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Fairytale Castles Along the Loire River
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Loire Valley Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April through October 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 28 km (17 miles) to 90 km (56 miles, long option) on easy terrain
Trip starts from Blois and ends in Angers. Blois is a 2-hour train ride from Paris, or a mere 40 minute train ride from Tours!
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 905 euros per person sharing a double room
A minimum of 2 riders is required for this tour

From Blois to Angers: Fairytale Castles Along the Loire River —
7 nights/8 days

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You will bicycle all the way to Angers, the final destination of this bicycle trip.
 
This bicycle trip will take you to many castles including Villandry famous for its gardens
  No amusement park comes close to the Loire Valley, an area so rich in historic and architectural heritage that the whole region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Where else can you bicycle past Sleeping Beauty's Castle? The real one — not the Disney version! Here you’ll also find the “Castle of Love”, a structure that not only inspires fairytales but served as home to Good King René of Anjou, who penned his own tales of gallant knights.

Bicycling is the perfect way to discover the storybook charm of grand châteaux and little half-timbered villages alike. We've kept the mileage to a minimum to allow you to visit these sites in depth, and to relax in the pastoral setting that appears to spring straight from a romantic's daydream. Or perhaps a few different daydreams — those of 14th and 15th century French kings who seem to have shared a favorite pastime: attempting to outdo all other noblemen by building more and more intricate chateaux here.

If your time constraints don't allow you to spend a whole week visiting the Loire Valley region, keep in mind that we also offer a 4 night/5 day Royal Short Escape through the Loire Valley.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Blois

Your tour begins in Blois, a small town located a mere 40 minutes’ train ride from Tours (or 2 hours from Paris). We can’t recommend enough your early arrival to allow plenty of time for exploring Blois and its Renaissance castle. Your stay here is a proper introduction to your discovery tour of this fascinating region!
Day 2: Blois — Chambord — Amboise (Short Option: 44 km/28 miles, 290 meters/960 ft of climbing; Long Option via Chambord: 90 km/56 miles, 615 meters/2,025 ft of climbing)

Although you will be provided with a short option (44 km/28 miles), we highly recommend our standard route that will take you to the impressive Chateau de Chambord, one of the do-not-miss sites in the Loire Valley. Another recommended stop along the way is the Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire. The Loire River will lead you to Amboise. One of its treasures is the magnificent royal castle, the resting place of Leonardo da Vinci and home to an impressive collection of Gothic and Renaissance furnishings. Also in Amboise is Clos-Lucé, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.
Day 3: Amboise — Tours (Via Montlouis: 28 km/17 miles, 155 meters/510 ft of climbing; Via Vouvray: 34 km/21 miles, 245 meters/800 ft of climbing)

Following your detailed directions, you will then ride through the vineyards of Vouvray, an area that produces an exquisite wine. We’re sure you won’t mind stopping for a tasting! Our longer option will take you to Tours along the River Cher to the magnificent Château de Chenonceau, the illustrious women who lived there add to its sultry mystique!
Day 4: Tours — Azay-le-Rideau (34 km/21 miles, 185 meters/605 ft of climbing)

After breakfast, you'll head to Savonnières and the "Grottes Pétrifiantes" (petrified caves). Villandry and its famous gardens is your next must-see site. Another suggested stop is Saché, Honoréde-Balzac's home during his most productive years. If you’re not interested in touring a specific castle or museum, you can always opt for a three-hour lunch at an outdoor café! However, you should definitely consider stopping at Azay-le-Rideau, one of the most outstanding castles of the Loire Valley, to conclude today's memorable ride.
Day 5: Azay-le-Rideau — Chinon (33 km/20 miles, 210 meters/680 ft of climbing; Optional ride to Langeais: 55 km/28 miles, 265 meters/860 ft of climbing)

The easy pace of today’s route allows you ample time to stop on your way to Chinon. Before riding westward along the Loire, you may opt to do our additional ride to Langeais, a 15th-century fortress that houses an exceptional collection of tapestries and works of art. On your way to Chinon, you’ll pass by Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Ussé — the real 15th-century castle that inspired Charles Perrault to pen the fairy tale. Once in Chinon, admire the sprawling fortress where Joan of Arc met Charles VII and convinced him to be crowned king in Reims. Your included wine cellar visit is a great chance to try more local wine!
Day 6: Chinon — Saumur (49 km/30 miles, 375 meters/1,230 ft of climbing)

You'll probably want to stroll through medieval Chinon before getting on your bicycle. Do so, and on your way to Saumur, you’ll have the opportunity to sample Chinon’s claim to fame: its wine! The imposing Abbey-de-Fontevraud, one of the greatest monastic settlements founded in the 12th century, will provide a welcome stop. The Loire will lead you to Saumur, a well-put-together city (hometown of fashion design icon Coco Chanel!) whose history includes castles (of course) as well as a World War II battle. The wine here isn’t half bad, either.
Day 7: Saumur — Angers (65 km/40 miles, 500 meters/1,630 ft of climbing)

Your final riding day will take you to the lovely city of Angers. An early arrival will allow for an easy-paced afternoon visiting Good King Rene of Anjou's “Castle of Love," the retreat where he enjoyed reading and writing (and spending time with his beloved bride). There’s also a very interesting tapestry museum you could visit, unless you prefer to spend your last day buying souvenirs and writing envy-inducing postcards to family and friends.
Day 8: Departure from Angers

After breakfast, depart Angers at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 905 euros per person sharing a double room
Kids' rate is based on age and will vary depending on available rooms (limited inventory of family rooms)


Three options are available for this trip:

Option A: Using a mix of 2- and 3-star properties

  • 905 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 280 euros
  • 915 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 290 euros
  • 945 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 300 euros
   
Option A+: Using a mix of 3-star properties and guesthouses

  • 995 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 360 euros
  • 1,040 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 370 euros
  • 1,125 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 405 euros
   
Option A++: Using a mix of 3- and 4-star properties

  • 1,415 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 445 euros
  • 1,480 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 470 euros
  • 1,580 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 515 euros
   
These prices include:


  • 7 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • 1 wine cellar visit & tasting on Day 3
  • 1 wine cellar visit in Chinon on Day 5
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Adult hybrid bikes are available at the price of 115 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Blois. E-bikes are available upon request.

For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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