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4 Days Family Bike Tour to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley in Loir-et-Cher, France
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Hotel du Cygne, Bracieux, Pays de Chambord, Canton of Chambord, Arrondissement of Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Bike Tour in France

Take a breathtaking journey between forest and river and cycle to Châteaux of the Loire Valley, France! Blois area is an easy access to easy itineraries in the country of chateaux. You ride typical French countryside roads in the middle of the forest, crossing Renaissance chateaux and fields full of colors from the sunflower to the poppy field. The sound of the rivers and birds chirping follows you as you discover the Francis I of France's famous salamander, the castle of Tintin (the fictional hero of The Adventures of Tintin) or the impressive double helix staircase at Chambord made by Da Vinci. Abicyclette designed this tour so you come back to your start point at the end of your journey.

Key information

  • Trip type: self-guided
  • Lodging: point to point
  • Terrain: flat routes
  • Starts in: Blois
  • Ends in: Blois
  • Difficulty level: easy (cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 63 or 70 miles / 102 or 112 kilometers
  • Type of bike: hybrid bike and touring bike (72 EUR for 4 days per person)
  • E-bike: available to rent / 138 EUR for 4 days per person
  • Minimum / maximum number of participants: 1 / 40

Highlights

  • 4 days of self-guided cycling
  • Use of a bicycle GPS uploaded with a full itinerary of the trip
  • A personalized greeting with the team to receive your travel documents
  • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Topo maps and phone assistance
  • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transfer

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 40 participants
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay at one two-star hotel and two three-star hotels in a family room for four people. The setting of the hotels is in a quiet countryside area. Every hotel on this trip has their own pool. For the night in Chaumont-sur-Loire, you stay at the foot of the chateau!

Hôtel du Cygne

Hôtel du Cygne is a charming hotel in the historical center of Bracieux in front of an old market hall. In between Chambord (eight kilometers) and Cheverny (10 kilometers), close to Loire Valley vineyards and ZooParc de Beauval, Hôtel du Cygne makes you discover royal France and the forests and lakes of Sologne region. They have a heated outside swimming pool. Enjoy it starting from May till September surrounded by nature. They also have outside seating at your disposal in a private courtyard.

Program

Day 1: From Blois to Bracieux (distance - 27 kilometers / elevation - 60 meters)

You leave Blois easily by following the secured route dedicated to cyclists. After a few kilometers of riding your bike, you enter the majestic forest of Chambord from where rises sometimes through the autumn fog the stag of a deer. At the end of the large alley, the castle and its 282 chimneys are extravagant and sumptuous.

The sculpted salamanders watch you before heading back through centuries-old trees that welcome you under their refreshing shade and whisper royal stories. After arriving in Bracieux, do not miss a little stop at the Max Vauché chocolate factory that you can then enjoy under the old Halles marketplace once used as the last village stage before the arrival of the King in Chambord.

Day 2: From Bracieux to Chitenay (distance - 26 or 36 kilometers / elevation - 50 or 58 meters)

The Sologne area reveals itself little by little, at first shy between the forests and the streams with the castle of Villesavin. It ends up giving to you its secrets of childhood and to delight yours in your living for the pleasure of the eyes, the castle of Cheverny. You imagine Hergé, the author of Tintin comics book, lost in the contemplation of what will become of him and so many others, the castle of Moulinsart which will shelter the numerous adventures of Tintin and Snowy.

In the gardens of the chateau, you hear in the distance, the yelp of the dogs eager to leave for a frantic part of hunting in the neighboring wood where the family, owner of the castle for six generations, has taken his ease. You can ride for a few more kilometers to the chateau of Fougères if you choose to take the longer option.

Day 3: From Chitenay to Chaumont-sur-Loire (distance - 27 kilometers / elevation - 110 meters)

Your path takes you through the countryside and forests of Blois where you can see the castle of Beauregard, the former hunting reserve of Francis I. Then you join the Beuvron, a small river in green and flowery surroundings, which leads you quietly under the chirping of the birds to the Loire River.

You let yourself be guided by some gabares, flat-bottomed boats typical of the region, to the village and castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire. The castle watches from the top of its promontory the birds that come to nest on the sand islands of the Loire River. You are captivated as much by its architectural romanticism as by the sweet scent that emerges from its internationally known gardens.

