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Loire Valley Jewels Including Chambord & Chenonceau
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Loire Valley Self-guided trip: Start any Friday from April to October
5 nights/6 days
Daily Mileage: From 29 km (18 miles) to 53 km (33 miles) on easy terrain
Trip starts from Blois and ends in Tours. Blois is a 1 1/2 hour train ride from Paris.
Accommodations in 3-star properties.
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 745 euros per person sharing a double room

From Blois to Tours: Loire Valley Jewels Including Chambord & Chenonceau — 5 nights/6 days

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Chenonceau cycling loire valley
 
Chambord cycling loire valley
  Imagine a château with more than 440 rooms and 365 fireplaces occupying grounds the size of Paris. Could such a place really exist? It does, and it’s called Chambord — otherwise known as the "Jewel in the Crown of the Loire.” Originally built to be a hunting lodge — yes, a hunting lodge — today it’s an awe-inspiring castle surrounded by a vast natural expanse of green.

Chambord is the most impressive of all the Châteaux of the Loire, yet just one of the many you will encounter on this route through the Loire River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wend your way along the river through vineyards, peaceful farmland, and little villages that will remind you of a fairytale. That there are so many chateaux to explore on flat, easy terrain makes it the perfect region for adults and children alike! Our itinerary also includes the notable Château de Clos Lucé, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, and Château de Chenonceau, a romantic, river-spanning confection that was home to many illustrious noblewomen and their notable guests.

For a more thorough trip in the Loire Valley, you may want to consider our week-long Blois to Angers.

 
Itinerary
Friday: Arrival in Blois

Arrive in Blois at the time of your choice. The earlier you arrive, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the Renaissance town of Blois. A half-timbered main street connects the riverfront to a towering Royal castle.
Saturday: Blois — Blois (Approx. 53 km/33 miles)

After breakfast, you’ll meet with our local representative for a briefing. Shortly after, you’ll head east to discover one of the major highlights of the trip: the magnificent Château de Chambord, a hunting lodge with a mere 440 rooms! On your way back to Blois, you can take in some smaller-scale castles, such as Villesavin and Beauregard.
Sunday: Blois — Amboise (Approx. 49 km/30 miles)

The Loire River will be your guide for most of the day. Starting on the north side of the river, you’ll follow quiet roads through the peaceful Forêt de Blois, before crossing the Loire to reach Chaumont-sur-Loire. The magnificent château is the perfect place for lunch stop before proceeding on to intriguing Amboise.

An early arrival in Amboise gives you the opportunity to visit its châteaux, wander past the troglodytes, or cave dwellings, and stop in at Clos Lucé, the fascinating castle where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. Now a museum, Château Clos Lucé allows you to glimpse into his alluring world of ideas and contraptions (models of which are on display). Some say those ideas included our dear bicycle, but that is open to debate!
Monday: Amboise — Amboise through Chenonceau (Approx. 48 km or 30 miles)

Although it’s always up to you which of our route notes to follow or ignore, you simply cannot miss the Château de Chenonceau, a 15th-century castle whose dramatic façade bridges the River Cher. We’ve kept the loop’s mileage to a very minimum, permitting you the luxury of sleeping in, if you so desire, or allowing time to ride into Amboise and visit its castle in depth.
Tuesday: Amboise — Tours (Approx. 29 km or 18 miles)

As the route continues, you will pass by the wine-making area of Vouvray, eventually arriving the Loire Valley’s main city, Tours. Be sure to pause and enjoy the natural beauty of the Island of the Metairie with its Rochecorbon cave-dwellings.
Wednesday: Departure

Depart Tours at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 745 euros per person sharing a double room
A 50% discount applies for children under 12 (sharing a family room)

  • 745 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 270 euros
  • 760 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 275 euros
  • 795 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 280 euros

This price include:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Luggage transfers
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s cell/mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

This price does not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Adult hybrid bikes are available at the price of 100 euros per bike. Kid bikes (under 12
    years old) are available at the price of 60 euros per bike. These prices include the 20-euro drop-off
    fee for the bike’s return to Blois.

NB: Departures on any other weekday are possible for an additional charge of 45 euros per person
For further information or reservations:
Please book online at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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