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5 Days Self Guided Cycling Tour in Amboise, France
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Hotel Le Clos d'Amboise, 27 Rue Rabelais, Amboise, Loches, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Unforgettable Cycling Tour in France

This bike tour will take you around Amboise to explore the Loire Valley and its numerous castles. From the Chateau d’Amboise to the Chateau de Chenonceau and Chaumont, you will have a chance to visit some Loire Valley vineyards and taste the famous Vouvray wines before cycling back to Amboise. The countryside follows rivers and tree-lined paths, which is very nice for bike riding. This program is perfect for families or those looking to have some easier cycling options. Take your chance now and participate in this unforgettable cycling tour!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Moderately flat and gentle landscape
  • 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: 75 to 89 miles / 122 to 143 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike (included)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 100 EUR
  • Road bike: Available to rent / 100 EUR

Highlights

  • 4-day cycling tour
  • Wine and chocolate tasting
  • A walking tour around Amboise
  • Canoeing under the Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Detailed road book and GPS Garmin Oregon
  • Luggage transfers and technical support
  • 4 breakfasts served at the hotel
  • 4 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at various 2-stars, 3-stars, or 4-star hotels.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Amboise

From Paris, you can take the TGV to Saint Pierre des Corps and then a taxi to Amboise. The transfer will be on your own and you will then settle into your hotel. You will arrive in the early afternoon and start discovering your host city with a walking tour around Amboise. Once you are done, you will meet at the hotel for your orientation, bike set up, and see how you did on the walking tour. It is suggested to arrive around 14:00 to have time to do the walking tour.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on your own

Day 2: Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau D'Amboise

You will take a canoe tour and chocolate tasting. A short and moderately flat ride will take you through the forests and alleys of the Amboise countryside passing by the Parc Mini-Chateaux (great for kids) and then dropping down to the fabulous Chenonceau Castle that must be discovered with plenty of time to visit. Once at Chenonceau, you will ride to Civray, just a mile away to start your canoe ride. You will drop off your bikes there and they will take you to the start of the itinerary. You will then canoe downstream for almost two hours and pass under the Chateau de Chenonceau. Pick up your bikes and ride back to Amboise where you can enjoy a reward: a chocolate tasting in front of the Chateau of Amboise. You will then return to the same hotel.

  • Option 1: 22 miles - 36 kilometers, elevation gain: 140 meters
  • Option 2: 31 miles - 50 kilometers, elevation gain: 404 meter
  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)

Day 3: Bike tour of the Vouvray Vineyards

You will take a quiet bike tour on the other side of the Loire through gentle, verdant landscapes, far removed from the main roads and followed by visiting the Moncontour wine museum and taste some wine in their cave (included). Vouvray is the largest white wine appellation of the Anjou-Saumur-Touraine region and it produces splendid wines from the dry and austere to the richest dessert wines, as well as excellent sparkling wines. You will then cross Montlouis white wine appellation and ride in the middle of the vineyards on a bike trail.

  • Option 1: 26 miles - 42 kilometers, elevation gain: 355 meters
  • Option 2: 28 miles - 45 kilometers, elevation gain: 377 meter
  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)

Day 4: Chateau de Chaumont

From Amboise, you will first cross many typical small villages where you can find a small Chateau in almost every one. Then, you will follow the Loire river toward the village and the feudal castle of Chaumont Sur Loire where the annual International Garden Festival is held each year (starting in June). You will return to Amboise via backcountry paths.

  • Option 1: 27 miles - 44 kilometers, elevation gain: 345 meters
  • Option 2: 30 miles - 48 kilometers, elevation gain: 241 meter
  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)

Day 5: Departure day

Today is the departure day. You can take your time getting started in the morning, have breakfast, and depart at your leisure. Other cycling itineraries are possible if you wish to extend this type of tour a little longer. Discover France can offer rides to Montlouis vineyards, Montrichard, and its medieval castle ruin, or by round trip train to Blois, you can ride toward Chambord.

  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)

Road books

The road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that has been planned and laid out. The significant time and incorporated the feedback of the customers over many years (since 1997) have been investigated to make the road books even better. The road books include color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).

