Chateau de Chenonceau on the Cher River, Loire Valley, France. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Ra-smit

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Castles of the Loire

France Bike Tours

A stunning Loire Valley Bike tour

  • Biking in the Loire Valley region has proven a haven for cyclists time and again and is rightly referred to as Royal Châteaux Country. (See also our Châteaux Country Tour.) Its fertile landscape is generously peppered with grandiose châteaux (more than 300!) amid lush vineyards and rolling green hills.

    Highlights:

    • French villages
    • Vineyards and wine
    • Chaumont-sur-Loire
    • Amboise ad its 15th century white stone houses
    • Chenonceau
    • Cher Valley
    • Medieval town of Montrichard
    • Cheverny
    • Chambord

    For a list of all of our bike tours in France follow the link or do the same for all of our cycling tours in the Loire Valley.

  • 8 Day Tour

     StandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Tour Package £ 725 $ 1,461 846 $ 1286 NOK 8037 kr 7419 $ 964 £ 888 $ 1,789 1036 $ 1575 NOK 9842 kr 9085 $ 1,181 £ 1111 $ 2,239 1296 $ 1970 NOK 12312 kr 11365 $ 1,477
    Single supplement £ 176 $ 354 205 $ 312 NOK 1948 kr 1798 $ 234 £ 334 $ 674 390 $ 593 NOK 3705 kr 3420 $ 445 £ 480 $ 967 560 $ 851 NOK 5320 kr 4911 $ 638
    7 Dinners included (excl. drinks) £ 189 $ 380 220 $ 334 NOK 2090 kr 1929 $ 251 £ 227 $ 458 265 $ 403 NOK 2518 kr 2324 $ 302 £ 257 $ 518 300 $ 456 NOK 2850 kr 2631 $ 342

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91

     

    6 Day Tour:

     StandardSuperiorDeluxe
    Tour Package £ 559 $ 1,126 652 $ 991 NOK 6194 kr 5718 $ 743 £ 670 $ 1,351 782 $ 1189 NOK 7429 kr 6858 $ 891 £ 803 $ 1,618 937 $ 1424 NOK 8902 kr 8217 $ 1,068
    Single supplement £ 137 $ 276 160 $ 243 NOK 1520 kr 1403 $ 182 £ 223 $ 449 260 $ 395 NOK 2470 kr 2280 $ 296 £ 334 $ 674 390 $ 593 NOK 3705 kr 3420 $ 445
    5 Dinners included (excl. drinks) £ 137 $ 276 160 $ 243 NOK 1520 kr 1403 $ 182 £ 159 $ 320 185 $ 281 NOK 1758 kr 1622 $ 211 £ 176 $ 354 205 $ 312 NOK 1948 kr 1798 $ 234

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91

    extra options

    2019:

    Extra day bike rental Scott Sub Sport 20: £ 13 $ 26 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17 Electric bike supplement - 8 day tour: £ 39 $ 78 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 Electric bike supplement - 6 day tour: £ 21 $ 43 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Extra day electric bike rental: £ 21 $ 43 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Trailer/child bike and child seat are available.
    Extra nights, Blois
    Standard: 
    £ 47 $ 95 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63 Single supplement: £ 21 $ 43 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Superior:  £ 66 $ 133 77 $ 117 NOK 732 kr 675 $ 88 Single supplement: £ 39 $ 78 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 Deluxe:  £ 85 $ 171 99 $ 150 NOK 941 kr 868 $ 113 Single supplement: £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74 Chateax package, 8 day tour: £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103 Chateax package, 6 day tour: £ 60 $ 121 70 $ 106 NOK 665 kr 614 $ 80 Transfer, 1 - 4 people, one way, from Paris CDG to Blois: £ 283 $ 570 330 $ 502 NOK 3135 kr 2894 $ 376 From 5 - 8 people: £ 317 $ 639 370 $ 562 NOK 3515 kr 3245 $ 422

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Closest international airport to your tour start is Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)

