Family cycling tour in the Loire Chateaux country

from 345 € / pers.

Reference : L1
4 days / 3 days riding
Difficulty : Very Easy
Round trip
From March to November
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley château country:

Take a journey off the beaten track to discover the prestigious Loire châteaux, including
the most majestic of all, the Château de Chambord.

On your discovery journey, let your senses be seduced by flavours that only the Sologne
can offer !

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.
Accommodation in Blois or Vineuil.

Day 2 : Blois – Bracieux | 29 km


This route will introduce you to the prestigious Chambord estate and château, a true masterpiece of French Renaissance style, boasting no less than 440 rooms and built during the reign of Francis I. You will stop over in Bracieux, a pretty little Sologne village which has preserved its magnificent 16th-century covered market.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chambord (Included in the "Visit Package")
chateau chambord

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Free visit of the chateau, the Renaissance Splendour built for the glory of François Ist. Chambord boasts 440 rooms and 282 chimneys, it’s the most impressive and prestigious from the Loire Valley. And take time to enjoy the new French style gardens.

OptionVisit of Max Vauché chocolate makers (Included in the "Visit Package")

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Take a guided tour to understand the universe of chocolate, its history and the way it is made. You will discover the passion of Max Vauché and his secrets and you will experience a real visit to the heart of chocolate, with a tasting and other temptations in our boutique.

Day 3 : Bracieux – Cheverny | 12 km or 33 km


This day’s trip, at the gateway of Sologne, will take you to the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its sumptuously furnished apartments, which inspired Hergé for Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike. The Cheverny estate also houses an exhibition dedicated to the famous reporter Tintin: The secrets of Marlinspike. And don’t hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Cour Cheverny Blanc !

Option : possibility to extend your stage with a ride along the small routes of Sologne, between forests and beautiful manor houses.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Cheverny + exhibition “the secrets of Marlinspike” (Included in the "Visit Package")
chateau cheverny & expo Moulinsart

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Free visit of the chateau remarkable for its sumptuously furnished apartments… and where always lives the same heir family since VI centuries!
This chateau inspired Hergé for Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike. Get out the fairy tale, truly to live life size the famous Tintin adventures thanks to interactive exhibition.

OptionWine tasting in Cheverny (Included in the "Visit Package")
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Discover and taste the ‘Cheverny’ appellation wines, in the cellar of a winegrower or at the Cheverny wine house.

Day 4 : Cheverny – Blois | 22 km


Go and discover small private châteaux such as the Château de Troussay, a charming Renaissance manor, and the Château de Beauregard famous for its impressive portrait gallery and its park before returning to Vineuil or Blois when leaving the forest of Russy.
Departure at the end of the stage.

Possibility to book an additional night in Blois.

The little extra with Biking France:


Our « Visit Package », with entrance fees to

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Cheverny + “The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall” exhibition
. The Max Vauché Chocolate Factory
+ a wine tasting in Cheverny

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L1 STD
deluxe category
Reference: L1 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 10th
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
345 € / pers.
120 € / pers.*
575 € / pers.
280 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 11th to June 30th
    from September 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
365 € / pers.
120 € / pers.*
595 € / pers.
280 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
385 € / pers.
120 € / pers.*
620 € / pers.
280 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 3 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (3 nights included)

Including :

• 3 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (3 nights included)

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free
from 3 to 11 years old : - 50%
from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%

(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum)

'Bike extra' & various

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-30 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 60 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :
- 'follow-me' tandem :

+ 15 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 40 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L1 STD
deluxe category
Reference: L1 LU
Half board supplement
(including 3 dinners - excluding drinks)
+ 100 € / pers.
+ 165 € / pers.
Extra night in Blois
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 65 € / pers.*
Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum)

Extras

• « Visit Package »

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Cheverny + “The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall” exhibition
. The Max Vauché Chocolate Factory
+ a wine tasting in Cheverny

(for children: a discount will be applied according to ages – after booking)

+ 45 € / pers.

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
deluxe category


These accommodations are selected for their impeccable and prestigious service.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

VTC GITANE bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier with a map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 high visibility jacket
  • 1 bottle cage
  • 1 bottle free of charge, 100% recyclable, BPA free, Made in France
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

VTC SCOTT bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 rear panniers
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 high visibility jacket
  • 1 bottle cage
  • 1 bottle (100% recyclable, BPA free, made in France)
  • Helmet

Equipment & Bike for children

We provide bikes and equipment for children such as :

  • children’s bike
    (from 16 to 24 inches – from 1,05m to 1,45m / from 3’5’’ to 4’9’’)

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  • trail-a-bike
    (permanent coupling system for children from 5 to 8 years old – from 1,20m to 1,30m / from 4’ to 4’4’’)

  • “follow-me” tandem
    (for children from 5 to 8 years old – about 1,05m / 1,30m – from 3’5’’ to 4’4’’)
    The “follow-me” is a clever coupling device that allows you to attach the child’s bike to your bike with ease. It can be removed easily to let the child ride alone.

