Cycling holiday Loire Valley, Orléans-Tours

Loire Valley, Orléans-Tours

Castles, vineyards & gardens

Starting at € 648,-
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Summary
  • 6 days
  • 36 km average per day
  • Arrival Orléans
  • Departure Tours
Highlights
  • Quiet routes in a beautiful landscape
  • Castles, wines and french delicatessens
  • Château of Chambord
  • Orléans & Tours
Characteristics
  • Self-Guided Tour
  • Individual Tour
  • Bike & Hotel
  • Bikelevel 2

Castles, vineyards & gardens

Did you know that the Loire is the only large river in Western Europe that still follows its natural course? Not canalised or dammed, but a true winding river, with sandbanks, rapids — a natural habitat. This makes for a varied and intimate landscape that justly bears the name of The Garden of France.

Follow the cycling path ‘Loire à vélo’ from Orléans to Tours. You will ride on well-signposted cycle paths and minor roads with little traffic. And of course, you will ride along this string of jewels of beautiful castles, abbeys, historical towns and picturesque villages. Discover the royal valley by longing the majestic river from Orléans to Tours where thousands of treasures are waiting for you: historical heritage and testimony with numerous chateaux, wonderful landscapes of different natural areas, regional gastronomy delights.

Daily program

  • Day 1 Arrival in Orléans

    Discover Orléans, the “City of Art and History” liberated in 1429 by Joan of Arc from the English siege.

  • Day 2 Orléans – Beaugency, 26 km

    Longing the wild river banks for a stage in calm and serenity through the charming and very flowered city of Beaugency.

  • Day 3 Beaugency – Blois, 46 km

    Leave Beaugency by the river banks passing via the prestigious château of Chambord: the widest Château of the Loire Valley masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Then, follow the direction of Blois which presents a rich historical heritage with the château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the middle Ages to the 17th century.

  • Day 4 Blois – Amboise, 42 km

    Follow the small countryside routes until the chateau of Chaumont overlooking the Loire River, before reaching Amboise and its royal chateau from 15th –16th century. Few streets further on, is the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci: Manorhouse of ‘Clos Lucé’.

  • Day 5 Amboise – Tours, 27 or 31 km

    Ride through the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars that offer sweet white or sparkling wines. Then, enjoy the lovely chateau of la Bourdaisière, birthplace of Gabrielle d’Estrées, the favourite of King Henri IV. Continue to the heart of the city of Tours to discover the old quarters sheltering the famous 'Place Plumereau' and its half-timbered houses.

  • Day 6 Departure Tours

    Your cycling holiday ends today. There is a good train connection back to the airport from the railwaystation in Tour.

Along the Loire

France

A cycle route has been constructed along the Loire. This route is marked. Cycletours has selected the most beautiful part for you to explore. The distances are never long, so you have enough time to visit a castle along the way.

What else do you need to know?

Per person in a double room category Standard

  • Every day from March 1 - October 31 2021 € 648,-

Surcharge single room € 245,-
Half board € 225,-

Per person in a double room category Superior

  • Every day from March 1 - October 31 2021 € 785,-

Surcharge single room € 405,-
Half board € 241,-

Per person in a double room category Deluxe

  • Every day from March 1 - October 31 2021 € 998,-

Surcharge single room € 559,-
Half board € 259,-

Supplement solo-traveller € 179,-
"Chateaux" package, p.p. € 68,-

Extra night in Orléans (incl. Breakfast)
Per person in a double room category Standard
March - October € 69,-
Surcharge single room € 55,-

Per person in a double room category Superior
March - October € 94,-
Surcharge single room € 64,-

Per person in a double room category Deluxe
March - October € 150,-
Surcharge single room € 95,-

Extra night in Tours (incl. Breakfast)
Per person in a double room category Standard
March - October € 69,-
Surcharge single room € 55,-

Per person in a double room category Superior
March - October € 89,-
Surcharge single room € 55,-

Per person in a double room category Deluxe
March - October € 129,-
Surcharge single room € 119,-

Rental bikes:

  • Hybrid € 88,-
  • E-bike € 177,-

Reservations costs € 20,- per reservation

Included

  • 5 Nights with breakfast in double room with shower&toilet in 2/3-star hotels (standard version) or in 3- or 4-star hotels (Superior version) or in mostly 4- star hotels (DeLuxe version)
  • 1x dinner
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
  • 1x travel folder (per room) including coloured maps
  • Detailed route directions (FR/EN/DE) and tourist brochures
  • City taxes
  • GPS-tracks

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,-
  • Half board (5 dinners; drinks excl.), surcharge
  • Drinks, lunches, and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • ‘Chateaux’ package, surcharge (including: see under ‘Special details’)
  • Rental bike, helmet included
  • Personal bike transfer
  • Train ticket for return transfer
  • Luggage transportation on last day
  • Personal insurance/ Cancellation insurance

Special details

  • Operated by local partner
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions
  • No bike insurance available for this tour
  • The program is subject to change without notice
  • ‘Chateaux package includes entrance fees to: Château de Meung sur Loire; Domaine de Chambord (château + gardens); Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château + Garden Festival); Park Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise; Château d’Azay Le Rideau;Villandry Gardens (visit of the gardens); Fontevraud Abbey

By car:

From Paris, take highway A10 Exit «Orléans centre».
For more detail, do not hesitate to visit: goo.gl/maps/QXqlS GPS point : N 47°89’79” / E 1°89’24”

About your personal car:
Possibility to park the car during your trip at the hotel (guarded & closed car park): 7 € per night
NB : to reach the hotel at the end of the tour, you have to go by train
From Angers station to Orléans station. For more information, do not hesitate to visit: www.sncf.fr

By train:

From Paris Austerlitz station Arrival Orléans station (town centre). For more information, visit : www.sncf.fr
From Orléans station:
by taxi : about 15€/20 € (day) / 20€/26€ (nights, weekend and bank holidays) by Bus : take line n°10 until Quai St Laurent (about 25 min)
by Tramway : take line Tram A direction « Hôpital de La Source » and go down at the station «Quai Royale Châtelet » (about 9 min), then reach by foot « Quai St Laurent » (about 5 min).

By plane:

From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > St Pierre des Corps train station > Orléans train station.
From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Austerlitz train station > Orléans train station.
From Tours airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Tours train station > Orléans train station.
From Nantes airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Nantes train station > Orléans train station.

Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.

 

  • Orléans, standard

    Escale Oceania Orléans sits along the banks of the River Loire. It offers modern en suite rooms with a shower, a TV, and a 24-hour front desk. A full buffet breakfast is served provided every morning. and can be served in your room. There is also a cosy lounge bar. 

  • Orléans, superior

    Located in the historic centre of Orléans, this 3-star hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the Maison de Jeanne d’Arc.  With a modern decoration, the soundproofed guest rooms all have air conditioning. You can enjoy a drink at the bar in the Hôtel d'Orléans. 

  • Orléans, deluxe

    Situated on the banks of the Loire River, Empreinte Hotel & Spa is offering a range of wellness facilities and a bar. A buffet breakfast, including sweet, savoury items and local products is served every morning in the breakfast room.

  • Tavers, standard

    It is set in traditional settings fitted with classic furnishings and modern facilities. La Tonnellerie is a former wine-merchant's house located in a picturesque village near Beaugency. 

  • Beaugency, superior & deluxe

    L'écu de Bretagne is situated in the quiet medieval village of Beaugency. It features an outdoor, heated swimming pool, and WiFi is free of charge in the entire property. The air-conditioned rooms all have en suite facilities with free toiletries. 

  • Blois, standard

    Located in Blois, 400 m from Blois Castle, Hôtel Restaurant Le Monarque boasts a restaurant and a bar. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with a hairdryer.  A buffet breakfast including cold meats, eggs and hot drinks is served every morning.

  • Blois, superior

    Best Western Blois Château is located 5 minutes from Blois city centre and 150 m from Blois SNCF train station. Each air-conditioned rooms is equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV and a fully equipped private bathroom. All rooms have access to the executive lounge.

  • Blois, deluxe

    Mercure Blois Centre is located 500 m from Blois city centre. Guests have access to the fitness centre and wellness area, including indoor heated pool, a sauna, steam room and hot tub. All the air-conditioned rooms have a seating area and a courtesy tray with tea and coffee are also provided.