    Local Travel

    From the CDG airport:
    From the TGV station, you can access train to St Pierre des Corps where you will transfer to an intercity train to Blois.
    Train travel from/to Blois from the airport is approximately 2½ to 3½ hours depending on connections.
    If you are arriving at another airport, please let us know and we can send you arrival information from Orly Airport, Beauvais Airport, or Tours airport.
    From Paris Center:
    From Paris Austerlitz station, you can take a train to Blois.
    From Blois station by taxi, it will cost approximately €10.
    To look up or reserve train tickets: http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers

    Climate

    Average high/low temperature in degrees Fahrenheit for Orleans (near Blois) is: March 54/36, April 60/40, May 66/46, June 72/52, July 76/55, August 75/55, September 70/51, and October 60/44.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycles available upon request


Where You’ll Stay

Choose between standard (2 to 3 star hotels), superior (3 star hotels), or the deluxe (4 star hotels).

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 5 or 7 nights in standard, 2 and 3-star hotels, superior, 3 and 4-star hotels, or deluxe 4-star chateau hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 21 or 27-speed hybrid touring bicycle available in men's and women's frames. Please specify.
  • One rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, map holder, odometer, repair kit, pump, and helmet
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route information & maps (one set per room)
  • GPS tracks (must be requested in advance!)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra night in Blois possible by request.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length6–8 days
From652 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019:
Arrival possible daily from March 1 through October 31

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour with predominantly flat but some hilly terrain and average daily distances of about 28 miles a day. Some days can be shortened. Electric bicycles available upon request.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Castles of the Loire Map

You have different options in regards to length of tour

8 day tour

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Day 2: Blois - Amboise, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Excursion to Vouvray, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Amboise and Excursion to Chenonceaux, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 5: Chenonceaux - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 6: Excursion to Beauregard and Sologne area, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 7: Cheverny (or Chitenay) - Blois, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Upon arrival in the old village of Blois, you will be enchanted with its typical paved streets punctuated with staircases. And of course the charming chateau, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.

Day 2: Blois - Amboise
Today's path guides you through the forest and vineyards of Mesland appellation until the Chateau of Chaumont sur Loire that proudly overlooks the Loire River. You cycle on to the beautiful town of Amboise. Here you can see the town's royal chateau where the greatest kings of France and Leonardo Da Vinci once lived.

Day 3: Excursion to Vouvray, 28 mi. (45 km)
Leave the Loire banks for a while to reach the picturesque Vouvray vineyards, surrounded by troglodyte houses, and famous for its fine and elegant white wines! On the way you will admire superb Renaissance private châteaux such as château de Valmer (remarkable for its Italian and vegetable gardens), and the beautiful château de Jallanges as well. And don't hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Vouvray wine!

Day 4: Amboise and Excursion to Chenonceaux, 27 mi. (44 km)
After crossing through the Amboise forest, you will reach the famous chateau of Chenonceau. Straddling the Cher River, this royal residence is an exceptional site not only because of the incredible architecture, but the richness of its art collection, the furniture and its decorations, and the incredible history it has. Chenonceau Castle has an exceptional museum collection of the Old Masters’ paintings: Murillo, Le Tintoret, Nicolas Poussin, Le Corrège, Rubens, Le Primatice, Van Loo, as well as an extremely rare selection of Flanders Tapestries from the 16th century.

Day 5: Chenonceaux - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
You will ride along the peaceful Cher river banks to the medieval town of Montrichard, after which you enter the vineyards of Touraine via the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century. Your cycling day ends in Chitenay (in a charming rural inn) or in Cheverny, just around the famous château.

Day 6:  Excursion to Beauregard and Sologne area, 29 mi. (47 km)
An excursion offering the possibility to visit the Château of Beauregard famous for its Portrait Gallery. Then continue your excursion to the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’ with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering game, ponds at every crossroads and small private châteaux hidden behind their vineyards or groves.

Day 7: Cheverny (or Chitenay) - Blois, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
An excursion through the Forest of Russy starts the day, with the possibility of a visit to the Chateau of Beauregard, famous for its Portrait Gallery. 
You may extend your excursion to the rich and mysterious 'Sologne' with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering the wildlife, ponds at every crossroad, and small, private chateaus hidden behind their vineyards or groves.

