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Chateaux and Castles: Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau & Villandry

Traverser la Loire et découvrir le Château d\'Amboise en suivant cet itinéraire 5
The Château de Chenonceau spanning the river Cher is a highlight of this bike tour Cycle on the bikeway La Loire à Vélo to discover the Loire Valley castles Bike over the beautiful Loire river and visit the Chateau d'Amboise Cycling the Loire Valley countryside View on the Vienne river from the royal fortress of Chinon
Traverser la Loire et découvrir le Château d'Amboise en suivant cet itinéraire

Chateaux and Castles: Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau & Villandry

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  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Do you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city to cycle along quiet, country roads at your own pace? If so, this tour was designed with you in mind! We invite you to explore the sights and sounds of the Loire River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its bevy of romantic chateaux. 

You’ll follow the Loire River and several of its beautiful tributaries, namely the Cher and the Indre. Along the way, you'll visit Villandry and its spectacular gardens, the magnificent floating castle of Azay-le-Rideau, and Chenonceau, the “castle of love.” All of them have played a role in the history of France, for varying reasons you’ll have to discover on your own! The short stages featured on this tour involve cycling over mostly flat terrain, so riders of all skill levels can comfortably experience the entrancing Loire Valley. Castles are the main draw, but it’s a perfect itinerary to visit prestigious vineyards, explore cave life and unwind in the countryside.

If your time constraints don't allow you to spend a whole week visiting the Loire Valley region, keep in mind that we also offer a 4 night/5 day Royal Short Escape in the Loire Valley.


 For travel and cycling tips to the Loire Valley, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.


D1Arrival in Tours


You may arrive in Tours at your leisure; however, we suggest an early arrival to ensure you thoroughly enjoy this historical city. Tours is well served by France’s high-speed TGV trains from Paris. Take advantage of your central lodgings to explore and relax in this lively university town. Be sure to visit the stunning the Saint Gatien Cathedral and the city’s botanical gardens.

D2Tours — Amboise 34 km/22 miles, 190 meters/625 ft of climbing


Kick off your cycling tour with a relaxing ride through the winemaking area of Vouvray — it’s never too early for an included wine tasting! An early arrival in Amboise gives you ample time 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!

D3Amboise — Chenonceaux 23 km/19 miles, 160 meters/525 ft of climbing; Loop via Bourré: 26 km/16 miles, 60 meters/195 ft of climbing


Today’s mileage is low so that you may enjoy a late start from Amboise or spend extra time at the Château de Chenonceau, a 15th-century castle whose dramatic façade bridges the River Cher. An optional additional loop from Chenonceaux will bring you near Bourré, where you may visit the Cave des Roches, a mysterious underground village and mushroom cellar.

D4Chenonceaux — Loches 33 km/21 miles, 210 meters/690 ft of climbing


Cross the Cher River to enter a state of bliss — the beauty of the countryside is some of France’s finest. Pause for a moment in Chédigny, a tiny hamlet called the "Village of roses" for reasons that will quickly become apparent. End your day’s ride in the classic medieval city of Loches. The imposing citadel towering above the town is where Louis XI allegedly held prisoners in iron cages, adding to the Loire Valley’s storied past.

D5Loches — Montbazon 40 km/25 miles, 240 meters/785 ft of climbing


Follow the banks of the Indre River on your ride out of Loches, passing many small charming villages on the banks as you go. Remnants of the past mark your ride, from a Roman bridge to Medieval ruins. Your destination for the day is Montbazon, where a former Count of Anjou nicknamed the “Black Falcon” had his fortress — the “living history” museum is open to visitors.

D6Montbazon — Azay-le-Rideau 23 km/14 miles, 110 meters/360 ft of climbing


Depart Montbazon and meander along the Indre River. The valley is home to numerous beautiful places, including the home of author Honoré de Balzac in Saché. At last, you’ll arrive at the stunning chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. It’s one of the earliest from the French Renaissance period and was built directly on the Indre River, giving it the appearance of floating on the water.

D7Azay-le-Rideau — Tours 64 km/40 miles, 190 meters/625 ft of climbing


Experience an enchanting ride through the forest on your way to the Château de Villandry. Many people consider the highly acclaimed Jardins à la française (French gardens) of this estate to be the most impressive of Renaissance-style gardens in France! Join up with the banks of the Loire River once more as you wheel back to Tours.



After breakfast, depart Tours at the time of your choice.

Booking & Prices

  • Option A
  • 2- and 3-star properties

  • 1,095 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 410 euros
  • 1,145 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 425 euros
  • 1,170 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 440 euros
  • Option A+
  • 1 night in a 2-star property "with character;" 6 nights in 3- and 4-star properties 

  • 1,315 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 490 euros
  • 1,355 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 510 euros
  • 1,395 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 530 euros
  • Option A++
  • 4-star properties

  • 1,715 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 850 euros
  • 1,755 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 865 euros
  • 1,795 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 880 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Roadbook provded as an app. (Android and iPhone) with downloadable directions (no data is necessary) – Cell phone holder not provided (bring your own).
  • Tourist information (provided as part of the app) 
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s cell/mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Adult hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 125 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 235 euros per bike.

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