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Loire Castles 8-Day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2

  • 8days
  • France

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8-day La route royal Cycle Tour on the River Loire

The Loire Valley – the quintessence of the romantic France! The rural charm of this region is in no way inferior to the cultural wealth of its cities. But of course, the castles on the river Loire are the reason, above all else, why this region is so famous. Kings, feudal lords and ladies of the court, seduced by the beautiful natural setting of the Loire Valley, had there, in the ‘garden of France’, several hundred castles, manor houses and dreamy residences built. Villandry, Langeais, Ussé, Chinon,  Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceaux, Chaumont, Blois, just to name the most important ones. Each one of them would be worth a separate holiday, however together they truly display a one of a kind route of dreams as far as architecture and scenery is concerned. First class in every way.

Tour character: Level 2

You cycle on side roads as well as cycle paths and dirt roads on flat terrain and gently curving Loire-valley. The terrain in the vineyards is somewhat more hilly and there are also a few short ascents to tackle (max. over a distance of 500 metres).

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • 7x nights in 3* Accommodation 
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels 
  • Professionally developed route
  • Service hotline
  • App for navigation and GPS-data available

Not included in the tour: 

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price.
  • Bike rental
  • Bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Tours train station
  • Paris airport 
  • Multi-storey car park costs EUR 30 per week, payable on site, no reservation possible/necessary.

Notes:

  • For a stress-free start to your travel, arriving at the start point by early evening the day before is recommended. The individual return journey takes place on the last day of travel.
  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.
  • This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
  • Daily departures
  • Extra night
    • Blois: 69-79 EUR p.p (+49 EUR single person)

If you would like to rent a bike (99 EUR) or e-bike (259 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Tours

    Already discover the historic centre Touraine today, the highly-praised ‚Garden of France‘.

  • Day 2

    Tours – Chinon (approx. 60 km)

    The river Cher leads you directly to the castle Villandry with its terraced gardens. Certainly, you should not miss paying a visit to this famous installation. Every visitor will be amazed by the shadowy footpaths, the flower-bedecked bowers, the fountains and the artistically laid out vegetable gardens. Some kilometres further on you will exchange the bank of the Cher for the bank of the famous Loire. And again you will be tempted by the next castle – Langeais. From the top of the fortified tower (this castle exclusively served for military purposes) you will see the river and its whole surroundings lying in front of you. On the verge of the dark and mysterious forest of Chinon rises the castle of Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. Via small villages and on side roads you will reach today’s destination – Chinon.

  • Day 3

    Loop tour Fontevraud l´Abbaye (approx. 55 km)

    The Vienne escorts you first in the small village Candes-St-Matin. A grandiose and romantic church was built at the place of death of the holy St. Martin. In Montsoreau conflate the Vienne with the powerful Loire – a impressing natural spectacle. These ‘cave gardens’ are approx. 800 km long. Your cyclist calves take you first to Fontervraud l’Abbey. Nowhere else in this world, you will find a medieval monastery that is so entirely preserved like the one in Fontervraud. You pass the birth house of Francois Rabelais, the famous author and also through the valley, where his story line of the book “Gargantua” takes place.

  • Day 4

    Chinon – Azay-le-Rideau (approx. 40 km)

    You leave Chinon with its medieval alleys, which crowd between the river and the rocks, towards the north. The tour leads you through vineyards and lonely villages. Like Crissay, once entirely deserted – it is now resettled by artists and people who always know how to make the best of things. But don’t be afraid – there will also be a castle for admiration today: to be precise, one of extremely high quality – Azay-le-Rideau. Balzac wrote about it “a diamond with thousand facets, set by the Indre”. What could we add to this? You will spend the night in town and have, therefore, the chance to enjoy the magic of the castle with its cultural events.

  • Day 5

    Azay-le-Rideau – Chenonceaux (approx. 60 km) There is another highlight in store: this time concerning nature. Through the romantic river landscape, steadily following the Indre, you will reach Montbazon. A short ascent awaits you. By pedalling really hard over a mountain ridge you reach the Cher Valley. On meadow paths and along the Cher you go to Bléré, a small market town. For many visitors the Castle of Chenonceaux is the topping on the cake. A magnificent, double floored bridge gallery goes over the river. But before the lovely palace garden will enthuse your eyes. But see and discover on your own.

  • Day 6

    Chenonceaux – Blois (approx. 45 – 75 km)

    Today you have to choose between two tour variants: the shorter stage takes you through the lovely landscape of the Touraine to the Castle Chaumont, and then on romantic paths along the Loire to Blois. After moving into your hotel room you will go out on reconnaissance! The Castle Blois with its galleries, projected balconies and bay windows could be your destination. Or there is the second, longer variant for all lovers of the Loire Castles: via Montrichard, Cheverny, Villesavine to the Castle Chambord. As far as the eye can see the ‘Domaine de Chambrod’ stretches here. Already from a distance, you can see the walls of the biggest and most magnificent residence on the Loire shimmering through the trees. It is the immortal legacy of a disloyal king. You are spoilt for choice!