Day 8: Departure

Chateaux package can be booked, see pricing:

  • Domaine de Chambord (château and gardens
  • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château and garden festival)
  • Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
  • Park Leonardo de Vinci in Amboise
  • Château de Chenonceaux
  • Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC wines in Cheverny
  • Wine tasting in cellar in Amboise

6 day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Day 2: Blois - Amboise, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Amboise and Excursion to Chenonceaux, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 4: Chenonceaux - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 5: Cheverny (or Chitenay) - Blois, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 6: Departure from Blois.  

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Blois
Upon arrival in the old village of Blois, you will be enchanted with its typical paved streets punctuated with staircases. And of course the charming chateau, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.

DAY 2: Blois - Amboise, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today's path guides you through the forest and vineyards of Mesland appellation until the Chateau of Chaumont sur Loire that proudly overlooks the Loire River. You cycle on to the beautiful town of Amboise. Here you can see the town's royal chateau where the greatest kings of France and Leonardo Da Vinci once lived.

DAY 3: Amboise - Chenonceaux, 27 mi. (44 km)
After crossing through the Amboise forest, you will reach the famous chateau of Chenonceau. Straddling the Cher River, this royal residence is an exceptional site not only because of the incredible architecture, but the richness of its art collection, the furniture and its decorations, and the incredible history it has. Chenonceau Castle has an exceptional museum collection of the Old Masters’ paintings: Murillo, Le Tintoret, Nicolas Poussin, Le Corrège, Rubens, Le Primatice, Van Loo, as well as an extremely rare selection of Flanders Tapestries from the 16th century.

DAY 4: Chenonceaux - Cheverny (or Chitenay), 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
You will ride along the peaceful Cher river banks to the medieval town of Montrichard, after which you enter the vineyards of Touraine via the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century. Your cycling day ends in Chitenay (in a charming rural inn) or in Cheverny, just around the famous château.

DAY 5: Cheverny (or Chitenay) - Blois, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
During this last stage you will discover the famous sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny before reaching the prestigious Château of Chambord, real masterpiece of French Renaissance period with its 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis the 1st.

DAY 6: Departure. 
Departure from Blois following breakfast.

Chateaux package can be booked, see pricing.

  • Château de Chambord (château and gardens)
  • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château and garden festival)
  • Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
  • Château de Chenonceaux
  • Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC wines in Cheverny

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Tour Reviews

  • Mik L. 1 week ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Loire was wonderful, Jon the guide was wonderful and Lunch in Adon was Magnifique!

  • Linda H. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Excellent routes, well marked and the Châteaus are breath taking. Make sure you have a rain coat.

  • Ann S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I have enjoyed the Castles of the Loire bike trip in France very much. This was my first organized bike trip. The scenery was beautiful, and the architecture was stunning. The meals were delicious. I have recommended this trip to my friends. I am looking forward to my next bike trip in France.

  • Rod C. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The amazing all inclusive 3-4 course dinners at the end of the day were great. The castles were great to see.

  • Tim Stoepker 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip. We loved the country-side, the villages, the vineyards, small country roads with no cars, easy to read maps, the wonderful restaurants and chateau. We had no problem without having a guide and the people in the towns and staff at the hotels were very friendly and always willing to help. This was our second Trip-Site bike trip and it was great. Thanks.

  • Gai Jordan 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Did Castle of the Loire 3rd week of sept 2012. The weather was nice though we did get rain on our first afternoon. No complaints at all. We picked the 2 star option and were more than happy. All hotels clean and comfortable and the staff helpful and friendly. Food was fantastic. Bikes were also fabulous and the intinery/directions easy to follow (even when we got ourselves a little lost, easy to get back on track). We are 50 and of average fitness, the bike riding was not too hard. We will definately look at another tour soon. Thanks for the memories!

  • Brian Surgenor 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Did Castles of the Loire with another couple. No complaints. Bikes were great. Meals were great. Accommodations were great. Weather was great (didn't rain at all !). Only glitch was the lack of an in-house meal on the monday (Oct 17) at Auberge Du Centre in Chitenay.

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