Loire Valley - Châteaux Country (based in one hotel)
France Bike Tours
Royal stay in the heart of the land of castles
On this bike tour in châteaux country in France, you will discover the most famous castles of the Loire such as Chambord, Cheverny, Blois Chaumont, and more all from your chosen accommodation in Chitenay or Cheverny. You will be situated in the very heart of France’s third largest wine region and home of many of the country’s finest châteaux.
In peaceful, rustic, Chitenay, you will be accommodated in a 3 * family run Auberge with charm and character: huge fireplaces, lovely decorated comfortable and relaxing rooms/ Enjoy the savors of the local gastronomy in its elegant restaurant! In Cheverny, you will enjoy accommodating in a 4 * hotel château, a refined environment, marked with charm and abundant history, surrounded by green, in the heart of Cheverny AOC vineyards.
- Château de Chambord: 16th century "castle of castles". Built to serve as a hunting lodge for King François, it is the largest in the region with grounds of roughly 3000 acres of beautiful gardens and pristine nature. Due to its very distinct French Renaissance architecture, the château is one of the most recognizable in the world.
- Château of Cheverny: 17th century castle with a magnificently adorned interior rooms as well as a renowned collection of tapestries, furniture and other objets d’art.
- Château Chaumont -sur-Loire: 11th century, once home to Catherine de' Medici who entertained Nostradamus and other astrologers here
These are just some of the over 300 châteaux to be found in the area!
Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Train transfer from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport to Blois via Paris-Austerlitz station, 2 ½ - 3 hr. (or 1½-2 hr. from Paris city center to Blois); taxi to hotel in Chitenay or Cheverny.
Please check local conditions before arrival. Once Spring arrives in the Loire Valley, the days begin to get longer and the temperatures rise steadily to up around 68° F/20°C. You can have misty starts to the morning clearing away quickly to give very pleasant days and nights. There will be occasional days of rain but rarely for long periods. This is also a good time to visit as there are fewer tourists around! Late spring and into summer brings dependable weather with long dry spells with average daily temperatures around 75°/24°C. July temperatures peak as high as 82°/28°C dropping to 72°/22°C as September approaches. On average, there are 11 days of rainfall during this period. Perhaps not as warm as those in the far south of France, but a far more comfortable heat. A good website to visit to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.
Electric bicycles available upon request.
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Easy self-guided based tour with predominantly flat terrain and adjustable average daily distances. The excursions suggested in the road book are on cycle paths and small routes recommended for cycling by the label “Pays des Chateaux”. The route focuses on these select cycle paths and small roads with little traffic. Electric bicycles available upon request.
Where You’ll Stay
Deluxe (4 star): Hotel Relais des Trois Chateau in Cheverny
Superior (3 star): Auberge du Centre in Chitenay
- 3 nights in 3-star accommodations or 4-star chateau hotel accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- 2 dinners
- Route information & maps (one set per room)
- 4-day bike rental, 27-speed hybrid touring bike (Scott Sub Sport 20) equipped with one rear pannier, one front pannier, lock, odometer, and repair kit available in men and women's frames so please specify
- Bike helmet
- GPS files (must be requested in advance!)
- City taxes
- 7 days a week hotline
What’s Not Included
- 1 dinner
- Drinks and lunches
- Entrances to excursions (may be booked with supplement)
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Extra nights are always recommended especially in the "garden of France" region, the Loire Valley.
Excursion 1: Arrival in Chitenay and excursion to Cheverny, 14 mi. (23 km)
Today's Loire cycle route takes you through fields and vineyards, and a number of villages via the Château de Cheverny, remarkable for its elegantly furnished and decorated apartments, which inspired Hergé’s vision of Marlinspike in the adventures of Tintin.
Excursion 2: Château de Chambord, 35 mi. (56 km)
Cycle through the rich Domain of Chambord forest, where a stop is essential to visit the most famous and majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendor, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms.
Excursion 3: Blois, 20 mi. (33 km)
Through the forest to finally reach the Loire River banks and the nice town of Blois, worth visiting for its old quarter and also its Château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
Excursion 4: Excursion to Chaumont - sur - Loire
Passing by the countryside routes before reaching the Loire banks at Chaumont-sur-Loire where you can visit the nice Château overlooking the Loire. The ‘garden festival’ where you will be able to admire different interpretations of artistic garden compositions based on a common theme takes place every year in its majestic park.
Excursion 1: Arrival in Cheverny and excursion to Chambord, 24 mi. (39 km)
On your 1st bike excursion, you pedal the Pays des Châteaux cycling paths to Chateau of Villesavin before reaching the famous Chateau of Chambord, where a stop is essential to visit the most majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendor, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms and was a retreat for French kings, especially Louis XIV.
Excursion 2: Château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, 39 mi. (62 km)
Continuing on country lanes, you reach the banks of the Loire at Chaumont-sur-Loire where the Château of the same name towers over the small town and the valley. It was built in the 10th century by Count Eudes II. The count hoped the castle would be an imposing fortress protecting Blois from any outside invaders. The 21 hectares of land have been landscaped into an impressive park and gardens. From April to the end of October, the Château hosts the International Garden Festival showcasing different interpretations of artistic garden composition based on a common theme.
Excursion 3: Sologne area, 29 mi. (47 km)
Cross the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’ with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering game, ponds at every crossroad and small private châteaux hidden behind their vineyards or groves. Between ponds and heathlands, explore old typical Sologne villages. Do not miss to stop for a wine tasting in a local producer along your route: you are in the Cheverny appellation!
Excursion 4: Blois, 29 mi. (47 km)
Through numerous typical villages, reach the Loire river banks and the nice town of Blois, worth visiting for its old quarter and also its château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. Then return through the forest of Russy.
*Distances are approximate.
Another wonderful option available for this tour is a hot air balloon ride! You will drift over the Loire Valley and enjoy a unique view of the chateaux. See pricing!
Think of booking extra nights!
Châteaux package available for both options (see pricing):
- Domaine de Chambord (château and gardens)
- Château de Cheverny and "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" exhibition
- Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival
- Wine tasting of Cheverny AOC in Cheverny