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A Royal Short Escape in the Loire Valley
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Loire Valley Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April through October 2017
4 nights/5 days
Daily mileage: From 13 km (8 miles) to 64 km (40 miles, long option) on easy terrain
Trip starts from Blois and ends in Amboise. Blois is a 2 hour train ride from Paris
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties (Option A), 3-star properties and guesthouses (Option A+), and 3- and 4-star properties (Option A++)
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 515 euros per person sharing a double room

A Royal Short Escape in the Loire Valley — 4 nights/5 days

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Bike over the beautiful Loire river and visit the Chateau d'Amboise.
 
Visit the gorgeous Chateau de Cheverny.
  If you love cycling, castles, and country scenery, and you have a long weekend to spare, our escape in the riverfront Loire Valley is a dream come true!

Travel along the river through vineyards, peaceful farmland, and little villages that remind you of a fairytale. That there are so many châteaux to explore on flat, easy terrain makes it the perfect region for adults and children alike! As you ride through the UNESCO World Heritage landscape, you’ll be able to visit no fewer than nine castles — in only four days! You can’t miss the big names like the spectacularly large Château de Chambord and the oh-so-romantic Château de Chenonceau. No less intriguing are the Château de Blois, Château d’Amboise, Leonardo da Vinci’s beloved Château de Clos Lucé, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Château de Cheverny, Château de Beauregard, and the Château Fougères-sur-Bièvre. Of course, if you opt to skip a castle to spend more time cruising around on your bike, we completely understand!

For a more thorough trip in the Loire Valley, you may want to consider one of our week-long trips: Blois to Angers, Orleans to Tours, or our Tours loop.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Blois

Arrive in Blois at the time of your choice (40 minutes by train from Tours or 2 hours from Paris). The earlier you arrive, the more time you’ll have to enjoy this charming Renaissance town. A half-timbered main street connects the riverfront to a towering royal castle.
Day 2: Blois — Cheverny (Short Option: 23 km/14 miles, 125 meters/405 ft of climbing; Via Chambord: 40 km/25 miles, 250 meters/815 ft of climbing; Via Chambord & Sologne: 64 km/40 miles, 410 meters/1,350 ft of climbing)

After breakfast, you'll meet with our local rep, then set out through the forest on a ride to the magnificent Château de Chambord, a hunting lodge with a mere 440 rooms! Another quiet ride brings you to Cheverny, a small but beautifully maintained estate. Fans of the Tintin comics might recognize it as the inspiration behind the fictional “Chateau de Moulinsart.”
Day 3: Cheverny — Mosnes (Via Fougères: 37 km/23 miles, 260 meters/860 ft of climbing; Via Beauregard: 47 km/29 miles, 275 meters/910 ft of climbing)

From Cheverny, choose one of two paths featuring two starkly contrasting castles. Ride to the luxurious Renaissance-era Château de Beauregard, home to a gallery of 327 portraits of famous European leaders. Or, follow a route through vineyards straight to the medieval drawbridge of the Château Fougères-sur-Bièvre stronghold. On either path, the Loire will eventually lead you to the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, a dazzling, picture-perfect castle renowned for its gardens. Finish the day with a ride to the village of Mosnes.
Day 4: Mosnes — Amboise (13 km/8 miles, 95 meters/305 ft of climbing)

Set out early to Amboise to make the most of your time in this quintessential Loire town. Visit the hilltop châteaux, wander past the troglodytes, or cave dwellings, and stop in at Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life. The museum at Château Clos Lucé allows you to glimpse into his alluring world of ideas and contraptions (models of which are on display).
Day 5: Amboise — Amboise via Chenonceau (37 km/23 miles, 290 meters/945 ft of climbing; Via Bourré: 61 km/38 miles, 400 meters/1,300 ft of climbing)

Although today’s loop is optional, you simply cannot miss the Château de Chenonceau, a 15th-century castle whose dramatic façade bridges the River Cher. Elongate your ride with extra mileage along the Cher River to Bourré and the nearby Cave des Roches. Return to Amboise and depart at your leisure.
Booking & Pricing
From 515 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

  • 515 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 160 euros
  • 535 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 170 euros
  • 560 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 185 euros
   
Option A+: Using 3-star properties and/or guesthouses

  • 560 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 195 euros
  • 590 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 210 euros
  • 615 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 225 euros
   
Option A++: Using a mix of 3- and 4-star properties

  • 850 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 230 euros
  • 875 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 245 euros
  • 950 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 270 euros

These prices include:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Visit to a chocolate factory
  • 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 80 euros per bike. These prices include the 20-euro drop-off fee. 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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