The Loire River was once the highway between the Atlantic and the heart of France. Its valley was known as the 'playground of kings' - a neighbourhood of impressive chateaux and vast fortune. Travelling by bicycle is a great way to experience this world famous valley. While pedalling at a relaxed pace, you'll discover the best this region has to offer. Take time to soak up the medieval charm of Blois and discover picturesque Amboise overlooked by its impressive fortified chateau. Cycle through countryside crisscrossed with vineyards, duck farms and orchards and the remnants of feudal hunting forests.
DAY 1 Arrive Blois DAY 2 Cycle to Amboise (42km / 26mi) DAY 3 Round cycle through the vineyards of Montlouis and return to Amboise (31km / 19mi) DAY 4 Cycle through the Cher Valley to Chenonceau (14 or 55km / 8.5 or 34mi) DAY 5 Pass through vineyards to Chitenay (40km / 25mi) DAY 6 Round cycle to visit the Forest of Russy and the Chateau of Beauregard, or explore the mysterious Sologne (16 or 42km / 10 or 26mi) DAY 7 To Blois via the famous Château of Cheverny (50km / 31mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
There is a 6 day version of this itinerary.
*7 breakfasts, 7 dinners *3 nights in 2 star and 4 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies) *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room (GPS data files available on request) *21 speed mens or ladies bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) equipped with two panniers, helmet, anti-theft device, map holder, bike computer and repair kit *emergency hotline