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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in a 3 star hotel
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

SPECIAL OFFER

$950USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: LV5

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the heart of the Loire Valley
  • Exploring the many grand Chateaux
  • Experiencing the market places and rural delights of the region
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties
  • Sampling some of the many excellent wines in local ‘caves’

Travelling by bicycle is the perfect way to explore the many sites and towns of the renowned Loire Valley. Based in a delightful family run hotel in the small town of Chitenay, you will be provided with a bike, maps and route notes to discover the surrounding forests, vineyards and medieval towns and the famous chateaux of Cheverny and Chambord. In the evenings, soak up the warm atmosphere of the hotel and garden and sample the hotel's excellent local cuisine and wine.

Trip Grading

introductory

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Make your own way to Chitenay and the joining hotel. Optional transfers are available from Blois train station on request (extra cost applies). The usual hotel is in the centre of the village where there are 3 or 4 simple shops. Your bike will be ready for your arrival on day 1 or by 9am on Day 2. 3 dinners are included (the dates and styles of which will be noted on your hotel voucher in final documents. If you wish to change, please ask at the hotel on arrival).

Meals:  Nil

From your base in Chitenay there are five different self guided cycling excursions that you can choose from each day to explore the neighbouring chateaux, vineyards and forests: - loop cycle to the medieval castle of Fougeres-sur-Bievrel: 24km/15mi - This easy part of the Sologne is a pleasure for adults and children. Discover a delightful, charming route through quiet areas on cycle paths and roads with little traffic - loop cycle to Chambord: 64km/40mi - Cycle through the rich Domaine de Chambord forest, where a stop is essential to visit the most famous and majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendour, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms. This stage offers different routes and the cycling is on cycle paths and roads with low traffic. Free access to the park of Chambord (also cycle routes). - loop cycle to Chaumont sur Loire: 38km/23.8mi - Following the rivers, pass through the former fishing village of Cande-sur-Beuvron and via private castles and remains of the medieval tower and gate in Les Montils. Continue along the Loire banks to Chaumont sur Loire, where you can visit the picturesque chateau overlooking the river. An annual 'Garden Festival' takes place in its majestic park from Jun-Sep, featuring different interpretations of artistic garden composition based on a common theme. An easy and flat stage through quiet areas with low traffic and cycle paths. - loop between vineyards and chateaux: 26km/16.25mi - Cycle through the 'Pays des Chateaux'. In Celettes there are no less than 18 castles! Some are well hidden in forests or vineyards, others such as Cheverny or Troussay will open their gate. Aggain, the cycling is through easy and lat countryside, through vineyards, fields and small villages on cycle paths and roads with low traffic. - Blois loop: 34km/21.3mi - Explore the charming city of Blois with its Chateau de Beauregard, cycling through the forest to the Loire river banks. Cycle paths and low traffic roads with a busy section approaching and leaving Blois. NOTE: If you have a car you may choose to drive to Chenonceaux or Amboise, which are 30-40km / 18.5-25mi from the hotel. Fit cyclists could cycle to Chenonceaux but you should allow at least 2-3 hours in addition to the cycle to visit the chateau and its impressive gardens including a maze.

Meals:  B,D

Trip concludes in Chitenay after breakfast. An optional transfer to Blois train station is available on request (extra cost applies).

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

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners* – continental breakfasts are served in the breakfast room and consist of cereals, toast, boiled eggs, yoghurt, croissants, breads, jams, cheese, sliced meats, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner is served in the main dining room and will consist of 3 to 4 courses which include regional specialties – see below. There is an extensive wine cellar where you can choose a local or regional variety.
  • *2 dinners are from the regular menu: usually one choice per course with 4 courses served (entrée, main, dessert and cheese). As the hotel is known for its quality food served in the restaurant, the regular menu offers good variety and a great balance of flavours and ingredients.
  • *the 3rd dinner is from the superior menu: with more exclusive ingredients and refined cooking techniques.
  • 4 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities. We generally use a 3 star hotel in Chitenay, however at times we will use alternative hotels of a similar standard in nearby villages. There is an optional upgrade of room to a Balneo room - supplement applies
  • Digital information pack including smartphone app with maps, roadbook and GPS Tracks
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental for 3 days (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) equipped with two panniers, helmet, bike lock, bike computer, map holder and repair kit
  • Tourist tax
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Chitenay
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Guide – this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Entrance fees including chateaux packages
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Entrance to spa
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers between Blois train station and the hotel are available on request - please ask our consultants for details
  • Handlebar phone holder – we recommend bringing your own to follow the route more easily using the app
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Printed documents are available - additional cost applies. Must be requested and will be provided locally at the joining hotel. Please ask our consultant for details.

Bike information


Grading

introductory  

INTRODUCTORY – GRADE 1 Daily cycles are between 24 and 63km / 14.9 and 39mi on flat to undulating terrain. The cycling is on a combination of dedicated cycle paths and low traffic side roads. There are some stages where you will cycle on busier main roads for short periods. 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
Note:
HIgh season is from 1 May to 30 Sep, supplement applies

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Priceper person from

$950USD

Options & Supplements*
  • E-Bike SupplementUSD$70
  • Arrival or Departure Transfer Blois Train Station - per transfer, 1-2pax, any day of the weekUSD$90
  • Optional upgrade to 'Balneo' room - ppUSD$120
  • Single supplementUSD$310
  • Solo traveller supplementUSD$330
  • Single supplement - upgrade to 'Balneo' roomUSD$530
  • Solo traveller supplement - upgrade to 'Balneo' roomUSD$560
*Prices listed are per person

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