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Castles on river Loire

In the King's Valley - Explorer Tour

This cycling tour leads you into the romantic Loire valleys and its tributaries, into the ‚Garden of France‘ and is totally characterised by royal residences built here centuries ago. Kings, overlords and court ladies seduced by the scenic allure of the region, took up residence here – and left their marks, which are best followed by bike: Villandry with its marvellous grounds, the ‚Sleeping Beauty Palace‘ Ussé, the royal abbey of Fontevraud, which was at times used as a prison, the spectacular Chenonceaux palace, built on top of the foundations of a watermill situtated directly into the river Cher … One fascinating, one-of-a-kind building followed by the next. Inbetween vineyards and wine villages oozing rural charm cover the area.

Adventurous cyclists get their money’s worth and take plenty of time escpeically for Chambord palace and the numerous sights of Blois and Amboise. Without any pressure you cycle from palace to palace, delight in the stupendous architecture and revel in the royal sense of life of a region, where the wealthy and powerful of days gone by used to abnadon themselves to idleness and where you too will feel just like you live in clover.

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Medium
Medium
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Itinerary

In the late afternoon is the welcome briefing and handing over of rental bikes (if booked).

Sample hotel category A: Ibis Styles Centre

Sample hotel category B: Au Relais St. Eloi

The river Cher leads you directly to Villandry palace with its terraced gardens. Visiting these renowned grounds is a must. Paths to stroll on in the shade, archades covered in floral splenour, fountains and the ornately arranged vegetable garden amazes each and every visitro. A few kilometres onwards you swap the Cher-riverbanks with the Loire, and again the next palace beckons: Langeais. A glance from the fortified tower (this palace was exclusively used for military purposes) and in front of you spreads the river and the entire surrounding region. At the edge of the dark and mysterious forest of Chinon rises Ussé palace, the ‚Sleeping Beauty Palace‘. Via little villages and side roads you approach today’s Day Finish Chinon.

Sample hotel category A: Diderot

Sample hotel category B: St. Jacques

The river  Vienne initially leads you into the little village of Candes-St-Martin. At the place of death of Saint Martin an amazing Romanesque church was built. In Montsoreau the river Vienne joins the mighty river Loire – an impressive nature spectacle. The ‚Cave Gardens‘ feature a length of over 800 km. You cycle through neat vineyards to Fontevraud l'Abbaye. Nowhere else in the world will you come across a medieval monastery complex so completely preserved as Fontevraud. Now follows a ‚literary return journey‘ to Chinon. Your route leads you past the birth place of the distinguished author Francois Rabelais, as well as through the valley where the plot of his famous book "Gargantua" takes place.

Sample hotel category A: Diderot

Sample hotel category B: St. Jacques

You leave Chinon with its medieval alleyways clustered between river and castle headed North. The route leads you through old vineyards and remote villages to Crissay, with its houses dating back to the 15th century it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. Naturally again today you get to marvel at yet another palace, in fact a grade A specimen: Azay-le-Rideau, a Renaissance palace featuring peak perfection. ‚A diamond with a thousand facets, set by the river Indre‘, according to the words of Balzac. What else is there to say? You spend the night directly in the village and hence have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the palace together with its cultural events.

Sample hotel category A: de Biencourt

Sample hotel category B: Val de Loire

A scenic highlight lies ahead: Through the romantic river landscape always following the river Indre you reach the pretty little town of Montbazon. A short ascent awaits, a few hard pushes into the pedals and you have tackled the little ridge into the Cher-river valley. Along path across meadows you cycle along the river Cher to Bléré, a little market town and then onwards to your history-charged Day Finish with palalce, Chenonceaux. Chenonceau palace is probably the most beautiful of all the Loire palaces and rises from a one-of-a-kind location. A splendid, two-storey bridge-gallery spans across the river and before that is the stunning  castle garden to marvel at ... but please discover yourself.

Sample hotel category A: La Roseraie

Sample hotel category B: Logis Le Relais

This tour leads you through the pretty scenery of the Touraine to Chaumont castle and from there you proceed along romantic paths along the river Loire to Blois. After settling into your accommodation you embark on an exploration tour. Bloir palace with its galleries, protruding balconies, bay windows and aspen could be your destination.

