From gardens to castles: 5-day bike trip from Blois to Tours

5days

Reference: BL 5016

Discover the most beautiful sites of the Loire Valley by bike with this 6-day stay which takes you to the heart of the Loire castles and their remarkable gardens. 

With reasonable distances to cover on paths designed for cyclists or on small country roads with little traffic, this circuit is a great experience to enjoy as a couple or with friends, in complete peace and quiet to allow you to discover the many sites along the route. .


You will enjoy :

  • The variety of landscapes, rivers, forests, vineyards, troglodytes and the superb panoramas of the Loire à Vélo.
  • Cycle around six of the largest castles of the Loire: Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau and Amboise.
  • Parks and gardens along the route including five gardens labeled “remarkable gardens” in Blois, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau, Amboise, Valmer.
From 675€
From 810€
From 1050€
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Day 1: Blois - Chambord - Cheverny

42 km

Departing from Blois, you cycle on the slopes of the Loire by Bike, following the river before entering the Chambord park. Visit the most famous castle of the Loire, the masterpiece of the French Renaissance, its numerous rooms spread around the famous double revolution staircase as well as the terraces which offer a panoramic view of the Domaine. Stroll through the new French gardens and treat yourself to a picnic on the lawns with an incredible view of the castle.

You reach Cheverny by bike passing through the Boulogne forest and through the vineyards. The Cheverny castle of classical architecture has a richly decorated interior. Around the castle, six thematic gardens adorn the park, from the vegetable garden to the orchard, including a labyrinth or a wave of 200,000 tulips to admire in spring.

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

Free tour of the castle and French gardens.

Day 2: Cheverny - Chaumont-sur-Loire (or Mosnes)

33km - 42km

For this second day of cycling, you cross the wine-growing Sologne, pass Troussay in front of the smallest of the Loire castles, follow the Beuvron and Cosson rivers and find the Loire along a beautiful cycle path which leads straight to Chaumont-sur-Loire. 

Put down your bike because the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is worth spending a few hours there. You can visit the castle and above all don't miss the park and the International Garden Festival where each year around thirty landscape artists from all over the world present original and poetic creations around an ever-changing theme.

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: Chaumont-sur-Loire (or Mosnes) - Chenonceaux

28km - 19km

You cycle on the cycle paths and small roads of the plateau separating the banks of the Loire and the Cher to reach Chenonceaux. A route through the countryside, along the water and in the middle of the Amboise forest. 

A true jewel of the Renaissance, the Château de Chenonceau is famous for its gallery bridge spanning the Cher. Nicknamed the Château des Dames, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici took turns to beautify it. It is therefore a very feminine atmosphere which reigns at the castle, highlighted today by magnificent floral arrangements that are renewed every day. As for the park, the French Renaissance garden and the Florentine garden are witnesses of this new art which marked the 16th century. Today they carry the very serious label of “remarkable gardens”.

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

Self-guided visit of the castle and its gardens.

Day 4: Chenonceaux (Montlouis) - Amboise

46km - 23km

You cycle along the refreshing banks of the Cher to Montlouis. With a succession of needle dams and small private castles, this course is enchanting. Then through the vineyards of Montlouis and along the Loire you reach Amboise. This itinerary is an opportunity for a short detour to the Château de la Bourdaisière to discover the tomato conservatory vegetable garden with a unique collection of more than 600 varieties in the world.

A variant offers a direct return with a new route on cycle paths in the Amboise forest.

In Amboise, visit the royal castle. From its gardens, enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Loire Valley and pay your respects to the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci. Unless you prefer the Manoir du Clos Lucé, the final resting place of the Renaissance Master, which presents a collection of life-size models of his inventions and a very beautiful copy of the Mona Lisa!

In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the streets of the old town on the terrace, taste Loire wines and other local specialties.

Option: 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 5: Amboise – Tours

32 km - 37 km

On the hillside of the north bank of the Loire lies the famous Vouvray vineyard. This escape invites you to cycle through the middle of the vineyards, penetrate the depths of the troglodyte cellars and meet the wine producers. For a few more kilometers, go and admire the gardens of the Château de Valmer which, on 8 levels of Italian-style terraces, offer you a unique panorama of the vineyards.

The loop is completed with a final nod to the Loire, which you follow to Tours on a cycle path set up between the river and the hillside, dotted with troglodyte villages, cellars and bourgeois residences. 

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 the local gastronomic specialties, rillons, rillettes, Saint Maure de Touraine…

Day 6: 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 675 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 240 € / person
  • Superior category 810 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 370 € / person
  • Premium category 1050 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 630 € / 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: 5 nights in a double room
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 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

5 days

115

Bike discount

if you come with your own bike

115

Half board supplement

5 dinners / excluding drinks from

189

Visits pack

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

90

Off-season baggage transport supplement

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

130

Cancellation insurance

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

38

Cancellation & multi-risk insurance

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

65

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 gardens to castles: 5-day bike trip from Blois to Tours

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.

If you benefit from the baggage transfer service, you will be asked to drop it 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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