Cycling tours Loire Valley
This luxurious cycling tour of the Loire Valley is designed to leave a lasting impression. Experience the Loire Vally as the nobility of the times might have seen it. You will stay in exceptional accomodations that are equally majestic as the castles that you visit. The cycling routes will take you through lush forests and beautiful vineyards and visit the most important castles in the Loire Valley. The tour offers different cycling itinerary options to accomodate different profiles from casual to more experienced riders. A great choice for someone that is looking for an exceptional Loire valley stay.
Day 1: ARRIVE IN AMBOISE
Getting to Amboise from Paris is easiest by taking the high speed TGV train to Saint Pierre des Corps. The hotel is a 20 minute drive from the train station. If you arrive in Amboise earlier in the day.
Day 2: LOOP RIDE FROM THE CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU TO THE CHATEAU D’AMBOISE
Your cycling vacation starts off by visiting the beautiful Chenonceau castle. On your way there, you will ride through forests and alleys of the Amboise countryside. If you have kids with you, the route will take you past the Parc Mini Chateaux - a place that is really great for kids. Once you arrive at Chenonceau, do take the time to visit the garden and castle without being in a rush. The castle has a rich history, erected by Henry II in the XVIth century over the Cher river. The castle was later improved by Catherine de Medicis to reach the beauty is has today. If you are interested in historical interiors, the castle has historically significant furniture and tapestries in many of the rooms. After visiting Chenonceau you have the long option that visits Montrichard, La Genaudière and St Regle before returing to Amboise. The shorter option takes a more direct route back to the hotel.
Day 3: RIDE THROUGH THE LOIRE VALLEY VINEYARDS TO MONTBAZON
The ride of the day starts through paved bike lanes through the vineyards of Montlouis. Why not visit the Chateau Bourdaisiere and the beautiful parklands around it? You could also visit the Donjon of Montbazon before turning in for the night in you deluxe lodging.
Day 4: CYCLE TO VILLANDRY AND AZAY LE RIDEAU CASTLES ON TO LUYNES
You start the day with a ride through the rolling scenery leading to Azay le Rideau, or you could visit the Chateau of Villandry. Two different kinds of castles. Villandry has spectacular gardens that are well worth visiting, while Azay le Rideau is a beutiful Renaissance castle that perfectly represents that period. The day continues by crossing the Loire river and discovering the Chateau of Langeais. The last part of the ride is a relatively long ride in the countryside before arriving at the Domaine de Beauvois for the night.
Day 5: CHINON TO FONTEVRAUD ABBEY TO SAUMUR
Your day starts with a taxi transfer to the wine town of Chinon. Chinon is famous for its castle as well; dating back to Joan of Arc and medieval times. From Chinon, you will have a leisure ride toward the famous and historic Abbaye de Fontevraud. This double monastery dates back to the year 1110. It is still a functioning abbey and open to visitors. After your visit, continue to your hotel nearby with gourmet dinner.
Day 6: LOOP RIDE AROUND SAUMUR
The town of Saumur has a wonderful feel to it with it's cobbled streets and well kept city centre. The Saumur castle is on top of a hillside, overlooking the city with a small vineyard creating a truly charming decor. The castle was originally built in the 10th century by Thibault le Tricheur, the Count of Blois, as a stronghold against his enemies. The loop ride of the day will take you to visit the Montreuil Bellay chateau before returning back to the starting point and a second night in the same hotel.
Day 7: DEPARTURE DAY
The trip is now over and it is time to leave the Loire valley, but if you feel like the stay has been a little too short, extra nights can be arranged.