Cycle & Stay Holiday: Romantic Castles of the Loire in France
8 days / 7 nights
Its romantic castles, churches, famous gardens make Loire Valley as a unique area with delicious charms where harmony between nature and architecture will leave you an unforgettable souvenir. The Kings of France chosed this area of France for leaving here and they left here their historical print. Your route will drive you not only along the longest river of France with its wild sides but also among famous vineyards of Anjou, picturesque villages and the Valleys of Indre and Cher.
Day 1: Arrival in Tours
Time to get a first impression from this beautiful town between the Loire and the Cher River.
Day 2: Tours – Chinon (Cycling 61 km / 38 miles)
You leave the city from the riverside of the Loire. Few kilometres further, you arrive to the famous gardens of Villandry Castle. From the little roads parallel to the Loire, you have a nice view on the wild sides of the Loire river. Passing among fields you will arrive to the Sleeping Beauty's castle, in Ussé. Then you cycle up to Chinon dominated by the ruins of the castle of Charles the VIIth. During the 12th century, the king Henry the IInd of England fell in love with this beautiful town, located on the side of the river Vienne. (up: 126 m / down: 139 m)
Day 3: Chinon – Fontevraud – Chinon (Cycling 55 or 70 km / 34 or 43 miles)
Today, you will cycle from Chinon to Fontevraud, one of the huggest abbeys in France, which was during the 12th century under protection of Plantagenets' family. (Henry the IInd, Richard the Lionheart as well as Aliénor from Aquitaine are engraved here. On your way back to Chinon, you will cycle among the vineyards of Anjou. (up: 455 m / down: 461 m)
Day 4: Chinon – Azay-le-Rideau (Cycling 36 km / 22 miles)
From Chinon to Azay le Rideau, you will cross nice forests. Your arrival to Azay le Rideau is showing you the charms of the Indre Valley : romantic riversides, beautiful houses made of stones and the amazing castle described as a diamond by the french the writer Honoré de Balzac. (up: 352 m / down: 350 m)
Day 5: Azay-le-Rideau – Chenonceaux (Cycling 59 km / 37 miles)
You leave the Indre Valley in order to follow the Cher Valley. Montbazon, Bléré, nice little town. Then the famous castle of Chenonceau called « Château des Dames ». Maybe behind a door or during a walk in the magnificent gardens you will meet the ghosts of Catherine de Medicis or Diane de Poitiers. (up: 353 m / down: 334 m)
Day 6: Chenonceaux – Blois (Cycling 76 km / 47 miles)
Today's route will pass by Montrichard in the Cher valley ; you will cross cute little villages and arrive to Cheverny. Then you will follow Blois by Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire valley. Blois was the seat of the royalties during many years and this town is marked by different art currents from various periods. A castle with an interesting history. (up: 515 m / down: 516 m)
Day 7: Blois – Tours (Cycling 75 km / 47 miles)
The last cycling day will leave you an unforgettable souvenir. You will follow the side of this fascinating river Loire up to the royal castle of Amboise. In Amboise, do not miss the visit of Clos Lucé, famous house where Leonard of Vinci spent the last years of his life. Back to Tours along the Loire side. (up: 278 m / down: 299 m)
Day: 8 Tours
Your cycling trip in Loire Valley is unfortunately finished but you will bring back home a complete range of great souvenirs…
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.