One-week family cycling trip from Blois to Amboise

from 595 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : L29
7 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Very Easy
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in the Loire Valley:

Enjoy a memorable 7-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 "Châteaux 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.

Day 3 : Excursion « Baignade Naturelle du Grand Chambord » and Cheverny | 30 km


Your bike excursion brings you the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its sumptuously furnished apartments, which gave Hergé the inspiration for Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike.Then proceed towards a brand 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).

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

Day 4 : 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.
Don’t 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 "Châteaux 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 5 : 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 "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 6 : 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.

OptionVisit of the Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo Da Vinci (Included in the "Châteaux 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.

Day 7 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


  • Private return transfer from Amboise to Blois – optional.
  • Our “Châteaux 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 5th 2019
    from November 1st to 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
595 € / pers.
235 € / pers.*
765 € / pers.
530 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 6th to June 30th 2019
    from September 1st to October 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
625 € / pers.
235 € / pers.*
935 € / pers.
530 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
660 € / pers.
235 € / pers.*
970 € / pers.
530 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• 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 :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (6 nights included)
• Transfer from Amboise to Blois and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• 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 :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (6 nights included)
• Transfer from Amboise to Blois and personal bike repatriation

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.
-60 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 90 € / pers.
• Tandem
no supplement
• Equipments
- Baby seat :
- Trailer :
- Trail-a-bike :

+ 25 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 65 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

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

(including 6 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 210 € / pers.
+ 255 € / pers.
Extra night in Blois
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 50 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 85 € / pers.
+ 70 € / pers.*
Extra night in Amboise
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 120 € / pers.
+ 95 € / 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"

. 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)

+ 65 € / pers.

• Private return transfer Amboise > Blois
(up to 4 persons)
+ 90 € (package)

• Return transfer of personal bikes
from Amboise to Blois

(booking possible in case of private return transfer)

 

+ 15 € / 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

  • 2 rear panniers (saddlebags)
  • 1 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 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 90%) 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 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 (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 : / 3 testimonials

Corinne
France
travel date: 16 August 2019.
" Belles vacances! "

Merci, cela a vraiment été de belles vacances! Organisation, réactivité et matériel au top!

Berioska
France
travel date: 16 May 2019.
" Organisation parfaite "

Première expérience en itinérance à vélo, seule avec 3 enfants dont un en vélo suiveur. Nous avons adoré et sommes décidés à recommencer. L’organisation est parfaite et nous n’avons eu qu’à pédaler et apprécier les magnifiques visites et lieux traversés. Merci Randovélo.

Jan
New-Zealand
travel date: 23 June 2018.
" Great trip! "

Very enjoyable trip, I higly recommend RandoVelo.