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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotels
Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

$900USD

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Overview

Trip Code: LVB

Trip highlights


  • Exploring the beautiful Loire Valley on dedicated bike paths
  • Visiting impressive chateaux
  • Cycling through countryside that is lines with vineyards, orchards and farms
  • Discovering the charming towns of Blois, Amboise and Chitenay
  • Sampling the delicious local delicacies and staying in small, family-run hotels

Explore the valley once known as the 'playground of kings' - an area of impressive chateaux and vast fortune, on a delighful circuit between the Loire and Cher rivers. The cycle distances and many dedicated bike paths make this ideal for anyone of reasonable fitness to complete on a regular hybrid bike or an e-bike. As you cycle, discover the best this region has to offer. Soak up the medieval charm of Blois, discover picturesque Amboise set on the banks of the Loire and overlooked by its impressive fortified chateau, get lost in the maze in the gardens of Chenonceau and sample the local culinary delights. The cycle takes you through countryside crisscrossed with vineyards, duck farms and orchards and the remnants of feudal hunting forests, and the many ornate estates you pass confirm the Loire Valley's reputation as the 'garden of France'.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Arrive Blois and make your own way to the hotel. If you arrive early you can take a walk around the town which is known for its light facades and blue roofs. Its pedestrian streets gracefully preserve the serene atmosphere of lost centuries. Worth a visit is the Royal Chateau de Blois, the residence of several French kings, and a perfect example of the evolution of French architecture between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.

Meals:  Nil

From Blois you will follow the southern bank of the Loire. Between rolling hills with vineyards you'll cycle to Cande-sur-Beuvron. You then continue along the Beuvron to the majestic Loire river. High on the bank is the elegant castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire surrounded by beautiful gardens. En route you can visit a wine grower and taste the local wines. Take your time and enjoy the grandeur of the Château Amboise and Clos-Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci once stayed. The cycle for today involves some short climbs on the way. Overnight in Amboise.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle via Montlouis sur Loire to the charming town of Chenonceaux, on the banks of the Cher river. Here you'll find the famous Château de Chenonceau which straddles the Cher River in five distinctive arches. The chateau was promised by King Henri II to his mistress Diane de Poitiers, but this was sabotaged by the Queen, Catherine de Médici. There are two cycle routes to choose from: one is a direct route while the other takes you on a scenic route along the Loire and Cher River valleys with options to visit chateaux and villages en route. Overnight in Chenonceaux, or nearby Blere if you book with the upgrade.

Meals:  B

Today you will leave the Cher Valley behind and enter the Touraine area, passing the chateau of Gué Péan and the medieval chateau of Fougère sur Bièvre, a perfect example of traditional 15th century architecture. Your night’s accommodation is at a charming rural hotel with a lovely garden in Chitenay.

Meals:  B

During today's cycle you can discover the famous and sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny with its gardens and English style park, before reaching the prestigious Château de Chambord with its distinctive French Renaissance architecture and 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis the 1st. You then return to Blois with its hilly streets surrounding its castle.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning after breakfast in Blois.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts - breakfasts are continental style and consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices
  • 5 nights in 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including road book, map and destination manual (one per room booked)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of max 20kgs)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Hybrid rental bike equipped with a pannier, anti-theft device, helmet, bike computer, map holder and repair kit (e-bike available on request - supplement applies)

  • Travel to and from Blois
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks daily
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

INTRODUCTORY to MODERATE – GRADE 2 Daily cycles are between 14 and 55km/8.5 to 34mi on flat to undulating terrain. The cycling is on a combination of dedicated cycle paths and low traffic side roads. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. It is considered suitable for beginners and children (children’s bikes and trailers available on request).


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 30 Mar to 29 Apr and 27 Sep to 31 Oct - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$900USD

Options & Supplements*
  • e-bike supplementUSD$60
  • Upgrade supplement 3-4 star hotelsUSD$100
  • Single Supplement - standard hotelsUSD$270
  • Single Supplement - upgrade hotelsUSD$340
*Prices listed are per person

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