Castles of the Loire Valley, Blois to Tours – France Cycling Holiday

This 7 day cycling tour in the Loire Valley France will take you through the vibrant landscape that reflects the harmonious way of life where man has found his rightful place in nature. The Loire offers some unique encounters and a real chance to re-discover nature. Travel to the heart of the Loire region, you will pass chateaux, abbeys, historic cities and French villages.

PRICES START FROM £405.00

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Choice 2*, 3* and 4* hotels
  • Start/Finish: From Blois to Tours
  • Distance: 117-120 miles (186-200 Km )
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Availability: From April until September
  • Altitude:

This tour has a seven day, six night itinerary.

Cat. A: hotel****, Cat. B: 2 nights hotel**** and 4 nights hotel***, Cat. C: hotel**

Day 1 -  Individual arrival in Blois. Leave your bags at your hotel and take some time to visit the town.

Day 2 – Cycle from Blois to Chambord. After crossing the Loire and the Sologne countryside, you enter the park of the chateau of Chambord, 4,500 hectares of forest inhabited by deer and wild boars. Visit of the magnificent castle which was built by François I on a project by Leonardo da Vinci. Return to the hotel through the forest of Boulogne.

Day 3 – Cycle from Blois to Chaumont and Amboise. Following the river Loire you will arrive at the castle of Chaumont. The castle was built on a cliff overlooking the Loire by Pierre d'Amboise. It was then purchased by Catherine de Medici and she sent Diana of Poitiers to the castle for revenge and kept for her Chenonceau. Keep following the river Loire to arrive in Amboise, a picturesque town on the left bank where the castle stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city.

Day 4 – Cycle from Amboise to Chenonceaux and back to Amboise. From the valley of the river Loire to the valley of the river Cher; through the Forest of Amboise you will reach the castle of Chenonceau, so-called "of the two queens", Diana and Catherine. This is certainly the most beautiful castle, with its magnificent arches over the river. After another nice ride along the Cher we come back to Amboise. Visit to the Clos-Luce, home of Leonardo da Vinci. In the museum inside the house there are several models of his inventions, and in the park there are 1:1 scale models that allow you to interact and to experience directly these fabulous machines.

Day 5 – Cycle from Amboise to Tours. From Amboise, along tre river Loire, we cycle through the famous vineyards of Vouvray, between the tufa cliffs that overlook the river. You will arrive in Tours, the most important city in the region. Visit of the old town, of the cathedral and of place Plumereau.

Day 6 – Cycle from Tours to Villandry and back to Tours. From Tours along the river Cher you reach the castle of Villandry, famous for its "jardin potagers". The famous gardens of Villandry are the most beautiful example of French Renaissance architecture, built under the influence of Italian gardeners.

Day 7 - End of services after breakfast

Key Details:

  • Seven day, six night itinerary.
  • This tour will start in Blois and end in Tours.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday in France including:

  • French Chateaux
  • Historic Cities
  • Loire Valley
  • Nature
  • Amboise
  • The Tomb of Leonardo da Vinci

Getting to France:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in France.

By Car – France can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to France to a number of airports including Charles De Gaulle, Nice and Lyon.

For more information on getting to France please visit the France Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Smart Phone App with GPS routes (no data roaming)
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from France
  • Bike Hire

This tour has a seven day, six night itinerary.

Cat. A: hotel****, Cat. B: 2 nights hotel**** and 4 nights hotel***, Cat. C: hotel**

Day 1 -  Individual arrival in Blois. Leave your bags at your hotel and take some time to visit the town.

Day 2 – Cycle from Blois to Chambord. After crossing the Loire and the Sologne countryside, you enter the park of the chateau of Chambord, 4,500 hectares of forest inhabited by deer and wild boars. Visit of the magnificent castle which was built by François I on a project by Leonardo da Vinci. Return to the hotel through the forest of Boulogne.

Day 3 – Cycle from Blois to Chaumont and Amboise. Following the river Loire you will arrive at the castle of Chaumont. The castle was built on a cliff overlooking the Loire by Pierre d'Amboise. It was then purchased by Catherine de Medici and she sent Diana of Poitiers to the castle for revenge and kept for her Chenonceau. Keep following the river Loire to arrive in Amboise, a picturesque town on the left bank where the castle stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city.

Day 4 – Cycle from Amboise to Chenonceaux and back to Amboise. From the valley of the river Loire to the valley of the river Cher; through the Forest of Amboise you will reach the castle of Chenonceau, so-called "of the two queens", Diana and Catherine. This is certainly the most beautiful castle, with its magnificent arches over the river. After another nice ride along the Cher we come back to Amboise. Visit to the Clos-Luce, home of Leonardo da Vinci. In the museum inside the house there are several models of his inventions, and in the park there are 1:1 scale models that allow you to interact and to experience directly these fabulous machines.

Day 5 – Cycle from Amboise to Tours. From Amboise, along tre river Loire, we cycle through the famous vineyards of Vouvray, between the tufa cliffs that overlook the river. You will arrive in Tours, the most important city in the region. Visit of the old town, of the cathedral and of place Plumereau.

Day 6 – Cycle from Tours to Villandry and back to Tours. From Tours along the river Cher you reach the castle of Villandry, famous for its "jardin potagers". The famous gardens of Villandry are the most beautiful example of French Renaissance architecture, built under the influence of Italian gardeners.

Day 7 - End of services after breakfast

Key Details:

  • Seven day, six night itinerary.
  • This tour will start in Blois and end in Tours.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday in France including:

  • French Chateaux
  • Historic Cities
  • Loire Valley
  • Nature
  • Amboise
  • The Tomb of Leonardo da Vinci

Getting to France:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in France.

By Car – France can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to France to a number of airports including Charles De Gaulle, Nice and Lyon.

For more information on getting to France please visit the France Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Smart Phone App with GPS routes (no data roaming)
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from France
  • Bike Hire
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