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Self-Guided Cycling in the Loire Valley
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Relaxed cycling in the fairytale setting of the Loire valley
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

7 breakfasts and 3 dinners included. Breakfast: Continental style buffet breakfast. Lunch (not included): France is a country renowned for its food and wine and this trip should give you the full flavour of the Loire. Suggestions of what to do for lunch are in the cycling notes. Self-guided cycling lends itself perfectly to picnics, it is always a good option to pick up some local produce and then pick a spot along your route to stop and eat it. Dinner: Where included these are taken in the hotels and will be the standard menu for those staying on a half board basis.

Day 1
Start Chisseaux.
Enjoy an evening stroll along the River Cher, to find a viewpoint of the beautiful Château de Chenonceau. Dinner is included so expect plenty of flavours of the Loire, and the opportunity to taste some of the local wine.
Day 2
Visit Chateau de Nitray en route to Amboise, passing through many pretty villages.
Head west along the Cher valley through the delightful riverside towns of Bléré and Athée-sur-Cher. Take the time to visit the 16th Century Château de Nitray with its beautiful gardens and wine-tasting opportunities before heading on to the lively town of Amboise. The town still retains it's mediaeval feel and has plenty of quaint cafés and bars to enjoy a drink in before dinner.
Day 3
Free day to explore Amboise.
Today is free to enjoy all that Amboise has to offer. Visit the château and Leonardo da Vinci’s final residence, Le Clos Lucé. On Fridays and Sundays there are local food markets you can visit, or take a walk along the river for numerous photo opportunities.
Day 4
Relaxed ride to Chaumont through picturesque countryside. Chance to visit the chateau this evening.
The route starts following the Cisse and continues on to the château at Monteaux before arriving in Chaumont with time to explore the château and its gardens.
Day 5
Visit Chaumont Chateau this morning if you didn't go yesterday; cycle on to Cour Cheverny.
Your route takes you through the pretty village of Les Montils before heading to the Château de Beauregard. You then follow a loop around Cour-Cheverny to take in the Château de Cheverny and Château de Troussay.
Day 6
Free day in Cour Cheverny. Option to ride to Chateau de Chambord.
Enjoy a day around Cheverny, which is criss-crossed with quiet country lanes, and green, easy to follow 'chateau a velo' routes. We provide routes to visit Chateau de Beauregard, and Chateau de Villesavin, but there are many other routes you can follow if you wish.
Day 7
Complete this circular itinerary back to Chisseaux, visiting the fairytale Chateau de Chenonceaux on the way back.
Head south back to the river Cher through vineyards and sunflower fields. Head through Thenay and Montrichard before arriving at the spectacular Château de Chenonceaux – the most romantic and beautiful of all the Renaissance châteaux. The back to your hotel in Chisseaux.
Day 8
End Chisseaux.
End Chisseaux.
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