|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++)
From per person sharing a double room
A Royal Short Escape in the Loire Valley — 4 nights/5 days
|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
Option A+: Using 3-star properties and/or guesthouses
Option A++: Using a mix of 3- and 4-star properties
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