Only 1 hour south of Paris lies a region that since the Renaissance has been a favorite of kings and the aristocracy; the Loire River valley is dotted with fine chateaux, vineyards, and some of the most beautiful (and gentle) cycling routes in France. This tour visits the most magnificent chateaux, the extraordinary gardens of Villandry, but also leaves time to explore the subtler aspects of a region that has much to offer.

Location

Tours

Tours, France

Starting Location

Amboise

Amboise, France

Day 2+3

Veigne

Veigné, France

Day 4+5

Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau, France

Day 6

Chinon

Chinon, France

Day 7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

8 nights lodging
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Not Included

We require that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date between May 1 and October 31
We recommend you to start your tour on a Wednesday to see the market held in Amboise every Friday. For Casual/B&B and Classic accommodation level, this tour cannot start on Saturdays or Sundays.
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

9 days / 8 nights with 7 days of cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Tours / Chinon

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate: 30-55 km daily (20-40 miles)

TERRAIN

3 days are mostly flat, 2 days are moderately rolling

COST

Casual Accommodation: US $2,050
Single Supplement: US $525

Classic Accommodation: US $2,250
Single Supplement: US $575

Luxe Accommodation: US $2,450
Single Supplement: US $625

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There For those arriving via Paris, most international flights arrive at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. The easiest way to reach Tours is via a train from the Montparnasse station (trains take a little more than 1 hour). The easiest way to reach the hotel in Tours is by taxi and these can be found on arrival outside the train station.

1

Day 1

Arrive in Tours. Take some time to wander in the old town center, filled with 18th-century monuments, public gardens, and cafés…

2

Day 2

Amboise

Our area manager will meet you after breakfast and give you the bikes and a briefing for the tour. Starting from Tours, you’ll ride east along a quiet road winding through vineyards to Amboise, with its impressive castle and charming village. Leonardo da Vinci lived here and you have the opportunity to visit the museum in his former home. 
Ride Distance: 33 km.* 

3

Day 3

Amboise

You’ll cycle forested roads to Chenanceaux where you can enjoy a visit of one of the most magnificent chateau in France. Finish the day with wine tasting or alternatively, a visit to a chocolate maker with a tempting degustation selection.
Ride Distance: 35 km.*

4

Day 4

Veigne/Montbazon

The ride is quite beautiful with a morning stop at another chateau, this one owned by the Prince of Broglie. Chateau de la Bourdaisiere was built by Francois I for Marie Gaudin, one of his mistresses. Today, the chateau raison d’etre are tomato gardens and over 500 varieties can be found here. A tour of the rooms and property will reveal secrets of its colorful past. In Veigne you will stay at a former mill that has been turned into a charming hotel, with a restaurant that is outstanding. A century option on this day will offer a chance to ride to the gardens of Villandry.
Ride Distance: 42 to 100+km.*

5

Day 5

Veigne/Montbazon

Ride to the castle and gardens of Villandry, a Renaissance masterpiece that welcomes visitors. Purchased by Spanish doctor Joachim Carvallo and his American heiress in 1906, they re-created the chateau’s original gardens. It is still in the Carvallo family today.

6

Day 6

Azay le Rideau

Ride to Azay-le-Rideau, it is here where perhaps the most beautiful of all Loire Valley chateaux sits majestically on a tiny island in the middle of the Indre River.

7

Day 7

Chinon

Following one of the tributaries of the Loire, you’ll enjoy some of the best riding in the region, stopping to visit Chateau de Sache, where the writer Balzac resided. In Azay-le-Rideau you’ll visit the impressive chateau that is the ‘jewel of the Loire Valley’.
Ride Distance: 52 km.*

8

Day 8

Chinon

On your last day of cycling there are options to cycle past popular vineyards with wine tastings along quiet cycling roads; you can also choose a longer option to Richelieu. Back in Chinon, enjoy a tour of the Chateau du Milieu in the medieval town
Ride Distance: 40 km.*

9

Day 9

Departure at your leisure from Chinon Train Station.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Casual/B&B

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Hotel Ronsard, Tours

This hotel is a charming, small hotel in the historical center of Tours. Rooms have all been renovated with contemporary décor and AC.