Sample hotel category A: Best Western Chateau

Sample hotel category B: Le Monarque

Today is mostly dedicated to Chambord palace. Already from a distance this largest and most stupendous residence on the river Loire is shimmering through the trees. You get a very good idea of the incredible dimensions of the complex if you cycle around the palace along the canal. Just the park is a large as the 20 districts of Paris and is surrounded by a 35 km long wall. Half a millennium of French history in Chambord has left its mark: built in the Renaissance are under the art-loving King Francois I., venue for glittering parties and hunting festivities under ‚le Roi Soleil‘ Ludwig XIV., plundered during the French Revolution and today after Versaille the second most visited palace in France. It will be very easy for you to find lots of good reasons for it.

Sample hotel category A: Best Western Chateau

Sample hotel category B: Le Monarque

The Loire-cycle path leads you from Blois to Chaumont-sur-Loire. The palace here has never been a royal residence and is hence a bit of an insider tip. It is a sight to see mainly due to the giant park, the annual venue for an international garden show. You end your day in Amboise, whose palace is an especially early example for Renaissance architecture in the Loire-valley. One of the greatest artists of this era found his final resting place here: the town house Clos Lucé attached to the castle is very much dedicated to the memory of Leonardo da Vinci.

Sample hotel category A: Bellevue

Sample hotel category B: Chaptal l'Annex

The final stage of your cycling tour leads you once more into the vineyards on the slopes above the river Loire, into the wine-growing area Montlouis-sur-Loire and the little town with the same name with its idyllic location on the river. Here we recommend a short break before you continue again along the riverbank back to Tours.

Sample hotel category A: Ibis Styles Centre

Sample hotel category B: Au Relais St. Eloi

Tour character

Mainly flat on cycle paths and low traffic secondary roads with almost consistently very good signposting. The terrain in the vineyards is somewhat more hilly and there are also a few short ascents to tackle. 

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Tours
  Season 1
03.04.2021 - 23.04.2021
25.09.2021 - 09.10.2021

Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Season 2
24.04.2021 - 18.06.2021
04.09.2021 - 24.09.2021

Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Season 3
19.06.2021 - 03.09.2021

Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. A, FR-LORTT-10A
Base price
999.00
1,059.00
1,099.00
Surcharge single room 399.00 399.00 399.00
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. B, FR-LORTT-10B
Base price
849.00
899.00
949.00
Surcharge single room 369.00 369.00 369.00

Category A: 3*** hotels (French classification)
Category B: 2** and 3*** hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Apr 3, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021
Sep 25, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Season 2
Apr 24, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021
Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Season 3
Jun 19, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021
Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. A, FR-LORTT-10A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Castles on River Loire, 10 days, cat. B, FR-LORTT-10B
Base price
Surcharge single room
999.00
399.00
849.00
369.00
1,059.00
399.00
899.00
369.00
1,099.00
399.00
949.00
369.00

Category A: 3*** hotels (French classification)
Category B: 2** and 3*** hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Apr 3, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021
Sep 25, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Season 2
Apr 24, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021
Season 3
Jun 19, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021
Tours
Double room p. P. cat. A
Surcharge single room
Tours
Double room p. P. cat. B
Surcharge single room
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
65.00
45.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Tours
  Season 1
Apr 3, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021
Sep 25, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021

Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Season 2
Apr 24, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021

Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Season 3
Jun 19, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021

Arrival Saturday and Thursday
Tours
Double room p. P. cat. A 65.00 65.00 65.00
Surcharge single room 45.00 45.00 45.00
Tours
Double room p. P. cat. B 65.00 65.00 65.00
Surcharge single room 45.00 45.00 45.00
Filter
21-gear unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear gents incl. rental bike insurance
7-gear unisex with back pedal break incl. rental bike insurance
rental bike PLUS incl. rental bike insurance
Electric bike incl. rental bike insurance
89.00
89.00
89.00
139.00
199.00
Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Services and infos

Services

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Tours train station
  • Paris airport
  • Hotel garage costs EUR 40  per week, no reservation possible/necessary.

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Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

 

Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Carina Glück
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Carina Glück, Travel specialist
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Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Helene Kronimus DE | 15.10.2020
Entspanntes Entdecken mit e-Bike an der Loire
Unterwegs an der malerischen Loire, durch Weinberge und Wälder. Bonjour la France!
Carina Glück
Carina Glück answered:
Haben Sie vielen Dank für Ihre netten Worte!

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