Day 4: From Chaumont-sur-Loire to Blois (distance - 22 kilometers / elevation - 70 meters)

You ride up the Loire until reaching the peaceful Cosson and its beautifully wooded cycle path which offers a quiet retreat for local families and friends riding for a short afternoon ride. Before entering Chailles, a surprise awaits you - the castle and farm of Villelouet. Its closed courtyard and especially its unusual chapel Troubadour make it an original gem, especially since this castle of the 17th century is built on the ruins of an even older castle. You end up joining the Loire River which offers from its left bank a breathtaking view of the city of Blois - half-timbered houses with tuffeau stones (sort of local limestone) and slate roofs.

Close assistance

One of Abicyclette's guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area, GPS, and practical guide) and get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes). There is also phone assistance so you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need.

GPS

Abicyclette loans you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around - TwoNav Anima hiking GPS (bike support included). This is a practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, and touristic information). The GPS is attached to your handlebars by a special rack so you can easily follow the itinerary it shows you.

For optimal precision, the GPS displays a topo map IGN 1/25 000e. A colored stripe indicates the suggested itinerary. You only need to take a look at it from time to time to make sure you are on track, like at crossroads or roundabouts. Finding your direction becomes easy. You won’t argue over which direction to take.

The guide will hand you the GPS when he greets you on the first day. He will show you how to use it - turn it on and off, select your itinerary, as well as handle the charge and batteries. He will also give you a memo with the main features. They also provide a French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary.

Bike

You can rent a high-end quality bike for real comfort, cycling pleasure, and reliability a long trip requires. Abicyclette has top of the range rental bikes, which are light and efficient. The bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling and also offer comfort and security so you can fully enjoy your cycling journey. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions. For this tour, you can choose a trekking bike, touring bike, e-bike, and bike trailer for your kids.

The supplied equipment per bike includes:

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 waterproof back bag (20 liters)
  • 1 front bag (four liters) with a plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, and tire lever)
  • 1 multi-tool box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle

If you chose to bring your own, Abicyclette recommends a trekking or hybrid bike with 21 to 30 speeds and 26 or 28-inch (700) wheels.

Luggage transfer

On the itinerant stages, Abicyclette transports your luggage from accommodation to accommodation. The luggage transfer is included in the price in order for you to travel light everyday, between each accommodation. These transports are carried out by the guides, taxi partners, or companies specialized in luggage transport.

In order to respect your sleeping time and enjoy the comfort of your accommodations, Abicyclette picks them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00. So you get up without haste. If the day is a little wet, you find your suitcase already waiting for you in the following accommodation. A luggage tag is provided for each suitcase. They ask you to hang it visibly and to simply write your name on it.

Difficulty

You occasionally ride your bike to relax and enjoy yourself, on your own or with family and friends. The open air and gentle transportation the bike offers are a good way to recharge your batteries. It is ideal for families with children. You cycle 25 to 40 kilometers a day on flat routes.

Location

This bike tour will take you to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley in France. You will start cycling from Blois and continue to Bracieux, Chitenay, and Chaumont-sur-Loire.

Loire Valley

A part of UNESCO’s World Heritage, the Loire Valley is a living cultural landscape. With a great river, a fertile land, and temperate climate, it is a privileged place. Its geography, history and natural sites make the Loire Valley an obvious choice for a cycling holiday. Castles, vineyards, rivers, typical and preserved architecture offer a variety of interests of a rare density. All around the river, many roads and greenways take you to castles, vineyards, and other attractions of the Loire’s rich heritage.

The Loire Valley is so dense it is impossible to mention all of it. It takes several trips to discover! From Beaugency to Blois, there are Chambord, Cheverny, Beauregard, Blois, to name only the most commonly known. They carry you back in time, to the courts’ festivities and great royal hunts. Cycling along the Loire offers a cultural amazement.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 days of self-guided cycling
  • A personalized greeting with Abicyclette's team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Loan of a bicycle GPS uploaded with a full itinerary of the trip
  • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Topo maps
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • Breakfast on day 1, lunches, and other dinners
  • Drinks, visits, and other personal expenses
  • Repairs, spare parts, and mileage allowance

How to get there

Arrival by train

You can come by train to Gare de Blois in Blois. From Paris, it takes one hour and 45 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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