A gastronomic cycle tour in the Loire Valley

from 1 080 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : L10
6 days / 4 days riding
Difficulty : Easy
Round trip
From March to October 2019
Departure: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Contact us +33(0)2 54 78 62 52 or by email

Your gastronomic bike tour in the Loire Valley:

Discover the chateaux and many flavours of this region: we invite you to savour and appreciate our regional Gastronomy, in our finest and traditional restaurants, a successful blend of local ingredients and ancestral culinary heritage.

A must for all gourmets.

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.

Dinner in the prestigious former Orangery of the château de Blois which became an elegant and renowned restaurant. The restaurant offers a beautiful view over the château.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Blois (Included in the "Châteaux Package")

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Free visit of this unique chateau, with its four facades evoking four different periods! Several centuries of architecture at one glance! The royal apartments remain impregnated with memories of the French king François 1st, as well as the famous Duke of Guise, who was assassinated here. Enjoy the stunning panorama over the old town of Blois and the Loire river.

Day 2 : Blois - Amboise | 39 km


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 lived.

Dinner at the restaurant of the château (one Michelin star), a beautiful intimate dining room walled with 16th century tapestries as well as the coat of arms of the previous owners, visible on the beams, all discretely lighted by stained glass windows.

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

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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 3 : Amboise – Chenonceaux | 41 km


This stage through the vineyards of Montlouis-sur-Loire will take you to the Cher valley and Chenonceaux, famous for its Renaissance château elegantly straddling the Cher river.

Dinner at the restaurant (one Michelin star). The chef favours genuine traditional French cuisine that has been updated. Top quality season products and produce from the Inn’s vegetable garden contribute to the authenticity of the preparations and aromas.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chenonceau (Included in the "Châteaux Package")
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F-Charel – CRT centre

Take your time to discover this estate named “Chateau des dames” where reigns elegance and the French way of life. Renaissance masterpiece with architecture unique in the world straddling the Cher River. Don’t miss to visit the flower gardens which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French History: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis.

Day 4 : Chenonceaux – Chitenay | 40 km


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 du Gué Péan and the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century, before ending the day in a charming rural inn.

Dinner in the nice dining room or in the beautiful garden to taste and enjoy a creative and passionate cuisine prepared with fresh local products.

Day 5 : Chitenay - Blois | 50 km


A richly coloured route via the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its sumptuously furnished apartments, leading on to the prestigious Château de Chambord, a true masterpiece of the French Renaissance boasting no less than 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis I in the heart of a well-preserved natural site.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Cheverny + exhibition “the secrets of Marlinspike” (Included in the "Châteaux Package")
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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.

Day 6 : Departure dring the day


The little extra with Biking France:


Our “Châteaux Package”, with entrance fees to

. château de Blois
. château de Cheverny + “The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall” exhibition
. château de Chenonceaux
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)

Select your category

superior category
Reference: L10 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to October 31st 2019
  • Departure: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
1 080 € / pers.
Single supplement
405 € / pers.

Category's details

Including :

• 5 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• 4 dinners (drinks not included)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 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 :

• 1 dinner / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (5 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.
-50 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 70 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :

+ 20 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 75 € / pers.

According to the category

superior category
Reference: L10 SUP
Extra night in Blois
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
Single supplement
Any season
+ 85 € / pers.
+ 70 € / 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

• "Châteaux Package"

. château de Blois
. château de Cheverny + “The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall” exhibition
. château de Chenonceaux
. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival)

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

+ 60 € / pers.

Your accommodation


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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

Man or Lady frame

  • 2 rear panniers (saddlebags)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

VTC SCOTT bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 rear panniers (saddlebags)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • Helmet

Equipment & Bike for children

We provide bikes and equipment for children such as:

children’s bike (from 18 to 24 inches)
trail-a-bike (for children from 5 to 9 years old)
trailer (for baby or 25 kg maximum children)
baby seat

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 65%) and small traffic roads.

> GPX files

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we can provide on request the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application.

How to arrive in Blois

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

 > By train
From Paris Austerlitz train station to Blois train station.
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 : / 5 testimonials

Volodymyr
USA
travel date: 22 July 2018.
" Exceptionally well-organized tour. "

Although the tour is self-guided, Rando Velo provided such clear and detailed instructions and made all arrangements for every step of the tour that we never felt at a loss. Excellent hotels, excellent restaurants (except for Le 36 in Amboise, which is surprising in light of its Michelin rating—but this is not Rando Velo’s responsibility—perhaps this restaurant had a bad day when we visited), and excellent comfortable touring bikes. Recommend purchasing the Chateau package with the tour, because it saves time standing in queues.

Maxwell
USA
travel date: 25 August 2017.
" This was a very well organised tour. "

There were no hiccups and all the hotels were excellent with good food. We would recommend the tour to others most strongly.

Georges
U.K
travel date: 02 July 2017.
" Wonderful "

We had a wonderful time touring the Loire by bicycle. Friendly welcome everywhere we went, superb food and a great adventure

Patrick
France
travel date: 05 August 2016.
" Formidable ! "

Nous recommandons vivement ce voyage avec Rando Vélo. Les parcours et séjours dans les hôtels sont agréables et les repas des restaurants étoilés dignes de la très bonne cuisine française. Nous avons apprécié les visites de châteaux de la Loire, grands et petits, tout aussi intéressants les uns que les autres. Le petit plus …..le vélo électrique pour ceux qui sont moins à l’aise. Belle organisation. Parcours bien balisé et loin de la circulation. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié ce voyage avec Rando Vélo. ..un peu court d’ailleurs, 2 jours supplémentaires auraient été bienvenus.

Roland
Belgique
travel date: 04 June 2015.
" Parfait "

Nous avons vécu un circuit très intéressant au niveau des curiosités. L’organisation de Randovélo était parfaite. La distance parcourue par jour varie entre 40 et 55 km, ce qui est idéal pour une journée. A refaire.