Family cycling trip from Blois to Amboise

from 620 € / pers.
/ 13 testimonials
Reference : L29
5 days / 4 days riding
Difficulty : Very Easy
Linear 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:

Enjoy a memorable 5-day trip, at your own pace, with your family in the Loire Valley.
On the Loire à Vélo cycling paths and signposted itineraries, our short stages will bring you through the most prestigious chateaux: from Blois to the Chateau de Chambord, until the medieval city of Amboise, the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci.

You will follow the peaceful Loire River banks and ride through the enchanting Sologne Forest dotted with hidden treasures up to the Château de Cheveny / Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike! For sure your children will appreciate the Natural Bathing Pool near Chambord which is a real environmental feat.

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.

Day 2 : Blois – Bracieux (or Chambord) | 29 km


This route leads 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. 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

RandoVélo

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.

Option Extra night in Bracieux (or Chambord) + bike excursion to the "Grand Chambord" Natural Bathing Pool (30 km)
Natural Bathing Pool
Baignade Naturelle du Grand Chambord

This bike excursion brings you the Château de Villesavin and to the new Natural Bathing Pool! An astonishing open-air and organic swimming pool where you can rest and enjoy the surrounding wilderness (from June 25 to end of August).

Day 3 : Bracieux (or Chambord) – Chitenay | 35 km


Enjoy a ride along the small routes of Sologne, between forests and ponds, offering the opportunity to admire beautiful and tiny manorhouses such as château de Troussay, a charming Renaissance manor. Do not miss the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its sumptuously furnished apartments, which gave Hergé the inspiration for Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike.
Do not hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Cour Cheverny Blanc!

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.

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

RandoVelo / Moulinsart2008

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.

Day 4 : Chitenay – Chaumont-sur-Loire (or Mosnes) | 30 km


Cross the vineyards of Cheverny to reach the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century. Then cycle towards the Loire river banks and reach Chaumont-sur-Loire, whose 15th-century château proudly dominates the town and the river. Don’t miss the extraordinary “Festival des Jardins” garden festival between late May and mid-October!

OptionVisit of the International Garden Festival & Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire (Included in the "Visit Package")

C. Diaz

Free chateau entrance which proudly dominates the town and the river and where Catherine de Médicis queen lived.
Follow on your visit discovering the extraordinary International Garden Festival. It’s a real laboratory for contemporary gardens where many landscape creators challenge their imagination with originality.

Day 5 : Chaumont sur Loire (or Mosnes) – Amboise | 19 km


For your last cycling day, follow the ‘Loire à Vélo’ cycling tracks before arriving in the charming town of Amboise with its royal château, where the greatest kings of France lived. Do not miss to visit the Manoir du Clos Lucé, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, sheltering an astonishing collection of models representing the fabulous inventions of this Renaissance genius.
Departure at the end of the stage.

Possibility to add an extra night in Amboise.

OptionVisit of the Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo Da Vinci (Included in the "Visit Package")

Clos Lucé

Free visit of the Manor House where Leonardo da Vinci, at the request of the French King François 1st, spent the last three years of his life. Discover his workshop and the fabulous machines designed by the inventor. Then go for a walk in the park landscaped around the artistic and visionary universe of the greatest creative genius.

OptionCanoe trip on the Loire river (Mosnes > Amboise)
balade en canoe

ADT37 – JC Coutand

Vary the pleasures and treat yourself a new way to discover all the wealth that the Loire river can offer. From your canoe, peacefully tame the last wild river in Europe and admire extraordinary views of its fauna and flora, combined with an incomparable feeling of being far from civilization (approx. 1h30).

The little extra with Biking France (optional):


  • Private return transfer from Amboise to Blois – on request.
  • Our « Visit Package », with entrance fees to

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Cheverny + “The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall” exhibition
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
. Clos Lucé – Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise
. The Max Vauché Chocolate Factory

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L29 STD
superior category
Reference: L29 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 7th
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
620 € / pers.
180 € / pers.*
790 € / pers.
330 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 8th to June 30th
    from September 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
650 € / pers.
180 € / pers.*
820 € / pers.
330 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
670 € / pers.
180 € / pers.*
850 € / pers.
330 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• 1 dinner (drinks not included)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 days
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps
• A personalised navigation app showing points of interest along the route
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• 3 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (4 nights included)
• Transfer from Amboise to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• 1 dinner (drinks not included)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 days
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps
• A personalised navigation app showing points of interest along the route
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• 3 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (4 nights included)
• Transfer from Amboise to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : - 90%
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 )

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: L29 STD
superior category
Reference: L29 SUP
Half board supplement

