CASTLES OF THE LOIRE

8 day Independent tour This classic bicycling route takes you through one of the most fascinating regions of France, dotted with hundreds of castles, manor houses, and homes of the aristocracy. Villandry, Chinon, Saumur, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceaux, Chaumont, Blois, and Chambord are just a few of the magnificent chateaux you have time to visit and explore. […]

8 day Independent tour

This classic bicycling route takes you through one of the most fascinating regions of France, dotted with hundreds of castles, manor houses, and homes of the aristocracy. Villandry, Chinon, Saumur, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceaux, Chaumont, Blois, and Chambord are just a few of the magnificent chateaux you have time to visit and explore.
Splendid rolling countryside, incredible wines, and exceptional cuisine distinguish this tour. You too will feel like royalty!
The easy going tour has been designed to give you sufficient time to visit the many castles you’ll find along the way.

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Day 1

Orléans

Independent arrival in Orléans, Joan of Arcs homeland .

Day 2

Orléans-St. Dyé/Beaugency (30/50 km)

You pedal along the Loire, alternating cycle path and back-roads. After a visit to the Cathedral of Clery St. André you arrive at the castles of Meung sur Loire and Chateau Dunois with the beautiful medieval centre of Beaugency. A land full of water and culture will draw the way to the little jewel of St. Dyé, an ancient river harbor. 

Day 3

 St. Dyé/Beaugency-Blois (50/70 km)

From the huge park surrounding Chambord Castle, the day continues to Cheverny Castle, through the forest of Boulogne. One last ride to the castle of Beauregard across the forest of Beauregard before arriving in Blois. 

Day 4

Blois-Amboise (47 km)

After the visit of the city of Blois and its impressive castle, you pedal through forests till the town of Onzain. Here it is possible to visit the castle of Chaumont built on the top of a hill overlooking the river. In Amboise you can not miss the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his live. 

Day 5

Amboise-Tours (52 km)

After the forest of Amboise you arrive at Chenonceaux, known as the castle of the three ladies. You continue along the river Cher to the city of Tours. You might also decide to
stop for a visit at the castle of Nitray with its famous wine cellars.

Day 6

Tours-Chinon (57 km)

Pedalling between the Loire and the Cher rivers you arrive at Villandry Castle, well known for its gardens. A slope divides you from the Castle of Azay Le Rideau. Before arriving at Chinon you will visit Ussé, home of the castle of Sleeping Beauty. 

Day 7

Chinon-Saumur (40 km)

The tour continues along country roads beyond the confluence of the rivers Loire and Vienne, arriving at Savigny en Vèron and the jewels of Candes St-Martin. A few kilometres away there is the castle of Montsoreau where you can enjoy the landscape over the Fontevraud Abbey. The end of the stage is Saumur, considered the “Pearl of Anjou”. 

Day 8

Saumur

Your tour ends after breakfast. 

 

Tour Character – moderate
Mostly flat, some uphill stretches. You cycle on paved country roads and some hard packed cycle paths. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
Total distance = 290km.
Airport / Transfers
The nearest international airport is Paris. Rail transfers from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Orleans are available from $50.00 per person.

 

Price per person CAD $1135
Single supplement $320
High season surcharge: departures in June, July and August  $75
Half-board option (6 x evening dinners) $250
 Optional Electro Bike $130

 

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with AC and private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are small family run inns and hotel, mostly of a better quality 3 star standard, located in the town centres.
• Buffet breakfast daily.
• Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel.
• Modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier
• 7-Day Service hotline
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest
• Trip orientation by our local rep at the 1st hotel

Note:

a 5 night duration is possible, ending in Tours. Contact us for pricing etc.