The Loire Valley Castles

Historical round trip from Tours in 8 days / 7 nights from 599,- €
The Loire Valley Castles - Chambord

On this tour you can cycle past the highly-esteemed "Gardens of France" in which several hundred castles, estates and dream houses are located. This is where the higher nobility fulfilled their dream homes to leave us with a wealth of castles that have been recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. These towns, which are bursting with history, form a delightful contrast to the rural charm of the Loire Valley. A certain basic level of fitness is an advantage for the Loire Valley Castle tour.

There are two versions of this tour:

Category B: Accommodation in hotels, country guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in the national 2* category.
Category A: Accommodation in comfortable hotels and country guesthouses in the national 2*/3* category.

Day 1 Individual arrival in Tours

Villandry Castle

Arrival in Tours, the historic centre of Touraine. The holy St. Martin was bishop here and Karl Martell defeated the Moors in 732, close to Tours. Right into the 16th century, the town was visited regularly by the King and his court. After damage from the war, the medieval town centre was carefully rebuilt, including the mighty cathedral as focal point. Reserved rental bicycles are parked at the hotel ready for you.
Overnight stay in Tours

Day 2 Tours - Region Chinon, approx. 60 km

Chinon

Starting in Tours, you first cycle to Savonnières. Afterwards, you go on to Villandy Castle, an impressive castle from the Renaissance. Along the Loire, your next château is to be found in Langeais, which closely resembles a medieval castle. Its furniture from the 16th century is almost entirely intact. Next, you soon leave the banks of the Loire to pass Château d´Ussé and cycle on toChinon, which is strikingly surrounded by the majestic fortifications that also contain the Jeanne d´Arcmuseum.
Overnight stay in the Chinon

Day 3 Trip to Fontevraud, approx. 55 km

Fontevraud

Today, you cycle along the Vienne to where it joins the Loire in Montsoreau. The Montsoreau castle is particularly worthy of a visit. You soon reach Saumur, with its white tuff-stone houses and the raised majestic castle, also known as Perle des Anjou. Away from the river, the route continues to Fontevraud, the largest monastic complex in Europe. Past the house where the great writer Francois Rabelais was born and through the valley you return to Chinon.
Overnight stay in the Chinon

Day 4 Region Chinon - Azay-le-Rideau, approx. 40 km

Renaissance castle of Azay-le-Rideau

You have enough time to visit the Chinon´s fortifications, in which Jeanne d´Arc, played a significant role. Your cycle tour takes you through old vineyards to Crissay. The village counts as one of the most beautiful villages in France, with its old tuff-stone houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. You go on to reach the small town ofAzay-le-Rideau on the Indreriver. Right in the middle of the water is the castle, a Renaissance building famous for its interior architecture.
Overnight stay in Azay-le-Rideau

Day 5 Azay-le-Rideau - Region Chenonceaux, approx. 60 km

Chenonceau Castle

You will be enchanted with the romantic river landscape of the Indre today, which accompanies you all the way to the small, pretty town of Montbazon. The route continues along the Chers to Bléré, a small market town, and then to Chenonceaux, which is home to one of the most beautiful castles in the Loire Valley. Women frequently determined the fate of this estate, which is why it is nicknamed the "Ladies´ Castle".
Overnight stay in the Chenonceaux

Day 6 Region Chenonceaux - Blois, approx. 45/75 km

Chambord Castle

If you choose the shorter route, you cycle along the Loire through the pleasant countryside of Touraine and past Chaumont Castle. On the longer route, the medieval Montrichard awaits you with its falconry;Cheverny, which is considered to be the most beautiful Renaissance building in the Loire Valley;Villesavin and finally Chambord, the biggest castle of all and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The destination in both routes is Blois and its royal castle.
Overnight stay in Blois

Day 7 Blois - Tours, approx. 70 km

Amboise Castle

The route takes you along the river at a leisurely pace through this ancient cultural landscape. Of particular note are the apartments built directly into the limestone rock, and which are still lived in today. Amboise castle was at one time the seat of royal rule, acted as home to Leonardo da Vinci, but was also scene to the executions of leading protestants. Leonardo da Vinci´s grave is also here. You now continue through the Vouvray area, with its vineyards famous for the Chenin Blanc grape, back to Tours.
Overnight stay in Tours

Day 8 Individual departure or extended stay

Your tour along the castles of the Loire Valley Castles tour ends after breakfast with individual departures back home. We are happy to extend your holiday in Tours if you wish.

Booking Information

Arrival thursdays and saturdays from 12.04.2014 to 11.10.2014

season A   12.04.2014 - 08.05.2014 and 28.09.2014 - 11.10.2014
season B   09.05.2014 - 27.09.2014

Non-bookable dates are shown in the booking form. For pricing purposes, the season is dictated by the arrival date. Special dates can be arranged for packages booked for 6 people and up.

Prices Cat.B

All prices are per person
Double room with breakfast, season A599,- €
Additional fee season B40,- €
Additional fee single room200,- €
Additional fee half-board155,- €
Additional fee rental bike
21-Gang Tourenrad65,- €
Elekrorad160,- €
Extra night in double room (B&B) per person45,- €
Extra night in single room (B&B)70,- €
Booking codeLO-TT7b

Prices Cat. A

All prices are per person
Double room with breakfast, season A699,- €
Additional fee season B40,- €
Additional fee single room210,- €
Additional fee half-board170,- €
Additional fee rental bike
21-Gang Tourenrad65,- €
Elekrorad160,- €
Extra night in double room (B&B) per person55,- €
Extra night in single room (B&B)85,- €
Booking codeLO-TT7a

For our younger cyclists

The following discounts or fixed prices apply to children and adolescents sharing a room with two full-paying adults (with regard to basic price and seasonal charges):
to an age of 4100 %
from 4 years to an age of 1425 %

Arrival

  • by train:
    Tours station, change in Paris, incl. change of station. It is not possible to take your own bike.
  • by car:
    Hotel garage in Tours, approx. Euro 35/car/week. No pre-reservations, payable on site.
  • by plane:
    Paris airport; also served by budget airlines. Good rail connections to Tours (approx. 250 km), severeal connections daily, duration (depending on the connection) between 1.5 hours and 2,5 hours

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