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  • Loire Valley 

Loire Valley by bike – Cool Version

From Orleans to Tours

From
450€/person

Presentation of your trip

From 2000, the Loire Valley has been  registered among UNESCO’s World Heritage list, from Sully sur Loire, ( South East of Orleans)until Chalonnes sur Loire,( South West of Angers). It was the mildness of the climate that seduced Kings to build along France’s longest river, the most sumptuous Renaissance chateaux : Chambord, of course, but also Blois, Amboise and Chenonceau… Get on your bike and discover the last wild European river and its rich cultural heritage, following the “Loire à Velo” cycle tracks.
From Orléans to Tours, ride in the heart of “The Valley of the Kings”, take your time to taste the local famous wines, to observe the typical fauna… and of course : the French art of living !

  • DestinationLoire Valley
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip6 days and 5 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • A route in the heart of Loire Valley, registered on UNESCO World Heritage List
  • The sumptuous chateaux all along the route
  • Leave your bikes at Tours at the end of your trip !
  • Riding on the longest French designated cycling track

Complementary informations

  • Accommodation in hotels with ‘Selected’ or ‘High-end’ option
  • 6 days, 5 nights - 5 biking days

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Orleans

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Arrival at Orleans hotel. Discover the capital of medieval France while getting lost in the ancient streets of the old city where the architectural heritage is everywhere.

  • Day 2

    From Orleans to Beaugency

    • Distance : 32 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Leave the city of Joan of Arc by crossing the Pont de l'Europe, a magnificent work of art that marks the beginning of your journey along the Loire. Nature reclaims her rights at the confluence of the Loire and the Loiret, where you will ride through the nature reserve of St Mesmin. The chateau of Meung sur Loire is the first one you will see, with its beautiful French gardens. Make a stop in Beaugency, whose legendary bridge will take you into the heart of this picturesque medieval village.
    Night in Beaugency - B&B.

  • Day 3

    From Beaugency to Blois

    • Distance : 47 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Change of bank to reach the jewel of the Loire Valley: Chambord. Nestled in its more than 5000 acres park, this piece of Renaissance architecture, a real work of art, conceived by Francois 1st, is waiting for you. Its astonishing double spiral staircase leads you over the terraces, under a forest of chimneys. Maybe you will have the occasion to glimpse a doe herd on the way leading you to the royal city of Blois…
    Night in Blois - B&B. 

  • Day 4

    Loop around Blois

    • Distance : 34 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    To each château, its history, its kings and symbols. Blois chateau mixes the porcupine, emblem of Louis 12, to Francois 1st salamander. It is a real architectural panorama with its 4 different style wings meeting around the honour courtyard. After visiting Blois’ chateau, get on your bike towards Cheverny. The cartoonist Hergé took his inspiration from there to create Moulinsart chateau, in the adventures of Tintin. 
    Night in Blois - B&B.

  • Day 5

    From Blois to Chenonceau

    • Distance : 49 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Reach Chaumont sur Loire chateau and its gardens following the banks of the Loire. The terraces of the chateau offers you one of the most beautiful views over the wild Loire. Be mesmerised by the gardens of the domain, each year invented by creators from all over the world. Follow your way towards Chenonceau and leave for a while the river Loire to ride along one of its tributaries, Cher. The “Ladies chateau” is besides inseparable from the river that it spans. Stroll around the gardens, marked by the spirits of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis.
    Night in Chenonceau - B&B.

  • Day 6

    From Chenonceau to Tours

    • Distance : 35 km

    Return once again to the banks of the Loire at Amboise. The royal chateau of Charles 8th and Francois 1st dominates the landscape. Discover also the Clos Lucé, the last residence of Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the greatest minds of his time. To finish your trip on a high note, Tours welcomes you amongst its ancient districts, the heart of which is the famous Plumereau square. Do not forget to taste the local gastronomy in one of the numerous riverside guinguettes of the city : Loire whitebait, eels or zander in white butter sauce washed down by a glass of fresh white wine would be a delight not to be missed. 
    End of your trip. Leave your rental bikes at Tours train station and travel on light !

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
       
  • Accompanying

    Free Ride:
    Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

  • Food

    For each step, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their contact details. We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen, of course, but also the quality of service, the quality/ price ratio and the atmosphere.
    For reservations, there are two options:

    You select and make the reservation yourself in the restaurant of your choice.
    You send us this list with the restaurants you have chosen and we make the reservations for you free of charge.

    Picnics and dinners are not planned.

  • Options

    • Train return with your luggage: http://www.voyages-sncf.com/,
    • Free restaurant reservation (if requested),
    • Formula 3 or 4 days: tailor-made program from the 3 or 4 stages you choose yourself,
    • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
    • Single room supplement,
    • Bike rental.
  • Accommodation

    Nights in double room in hotels. In Bed and Breakfast formula (night and breakfast included).

    We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

    You can choose your accommodation category:

    • Version hotels Selection: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms, category *** or ****. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.
      Extra night in B&B, selection version in Orléans or Tours: contact us.
    • Upscale hotel version: We have selected our accommodations for the quality of their welcome and comfort in the category charm and upscale character. Places are very limited, in order to enjoy it we invite you to book as soon as possible.
      You sleep in rooms of 2 people upscale hotels with bathroom and private bathroom. Sheets and towels are provided.
      Extra night in B&B, upscale version in Orléans or Tours: contact us
  • Difficulty level

    You have a good physical condition and practice fairly regularly cycling or other sports activity.
    Stage from 33 to 54km per day, no difference in altitude.

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Arrival in Orléans (45).

    How to get there:
    By car: Highway A10, direction Orléans.
    By train: Orléans-Centre SNCF train station or Fleury les Aubrais + tram line A to the city center.
    By plane: Orly or Tours airport and taxi (1 hour drive).

  • Luggage

    Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Version hotels Sélection
Registration at 2 people590
Registration at 3 people540
Registration at 4 people480
Registration at 6 people450
Premium hotel version
Registration at 2 people710
Registration at 3 people695
Registration at 4 people630
Registration at 6 people610

Options

Single room supplement (Selection formula): 125€
Single room supplement (Premium formula): 170€

 

The price includes

- Bed and breakfast accommodation,
- Detailed guidebook with map extracts,
- The card holder,
- The carriage of luggage,
- Free restaurant reservation (if requested),

The price does not include

  • Dinners and lunches/ picnics,
  • Return accommodation in Tours and Orléans,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • Return to Orléans by train with your luggage
  • Entries in the tourist sites,
  • The parking lot,
  • Insurance.

The destination

  • Loire Valley

    The Loire Valley offers of course magnificent panoramas on the river, but also the unmissable castles of the Loire, natural parks, charming villages, a unique gastronomic offer. To say, the Loire Valley is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since November 30, 2000 as a cultural landscape. Nothing but that!

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