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Highlights of the Loire Valley : From Blois to Saumur
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6 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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FRSB425
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Bike Tour: Highlights of the Loire Valley - From Blois to Saumur - 6 days

 

Biking a part of the famous  ‘Loire à Velo’  route through the world famous  Pays des Châteaux’, the most splendid  cultural part of the Loire Valley. ’Along magnificent/grand  castles : Blois, Amboise, Villandry…. Crossing the Anjou-Touraine natural reserve with its beautiful wild river landscapes and nice stops during the day to taste one/some of the excellent wines of the region.

The total ‘Loire à Vélo’ route runs from Nevers to ‘l'Océan‘, let's say from ‘source' to mouth. The route can be divided into 3 various stages which can also be booked separately. You can add additional detours during this trip. This excellently marked second stage varies from flat, slightly sloping to an occasional small climb.

Highlights :

  • Discover towns full of history and the fairy tales castles
  • Explore the beautiful countryside
  • Cycle along the majestic Loire River
  • Taste the delicious local wines from the area
FRSB425 Highlights of the Loire Valley
Route
Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Day 2: Blois - Amboise
Day 3: Amboise - Chenonceaux - Tours
Day 4: Tours - Villandry - Azay-le-Rideau - Huismes
Day 5: Huismes - Fontevraud - Saumur
Day 6: Departure from Saumur

Day 1:    Arrival in Blois

You individually travel to Blois. If there's some time left take a walk around the town which is known for its light facades and blue roofs, its pedestrian streets gracefully preserving the flavour of lost centuries and its serene atmosphere. Also worth a visit is the Royal Chateau de Blois, the residence of several French kings, and a perfect example of the evolution of French architecture between the Middle Ages and 17th century.

 

Day 2:    Blois - Amboise
42 km

From Blois you follow the southern bank of the Loire. Between rolling hills with vineyards you cycle to Cande-sur-Beuvron. Cycle back along the Beuvron to the majestic Loire. High on the bank is the elegant castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire surrounded by beautiful gardens. You are in the historic region Touraine. Visit a wine grower and taste a local ‘sauvignon blanc´. Enjoy the grandeur of the Château Amboise and Clos-Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci once stayed. There are some short climbs on the way.

 Challenge : 42 km, 163 m ascent, 173 m descent

 

Day 3:    Amboise - Chenonceaux - Tours
55 km

Leave the medieval atmosphere of Amboise behind you and cycle to the famous “Château de Chenonceau” which straddles the Cher River in five distinctive arches. It was this chateau which was promised by King Henri II to his mistress Diane de Poitiers, which was sabotaged by the Queen, Catherine de Médicis. Continue your cycling day to the region of the prestigious ´Montlouis’ wines. The ideal microclimate, close to where the Loire and Cher unite, produces grapes of a unique quality. Discover this yourself during a visit to a wine cellar or a lunchbreak. A fine track leads to Tours, the friendly capital of what is called ´the garden of France'. Here great experiences are awaiting you like the magnificent cathedral and basilica, the Olivier Debré Art Centre, the Botanical Garden, the flavors of the markets...

 Challenge : 55 km, 195m ascent, 203m descent

 

Day 4:    Tours - Villandry - Azay-le-Rideau - Huismes
56 km

This beautiful stage takes you first along the south bank of the dreamy Cher river to the picturesque village of Savonnières, known for its caves and underground lake. Not many kilometers later you reach Villandry. Visit the palatial castle of the same name with its world-famous gardens and refined interior which gives a good impression of the French 'art de vivre' in the 18th century. Continue to Azay-le-Rideau and its beautiful castle. Later meet again the Loire, on the high bank you have beautiful views of the river and its islands full of water birds. Passing front of the Château of Rigny-Ussé (The Sleeping Beauty) before reaching Huismes, your final destination.

 Challenge : 56 km, 145m ascent, 107 m descent

 

Day 5:    Huismes - Fontevraud - Saumur
55 km

Enjoying the magnificent panoramas you go on to the lovely Candes-St-Martin where the Vienne and Loire confluent. This is Anjou, known for its wines and troglodytes. From Fontevraud, choose the track close to the Loire or follow the higher, more exciting but also more strenuous track across the vineyards. Both end at the castle of Saumur.

 Challenge : 55 km, 281m ascent, 256m descent

 

Day 6:    Departure from Saumur

Breakfast marks the end of the trip. Have you got some time left, then visit the horse town Saumur, the home base of the prestigious riding academy Cadre Noir where the elite of the French horsemen is trained. Enjoy the beautiful houses with their white tuff stone fronts in the centre. Admire the proud castle and all the other beautiful classified monuments.

 

Accommodation

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

For this trip you can choose between Comfort and Comfort +. The accommodations for a Comfort+ trip, will be in 3*/4 * hotels wherever possible (supplement applied).

Hotel Anne de Bretagne *** (Blois)
Hotel Le Chaptal*** (Amboise)
Hotel Mirabeau ** (Tours)
B&B La Chancellerie (Huismes)
Ibis Styles Saumur Gare Centre*** (Saumur)
Bike rental

SCOTT Sub Cross Men/Lady Alloy Frame, 24 Speed 

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

 

SCOTT E-Sub 

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Practical info

5 Nights icluded

2/3 Star Hotels and B&B or 3/4 Star Hotels (supplement applied)

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotels

Parking informations on request

GPS tracks are available on request

Arrival info

The international Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the North and Orly in the South are served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines.They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Blois, see below.

You can get to Blois by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF  

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Saumur. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

From Paris to Blois (approx. 2h - 185 km/115 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

Comfort Comfort +
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