(including 3 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 115 € / pers.
+ 180 € / pers.
Extra night in Blois
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Low season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Mid season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
High season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.*
Extra night in Amboise
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 125 € / pers.
+ 95 € / pers.*
Extra night in Bracieux (or Chambord) + bike excursion to the "Grand Chambord" Natural Bathing Pool (30 km)

(including : 1 extra night’s accommodation in a two-person bedroom / 1 breakfast / map and itinerary / 1 day cycle rental – VTC hybrid bike)

* Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*

Any season
+ 150 € / pers.
+ 130 € / pers.*

Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : - 90% / 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

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-60 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 70 € / pers.
• « Visit Package »

. Domaine de Chambord (chateau & gardens)
. château de Cheverny + “The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall” exhibition
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)
. Clos Lucé – Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise
. The Max Vauché Chocolate Factory

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

+ 80 € / pers.

• Canoe trip on the Loire river (Mosnes > Amboise)
- from 6 to 11 years old
- from 12 years old

+ 19 € / pers.
+ 29 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- 'follow-me' tandem :

+ 20 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 80 € / 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.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

VTC GITANE bike - 21 speed gears

OPEN frame, until 1m83
CLOSED frame, from 1m83

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier with a map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 smartphone holder
  • 1 lock
  • 1 bottle cage

Helmet not provided.

Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :
VTC SCOTT or MOUSTACHE bike
E-bike

OPEN frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier with a map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 smartphone holder
  • 1 lock
  • 1 bottle cage

Helmet not provided.

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’’)

velo enfant

  • “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 our Randovélo/Biking France office.
  • 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.

Navigation app

Besides the maps, we also provide a personalised navigation app showing points of interest along the route.

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 come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France (please contact us).
  • 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).
    – Amboise Station >> Blois train Station (about 20 min by train).
    – Amboise >> Blois (by taxi).

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.)
    – Amboise Station >> Paris Austerlitz Station (by train).
    – Amboise Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by TGV train).
    – Amboise Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps Station >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

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


Trip overall rating : / 13 testimonials

Sophie
France
travel date: 24 October 2022.
" Parfait avec deux enfants de 7 et 4 ans "

Super séjour en famille! Ressourçant. Enfants ravis de pédaler, et de visiter les châteaux. Deux coups de cœurs pour Chambort et Chaumont sur Loire (châteaux, hotels et restauration).

Anne
France
travel date: 08 August 2022.
" Très bien organisé "

Très satisfaite de cette première expérience avec ma fille de 14 ans. Très bien organisé et bon accueil au niveau des hébergements. A refaire dans une autre région.

Toby
Angleterre
travel date: 01 August 2022.
" Reliable service "

Great, reliable service, easy communications – we had a fantastic trip.

Anne-Gaël
France
travel date: 21 July 2022.
" Des vacances inoubliables "

Des vacances inoubliables pour les petits et les grands ! C’était la 1ere fois en vélo, en recommencera 😀

Helene
France
travel date: 20 August 2021.
" Très bonne expérience ! "

Très bon séjour dans les châteaux de la loire avec rando vélo. Le rythme vélo+visites+hôtel est extra pour déconnecter et passer de « vraies vacances » dépaysantes et dynamiques. Le matériel loué est de bonne qualité, le Road book précis et nous a emmené dans de très belles pistes cyclables. Les hôtels de bonne qualité, avec du charme pour la plupart.

Fabienne
France
travel date: 13 August 2021.
" Beaucoup apprécié notre parcours "

Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre parcours, les étapes sont accessibles, les châteaux magnifiques. Il manquait juste un soupçon de soleil pour que cette itinerance le long de la Loire et de ses châteaux soit parfaite !

Claire
France
travel date: 31 July 2021.
" Bien organisé "

Très agréable séjour bien organisé

Laurence
France
travel date: 04 July 2021.
" Parcours superbe "

Parcours superbe, organisation des logements et dîners parfaite. Grande disponibilité des organisateurs. Un nouveau départ randonnée vélo pour bientôt

Ana
France
travel date: 24 August 2020.
" Très heureux de ce premier voyage "

Nous sommes très heureux de ce premier voyage “clé en mains” qui a été très fluide (vélos, hôtels, itinéraires…), accueillant et est bien adapté aux enfants. On gagne beaucoup de cette fluidité quand on voyage avec des petits (par le passé nous avions géré seuls les itinéraires hébergements etc)

Alain
France
travel date: 26 July 2020.
" Excellent séjour "

Tout est bien pensé et organise. Le carnet de route est top. Je conseillerai votre organisme.

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