The Loire Valley is synonymous with chateaux and they are as diverse as they are numerous with over 300 in total to explore. Embark on this eight night cycling tour which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chateaux look like they've come straight from a fairytale with their turrets, pinnacles, lanterns and moats. From the beautiful renaissance chateau at Chenonceau which famously straddles the Cher, the magnificent royal palace of Amboise proudly dominating the riverside and town, to the dramatic chateau at Chaumont, once owned by Catherine de Medici (before being forcibly 'exchanged' for Chenonceau in a bitter love-battle), and occupying one of the most stunning sites of all the river's chateaux.
The route is relaxed and mostly flat, following quiet country lanes and river banks. Cycle through the verdant green forest of Amboise and on to the charming town itself, where Francois I once played host to Leonardo da Vinci at Chateau du Clos Luce. You then cross the river to mediaeval Blois where you can stop at one of the many patisseries. Take time out to walk around the chateau here, and don't miss the nearby Maison de la Magie (Museum of Magic).
Your hotels range from a fabulous chateau, steeped in history and set in private park land, to a lovingly converted C17 wine-brokers lodge on the banks of the river. Meals throughout are of a very high standard and, of course, world famous local wines are in abundance too!
This tour is rated "1 bike+" indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging that the overall rating of '1 bike'.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Tours St Pierre des Corps railway station at 13:39. Pick up, then transfer to hotel, 35 mins.|
|Tour Ends||Tours St Pierre des Corps railway station at 12:09 Mon-Fri; 11:39 Sat & Sun(transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Rail Paris Montparnasse to Tours St Pierre des Corps 12:35/13:39. Return: Rail Tours St Pierre des Corps to Paris Montparnasse 12:09/13:15 Mon-Fri & 11:39/12:45 Sat & Sun.|
|Rail Supplement||Second Class French Rail: Prices starting from $78 per person round trip First Class French Rail: from $117 per person round trip.|
|Singles||Add $47 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade available from $14 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Chaumont, Chissay or Paris. Prices from $128 per person, per night B&B, based on 2 sharing|
|Hotels||*** (6 nights), AAA (2 nights)|