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La Breche, Amboise

This warm and welcoming small hotel is a member of the Logis de France association. There is a familial atmosphere here and the building is historic. Welcoming to cyclists and a good restaurant on site.


Loire Valley
Logis Lièvre d'Or, Montbazon

Simple rooms in a cozy B&B with an outdoor pool & a terrace, plus lush gardens.


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Hotel Biencourt, Azay le Rideau

This charming hotel from the 16th century is just steps from the castle in the centre of historic Azay le Rideau. It is a modest, but utterly charming property with a friendly welcome.


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Hotel Agnes Sorel, Chinon

This small, pleasant hotel is located in the center of Chinon and has just 10 rooms. The owner, Christine is very welcoming.


Classic

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Maison Jules, Tours

This charming property is more chambre d’hote than hotel. This quiet hotel is our favourite in Tours; the rooms are very large, the lounges are wonderful. The owner, Alexandra, is a bon vivant and a wonderful host. Breakfast is superb!


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Le Clos d'Amboise, Amboise

This 16th century manor house is in a large landscaped park with a pool, enclosed by ancient stone walls in the heart of the old town. The spacious rooms have original wood flooring, fireplaces and ancient paneling.


Loire Valley
Logis Lièvre d'Or, Montbazon

Simple rooms in a cozy B&B with an outdoor pool & a terrace, plus lush gardens.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Hotel Biencourt, Azay le Rideau

This charming hotel from the 16th century is just steps from the castle in the centre of historic Azay le Rideau. It is a modest, but utterly charming property with a friendly welcome.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Hotel Diderot, Chinon

This charming hotel, built in the 15th century and located in the historical center of Chinon is distinctive with friendly owners. Recommended by Guide de Charme and the top-rated Chinon hotel of Trip Advisor.


Luxe

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Maison Jules, Tours

This charming property is more chambre d’hote than hotel. This quiet hotel is our favourite in Tours; the rooms are very large, the lounges are wonderful. The owner, Alexandra, is a bon vivant and a wonderful host. Breakfast was superb!


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Manoir des Minimes, Amboise

This authentic 18th century manor house was built on the foundation of an ancient medieval monastery with glorious views of the Château Royale d'Amboise and the Loire river. The spacious rooms are quite luxurious.


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Domaine de la Tortiniere, Montbazon

This peaceful 19th century castle is in a fifteen acre park, overlooking the Indre River. The rooms in the Château and adjoining buildings are all decorated with rich fabrics and antique furniture. Member Relais du Silence.


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Le Grand Monarque, Azay le Rideau

Located 150 metres from the irresistible charm of the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, this former 18th century coaching inn and its Directoire building have been turned into a charming hotel. The rooms still feature their exposed beams and tuffeau stone walls.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Chateau de Marcay, Chinon

In their own words the Château de Marçay is “an island of calm and serenity”. The extensive grounds of the magnificent building offer an outdoor pool, serene gardens and meandering shaded paths perfect for an after-dinner stroll.



Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Loire Valley, France
Trips starting at
US $2,050

Tour Reviews

June 8, 2019

“This tour was pretty easy and beautiful. The routes Randonnée chooses are great – small quiet back roads. The self-guided tours are great, this was my second one. Amboise and Azay Le Rideau hotels were outstanding.”

February 26, 2019

This was the perfect tour for our family. The kids loved the castles, and we felt safe on the roads you chose, especially enjoyed the cycling paths along the Loire River. I think the kids favorite moment was the chocolate tasting you suggested in Amboise. Tony I LOVED Domaine Tortiniere- thank you for suggesting the upgrade.

February 26, 2019

The scenery on the back roads was wonderful. We were pleased that the luggage was always at the next destination with no issues.

February 26, 2019

The info package sent prior to the trip with the water bottle was complete, as was the pre-trip information sent by email. Very helpful in planning and packing for the trip. Great job! We used many of the restaurants you suggested. And the routes were a nice mixture of backroads, cycle paths, etc. Very scenic and enjoyable.

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