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Cycling in the Valley of Kings
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 13 km (8 miles) to 60 km (37 miles, long option) on easy terrain
Trip starts from Orléans and ends in Tours. Orléans is an hour train ride from Paris.
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties (Option A), 3-star properties and guesthouses (Option A+), or 3- and 4-star properties (Option A++)
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 870 euros per person sharing a double room

Cycling in the Valley of Kings: Orléans to Tours — 7 nights/8 days

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Bike over the beautiful Loire river and visit the Chateau d'Amboise.
 
Visit the gorgeous Chateau de Cheverny.
  France’s noble ranks set up residence in the Loire Valley for centuries, earning it the nickname "Valley of Kings." Early on, fortress-castles were built in strategic locations, while later grand châteaux were designed to display wealth and power. Its proximity to Paris — today only an hour’s ride away by train — and its romantic setting proved an ideal retreat for royals to escape the crowds. Nowadays, it’s an ideal retreat for cyclists, with particular thanks to the fairly flat Loire à Vélo cycling route that stretches from central France to the Atlantic.

The best introduction to the Valley of the Kings is the strikingly handsome Orléans, one of France’s most prosperous medieval cities. Here you’ll find many nods to Joan of Arc in the form of statues, religious art, etc., for it was she who ended the siege of Orléans and captured residents’ hearts forever. Many of the towns along the route look as though they haven’t changed since the “Maid of Orléans” set foot in the region!

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 Orléans

Arrive in Orléans at the time of your choice. Some of the major highlights are the magnificent Cathédrale-Saint-Croix and the house where Joan of Arc stayed. You may also wish to explore the crypt of Saint-Aignan and some of the city’s mansions, such as Hôtel Groslot or Hôtel des Créneaux.
Day 2: Orléans — Beaugency (39 km/ 24 miles, 125 meters/410 ft of climbing)

Your first day of riding makes it very evident why the Loire Valley is called the “Garden of France” — the colorful hues of the lush countryside paint an alluring scene for your ride. Since you’re on a self-guided tour, feel free to stop for a picnic wherever you please! Your destination is Beaugency, another fairytale-style town with streams running through some of its streets and flower boxes all around town.
Day 3: Beaugency — Blois (48 km/30 miles, 275 meters/900 ft of climbing)

Today’s route takes you through an enchanting stretch of forest, through which you’ll ride to the grandiose Château de Chambord. Take time to wander through the castle — a former hunting lodge with a mere 440 rooms — and the sprawling estate. Continue on to Blois, another town pulled straight from a storybook, either by bike or by rail. In the Loire Valley, you’re never far from a train station.
Day 4: Blois — Mosnes (Short Option: 30 km/19 miles, 190 meters/630 ft of climbing; Long Option: 60 km/37 miles, 390 meters/1,270 ft of climbing)

A quiet ride through vineyards and pastoral scenery brings you to Cheverny. The well-maintained château de Cheverny is owner-occupied, but its richly decorated rooms and manicured grounds are open to visitors. The next castle on your route is the luxurious Renaissance-era Château de Beauregard, home to a gallery of 327 portraits of famous European leaders. Need a break from castles? You’re free to go to wine tastings, browse shops or markets, or do whatever else you please.
Day 5: Mosnes — Amboise (13 km/8 miles, 95 meters/305 ft of climbing)

An early start allows for more time to explore Amboise, a 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 6: Amboise loop via Chenonceau (Short Option: 37 km/23 miles, 290 meters/945 ft of climbing; Long Option via Bourré: 61 km/38 miles, 400 meters/1,300 ft of climbing)

You can choose not to ride today’s loop, but we highly recommend you ride to 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.
Day 7: 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)

Complete your cycling adventure through the Loire Valley with a ride to Tours, an active university town. Be sure to visit the stunning St. Gatien Cathedral and the city’s botanical gardens.
Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, depart Tours at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 870 euros per adult 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

  • 870 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 270 euros
  • 895 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 290 euros
  • 930 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 310 euros
   
Option A+: Using a mix of 3-star properties and guesthouses

  • 1,025 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 395 euros
  • 1,075 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 420 euros
  • 1,150 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 450 euros
   
Option A++: Using a mix of 3- and 4-star properties

  • 1,360 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 460 euros
  • 1,495 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 530 euros
  • 1,540 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 550 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 7
  • 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 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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