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

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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

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Loire Valley, click here to see the Loire Valley regional page.

  • Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 15th through October 9th, 2022
  • Daily mileage: From 15 km (9 miles) to 57 km (35 miles, long option) daily on easy terrain
  • Trip starts and ends in Tours. Tours is a 2 hour train ride from Paris
  • Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties and a hotel "of character" (Option A), 2- and 3-star properties and guesthouses (Option A+), or 3- and 4-star properties and guesthouses of charm (Option A++) 
  • Level: 2 (Easy) 

Kids' rates are based on age and will vary depending on available rooms (limited inventory of family rooms)

Traverser la Loire et découvrir le Château d'Amboise en suivant cet itinéraire

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

  • Level
  • PriceFrom 970 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Description

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.

Itinerary

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/21 miles, 270 meters/885 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 15 km/9 miles, 155 meters/510 ft of climbing; Loop via Bourré: 42 km/26 miles, 280 meters/920 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, 255 meters/835 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 XIallegedly held prisoners in iron cages, adding to the Loire Valley’s storied past.

D5Loches — Montbazon 40 km/25 miles, 325 meters/1,070 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, 180 meters/590 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 34 km/21 miles, 220 meters/720 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.

D8Departure

 

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

Booking & Prices

  • Option A
  • 3 nights in a 3-star properties, 1 night in a hotel of “character” and 3 nights in 2-star properties

  • 970 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 410 euros
  • 995 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 420 euros
  • 1,020 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 430 euros
  • Option A+
  • 1 night in a 3-star property; 2 nights in 2-star properties and 4 nights in guesthouses and hotels of “character”

  • 1,080 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 470 euros
  • 1,155 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 480 euros
  • 1,230 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 490 euros
  • Option A++
  • 6 nights in 4-star properties and 1 night in a 3-star property 

    Single supplement on request

  • 1,605 euros per person in April and October.
  • 1,680 euros per person in May, June and September.
  • 1,755 euros per person in July and August.

These prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route information provided as an application
  • Smart phone app. (Android and iPhone) with downloadable directions/roadbook (no data is necessary) – Cell phone holder not provided (bring your own).
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Tourist information
  • 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 105 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 215 euros per bike.

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