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Loire Valley 'relaxed' - from Orléans to Tours
Loire Valley 'relaxed' - from Orléans to Tours
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Duration :
6 days
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period:
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Code:
FRSB430
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Loire Valley 'relaxed' - from Orléans to Tours
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Bike Tour: Loire Valley 'relaxed' - from Orléans to Tours - 6 days

You follow the northern part of the royal valley by cycling along the majestic river from Orléans to Tours and discover France’s most prestigious Chateaux de la Loire: Blois, Chambord, Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont, Le Clos-Lucé, Chenonceau...This trip combines historical heritage, wonderful landscapes of different natural areas and delicious French cuisine !

Highlights :

  • Discover the world famous 'Pays des Châteaux’, the most splendid cultural part of the Loire Valley
  • Take your time with this relaxed version
  • Accross the heart of the Touraine with its beautiful wild riverscapes
  • Taste some of the excellent wines of the area

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.

FRSB430
Route
Day 1: Arrival in Orléans
Day 2: Orléans - Beaugency
Day 3: Beaugency - Blois
Day 4: Blois - Amboise
Day 5: Amboise - Tours
Day 6: Departure from Tours

Day 1:    Arrival in Orléans

You individually travel to Orléans, the entrance/gateway to the heart of the famous Loire valley. Once it was a capital in the early French Middle Ages, but nowadays it’s a lively, modern town with a beautiful historic centre.  An ideal place to start this route along Europe’s last wild river: the Loire.

 

Day 2:    Orléans - Beaugency
29 km

Once you have left the city noise behind, you soon reach the confluence of the Loiret and the Loire. A part of the day you follow the high banks with beautiful views of the surrounding undulating countryside. Don’t miss the charming and historic town Meung-sur-Loire. Finally arrive at historic Beaugency where you can admire the beautiful old Loire bridge. In 1429 Jeanne d'Arc's army was crossing this bridge to liberate the smal town. You will find her statue here on a prominent spot.

Challenge : 29 km, 12 m ascent, 32 m descent

 

Day 3:    Beaugency - Blois
46 km

Leave charming Beaugency behind you and follow the wonderful, flat track along the river bank from Tavers to Avaray. It leads you in a very relaxed way into the unique landscape of the world famous ‘Pays des Châteaux’: Blois, Amboise, Tours...  Choose one of the different routes available. Although the original ‘Loire à Vélo’ route is the fastest, other more winding circuits make it possible to admire also other splendid 'chateaux' before you enter the historic city of Blois. 

Challenge : 46 km, 78 m ascent, 101 m descent

 

Day 4:    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, 173 m ascent, 163 m descent

 

Day 5:    Amboise - Tours
42 km

Leave the medieval atmosphere of Amboise behind you and cycle into 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 lunch break. 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 : 42 km, 163 m ascent, 173 m descent

 

Day 6:    Departure from Tours

Breakfast marks the end of the trip. Have you got some time left? Visit the beautiful historic centre of Tours, the 'ville d'art et d'histoire'. Travel back to Orléans by train.

Accommodation

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

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

For more comfort, when it's possible we can upgrade the hotels with 3/4 * category (supplement applied).

Hotel Escale Oceania *** (Orléans)
Hotel Relais des Templiers** (Beaugency)
Hotel Anne de Bretagne *** (Blois)
Hotel Le Chaptal*** (Amboise)
Hôtel Mirabeau** (Tours)
Bike rental

The bike rental includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return

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 included

2/3 Star Hotels 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 Orléans, see below.

You can get to Orléans 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 Tours (train station TGV). For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

From Paris to Orléans (approx. 1h50 - 135 km/84 mi) / From Tours to Paris (approx. 2h30 - 240 km/150 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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