Bike + Canoe : 4 days in the heart of the Loire castles


Reference: AM 401

Here is a loop stay resolutely oriented towards slow tourism in all its forms! Cycling holidays to connect the banks of the Loire and the banks of the Cher between Amboise, Chenonceau and Chaumont sur Loire, go down the Loire by canoe and stroll through the streets of the royal city of Amboise. 

Each day has been calibrated to give pride of place to the art of taking your time in order to appreciate the natural and cultural diversity of the territory.

You will enjoy :

  • The Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival.
  • Go down the Loire by canoe.
  • The castles of Amboise, Chenonceau and Chaumont-sur-Loire.
From 480€
From 590€
From 750€
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Day 1: Amboise - Chenonceaux


From Amboise, this cycling stage takes you to Chenonceaux through the forest and along the banks of the Cher. You cycle on paths and beautiful shaded cycle paths.

In Chenonceaux, let yourself be seduced by the elegance of this castle with its famous gallery bridge which was occupied in turn by Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici but also Louise de Lorraine whose funereal decor of the room will not fail to surprise you …

The French gardens are remarkable.

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

Self-guided visit of the castle and its gardens.

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

26 km or 35 km

For this second day of cycling, head for Chaumont-sur-Loire via small forest roads separating the banks of the Cher and the Loire. 

With its fairytale castle and its park overlooking the Loire, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is an essential stop on your journey. Here you again encounter the fate of Catherine de Medici and her rival Diane de Poitiers. In the park, the unmissable International Garden Festival is held every year: a world of originality and poetry through the plant works of around thirty artists from all over the world.

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) - Amboise

Canoe or 22 km bike

To reach Amboise, you have two options: continue your journey by bike or swap your two-wheeler for a canoe. 

  • By canoe: after cycling, get on your paddles! Sail on the Loire, which is often presented as the last wild river in Europe. A unique and special proximity to the river to discover and observe the Loire's fauna and flora at your own pace, taking the time to land on an island or a wild bank for a little rest.

A change of scenery and tranquility guaranteed, this experience is a real Trip à Vélo favorite!

Landing at Amboise on the Ile d’Or. 

Good to know: the canoeing activity is accessible from 6 years old and it is compulsory to know how to swim. 

  • By bike: between Chaumont-sur-Loire and Amboise you alternate between the cycle paths along the Loire and the small roads of the wine hills of the AOC Touraine-Amboise. 

A few pedal strokes from the city center, you can reach the Chanteloup pagoda, the Royal Domain of Château-Gaillard or, to the delight of children, the mini-castle park. 

Amboise, a lively little medieval town that exudes holiday spirit, awaits you for a wonderful end to the day by the river and at the foot of its castle.

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

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

Day 4: Amboise

Amboise promises a day full of discoveries. Here, History is omnipresent. With its royal castle overlooking the Loire, the city is also home to the final resting place and burial place of Leonardo da Vinci. Whether you are a wine lover or not, a visit to the cellars to discover the work of winegrowers and the history of Loire wines is worth the detour.

End of your trip
Additional night in Amboise 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 480 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 150 € / person
  • Superior category 590 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 290 € / person
  • Premium category 750 € / person

    Based on a 2-person room

  • Single room supplement 400 € / person
Child discount *
  • From 0 to 2 years: 75 %
  • From 3 to 11 years old: 45 %
  • From 12 to 17 years old: 40 %

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

The price includes :
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a double room
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 days of rental of an equipped “VTC” bike
  • A canoe trip from Mosnes to Amboise
  • 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

3 days


Bike discount

if you come with your own bike


Half board supplement

3 dinners / excluding drinks from


Visits pack

Chenonceau + Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire + Château d’Amboise and Clos Lucé


Supplement for person traveling alone


Off-season baggage transport supplement

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


Cancellation insurance

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


Cancellation & multi-risk insurance

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


Standard category
Extra night in Amboise
  • Based on a 2-person room 68 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 36 € / person
Superior category
Extra night in Amboise
  • Based on a 2-person room 93 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 78 € / person
Premium category
Extra night in Amboise
  • Based on a 2-person room 149 € / person

    (breakfast included)

  • Single room supplement 87 € / person

Questions about the stay Bike + Canoe : 4 days in the heart of the Loire castles

How to get to Amboise?

By train :

  • From Paris Austerlitz TER station direct to Amboise (approximately 1:45 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.)
  • From Paris Montparnasse station by TGV to Saint Pierre des Corps and TER to Amboise. (1:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.).

For more information, consult the SNCF website:

By car

  • From Paris via the A10 motorway, exit no. 18 at Château-Renault (15 km north of Amboise)
  • From Bordeaux via the A10 motorway, then A85 exit no. 11 at Bléré (15 km south of Amboise for 15 km)
  • From Bourges/Vierzon via the A 85 motorway, exit no. 11 at Bléré (15 km south of Amboise for 15 km)

Where to park in Amboise?

You will find 4 large car parks allowing up to a week of free parking in the city center of Amboise.

When to arrive in Amboise?

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


  • 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: ).

  • 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: 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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