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Trip Highlights
  • 70% on dedicated Loire à Vélo bike path
  • The gardens of Chateau Chambord
  • The Loire Valley food and wine
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites and world famous chateaux
4 nights from£425.00
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Chateaux of the Loire Valley

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What we love About Chateaux of the Loire Valley

We love...Loire à Vélo Cycle Route
The Loire à Vélo is an 800 kilometre cycle path crossing the Valley of Kings. Running along the banks of France’s longest river, the Loire, you will spend a huge time on this dedicated cycle path allowing traffic free cycling, perfect for less experienced riders or families.
We love...Loire Valley Wines
Enjoy crisp white wines on the banks of the Loire, from grapes grown all around you. Some vineyards date back to Roman times and the Loire produces a huge amount and variety of wines, all of which you can enjoy on your cycling holiday.
We love...Chateaux and Stunning Architecture
The Loire is home to some of the most famous gardens and Chateaux in the world. There is a reason it is called the Valley of Kings. Explore this magnificent architecture at every turn from the gardens at Chambord, and Villandry to the fairytale Chenonceau arching over the River Cher.

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Day by Day

Day 1Arrival

Arrive into Orleans and spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful town’s historic centre or stroll over the Loire on one of its 5 bridges.

Day 2Cycling to Beaugency
Total distance30km

This morning you will start your ride down this majestic river. A cycle through villages, vineyards and bright sunflowers give you a taste of the Loire Valley as you hug the Loire veloroute. As you cycle along the river, there are plenty of points to stop for a coffee, take in the majesty of one of the famous chateaux or even enjoy an afternoon glass of crisp white wine. Cycle paths will lead you to your first stop in Beaugency.

Day 3Cycling from Beaugency to Blois
Total distance45km

Today’s route will take you along quiet lanes before stopping at the famous Chateau Chambord. This magnificent 16th century chateau took fifteen years to build and is Europe’s largest walled estate. Take a look inside and discover the magnificent rooms and its incredible double revolving staircase. The real gem of the chateau though is its gardens. After 14 years historical research into what the gardens looked like in the 16th century, not to mention the €3.5 million spent on it, the gardens are a sight to behold. You can have a sneak preview of the gardens here.

Next, its time to cycle to Blois, the capital of Loir-et-Cher department. Explore this beautiful historic town, located on the banks of the Loire river. It was home to French Kings during the renaissance period.

 

Day 4Cycling from Blois to Amboise
Total distance35km

Today you will cycle through the Pays des Chateau (Land of Castles) to Amboise, a fascinating medieval town. Leonardo da Vinci lived here for his final three years and his tomb now lays in Chateau d’Amboise, which is central to the town. It formally belonged to Catherine de Medici, the Queen of France between 1547-1559.

You will explore another chateau today, as around the half way point is the Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a castle straight from a fairy-tale with its high walls and drawbridge.

If you happen to be visiting between April and October you’ll be in for a treat as the gardens of this chateau play host to the International Garden Festival.

 

Day 5Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel. If you prefer to spend more time in the Loire, we can easily extend your trip.

Key Stats

5day holiday
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35km avg
Expect to ride about 35km per day

How's the Weather? in Loire Valley

The SpringApril to May
The days get longer and the temperature gradually rises to around 20°C. You will experience misty mornings which will soon turn into pleasant days. There will be the odd days of rain but rarely for long periods and there are very few tourists at this time of year.
The SummerJune to September
The Loire is not sweltering like the Riviera at this time and so cycling is a perfect activity as summers usually bring long dry spells. Average daily temperatures are around 24°C although mid July can be hotter.
The AutumnOctober to November
Temperatures begin to cool and days can be cool and crisp. The watery sun gets lower and you will experience beautiful autumnal days.
The WinterDecember to March
The Loire is quite cold at this time and you will experience heavy rains so it's not the ideal time to ride.

Area InformationFor Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is a captivating quintessentially French region famous for its picturesque villages, wineries and chateaux. The valley extends for 280 kilometres and comprises approximately 800 square kilometres including an area designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site . With its flat terrain ‘The Garden of France’ is cycling holiday heaven.

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