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The Royal Valley

6 day(s) | from 630.00 €

Easy to Moderate

Themes

Food & Wine
History

Included

2 dinners 

5 nights with breakfast, maps, road-book with tourist information, daily luggage transfer, 7/7 days assistance and local tax

When

From April to October 

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  • Description
  • The Loire region has been rich in history since the time of the Romans and the birth of Christianity, the period of English superiority and the era of the Plantagenets. It was also the welling place for the Kings of France during the Renaissance. You want to see as much as possible and your time is Limited. This tour is the one. The cycling is fairly short and takes you to the best sites of the region!

Highlights

  • The Lifestyle down the Loire bike tour starts in Amboise, famous for the Clos Lucé manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived
  • Visit some of the most amazing french chateaux and gardens like in Chenonceau or Chambord
  • Good food and comfortable accommodation help make the cycling holiday experience

Bike tour itinerary : The Royal Valley

  • D1 
  • Arrival in Amboise
    • Amboise is located right on the Loire River. On the south side of the river lies the town centre and castle, where the French kings spent their childhoods during the XV and XVI centuries. In town there is also a museum displaying many of the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, who spent the last few years of his life here until he died in 1519.

  • D2 
  • Amboise to Chenonceau/ Montrichard
  • 24km /45km /
    • The highlight of today’s ride is the chateau of Chenonceau, the most romantic of all the Loire chateaux. It actually sits in the Cher River, whose waters reflect the pale stone of the beautiful turrets and arches, and was the home of both Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers. Our hotel in Montrichard faces the Cher River at the footsteps of the fortress built in 1121.

  • D3 
  • Chenonceau/Montrichard to Cheverny
  • 36km / 45km /
    • Today you are away from the main tourist routes. After following the Troglodyte houses along the Cher Valley you ride through vineyards and woods until the attractive village of Fougères sur Bievre with its Feudal Chateau. There is then about 15kms left to get to the Villages of Chitnay and Cheverny according to the accommodation you have chosen.

  • D4 
  • Cheverny to Blois
  • 43km /
    • You ride north through forest to find the amazing chateau of Chambord, the masterpiece of the French renaissance, completed in 1545. After the visit, you cross the Loire River to ride the north bank downstream. This is definitely one of the most pleasant section of the Loire to ride along. You eventually get into the royal city of Blois where Louis XII was born. The fine castle is full of history - assassinations were perpetrated here, and there are beautiful examples of different architectural styles.

  • D5 
  • Blois to Amboise
  • 42km /
    • The final day of cycling is basically following the Loire Valley South. Half way down is the chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire. This was originally built during the wars between the counts of Anjou and Blois in the 11th century on a very strategic point along the river. Remodeled and rebuilt over the centuries by various owners including Catherine de Medici, the castle is now a venue for the International Garden Festival.

  • D6 
  • Trip ends in Amboise after breakfast

Prices 2017

  • Standard Accommodation630 €
  • Luxury Accommodation from1120 €
  • Standard Single room sup.180 €
  • Luxury Single room sup.390 €
  • Solo traveller120 €
  • Hybrid Bike80 €
  • Road Bike from180 €
  • E-Bike190 €

All prices are per person. Accommodation price is on a 2-person basis.
The list of hotels included in this trip or details about your bikes are available upon request via our Contact Page.

Hotels

  • Amboise la Brêche **Standard
  • Blois Hôtel Anne de Bretagne **Standard
  • Chenonceaux Le Bon Laboureur ****Luxury
  • Cheverny Château du Breuil ****Luxury

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