Castle Amboise
Vineyards in Chenonceaux along the Loire cycle path
Cyclists

Castles on River Loire - La Route Royale

La Route Royale.

The Loire Valley – the quintessence of the romantic France! The rural charm of this region is in no way inferior to the cultural wealth of its cities. But of course, the castles on the river Loire are the reason, above all else, why this region is so famous. Kings, feudal lords and ladies of the court, seduced by the beautiful natural setting of the Loire Valley, had there, in the ‘garden of France’, several hundred castles, manor houses and dreamy residences built.

Medium
Medium
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Possibility to visit the town with its typical paved streets punctuated with staircases, and the chateau, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.

Follow the 'pays des châteaux' cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which proudly dominates the river. Then continue on the 'Loire à Vélo' cycling tracks before arriving at the charming town of Amboise with its royal château, where the greatest kings of France and Leonardo Da Vinci lived.

Leave the Loire banks for a while to reach the picturesque Vouvray vineyards, surrounded by troglodyte houses, and famous for its fine and elegant white wines! On the way you will admire superb Renaissance private châteaux such as château de Valmer (remarkable for its Italian and vegetable gardens), and the beautiful château de Jallanges as well. And don't hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Vouvray wine!

Today, go to château de Chenonceau ! This stage through the vineyards of Montlouis-sur-Loire will take you to the Cher valley! Then reach the famous chateau of Chenonceau straddling the Cher River, which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Enjoy a walk in the heart of the Diane de Poitiers‘s garden, then the Catherine de Medici’s one. Take a breath, under the shadow of one of the huge park trees, at the rhythm of the river murmur which will tell you stories about these 2 rival women.

Ride along the peaceful Cher river banks to the medieval town of Montrichard. Then leave the Cher Valley and enter the vineyards of Touraine via the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century. Your cycling day ends in Chitenay (in a charming rural inn) or in Cheverny, just around the famous château.

An excursion offering the possibility to visit the Château of Beauregard famous for its Portrait Gallery. Then continue your excursion to the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’ with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering game, ponds at every crossroads and small private châteaux hidden behind their vineyards or groves.

During this last stage you will discover the famous sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny before reaching the prestigious Château of Chambord, real masterpiece of French Renaissance period with its 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis the 1st.

Tour character

You cycle on side roads as well as cycle paths and dirt roads on flat terrain and gently curving Loire-valley. The terrain in the vineyards is somewhat more hilly and there are also a few short ascents to tackle (max. over a distance of 500 metres).

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Mar 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
Arrival daily
Castels on river Loire, 8 days, category A, FR-LORBB-08A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
Castles on river Loire, 8 days, category B, FR-LORBB-08B
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
959.00
469.00
279.00
759.00
269.00
209.00

Category A: 3*** and 4**** hotels (French classification)

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

Season 1
Mar 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
Blois A comfort
Zusatznacht p.P. im DZ/ÜF
Zusatznacht im EZ/ÜF
Blois B Standard
Zusatznacht p.P. im DZ/ÜF
Zusatznacht im EZ/ÜF
79.00
128.00
59.00
88.00
Price
Rental bike 21-gear
Rental bike-PLUS 27 gears
E-Bike
99.00
129.00
199.00

Services & Infos

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • Service hotline
  • Tourist tax

Optional extras

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Blois train station
  • Paris airport

Things to note

  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
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