« Indre » and « Cher à Vélo »: between hidden treasures and essentials

from 640 € / pers.

Reference : L33
6 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Round trip
From March to November
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your bike trip between "Indre" and "Cher à vélo":

If you like the famous « Loire à Vélo », you will appreciate its « little sisters »: the “Indre à Vélo” and the “Cher à Vélo” cycling routes. Because the 2 affluents of the Loire river offer just as many heritage sites, picturesque villages and bucolic landscapes to discover!

Enjoy superb alternative routes, discovering more secrets treasures, sometimes hidden in the heart of a verdant and varied Touraine countryside.

 Ride on unbeaten tracks, along the 2 rivers, recently developed and adapted for cycling, and where unknown sites (Medieval city of Loches and Montrichard, châteaux of Montpoupon, City-Garden of Chédigny and former abbeys) are composing with Loire Valley highlights (Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau et Amboise).

Day 1 : Arrival in Tours


Take time to enjoy the old and vibrant quarters of Tours city and especially the “Place Plumereau”, a beautiful square with half-timbered houses. Take a look at the splendid gothic cathedral.

Day 2 : Tours – Azay le Rideau | 43 km


For your first bike stage, leave Tours town center following the “Loire à Vélo” cycling paths towards the famous French classical gardens of Villandry, then Azay le Rideau with its romantic château, a Renaissance marvel in a water and greenery setting.

OptionVisit of the Gardens of Villandry

chat. Villandry

Visit on your own of the famous « French style » Renaissance gardens and castle. The richness of the gardens at Villandry comes from their diversity, which is unique in Europe: a perfect harmony between the immense, decorative kitchen garden, and an ornamental garden based on the theme of ‘love’, water and music gardens, etc.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of l’Islette (Included in the "Visit Package")
Chateau de l'Islette

V-Treney CRT Centre-Val-de-Loire

Visit on your own of this chateau, which is one of our favourites! Nestling on the banks of the river Indre, this romantic Renaissance chateau, which is still inhabited, is considered as the lesser known brother of the chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. At one time it sheltered the tempestuous love affair between the two great sculptors Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, and still holds evidence of their presence.

Day 3 : Azay le Rideau – Loches | 61 km


Day devoted to the very bucolic cycling route « Indre à Vélo »!  First follow the mill road with pretty mansions unto the Medieval Fortress of Montbazon sheltering the oldest keep in France still standing. Continue to former Cormery abbey then the village of Reignac-sur-Indre where you see the 15th century castle. At the end of the route, the superb Royal city of Loches is waiting for you! Discover its medieval streets, its old keep, its Royal Lodge and its splendid romanesque Saint-Ours Collegial Church.

OptionVisit of the "Cité Royale of Loches": royal lodge & keep (Included in the "Visit Package")
Loches

Gillard et Vincent – CRT Centre-Val de Loire

Discover France History from the Middle-Age to the Renaissance! Get in the Medieval town of Loches. Start the visit with the donjon, discover the lords’ life with their courts and armies, as well as their strategies developed to protect the town and its inhabitants. Follow the visit passing by the St Ours collegiate in the direction of the Royal dwelling. Follow the scenography and meet the historical characters who came and lived in Loches at important moments of French History to shape, to develop, to boost the economy of the town and to protect it.

Option Extra night in St Branchs

If the stage  ‘Azay le Rideau – Loches’ (61 km) is too long, you can add a night halfway and stay in a pretty guesthouse close to the Indre à Vélo routes (it means 2 stages of around 35 km).

Day 4 : Excursion to Montrésor | 53 km


Bike escape into the Indrois Valley, to find other tiny treasures. Ride to Montrésor, classified as one of the « Most Beautiful Villages of France » and dominated by its surprising castle. Make a stop at the La Chartreuse du Liget to admire its vestiges which still testify to the importance of this 12th century monastery. Do not miss nearby the secret Chapel Saint-Jean-du-Liget, lost in the woods! Bike to Loches following the beautiful cycling routes through the forest.

OptionVisit of the Château de Montrésor (Included in the "Visit Package")
château de Montrésor

château de Montrésor

On the top on Montrésor, the castle overhangs the Indrois’ valley. Since the 19th century, this castle belongs to a Polish family. It is like a little Poland in ‘Touraine’! The furniture richness, the Second empire style restoration, the localization in the heart of a peaceful village, define the castle as a real jewel! Visit this nice ‘chateau’ and its rich and amazing History.

