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The Loire Valley from Chateau to Chateau

Discover with your family the splendours of the Loire Chateaux by bike
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme rivers and canals, countryside
630€

Information : The Loire Valley from Chateau to Chateau

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Journey back to the time of the Renaissance and all its splendours, moving from chateau to chateau, ...
You'll make your way alongside the Loire on appealing narrow paths, slip through vast estate woods in search of Sleeping Beauty, and of course avoid getting lost in the big bad forest by following our excellent signposted cycle tracks specially selected so that even mums and dads can find their way! A 'master key' in hand, you'll open the great gates of castles along the way. And the youngest among you will love searching for his lordship's treasure thanks to the guidebook for the use of curious kids.

You'll love

  • the fact that the daily stages are perfect for children
  • each route being signposted along its length
  • visiting the world-renowned châteaux of Chambord, Chaumont and Cheverny
  • the rich fauna that inhabit the woodland you traverse
  • the pleasant and safe cycle paths through the forests

Program : The Loire Valley from Chateau to Chateau

  • D1 Arrival late afternoon in Blois

    Reception and settling in.

    Dinner in restaurant in the heart of the old town and night in 2 star hotel.

  • D2 Bike ride along the Loire

    24 km stage. Fairly level terrain. Around 2hrs30. Level 1/5.
    This first day's cycling - a nice warm-up ride - brings you along the Loire riverside to Candé sur Beuvron, pretty village at the confluence of the Loire and Beuvron rivers. From there you can if you wish go on to the Château de Chaumont. The return leg goes through the Forest of Russy.
    Things to see: the royal châteaux of Blois and Chambord.

    This evening you eat out independently, then spend the night at the 2 star hotel in Blois.

  • D3 From Blois to Bracieux via Chambord

    Fairly level 33 km ride. About 3hrs. Level 1/5.
    The first section is along the "Loire à Vélo" itinerary to the village of Saint-Dyé, the former port of Chambord. Then you head for the Château of Chambord. When you see it, you'll know why it's not-to-be-missed. Fine paths through the Forest of Boulogne (sic!) bring you back to your hotel.

    Dinner in a restaurant and night at 2 star hotel in Bracieux.

  • D4 Ride in the area around Bracieux

    29 kms if you include an extension for a bathing break. Level terrain. 2 or 3 hrs. Level 1/5.
    On the programme - a lovely cross-country ride to get to Cour-Cheverny. (The visit to the Château if planned for tomorrow.) Today we suggest a dip in the natural surroundings of the forest of Chambord. In the afternoon there's food for the mind on a visit to the Château of Villesavin.

    This evening you eat out independently, then spend the night at the 2 star hotel in Bracieux.

  • D5 From Bracieux to Chitenay via Cheverny

    26 km stage on fairly even ground. About 3hrs. Level 1/5.
    A sally into La Sologne, between small lakes and market gardens.
    After a lovely passage through the forest, you arrive at the gates of the Château de Cheverny. And if you have the time, why not also visit the Château de Troussay just before you get back to your hotel.

    We organise the transfer to Blois so you may pick up your own vehicle.
    Dinner and night in 3 star hotel in Chitenay.

  • D6 Ride in the area around Chitenay

    24 km stage along pretty level ground. About 2hrs30. Level 1/5.
    A grand finale for your stay, this: visit to the Château de Fougères which is well-adapted to the needs of children.
    The ride goes through more open countryside, between the vineyards of Cheverny and broad pastures grazed by flocks of sheep.

    Dinner and night in 3 star hotel with pool and spa in Chitenay.

  • D7 Departure

    Departure after breakfast

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 660 €
Junior (12-17) : 560 €
Child (2-11) : 430 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult : 750 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  750 €
Child (2 - 11) : 710 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

930 €

Solo traveller

990 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 630 €
Junior (12-17) : 535 €
Child (2-11) : 410 €
Baby (0-1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult :  720 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 720 €
Child (2 - 11) : 680 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

900 €

Solo traveller

960 €

What's included?

  • Half board accommodation, except days 2 and 4 (night and breakfast)
  • 2 and 3 star hotels.
  • "Pass" provided for visits to 4 chateau: Blois, Cheverny, Chaumont and Chambord for the long stay and 3 chateau (Blois, Chambord, Cheverny) for the short stay.
  • Baggage transported for you from place to place.
  • Roadbook provided along with route-marked maps.
  • Technical and logistical assistance provided.

Optional

  • Picnics for the whole trip from :
    • Adult or junior : 55 €
    • Child : 35 €
  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike rental for adult or junior : 100 €
    • Mountain bike for child : 60 €
    • Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 60 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike for adult or junior: 165 €

What's not included ?

  • Dinners on days 2 and 4
  • Beverage and extra
  • Parking for your vehicle for the 4 first days in Blois : to pay directly
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycle tour going from place to place, suitable for families.
  • Daily stages from 24 to 33 kms, about 2hrs30 to 3hrs30.
  • Even terrain, little uphill.

Organisation

These rides are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage to each stopover location. A detailed roadbook will be your guide throughout your trip. We also provide the logistical and technical support necessary.

On longer holidays you change lodgings every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or just take the time to rest and relax.

Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 star/'épis' guest houses or hotels, chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may have to be modified according to availability at the moment when final reservation is confirmed.

Certain stages do not include an evening meal; on these occasions you will find plenty of eating places locally.

Access

By car

Highway A10 : Paris / Bordeaux, exit Blois (170 km) National rout RN 152 : Paris / Orléans / Blois (180 km)

By air

Tours Airport

By train

Blois railway station. The accommodation is 10' walk from the railway station

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • Very pleasant stay, castles are a treasure.

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