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Loire à Vélo: cycle tour from Blois to Tours along the great chateaux Ref. : L5

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  • from 655 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
  • Circuit :
    • Linear trips
    • Trip on la  Loire à Vélo cycling paths
    • Electric bike
  • Difficulty : average
  • Duration : 7 days | 6 days riding
  • Departure : from March 2017 to November 2017
    Daily
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Follow the nice cycling paths along the Loire River and take the time to discover the Greatest châteaux of the Loire Valley.
This tour will allow you to enjoy the beautiful towns where you will be staying … for a shopping escapade in the heart of the historical downtowns … or to rest for a while at your hotel.

2 style accommodation are possible on this tour:

> you stay in family and comfortable hôtels (2* and 3* category).

> you stay in charming 3* hotels.

Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Day 1: Arrival in Blois

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.

 

If you arrive early enough, take advantage of the day by taking the excursion described below:

 

Excursion to Chambord | 40 km

You will follow the banks of the Loire and then continue 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: Excursion to Cheverny | 49 km

Your itinerary takes you through fields and vineyards, and a number of villages, via the Château de Troussay, a charming Renaissance manor, and the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its sumptuously furnished and decorated apartments, which inspired Hergé's vision of Marlinspike in the adventures of Tintin!

Day 3: Blois – Amboise | 39 km

Follow the 'pays des châteaux' cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which majestically dominates the Loire river and the little town, 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 4: Excursion to Chenonceaux | 43 km + option 8 km

Once you have crossed the forest of Amboise, you will arrive at the famous Château de 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.

Day 5: Amboise – Tours | 24 km or 32 km

Crossing the vineyards of Montlouis 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 6: Excursion to Villandry | 39 km

Follow the ‘Loire à vélo’ cycling path and reach Villandry and its famous ‘French style’ Renaissance gardens. Enjoy the ‘Ornamental kitchen Garden’, the ‘Garden of Love’, the ‘Water Garden’ and the ‘Sun Garden’. Come back to Tours following the peaceful countryside routes.

Day 7: Departure during the day

 

  The little extra with Biking France :  you can book our "Châteaux Package", with entrance fees to

Domaine de Chambord

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)

Château de Cheverny

Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise

Château de Chenonceaux

Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens)

 (see "option")

 

Rates
Prices per person :
  • From March 25th 2017 to June 30th 2017 655,00 €
    Single room supplement : 170,00 €
    Bike discount : - 70,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +48,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From July 1st 2017 to August 31st 2017 680,00 €
    Single room supplement : 170,00 €
    Bike discount : - 70,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +48,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From September 1st 2017 to November 15th 2017 655,00 €
    Single room supplement : 170,00 €
    Bike discount : - 70,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +48,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 2 and 3-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 3 dinners (drinks not included)
  • 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist brochures
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle rental for 6 days (with helmet) and repatriation
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • 3 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (6 nights included)
  • Train transfer from Tours to Blois
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Half board supplement
    Supplement : 
    + 90.00 €  (3 extra dinners included - drinks not included)
  • "Châteaux Package"

    including entrance fees to :

    Domainde de Chambord

    Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)

    Château de Cheverny

    Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise

    Château de Chenonceaux

    Villandry Gardens (entrance to the gardens)

    Supplement : 
    + 72.00 €
  • Accommodation in charming hotels

       

    (ref L5 up)

    Supplement : 
    + 205.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room : 
    + 130.00 €  (amounts to €300 for the single supplement)
  • Extra night in Blois

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    46.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 23.00 €
  • Extra night in Tours

    2-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    52.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 40.00 €
  • Extra night in Blois (upgraded accommodation)

    3-star 'superior' category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    65.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 40.00 €
  • Extra night in Tours (upgraded accommodation)

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    62.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 40.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Scott :  +43 €
  • Electric assistance :  +70 €
  • Tandem :  no supplement
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> At the end of the tour:

 

. Leave your rented bike at the last hotel. We take care of its repatriation.

. Possibility to come back to Blois from Tours by train : Tours train station > Blois train station.

 


 

> Your rental bike:
VTC GITANE « Silence »  bike - 21 speed gears

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock + 1 counter.
Helmet and reflective vest included.

 

 

> You can rent an electric assistance bike!
GIANT « Esprit » or « Elégance » bike - 7 speed gears

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock + 1 counter.
Helmet and reflective vest included.

 

 

See the FAQ for more information on the rental bikes.

 


 

 

> How to arrive in BLOIS :

 

CAR:
From A10 highway > Exit n° 17 « Blois ». Then follow direction « Blois Centre Ville ».

 

TRAIN:
From Paris : Austerlitz train station > Blois train station.


Possibility of taxi transfer to the hotel from Blois train station: about €4 / €6.

 

PLANE:

. 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

 

Testimonials
  • Didier D. (France) - Mai 2017

    "groupe de 8 personnes.Des bons vivants qui ont apprécié les produits du terroir et l'accueil des professionnels."

  • Daniel L. (France) - Octobre 2016

    "Circuit correspondant à nos attentes, découverte de la région et visites de châteaux."

  • Pascale M. (France) - Septembre 2016

    "C'était un très beau tour. Les vélos étaient de bonne qualité."

  • Marie Agnès M. (France) - Juin 2016

    "Nous avons passé un excellent séjour, en vélo, grâce à votre organisme: nous avons eu à faire à une équipe très sympathique et très efficace qui a su répondre à notre demande.C'était super et je tenais à vous remercier. Nous étions les bienvenues à chaque étape, tout était très bien choisi et très bien organisé. Bravo à votre équipe. Et j'espère pouvoir revenir pour faire une autre partie du circuit, alors à bientôt! On a rien trouvé que vous pourriez améliorer!!! Bravo et merci Amitiés "

  • Diane O. (Irlande) - Juillet 2016

    "Nous recommandons le tour le long de la Loire. Les châteaux qu'on nous a propose de visiter étaient très différents. Nous garderons un très bon souvenir de notre tour sur la Loire"

  • Jean-Jacques L. (Suisse) - Août 2016

    "Beaucoup de plaisir, belle organisation, nous rentrons avec des souvenirs pleins les pédales! :)"

  • Nathalie M. (France) - Août 2016

    "Le périple a été sympathique. (...) Les visites des châteaux ont été superbes et nous ont permis de réviser notre histoire de France."

  • Felix V. (France) - Juin 2015

    "Très agréable randonnée à vélo le long de La Loire et du Cher, alliant agrément des chemins, beauté des paysages, qualité et intérêt des étapes "

  • Ashley G. (France) - Juillet 2015

    "Très beau séjour. Nous souhaiterions en faire un plus long (2 semaines) la prochaine fois."

  • Pierre H. (France) - Juin 2015

    "Une organisation sans faute. Un circuit très agréable, varié, jamais monotone. Des journées bien dosées. "

  • YVES (France) - Septembre 2014

    "Quelques images illustrant cette semaine que nous avons beaucoup appréciée sous tous les plans, qualité du matériel, choix des hôtels et des restaurants, clarté des itinéraires…"

  • PAM (Canada) - Septembre 2013

    "We leave tours today, we had a good bike trip everything worked out well for us… Accommodations were good.. food was great. Thanks for the trip."

  • Philippe L.G. (France) - Sept. 2013

    "Un grand merci à toutes les deux pour l’organisation du circuit L5. J’ai rencontré un couple de Canadien et on a fait le circuit ensemble ... Encore une fois merci et à bientôt pour un autre circuit. "