Day 5 : Loches – Chenonceaux | 47 km


Ride to the city-garden of Chédigny, famous for its 800 rose trees of 250 different varieties. After wandering into this charming village, go the château de Montpoupon, overlooking a beautiful green valley. Then cross the Touraine vineyards to reach the Cher Valley and the unmissing château de Chenonceau, straddling elegantly the Cher river, and which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.

OptionVisit of the Château de Montpoupon (Included in the "Visit Package")
château de Montpoupon

D. Darrault – CRT Centre-Val de Loire

In its green setting, the chateau of Montpoupon rise on the vale: Cross the courtyard, open the castle’s door and listen to the owner’s conversation with his daughter, telling their history. Follow them from one room to the other, richly furnished: The dinning room, the king’s room, the amazing kitchen… Continue the visit with the gardens and the hunter’s museum (foxhunting). You will live an astonishing and unforgettable visit!

OptionCanoe trip on the Cher river
balade en canoe

JF Souchard Canoe company

Enjoy a canoe trip offering you an extraordinary point of view on the Château de Chenonceau! Admire the bucolic shores of the Cher river and appreciate the outstanding beauty of the Château de Chenonceau as you pass under the arches of the castle (approx. 2h – from the 1st weekend of June to October).

Option Extra night in Chenonceaux + excursion loop to Montrichard & Cher valley (45 km)
Montrichard

Ride along the nice Cher river banks to Montrichard, an authentic medieval village dominated by its keep. Then, the Cher river guides you from troglodyte houses to former tufa stone quarries, became wine or murshroom cellars. Cross again the Touraine vineyards to the old Aiguevives abbey.

Day 6 : Chenonceaux – Tours | 38 km (or 48 km via Amboise)


Keep follow the “Cher à vélo” bike paths, between the river and beautiful mansions, before reaching the beautiful château de la Bourdaisière famous for its vegetable gardens: a tomato conservatory producing more than 650 varieties … unique in the world! Cross the village of Montlouis-sur-Loire, famous for its great white wines and the Loire river banks. The “Loire à Vélo” cycle paths lead you peacefully to the center of Tours.

Possibility to visit the Royal city of Amboise and its château (where lived the greatest Kings of France) and the Clos Lucé Manor House where lived Leonardo da Vinci, at the request of the French King François 1st! Go for a walk in the park landscaped around the artistic and visionary universe of the greatest creative genius.

Departure at the end of the day.

Possibility to book an extra night in Tours.

OptionVisit of the Chateau of Chenonceau (Included in the "Visit Package")
chat chenonceau

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.

The little extra with Biking France:


Our « Visit Package », with entrance fees to

. château de Chenonceaux
. château de l’Islette
. Keep and Royal Lodge of Loches
. château de Montrésor
. château de Montpoupon

Select your category

standard category
Reference: L33 STD
superior category
Reference: L33 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 8th
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
640 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*
725 € / pers.
310 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 9th to June 30th
    from September 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
660 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*
755 € / pers.
310 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
680 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*
785 € / pers.
310 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 5 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 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 :

• 5 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (5 nights included)

Including :

• 5 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 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 :

• 5 dinners / 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 : - 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: L33 STD
superior category
Reference: L33 SUP
Half board supplement

(including 5 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 180 € / pers.
+ 195 € / pers.
Extra night in Tours
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 55 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 75 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Extra night in St Branchs

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

* Single supplement
Any season
+ 145 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*

Any season
+ 170 € / pers.
+ 65 € / pers.*

Extra night in Chenonceaux + excursion loop to Montrichard & Cher valley (45 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
+ 95 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*

Any season
+ 110 € / pers.
+ 45 € / 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
+ 90 € / pers.
• « Visit Package »

. château de Chenonceaux
. château de l’Islette
. Keep and Royal Lodge of Loches
. château de Montrésor
. château de Montpoupon
(for children: a discount will be applied according to ages – after booking)

+ 65 € / pers.

• Visit of the Gardens of Villandry
+ 11 € / pers.
• Canoe trip on the Cher river
+ 18 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :
- 'follow-me' tandem :

+ 25 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 40 € / 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

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’’)

velo enfant

  • 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 our partner hotel, we will pick them up.

> Your journey
> How to arrive in Tours
> 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 Tours

By train:
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station (about 1h by TGV train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Line 1 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.
www.lebusdirect.com/en/lines-and-schedules/orly-airport-paris-etoile-champs-elysees-line.html

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud or Ouest > > Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 4 >> Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro): from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 4 >> Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours train station.

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Tours 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).
    – Tours train Station >> Paris Austerlitz Station (by train).
    – Tours train Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by TGV train)
    – Tours train Station >> Saint Pierre des Corps train Station (by train) >> Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station (by TGV train).

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