Garmin GPS

Since 2008, Discover France has mainly chosen Garmin for the GPS (or equivalent brand in some countries). They change the units every two years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices so they are available on all of the tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS and enjoy. One GPS is provided for every three people

The bikes

Hybrid bike

The hybrid bike is the Scott Sub Sport 20 features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom rack time carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure. All sizes are available: S, M, L, and XL.

Road bike

The road bike is Cannondale's carbon construction method uses precisely placed high stiffness fibers over a base of high tensile strength fibers and high impact resins to deliver an extreme lightweight and perfectly tuned stiffness, without sacrificing strength. Discover France has all sizes for you: XS, S, M, L, XL.

Electric bike

With its integrated rack, seamless assist and comfortable upright position, the Mavaro is all about freedom: the freedom to enjoy weekend treks or trips to the store, the freedom to escape the car for the daily commute, or the freedom to feel the wind in your face, effortlessly.

Kid bike

The Orbea MX 20 or 24 (or equivalent) is a truly functional bike for smaller riders who like a race-inspired style. With this bike let your children ride totally safe.

Included in bike rental

Hybrid and electric bike rental

Your bike comes with two bags (one rear pannier + one front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.

  • Rear pannier containing: helmet / lock / pump / two spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: toolkit / tire levers / patch kit
  • One water bottle "Souvenir"
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)

Road bike

  • Saddlebag containing: toolkit / tire levers / patch kit / two spare tubes / one hand pump
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • Two water bottle "Souvenir"

Included excursions

  • 2-hour canoeing downstream pass under the Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Self-guided walking tour around Amboise

Location

You will take this cycling tour around Amboise and Loire Valley, France. Only a short train ride south of Paris, the Loire Valley is recognized as a World Heritage site. The Loire Valley is located in the center of France, with the Loire River symbolically dividing the country into two. This slow moving river, the longest of France (1012 kilometers), crosses the beautiful regions of Touraine (the area around the city of Tours) and Anjou (the area around Angers). Both valleys are covered with vineyards producing some of the best wines in France and they are also home to more than 3000 castles. Touring this French region, you can ride from one amazing castle to another: Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Villandry, to name only a few. Although the Loire Valley is best known for its many castles, it also boasts lovely historical towns such as Chartres, picturesque villages, and many vineyards from which the Loire Valley wine is made. This is one of the beautiful parts in France.

Amboise was once home of the French royal court and The Royal castle became one of the favorite royal residences. It was rebuilt in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and introduced Italian style and taste into the Loire Valley. Nearby is a smaller castle, Le Clos Lucé, where Leonardo Da Vinci lived and worked for a few years. Today, it is a museum dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci and gives good insight into his work and genius in different fields such as art, civil and military engineering, architecture and urban planning, anatomy, and botany.

Food

You will be served daily breakfasts at the hotel. Some meals are not included to give you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all the information needed with the team support in your roadbook. The Loire Valley offers some fine cuisine. You can try the very typical Fricassee d'escargots au Sancerre or snails cooked in Sancerre wine. And don’t leave without tasting the goat cheese specialties: the Crottin de Chavignol and the Valancay. Served warm on a bed of greens or in a cheese pie, they are delicious. If you have a special need, please let Discover France know in advance and they will make every effort to meet those needs.

In addition, this holiday also includes chocolate and wine tasting. As you probably already know, the Loire Valley is a wine country. From the dry white Muscadet, Pouilly Fume, and Sancerre wines to the light red Saumur, Bourgueil, and Chinon, the Loire Valley wines are famous worldwide. The wine tour gives you the opportunity to take part in wine tasting sessions of some of the most delicious French wines.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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-day cycling tour
  • Wine and chocolate tasting
  • Canoeing downstream pass under the Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Self-guided walking tour around Amboise
  • Orientation in person with the local guide
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Detailed road book (including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary, and cue sheets)
  • 1 GPS Garmin Oregon for three people
  • Luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Trip and / or medical insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any personal items
  • Drinks
  • Lunch and dinner

How to get there

Arrival by train

You can take a TGV (high-speed train) from Paris and arrive at Saint Pierre des Corps (about an hour trip). Then, take a taxi to the hotel in Amboise. If you stay at La Breche, you can take the train to the Amboise station and walk to the hotel.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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