Cycling and family in France: The Loire like in a fairy tale

7 Days

Your trip

Cycle through numerous castles and natural river landscapes in the beautiful Loire Valley, the Garden of France

Enjoy relaxing cycle tours, cultural highlights and fascinating stories about the castles of the Loire Valley – which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

You and your family cycle through picturesque landscapes with dreamy residences just like in a fairy tale: Attention princess, your castle! Always worth a break! Regional delicacies and the region’s famous wines invite you to enjoy your vacation like royalty!

Accommodation

You will stay in 3*** and 4**** hotels with a swimming pool. All rooms are equipped with shower/WC.

When booking the trip we offer different types of rooms:

> A double room is a room with a double bed

>A 2-bed room is a room with two separate beds

> a 3-bed room is usually a room with a double bed + a bed/sofa bed

> a 4-bed room can also be replaced by two adjoining double or twin rooms, depending on hotel availability.

Requirements

The tour is easy to ride. Many castles, gardens and floodplains offer ever-changing destinations for a break. There is always something new to discover. The trails are mostly low-traffic and carefree to ride in a family clan.

> The total travel distance over all days is approx. 205 km.

> Uphill elevation profile: 440 m

> 90% on paved roads, the remaining sections are unpaved.

> The routes have been specially selected for the little ones among the cyclists. You will mainly be riding on cycle paths or roads with little traffic.

> On day 2 there is a train connection between the overnight locations.

>On days 2 and 3 there is the option of shortening the route by train.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bikes

You are welcome to hire bicycles from us for your tour.

Unisex or men’s touring bikes with Shimano Deore 27-speed derailleur gears. Bikes with 7-speed hub gears and coaster brakes are available on request

Electric bikes (unisex) with a 9-speed gearbox and assistance up to 25 km/h. Range: approx. 90 km (depending on driving style).

Children’s bikes with tire sizes 20 – 24 inches

Follow-me tandem for children’s bikes 20″ – max. 30 kg – 6-8 years

Parent-child tandem 1 adult + 1 child 6-8 years

All bikes are equipped with puncture-proof tires, waterproof pannier, handlebar bag (1 x per room), repair kit (1 x per room) and bike lock.

Own bikes

> It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk.

> For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bike tours.
You are also welcome to rent it for the duration of the trip.

Arrival

In addition to the OKW, the starting point and destination Blois is also easily accessible by train.
Timetables and prices are available from the French railroads at www.sncf.de.

Country information

Please note our information on entering France under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Sightseeing on the way

  • The royal gardens of Louis XII in Blois
  • Chenonceaux Castle
  • Château de Chambord Castle

From day to day

Individual arrival in Blois :
Day 1

Individual arrival in Blois

Individual arrival in Blois, in the valley of Jeanne d’Arc. Use the time to visit Ludwig the Twelfth’s royal palace and stroll through the city’s many alleyways with their thousands of steps and medieval quarters.

Hotel
Cycling tour Blois - Amboise (about 45 km) :
Day 2

Cycling tour Blois – Amboise, about 45 km

After visiting the city of Blois with its imposing castle, you will cycle along the Loire River until you reach the Chateau of Chaumont, built on a hill on the banks of the river. From here you continue along the left bank of the river to Amboise. Here you can visit another castle and the residence of Leonardo da Vinci, where he spent the last three years of his life.

Breakfast
Hotel
Cycle tour Amboise - Chenonceaux - Amboise, approx. 35 km :
Day 3

Cycle tour Amboise – Chenonceaux – Amboise, approx. 35 km

The day begins with a lovely cycle tour through the beautiful forests of Amboise, followed by a ride through fields of wheat and barley. Your destination is Chenonceaux Castle, which towers over the loop of the River Cher with its beautiful parks.

The bike is the ideal means of transportation for this stage, which takes you through green landscapes back to Amboise.

The route has a few climbs and descents before arriving in Chenonceaux. Possible return journey by train.

Breakfast
Hotel
Cycle tour Amboise - Chitenay, approx. 45 km :
Day 4

Cycle tour Amboise – Chitenay, approx. 45 km

The route takes you through fields of wheat and poppies and past hundred-year-old oak trees. You cycle through the fertile Touraine region. An agricultural region with many small villages, all of which are worth a detour. The route is very beautiful and leads along small roads with virtually no traffic. The most difficult climb is right at the start and is approx. 1 km long.

Breakfast
Hotel
Cycle tour Chitenay - Blois, approx. 35 km :
Day 5

Cycle tour Chitenay – Blois, approx. 35 km

An easy stage is on the program today: the tour takes you from Chitenay to the charming little town of Cellettes, which lies on the tranquil River Beuvron. Here you can visit Beauregard Castle.

After cycling through the beautiful woodland of Roussy, the Loire lies before you again: the elegant bridge and the little town of Blois with its monuments, art treasures and narrow alleyways around the castle.

Breakfast
Hotel
Cycle tour Blois - Chambord - Blois, approx. 45 km :
Day 6

Cycle tour Blois – Chambord – Blois, approx. 45 km

Today’s stage takes you to one of the Loire’s most famous and majestic castles: Chambord. You leave the hotel and cycle off in the direction of St. Dyè sur Loire, an ancient town on the banks of the Loire. From there, continue south into the heart of the French countryside until you finally reach the park-like forest that surrounds the castle.

Breakfast
Farewell to Blois :
Day 7

Farewell to Blois

After a week in the fresh air, head back home – or stay a little longer. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like us to reserve an extra night in this beautiful old royal city for you.

Breakfast

Services

contain

  • 6 x overnight stays with breakfast in 3 or 4 star hotels with swimming pool
  • Luggage transport
  • App with maps, route description, points of interest and GPS data
  • Digital tour information
  • Service hotline (partly in English)
  • Tourist tax

not included:

  • Arrival/Departure
  • Admissions
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Everything that is not listed under the indication "Included in the price

Dates and prices

Arrival 2024: Every Saturday in the …
Season 1 04.05. – 07.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1
Double room w. breakfast 750 €
Single room with breakfast: only on request 1.150 €
Children discounts
Child as 3rd pers in room up to under 6 years old 0 €
Child as 3rd person in room from 6 and under 13 years 450 €
Child as 3rd person in room from 13 and under 16 years 580 €
Child as 3rd person in room from 16 years 320 €
Discount for 2 adults in double room, maximum 1 extra bed in double or shared room.
Rental bicycles
Rental bike e-bike 280 €
Rental bike tours 120 €
Rental bike children 100 €
Rental bike parents – children – tandem 220 €
Rental trailer children 90 €
Bicycle helmet 15 €

Questions

Is there a child discount or family discount?

Yes! If you are working with min. two full-paying guests, you can take children with you in a shared or double room with an extra bed under the following conditions:
– Children 0 to under 6 years: 100%. Note: if necessary, a surcharge is payable directly on site.
– Children 6 to under 12 years: 50%. Note: please book as “Child 1”.
– Children 12 to under 16 years: 25%. Note: please book as “child 2”.
– Children aged 16 and over: flat-rate reduction of €100 on the price for adults. Note: please book as “Child 3”.

Please note: The given route is only a suggestion. Follow the Loire and the paths as you please. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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