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Cycling Loire Valley Classic 7 Night Tour

France, Europe

from €1,047* per person 8 Days April-October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Pure Adventures 24 people max
  • Tours tgv station near saint-pierre-des-corps, france
  • Active & Adventure trips
The valleys of the Loire, Cher and Indre rivers are a harmonious combination of non navigated rivers, rich vineyards and vast forests. Discover the landscapes, unspoiled nature, beautiful gardens and breathtaking castles of the Loire Valley on your bike. The terrain is wonderful for bicycle riding - mostly flat to rolling - and is filled with rivers, trees, and colors. (see our videos) On this 286 km bike tour, you will explore the area between Chambord and Azay le Rideau, and you'll have the opportunity to visit Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord castles among others. Our selected hotels and the local restaurants will spoil you with regional gastronomic food and local wines. For many visitors, the Loire Valley conjures pictures from the fairy tales of childhood.

Locations visited/nearby

France, Europe

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3 testimonials about the provider, Pure Adventures:

  • Reviewer:
    'The trip was great! I lived in France for 5 years and took many great trips around Europe, but this may well have been the most memorable!'
    5
  • Reviewer:
    The trip exceeded my expectations in just about every way. It was awesome and challenging to be alone on a bike in a foreign country. I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure who is in good health.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in CO USA
    Costa Brava Explorer - This is a WONDERFUL tour.  Bo was amazing and helpful, as were his directions and additional information in the hand-outs of things to see and recommended stops and restaurants.  I will recommend Pure Adventures to my bicyclist friends, and will certainly return to you for our next European bicycle adventure!
    5

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • You need to form your own private group for this trip. It will be scheduled for a date you arrange with the provider. The itinerary here is just a sample.
  • Self-guided (includes hotels, maps, luggage transfer, etc but no guide).
  • Offers some solo-only/singles departures.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Saint Pierre des Corps-Tours TGV station, located only 1h from Paris by train. Transfer to your charming castle hotel in Joue les Tours, the Chateau de Beaulieu. Orientation and bike set up tonight. Dinner included.

Day 2 - Ride to Azay le Rideau. Going first to fantastic gardens at the famous Villandry, you will ride alongside the Cher and Loire Rivers and along the Loire a Velo route. After, continue toward Azay le Rideau and that classic chateau, where you can spend plenty of time to visit the castle and possibly see the sound and light show. This renaissance era castle is considered a classic design and its setting alongside the Indre River is magic. Dinner included. (Upgrade hotel shown) 36 or 48km. (B,D)

Day 3 From Azay it is on to more castles, first stop Sleeping Beauty Castle Usse. Then, you continue on to Langeais and stay nearby to Villandry but across the rivers in Luynes and a castle hotel, dinner included. Upgraded hotel shown. 46km with option to cut to 34km. (B,D)

Day 4 Ride to Vouvray then Amboise. A flat ride to pass around Tours and then into the wine country of the famous appellation Vouvray. About Vouvray wines: Vouvray is the largest white wine appellation of the Anjou-Saumur-Touraine region and it produces splendid wines from the dry and austere to the richest dessert wines, as well as excellent sparkling wines. (see Amboise videos) On to charming Amboise with animation and ambiance; dinner included at your hotel. 46 km (B,D)

Day 5 Loop trip to Chenonceau to explore. A short and moderately flat ride will take you through the forests and alleys of the Amboise countryside passing by the Parc Mini Chateaux (great for kids) and then dropping down to the fabulous Chenonceau castle that must be discovered with plenty of time to visit. Chenonceau, erected by Henry II in the XVIth century over the Cher river and improved by Catherine de Medici. The castle hides several pieces of historical interest, furniture and tapestries. Ride back to Amboise for a moderate trip of about 30 or 50 km. (B)

Day 6 - To Blois via Chaumont Castle!. Depart from Amboise and ride through many small villages, stopping at privately owned chateaux on the way. For lunch, why not stop at the famous Gardens festival and Chateau of Chaumont for a picnic followed by a visit! Then you will either go on a short and quiet ride to Blois or choose the longer option riding through sunflower fields and deep countryside of the area to visit more chateaux such as Fougeres and Beauregard. 44/68 km options.(B)

Day 7 Chambord & Blois . Today, you will again have 2 ride options. The short option takes you to the famous Chambord, where you can enjoy the magnificent architecture and unique features. Then you can enjoy a chocolate tasting in a chocolate factory in a nearby charming village before heading back to Blois with a stop at the Chateau de Villesavin. On the longer option, after Chambord, you will continue south to the Chateaux of Cheverny, Troussay and Beauregard. Those are easy rides on flat terrain, just enjoy the scenery imagining how and why the kings chose this area as their vacation place! Ride distance is 49km Chambord roundtrip, with Cheverny count 63 km. (B)

Day 8 is departure day from Blois after breakfast, at your leisure. Trains available direct to Paris. (B)

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