  • Amboise, standard

    The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Chaptal, Amboise (Inter-Hotel) is located in the city centre of Amboise, near the Clos Lucé and Amboise castles, and the Loire River. It offers free WiFi access. All the rooms are soundproofed and air-conditoned. Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the dining room every morning.

  • Amboise, superior

    This hotel is just 50 m from Château d’Amboise. It offers a terrace and a lounge bar and restaurant. Each of the soundproofed guest rooms at Hotel Bellevue is equipped with free WiFi access. Breakfast including fresh fruit, bread and cakes is served in the spacious breakfast room or on the terrace on sunny mornings. 

  • Amboise, deluxe

    Hotel Le Manoir Saint Thomas is located near the Château d'Amboise. It offers a large outdoor swimming pool with a terrace and sun beds, and a free bottle of Liqueur de Fraises. The rooms are air-conditioned and feature a traditional decoration.

  • Tours, standard

    The Citôtel Criden is close to the TGV railway station, the Vinci convention centre, historical areas. The hotel has 33 spacious rooms, all with free Wi-Fi access and a private bathroom. You can enjoy a drink in the bar and lounge. A buffet breakfast is prepared every morning.

  • Tours, superior

    Best Western Plus l'Artist Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Old City centre and 150 m from the train station. A full breakfast buffet is served daily. Guests are invited to relax in the hotel's bar or on the terrace.

  • Tours, deluxe

    Hotel L'Univers Tours features accommodation with a bar, private parking, a spa and wellness centre and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a bistro-style restaurant. Guests are welcome to take advantage of a Turkish bath and a hot tub.

All rental bikes are equipped with 1 rear pannier (saddlebags 40l.), 1 front pannier with holder, 1 repair kit, 1 pump, 1 lock, 1 counter and 1 helmet.

By this tours you can rent the following bikes:

  • Rental Bike Orléans

    Local hybrid 21-gears 10 days

  • Rental E-bike Orléans

    Local electric bike 9-gears 10 days

Welcome

Your room is available from 3 p.m. on the day of arrival. Upon check in, you receive the following items:
– hotel vouchers for the other hotels
– luggage stickers
– the detailed itinerary of your trip day by day and colour maps
– tourist information about the area, cities and different sites you will be able to visit along your stages
– some information leaflets about the area.

Your stay is based on bed & breakfast. Normally breakfast is served between 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.

No lunch is included. As you will ride through villages where you could meet shops (butcher, baker, grocer’s shop, restaurants…) where to buy for your picnic.In your itinerary, you will see notes ‘Food & drinks’ which means that you will be able to meet shops on these places. If any notes are mentioned on one stage, you will have to look for food before leaving (some hotels propose picnic).

Also, keep in mind that generally, in small villages, shops are closed on Sundays and Mondays. This is why we suggest you have always some snacks with you!

Luggage transport

Please leave your luggage for the luggage transfer (1 suitcase or large bag per person) before 9.45 a.m. at the reception (do not forget to use the luggage tags). Usually you’ll find your luggage from 4 p.m. in the next hotel but at least at 5 p.m. Do not leave any securities or cash in your luggage.

The bike

For a successful cycling holiday it is necessary to have a good bike. If you bring your own bicycle check it carefully before departure. Pay special attention to tires, brakes and gears. If you bring your own bike don’t forget to bring a repair kit with you. You can leave your bike in the therefore intended place in the garage. Don’t forget to bring comfortable cycle clothing. Since 2008 you are obliged to wear a safety vest when you’re cycling in France outside the city area after sunset or at low visibility.

The rental bicycles can be requested at the hotel reception upon arrival. The 21-speed bicycles come with a map holder, panniers, lock, repair kit and pump, counter, bike helmet and safety vest. You don’t have to pay a surety but you’re personally responsible for your rental bike in case of damage or theft.

Itinerary

Itinerary, maps and information concerning this trip you will receive upon arrival. If there are any mistakes in the descriptions please inform so we can correct these for future guests.

Clothing

We advise you to wear comfortable shoes and various layers of practical clothing to be prepared for sudden changes of climate and temperature; don’t forget a K-Way or a poncho, both indispensable in the event of rain, besides a light jacket for cold days and evenings. Sunglasses, a hat, protective suntan cream and insect repellent sprays are important, especially in summer. Cycling trousers and gloves are advisable but not essential. Also remember to bring a first aid kit with you.