Chapeau to the Chateaux
On this tour enjoy the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley on a circular route starting and finishing in the beautiful town of Blois, complete with traditionalpaved streets and chateaux. You will see medieval towns, vineyards and not forgetting many chateaux!
Need To Know
Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Arrive in your own time on the first day and visit to the town of Blois, with its typical paved streets and Château, which really illustrate the evolution of French architecture between the Middle Ages and the 17th century.
Day 2: Blois – Amboise: 42km / 26m
Follow the 'Pays des Châteaux' cycling tracks through pretty little villages to the Château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, pride of place on the River Loire. Continue on the 'Loire à Vélo' cycling tracks, arriving at the charming town of Amboise and its royal château, where the greatest kings of France and Leonardo Da Vinci lived.
Day 3: Amboise – Chenonceaux: 44km / 27m
Today's highlight is the final point where you will find the incredible Château de Chenonceau, while the cycling initially through the vineyards of Montlouis-sur-Loire will take you to
the Cher valley, before reaching the famous Chateau of Chenonceau that straddles the Cher River there.
Day 4: Chenonceaux – Cheverny: 50km / 31m
A beautiful start, rideingalong the peaceful Cher river banks to the medieval town of Montrichard. You will then leave the Cher Valley and enter the vineyards of Touraine via the Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre, a small fortified castle which perfectly illustrates the local building arts of the 15th century.
Your cycling day ends in Cheverny, with its famous Château.
Day 5: Cheverny – Blois : 40km / 25m
During this last stage you will discover the famous sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny before reaching yet another prestigious Château of Chambord,a real masterpiece of French Renaissance period with its 440 rooms. Finally, after a wonde rful fews days cycling, you will have completed this Chateaux tour back in Blois.
Day 6: Departure during the day
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Hybrid bikes in both man and woman frames, with all sizes available (including child frames), are included in the cost of this tour. We suggest 'hybrid' type bicycles to hire on this tour, as they are ideal for the nature of the route and the terrain involved, as well as offering a reasonable level of comfort over the daily distances shown. However, upon request, road bikes can be provided for a little extra supplement of £10 / $15 per day, while fun and popular electric bikes are also an option at £15 / $20 daily too.
Bikes are provided fully equipped with helmets, pump and puncture repair kit, pannier bags, handlebar map holder and bike computer, included in the total cost.
Please note, should you have specific questions related to the bicycles on offer, don't hesitate to ask.
This is a SELF-GUIDED cycle tour, while comprehensive maps and route notes are provided. It is available from around mid-March to mid-October, while the months of July and August are of course the busier times and the weather can be very warm to cycle, however this does not mean it would not be enjoyable! We ask for 48 hours to confirm our tours (as per the Pedal & Break booking terms & conditions*), yet this may be slightly longer in the aforementioned peak July and August period.
These are based per person, on two sharing a twin or double room and are inclusive of standard bike hire. Prices may vary depending on dates and final itinerary.
The hotels provided here are of a superior standard, some 3* and mostly 4* that are traditional French hotels offering a warm welcome being particularly 'cycle friendly'. They are specifically selected as being ideal places to relax after a hard day's cycling yet offering a taste of the local culture. This is evident in the French cuisine on offer, with this being taken care of with all breakfasts and evening meals included in the overall cost. Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated upon request.
However, we can provide variations of hotels upon request with both a slightly less 'standard' package, as well as an upgraded 'deluxe' offering.
Furthermore, there may be the option of further reductions on the tour costs shown should anyone wish to opt out of 'evening meals'.
Of course, single rooms are available at a supplement on the main tour cost, while this can again vary dependent on the overall package.
Not forgetting that extra nights are always available too.
Paris is 185km / 115 miles only approximately 2 hour and 30 minutes away by train. Of course, Paris is easily accessible by many cities in the world and a huge variety of airline options.
Most of our tours are available from early April until the end of October to enable you to make the most of the weather and scenery with some available year round. There is no ‘best’ time to go, this is really down to personal preference and your requirements however, peak summer months like July and August can be warm in southern Europe and busier so we would recommend these to sun worshippers. We would suggest that around May, June and September are the preferable months for comfortable and optimum cycling experience.
What clothing and kit should I bring?
Each individual tour provides slight variations in kit provided so we would always recommend checking your individual booking. In all cases bicycles are provided along with full puncture repair kit. In the majority of cases helmets will be provided and you will be given this information as part of the booking process. Where these are not provided there is the option to add this on or bring your own. Clothing is not provided but we would recommend suitable, comfortable clothing to cover all eventualities! Lycra and padded short are not mandatory but we would recommend these for your comfort. Breathable fabrics and light layers with a shower proof jacket will enhance your experience and we would also recommend comfortable footwear.
How do I carry this clothing and kit from A to B?
You don’t! Whilst we would recommend taking a small backpack or loading your panniers with daily essentials such as a light cycle jacket, water, snacks and your phone and camera the great news is your main luggage will be transported by ourselves between your accommodations allowing you to enjoy you day baggage free. We usually ask you to leave this the morning of the day you depart the particular hotel and should arrive by late afternoon at your next destination but we always aim to have this there before you.
How fit do I need to be to do the tours?
Every tour description gives an indication of the level of suitability along with details on the distances and terrains covered. However, the majority of our tours on Pedal & Break are open and suitable for all with a reasonable level of fitness and all age groups. As we say Lycra is optional and we actively encourage and truly welcome those on a first time cycling holiday. You also do not all need to be the same level to enjoy our holidays as a group. A basic level of cycling is a must in order to be confident on the roads and routes and we would recommend a good base level of fitness. Our routes are designed to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace with sightseeing and refreshment stops factored in, after all this is your holiday! The days should not be viewed as a leg of the Tour de France and don’t require you to cycle flat out from dawn till dusk. The e-bike is also an excellent option for those needing a ‘boost’. As a husband and wife partnership on our first holiday this worked perfectly for us and enabled us to enjoy our holiday together stress free.
What is an e-bike?
An e-bike is an electric bike and does not require a license and nor should it be confused with a moped or scooter! An e-bike will be available on most of our tours and is the perfect option for the slightly more apprehensive cyclist, simply as these bikes provide the ideal boost when the legs feel a little tired or when facing a hilly section. You are still required to pedal as the bike is a modified standard bicycle and the e-bike merely gives you a helping hand. The electric element can be turned on and off as you like but from personal experience having this at a low level throughout with an extra boost added for setting off at junctions and up hills enabled my wife to enjoy her first cycling tour alongside me throughout and gave her the confidence she needed.