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Loire valley - cycling 'le Pays des Châteaux'
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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FRSB490
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price in double room from: € 490
Loire valley - cycling 'le Pays des Châteaux'

Loire valley - cycling 'le Pays des Châteaux'

Vineyards, gardens and castles at your own pace

  • Relaxed riding on peaceful cycling paths
  • Spectacularly serene countryside and lush landscapes
  • Fairy-tale castles overflowing with history
  • Stately gardens of intriguing design and endless lawns
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Route

Start: Blois                     Finish: Blois

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Day 2: Blois - Amboise (43 km )
Day 3: Amboise - Chenonceau (41 km)
Day 4: Chenonceau - Chitenay (35 km)
Day 5: Chitenay - Blois (50 km)
Day 6: Departure from Blois

Day 1:    Arrival in Blois

Travel to the Loire Valley and arrive in Blois. Take a jaunt around the town, sigh at the lovely light-coloured facades and blue roofs and tread pedestrian lanes, which gracefully preserve the serene atmosphere of centuries past. Do not miss the Château Royal de Blois, former residence of French kings and perfect example of the evolution of the nation’s architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

Day 2:    Blois - Amboise (43 km )

Riding along the south bank, you pedal rolling hills and verdant vineyards to Cande-sur-Beuvron then cycle back along the Beuvron to the majestic Loire. The elegant fairy-tale castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire hides among stately gardens, recalling the era of the historic province of Touraine. Stop at a winery to savour a local ‘sauvignon blanc´ and gawk at the grandeur of Château Amboise and Clos-Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci once stayed.

Challenge: 43 km, 265 m ascent, 295 m descent

Day 3:    Amboise - Chenonceau (41 km)

Set off for Montlouis sur Loire, then glide along toward the famous ‘Château de Chenonceau’, which spans the Cher River in five distinctive arches. King Henri II promised this splendid site to his mistress Diane de Poitiers, a fabulous plan which was sabotaged by the queen Catherine de Médici. Your goal for today resides in charming Chenonceau, situated on the banks of the Cher, and you can take your pick of two cycling itineraries: a direct route or scenic ride with chateaux visits and villages en route.

Challenge: 41 km, 315 m ascent, 315 m descent

Day 4:    Chenonceau - Chitenay (35 km)

Leaving the Cher Valley behind, you trundle into the ancient province of Touraine and come upon two splendid chateaux: the sturdy and seductive Gué Péan and the marvellously medieval 15th-century Fougère sur Bièvre.

Challenge: 35 km, 300 m ascent, 265 m descent

Day 5:    Chitenay - Blois (50 km)

The last leg of this tour reveals true treasures such as the sumptuously furnished Château de Cheverny and prestigious 440-room Château de Chambord built during the reign of Francois the 1st. Riding back into Blois, you’re welcomed by its quaint lanes and steep-roofed castle. A perfect fairy-tale ending to a memorable cycling holiday.

Challenge: 50 km, 180 m ascent, 200 m descent

Day 6:    Departure from Blois

Your self-guided cycling tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Extra nights can be booked in advance, allowing time to visit the beautiful city of Blois.

'standard' hotels

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

For more comfort, when it's possible we can upgrade the hotels with 3/4 * category (supplement applied).

Hotel Anne de Bretagne *** (Blois)
Hotel Anne de Bretagne *** (Blois)

A charming hotel located in the heart of the historic center, very distinctive with its ivy clad walls and just a few steps from The Royal Château of Blois. It holds 29 rooms elegantly decorated and offering a nice family friendly atmosphere. Their restaurant, certified Logis de France, is located less than 500 meters walk from the hotel building.

www.hotelannedebretagne.com

Hotel Chaptal ** (Amboise)
Hotel Chaptal ** (Amboise)

Located in a quiet street in the center of Amboise, with its pedestrian shopping streets nearby and also the largest market of the region. The hotel was completely renovated in 2018 and it offers a typical architecture outside, while contemporary style en-suite rooms inside.

www.hotel-chaptal.com

Relais Chenonceau (Chenonceau)
Relais Chenonceaux (Chenonceaux)

Located at the heart of the Loire Vallée, this hotel is a former coaching inn. The building still has visible wooden beams, the fireplace made of stones and the stained-glass window from that period in the restaurant. The 20 hotel rooms, most of them on the attic floor, keep the rustic charm of the structure as well as being comfortable. With a family and pleasant atmosphere. You will be able to enjoy a traditional homemade meal made from fresh products, inside or outside.

www.chenonceaux.com

Hotel Auberge du Centre *** (Chitenay)
Hotel Auberge du Centre *** (Chitenay)

Located 15 minutes south of Blois, the Auberge du Center is nestled in the small village of Chitenay.  It offers its rural atmosphere, along with cozy rooms and a lounge with an open fireplace. A true invitation to relax, the hotel terrace overlooks the garden and the heated swimming pool, open seasonally. It also features a wellness area, sauna and steam room. On the catering side, they introduce a traditional, inventive and refined cuisine based on local and seasonal products.

www.auberge-du-centre.com

'Select' hotels
Hôtel Le Monarque (Blois)
Hôtel Bellevue*** (Amboise)
Hôtel Bellevue*** (Amboise)
Hôtel le Cheval Blanc*** (Bléré)
Hôtel le Cheval Blanc*** (Bléré)
Hôtel Auberge du Centre*** (Chitenay)
Hôtel Auberge du Centre*** (Chitenay)
practical info

Departure any day of the week from 1st April to 31st October.

The international Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the north and Orly in the south are served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines.They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Blois, see below.

You can get/leave Blois by train (approx. 1h30 from Paris). For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

From Paris to Blois (approx. 2h - 185 km/115 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

Parking informations on request

HYBRID BIKE RENTAL

MODEL: Arcade Escape

  • Bike Type: Hybrid
  • Speeds:   24
  • Frame:  Aluminium Ht.48, 56 et 60
  • Front derailleur:  Tourney, D34.9/31.8, Double Tirage
  • Rear derailleur:   Altus, 8V, Attachement Direct
  • Brakes:   V-Brake Alu L110, visserie inox
  • Tyres:      Ville K1067 700x35C
  • Weight:   15.8 kg

  

                                                 Arcade Escape (Woman & Man)

Child bikes are available on request - supplement applies.

E-BIKE RENTAL

MODEL:  Leader Fox INDUKTORA

  • Bike Type:     E-bike
  • Speeds:         7
  • Frame:          Aluminio 6061
  • Brakes:          Disk breaksTektro
  • Motor:            Motor  8 Fun 36V / 250W in rear wheel
  • Battery :         LG 16 Ah-Li-ion 576WH
  • Weight:           Excluding battery 22.5 KG
  • Authonomy:    80-120 km

                 

                                    Leader Fox INDUKTORA

GPS tracks are available on request

included

Included

  • 5 Nights in selected 2*/3* hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Upgrade Supplement hotels 3/4*
  • Additional nights 
  • Hybrid bike rental 
  • E-bike supplement 
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