards the Château de Chenonceau, a jewel of the French Renaissance. Arriving by bike offers the opportunity for some beautiful photos of this unique monument in the world with its gallery bridge spanning the Cher. Nicknamed the “Château des Dames”, it was offered by Henry II to his favorite Diane de Poitiers. When the latter died, his widow Catherine de Médicis took it back from her rival in exchange for Chaumont... Women of power, they both contributed to making Chenonceau this elegant castle that we visit today.

Option: Amboise Castle and Clos Lucé (included in the Chateaux Package)

Self-guided tours of the Royal Château d'Amboise and Clos Lucé

Day 4: Chenonceaux – Tours

34km

You reach Tours by pedaling along the refreshing banks of the Cher. Needle dams, successions of small private castles, this very bucolic route is enchanting.

Tours has an exceptional heritage. In the heart of its always lively historic districts, don't miss the St Gatien cathedral and the half-timbered houses of Place Plumereau. Take the opportunity to taste local gastronomic specialties, rillons, rillettes, Saint Maure de Touraine…

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

Self-guided visit of the castle and its gardens.

Day 5: Tours

End of your stay after breakfast.
Allow yourself a little more time to continue exploring the capital of Tours on foot and to do some souvenir shopping with the good local products from the merchants of Les Halles.

End of your trip

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 540 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 180 € / person
  • Superior category 665 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 300 € / person
  • Premium category 830 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 450 € / 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: 4 nights in a double room
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 days of rental of an equipped “VTC” bike
  • Baggage transport
  • 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:
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Parking fees
  • Entrances and site visits
  • Optional insurance (cancellation or cancellation & multi-risk)

Electric bike supplement

4 days

95

Bike discount

if you come with your own bike

105

Half board supplement

4 dinners / excluding drinks from

147

Visits pack

Chambord, Domaine de Chaumont (Château + Garden Festival), Clos Lucé and Château d’Amboise, Chenonceau

90

Off-season baggage transport supplement

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

105

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 4-day bike tour through the castles of the Loire river Valley

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 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.

You benefit from the baggage transfer service, you will be asked to drop them off at our partner storage facility before 9:00 a.m.

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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