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Cycling in the Valley of Kings: Orléans to Tours

Le fameux Château de Chambord près de Blois 5
Visit the gorgeous Chateau de Cheverny The Chateau de Chambord, near Blois is one of the famous castle in France Bike over the beautiful Loire river and visit the Chateau d'Amboise The Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire is on your itinerary The Château  de Chenonceau spanning the river Cher is a highlight of this cycle tour

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 13 km (8 miles) to 60 km (37 miles, long option) on easy terrain
  • Trip starts from Orléans and ends in Tours. Orléans is an hour train ride from Paris
  • Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties (Option A), 3-star properties, a 2-star hotel of "character" and guesthouses (Option A+), or 3- and 4-star properties (Option A++)
  • Level 2 (Easy)

Kids' rate is based on age and will vary depending on available rooms (limited inventory of family rooms).

Le fameux Château de Chambord près de Blois

Cycling in the Valley of Kings: Orléans to Tours

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  • PriceFrom 960 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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France’s noble ranks set up residence in the Loire Valley for centuries, earning it the nickname "Valley of Kings." Early on, fortress-castles were built in strategic locations, while later grand châteaux were designed to display wealth and power. Its proximity to Paris — today only an hour’s ride away by train — and its romantic setting proved an ideal retreat for royals to escape the crowds. Nowadays, it’s an ideal retreat for cyclists, with particular thanks to the fairly flat Loire à Vélo cycling route that stretches from central France to the Atlantic.

The best introduction to the Valley of the Kings is the strikingly handsome Orléans, one of France’s most prosperous medieval cities. Here you’ll find many nods to Joan of Arc in the form of statues, religious art, etc., for it was she who ended the siege of Orléans and captured residents’ hearts forever. Many of the towns along the route look as though they haven’t changed since the “Maid of Orléans” set foot in the region!

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 through the Loire Valley.


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


D1Arrival in Orléans


Arrive in Orléans at the time of your choice. Some of the major highlights are the magnificent Cathédrale-Saint-Croix and the house where Joan of Arc stayed. You may also wish to explore the crypt of Saint-Aignan and some of the city’s mansions, such as Hôtel Groslot or Hôtel des Créneaux.

D2Orléans — Beaugency 39 km/ 24 miles, 125 meters/410 ft of climbing


Your first day of riding makes it very evident why the Loire Valley is called the “Garden of France” — the colorful hues of the lush countryside paint an alluring scene for your ride. Since you’re on a self-guided tour, feel free to stop for a picnic wherever you please! Your destination is Beaugency, another fairytale-style town with streams running through some of its streets and flower boxes all around town.

D3Beaugency — Blois 48 km/30 miles, 275 meters/900 ft of climbing


Today’s route takes you through an enchanting stretch of forest, through which you’ll ride to the grandiose Château de Chambord. Take time to wander through the castle — a former hunting lodge with a mere 440 rooms — and the sprawling estate. Continue on to Blois, another town pulled straight from a storybook, either by bike or by rail. In the Loire Valley, you’re never far from a train station.

D4Blois — Mosnes Short Option: 30 km/19 miles, 190 meters/630 ft of climbing; Long Option: 60 km/37 miles, 390 meters/1,270 ft of climbing


A quiet ride through vineyards and pastoral scenery brings you to Cheverny. The well-maintained château de Cheverny is owner-occupied, but its richly decorated rooms and manicured grounds are open to visitors. The next castle on your route is the luxurious Renaissance-era Château de Beauregard, home to a gallery of 327 portraits of famous European leaders. Need a break from castles? You’re free to go to wine tastings, browse shops or markets, or do whatever else you please.

D5Mosnes — Amboise 13 km/8 miles, 95 meters/305 ft of climbing


An early start allows for more time to explore Amboise, a quintessential Loire town. Visit the hilltop châteaux, wander past the troglodytes, or cave dwellings, and stop in at Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life. The museum at Château Clos Lucé allows you to glimpse into his alluring world of ideas and contraptions (models of which are on display).

D6Amboise loop via Chenonceau Short Option: 37 km/23 miles, 290 meters/945 ft of climbing; Long Option via Bourré: 61 km/38 miles, 400 meters/1,300 ft of climbing


You can choose not to ride today’s loop, but we highly recommend you ride to Château de Chenonceau, a 15th-century castle whose dramatic façade bridges the River Cher. Elongate your ride with extra mileage along the Cher River to Bourré and the nearby Cave des Roches.

D7Amboise — Tours Via Montlouis: 28 km/17 miles, 155 meters/510 ft of climbing; Via Vouvray: 34 km/21 miles, 245 meters/800 ft of climbing


Complete your cycling adventure through the Loire Valley with a ride to Tours, an active university town. Be sure to visit the stunning St. Gatien Cathedral and the city’s botanical gardens.



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

Booking & Prices

  • Option A
  • 5 nights in 3-star properties and 2 nights in 2-star properties 

  • 960 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 405 euros
  • 990 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 415 euros
  • 1,020 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 425 euros
  • Option A+
  • 4 nights in 3-star properties; 1 night in a 2-star hotel of “character” and 2 nights in
    guesthouses of “character”

  • 1,050 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 505 euros
  • 1,090 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 515 euros
  • 1,130 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 525 euros
  • Option A++
  • 4 nights in 4-star properties and 3 nights in 3-star properties of “character”

  • 1,395 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 705 euros
  • 1,445 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 715 euros
  • 1,495 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 725 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • 1 wine cellar visit & tasting on Day 7
  • Itinerary 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 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 price of 125 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 245 euros per bike. This price includes the drop-off fee for the bike's return to Orléans.

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