  • trailer
    (for baby or 25 kg maximum children)

  • baby seat
    (for baby or 22 kg maximum children, fixed on the rear rack)

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Blois
> Return

Your journey

Tour description:

Mix of cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists (about 90%) and small traffic roads.

GPX files:

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we also provide the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application (if you do not have a bike touring GPS).

How to arrive in Blois

By train:
From Paris Austerlitz train station to Blois train station (about 1h30 by train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

From Roissy CDG airport:
– Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station >> St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Blois train station (by regular train).

– RER B >> Paris centre – stop ‘Chatelet Les Halles  >> Metro line 1 + line 10 >> Paris Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.
www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
 
www.transilien.com/en

www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud > > Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 6 + line 5 >> Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro) >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’  >> Metro line 6 + line 5 >> Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> >> Metro line 1 + line 10 >> Paris Austerlitz train station >> Blois train station.
www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/

Return

If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France.
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Blois Station >> Paris Austerlitz Station (by train).
    – Blois Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by TGV train).
    – Blois Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps Station >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

Nearby Airport:
– Tours Airport : www.tours.aeroport.fr/home


Trip overall rating : / 21 testimonials

Valérie
France
travel date: 24 August 2020.
" Tres bonne organisation. "

Bonne expérience en famille. Tres bonne organisation. Bon accueil et prise en charge. Séjour dépaysant en toute sérénité. A améliorer : détails et conseils sur la gestion du temps des parcours/visites dans le but d’anticiper la journee surtout pour une 1ere expérience et avec des enfants!

Jean François
France
travel date: 20 August 2020.
" Super "

Circuit en boucle avec 2 enfants (8 et 10) !! Super les étapes adaptées les visites au top ! Nous avons tous les 4 apprécié ces 4 jours, la logistique est vraiment un plus dans ce voyage : rien à penser juste à profiter !!!!! Je recommande vivement et vivement l année prochaine sur un autre circuit !!!!!

Raphaële
Angleterre
travel date: 18 August 2020.
" Très belle première expérience "

Une très belle première expérience de randonnée à vélo en famille qui nous a donné envie de recommencer ! Nous remercions toute l’équipe de Rando Vélo qui a toujours été réactive et efficace face à nos demandes.

Christian
France
travel date: 27 July 2020.
" Un grand merci "

Un grand merci pour l’organisation impeccable de la part de Randovélo!!

Stephanie
France
travel date: 09 July 2020.
" Très beau circuit "

Très bonne organisation et très beau circuit à faire en famille. Nous avons aussi apprécié de sillonner les routes de Sologne avec des vélos de très bonne qualité.

Florence
France
travel date: 24 August 2019.
" Merveilleux "

Merci beaucoup pour ce merveilleux séjour, qui a ravi tout le monde

Philippe
France
travel date: 07 August 2019.
" A recommander "

Prise en charge parfaite , vélos en excellent état, transfert de bagages très pratique , hôtel central , pré vente des tickets d’entrée aux châteaux proposée et recommandée , Bref , un service clé en main très utile.

Sophie
France
travel date: 26 April 2019.
" De belles vacances ! "

Circuit très varié, très agréable à faire en famille. Logistique impeccable et accueil dans les hôtels très sympathique. De belles vacances !

Stéphanie
France
travel date: 06 May 2018.
" Nous avons tout aimé "

Nous avons passé un agréable séjour sous le soleil alliant vélo et visites. Tout était très bien organisé. Rando vélo à fait preuve d’un grand professionnalisme et d’une grande disponibilité quand nous en avions besoin. Je recommande à 100% le site pour passer des vacances pas comme les autres et clés en mains.

Emilie
France
travel date: 17 April 2018.
" Je recommande à 100% "

Nous avons passé un agréable séjour sous le soleil alliant vélo et visites. Tout était très bien organisé. Rando vélo à fait preuve d’un grand professionnalisme et d’une grande disponibilité quand nous en avions besoin. Je recommande à 100% le site pour passer des vacances pas comme les autres et clés en mains.

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