8 days on Loire a Velo trails from Blois to Saumur Ref. : L30
- from 775 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
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- Duration : 8 days | 7 days riding
from March 2017 to November 2017
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Follow the peaceful cycling paths along the last wild river in Europe.
This wonderful bike tour will allow you to discover the most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley: Chambord, Chenonceaux, Blois or Amboise. You will ride through its well known vineyards (such as Chinon, Vouvray, Montlouis and Saumur Champigny) and enchanting settings which will remind you that you really are in the “Garden of France.
Listed in the UNESCO world heritage, the Loire Valley is considered as the perfect destination to enjoy a mix between cycling and exploring nature, history and French gastronomy.
Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:
Day 1: Arrival in Blois in the morning | Excursion to Chambord | 40 km
Discover the charming town of Blois, as you stroll along its paved streets punctuated with staircases, and the château, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.
Ride along the banks of the Loire river before proceeding through the rich Domaine de Chambord forest, where a stop is essential to visit the most famous and majestic château of the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendour, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms. You can also explore its 5433-hectare (13425-acre) park, before setting off again along the country paths towards Blois.
Day 2: Blois – Amboise | 39 km
Follow the Loire à Vélo cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont sur Loire, before reaching the city of Amboise and its royal château. The castle's chapel shelters Leonardo Da Vinci’s tomb, and a few streets further on, you can see the last residence of this genius : The Clos Lucé Manor House.
Day 3: Excursion to Chenonceaux | 43 km
Enjoy a country bike excursion to the famous Château de Chenonceau, straddling the Cher river, and which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.
Day 4: Amboise – Tours | 24 km or 32 km
Cross the vineyards of Montlouis following the the Loire à Vélo cycling tracks and discover the numerous cellars producing the region’s famous sweet white and sparkling wines. Then you will reach the city of Tours to discover the old neighbourhood with its typical half-timbered houses.
Day 5: Tours – Azay-le-Rideau | 41 km
Reach Villandry with its famous "French style" Gardens, designed in terraces, then the château of Saché, house of the famous novelist Honoré de Balzac. Finally you arrive in Azay le Rideau where you can admire its Renaissance chateau.
Day 6: Azay-le-Rideau – Chinon | 35 km
Departure towards Langeais and its 15th century château which was built as a fortress. Then ride towards the chateau of Ussé, whose many turrets, pinnacles and dormer windows inspired Perrault to write his famous fairytale 'Sleeping Beauty'. Stay in the beautiful city of Chinon, settled on the Vienne river and famous for its red wine.
Day 7: Chinon – Saumur | 36 km + option 12 km
Before leaving the medieval city of Chinon, you have the possibility to visit numerous cellars where the famous red wine which was highly appreciated by Rabelais is matured. Then, continue towards the abbey of Fontevraud, one of Europe’s largest remaining monastic complexes where the tombs of the Plantagenet kings can be found, and finally reach the lovely town of Saumur.
Day 8: Departure during the day
From March 25th 2017 to June 30th 2017 775,00 € Single room supplement : 190,00 € Bike discount : - 90,00 € (If you bring your own bike) 'Solo' Supplement : +130,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
From July 1st 2017 to August 31st 2017 815,00 € Single room supplement : 190,00 € Bike discount : - 90,00 € (If you bring your own bike) 'Solo' Supplement : +130,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
From September 1st 2017 to November 15th 2017 775,00 € Single room supplement : 190,00 € Bike discount : - 90,00 € (If you bring your own bike) 'Solo' Supplement : +130,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
- 7 nights’ accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
- 1 dinner (excluding drinks)
- 7 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
- 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
- Tourist documentation
- Luggage transfer during the day
- Equipped cycle hire for 7 days with helmet
- Hotline 7 days a week
- 6 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
- Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
- Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
- Single room supplement (7 nights inclusive)
- Train transfer from Saumur to Blois
- Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
How to arrive in BLOIS :
From A10 highway > Exit n° 17 « Blois ». Then follow direction « Blois Centre Ville ».
From Paris : Austerlitz train station > Blois train station.
Possibility of taxi transfer to the hotel from Blois train station: about €4 / €6.
. From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > St Pierre des Corps train station > Blois train station.
. From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Austerlitz train station > Blois train station
. From Tours airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Tours train station > Blois train station
. From Nantes airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Nantes train station > Blois train station