  • Day 7

    Blois – Tours approx. (45 - 70 km)

    The river flows between the gold shimmering sandbanks in a leisurely manner. Typical of this area are the rock housings, which are directly built into the soft lime stones. Sometimes, only the rising smoke reveals their existence. You cross the Loire in order to appreciate the most royal of all the Loire Castles: Castle Ambois. It accommodated five kings and a Roman emperor. In addition, a genius of the 16th century attracts your attention – Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his last years in Ambois. Then you bike on concealed paths through vineyards and past wine cellars, via Rochcorbon, to Tours. Alternatively take the train (independently) from Amboise and hence cut the stage short by about 25 km.

  • Day 8

    Departure or extension

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 13 2024 May 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 14 2024 May 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 15 2024 May 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 16 2024 May 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 17 2024 May 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 18 2024 May 25 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 19 2024 May 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 20 2024 May 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 21 2024 May 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 22 2024 May 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 23 2024 May 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 24 2024 May 31 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 25 2024 Jun 01 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 26 2024 Jun 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 27 2024 Jun 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 28 2024 Jun 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 29 2024 Jun 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 30 2024 Jun 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 31 2024 Jun 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 01 2024 Jun 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 02 2024 Jun 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 03 2024 Jun 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 04 2024 Jun 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 05 2024 Jun 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 06 2024 Jun 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 07 2024 Jun 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 08 2024 Jun 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 09 2024 Jun 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 10 2024 Jun 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 11 2024 Jun 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 12 2024 Jun 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 13 2024 Jun 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 14 2024 Jun 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 15 2024 Jun 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 16 2024 Jun 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 17 2024 Jun 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 18 2024 Jun 25 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 19 2024 Jun 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 20 2024 Jun 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 21 2024 Jun 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 22 2024 Jun 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 23 2024 Jun 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 24 2024 Jul 01 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 25 2024 Jul 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 26 2024 Jul 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 27 2024 Jul 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 28 2024 Jul 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 30 2024 Jul 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 01 2024 Jul 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 02 2024 Jul 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 03 2024 Jul 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 04 2024 Jul 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 05 2024 Jul 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 07 2024 Jul 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 08 2024 Jul 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 09 2024 Jul 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 10 2024 Jul 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 11 2024 Jul 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 12 2024 Jul 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 14 2024 Jul 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 15 2024 Jul 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 16 2024 Jul 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 17 2024 Jul 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 18 2024 Jul 25 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 19 2024 Jul 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 20 2024 Jul 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 21 2024 Jul 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 22 2024 Jul 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 23 2024 Jul 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 24 2024 Jul 31 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 25 2024 Aug 01 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 26 2024 Aug 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 27 2024 Aug 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 28 2024 Aug 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 29 2024 Aug 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 30 2024 Aug 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 31 2024 Aug 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 01 2024 Aug 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 02 2024 Aug 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 03 2024 Aug 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 04 2024 Aug 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 05 2024 Aug 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 06 2024 Aug 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 07 2024 Aug 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 08 2024 Aug 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 09 2024 Aug 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 10 2024 Aug 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 11 2024 Aug 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 12 2024 Aug 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 13 2024 Aug 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 14 2024 Aug 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 15 2024 Aug 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 16 2024 Aug 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 17 2024 Aug 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 18 2024 Aug 25 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 19 2024 Aug 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 20 2024 Aug 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 21 2024 Aug 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 22 2024 Aug 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 23 2024 Aug 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 24 2024 Aug 31 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 25 2024 Sep 01 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 26 2024 Sep 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 27 2024 Sep 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 28 2024 Sep 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 29 2024 Sep 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 30 2024 Sep 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 31 2024 Sep 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 01 2024 Sep 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 02 2024 Sep 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 03 2024 Sep 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 04 2024 Sep 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 05 2024 Sep 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 06 2024 Sep 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,578€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 07 2024 Sep 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 08 2024 Sep 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 09 2024 Sep 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 10 2024 Sep 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 11 2024 Sep 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 12 2024 Sep 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 13 2024 Sep 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 14 2024 Sep 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 15 2024 Sep 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 16 2024 Sep 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 17 2024 Sep 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 18 2024 Sep 25 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 19 2024 Sep 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 20 2024 Sep 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 22 2024 Sep 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 23 2024 Sep 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 24 2024 Oct 01 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 25 2024 Oct 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 26 2024 Oct 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 27 2024 Oct 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 1,139€
Sep 28 2024 Oct 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Sep 29 2024 Oct 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Sep 30 2024 Oct 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 01 2024 Oct 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 02 2024 Oct 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 03 2024 Oct 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 04 2024 Oct 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 06 2024 Oct 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 07 2024 Oct 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 08 2024 Oct 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 09 2024 Oct 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 10 2024 Oct 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 11 2024 Oct 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€
Oct 12 2024 Oct 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,458€
Double rooms 1,079€

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