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Backroad cycling FranceRIVER LOIRE CHÂTEAUX A superb cycling tour that takes you from chateau to chateau along the Loire and Cher rivers

A charming circuit in the heart of the Loire, this tour follows the wonderful Loire River, as well as the Indre, the Cher and the Vienne, taking in numerous Unesco World Heritage classified châteaux along the way: Amboise, Chenonceau, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais,... An enchanting cycle tour that makes the most of a superb cycle network along tranquil waterways, all the while discovering the immense cultural and architectural heritage of the region. An opportunity to visit the area’s many wine cellars and vineyards, as well as the troglodyte caves of Turquant and Souzay-Champigny. To top it all off, the majority of the itinerary is on green lanes and dedicated bike routes.

Self-guided tour: from 225€ - Details Duration : 3 or 4 days | Level : Customer satisfaction : - 1 reviews
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Highlights

  • The famous châteaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Langeais and Villandry.
  • An exceptional cultural and architectural heritage.
  • A circuit that takes us off the beaten track, into the heart of a well-preserved rich natural environment.
  • The Loire, the last major wild river in France…
  • Easily accessible from Paris and the regions
  • A sporty yet leisurely weekend, just waiting to be discovered!

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  • This trip exists in 2 versions : V1=1 wheel / V2=2 wheels
  • E-bike rental on this tour available.
  • Special offer for private groups. Please ask us for a quotation.

Day 1: Tours - Amboise

Itinerary start: The tour begins at 10 am on the first day at Tours/Saint-Pierre-des-Corps SNCF railway station.

On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Tours.

A secure car park is available next to the train station. The "sud" section offers the cheapest tarifs. For more info:  www.resaplace.com. If you arrive by car, a train service is avalable in order to return to Tours from Langeais at the end of your trip.

Beginning in the city of Tours, we follow the magnificent Loire River, taking the time to appreciate the many châteaux and charming country manor houses along the way. The tranquillity of this great river, the longest in France, quickly works its charm with its thickets and leafy hedgerows, its fields and pastures, its isolated hamlets and farms. The river is also an oasis for a large variety of maritime and continental birds. As we reach Montlouis, the small amount of elevation gained so far is enough to offer beautiful panoramic views of the Loire. We then arrive in Amboise, the first notable historical site of our tour. The town has a rich and colourful past with its Royal château and the Clos Lucé, former residence of Leonardo de Vinci. The charming cobblestoned streets and street side cafés offer plenty of opportunities to explore and relax. Night in Amboise.

Distance covered: approx. 25 km / Altitude gain: approx. 150 m

Day 2: Amboise - Azay-sur-Cher

We gain a little altitude this morning in order to reach the forest of Amboise which we cross before taking the time to visit the fabulous Château de Chenonceau, built in 1513. After our visit we continue our journey by means of a little known route that offers an unforgettable view of the château from the banks of the Cher. We follow the river along its quiet banks bordered with weeping willows, vegetable gardens, charming country houses and "chalands" (small flat-bottomed barges) on riverside moorings. We reach our overnight stop, Azay-sur-Cher, nestled on the banks of the Cher River.

Distance covered: approx. 35 km / Altitude gain: approx. 150 m

Day 3: Azay-sur-Cher - Langeais

The tranquil waters of the Cher lead us gently on to the city of Tours. We skirt round the south side of the city, following the banks of the river, before winding our way through fields and pastures to reach Villandry and its 16th century château, famous for its splendid geometrical gardens. We make the most of the beautiful late afternoon light which sets the château, gardens and water garden ablaze. We then reach the “Bec du Cher”, meeting point of the Cher and Loire rivers. We find ourselves once again on the banks of the Loire, which seems surprisingly large after the previous day’s riding along the comparatively narrow Cher... The "chalands" drift peacefully on the slow current of the river, accompanied by a wealth of birdsong from the abundant variety of birds to be found along the river's banks. We reach a small suspension bridge, enabling us to cross the Loire and join the village and château of Langeais. An optional visit of the Château de Langeais and a stroll through the narrow lanes of the village, dominated by the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, before we go to the train station of Langeais, endpoint of the tour.

Distance covered: approx. 40 km / Altitude gain: approx. 100 m

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

Itinerary end: The tour ends on the last day at Langeais SNCF railway station.

Day 1: Tours - Amboise

Itinerary start: The tour begins at 10 am on the first day at Tours/Saint-Pierre-des-Corps SNCF railway station.

On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Tours.

A secure car park is available next to the train station. The "sud" section offers the cheapest tarifs. For more info:  www.resaplace.com. If you arrive by car, a train service is avalable in order to return to Tours from Azay-le-Rideau at the end of your trip.

Beginning in the city of Tours, we follow the magnificent Loire River, taking the time to appreciate the many châteaux and charming country manor houses along the way. The tranquillity of this great river, the longest in France, quickly works its charm with its thickets and leafy hedgerows, its fields and pastures, its isolated hamlets and farms. The river is also an oasis for a large variety of maritime and continental birds. As we reach Montlouis, the small amount of elevation gained so far is enough to offer beautiful panoramic views of the Loire. We then arrive in Amboise, the first notable historical site of our tour. The town has a rich and colourful past with its Royal château and the Clos Lucé, former residence of Leonardo de Vinci. The charming cobblestoned streets and street side cafés offer plenty of opportunities to explore and relax. Night in Amboise.

Distance covered: approx. 25 km / Altitude gain: approx. 150 m

Day 2: Amboise - Azay-sur-Cher

We gain a little altitude this morning in order to reach the forest of Amboise which we cross before taking the time to visit the fabulous Château de Chenonceau, built in 1513. After our visit we continue our journey by means of a little known route that offers an unforgettable view of the château from the banks of the Cher. We follow the river along its quiet banks bordered with weeping willows, vegetable gardens, charming country houses and "chalands" (small flat-bottomed barges) on riverside moorings. We reach our overnight stop, Azay-sur-Cher, nestled on the banks of the Cher River.

Distance covered: approx. 35 km / Altitude gain: approx. 150 m

Day 3: Azay-sur-Cher - Villandry

The tranquil waters of the Cher lead us gently on to the city of Tours. We skirt round the south side of the city, following the banks of the river, before winding our way through fields and pastures to reach Villandry and its 16th century château, famous for its splendid geometrical gardens. We make the most of the beautiful late afternoon light which sets the château, gardens and water garden ablaze. Overnight stay near Villandry.

Distance covered: approx. 30 km / Altitude gain: approx. 150 m

Day 4: Villandry - Azay-le-Rideau

We join the “Bec du Cher” this morning, meeting point of the Cher and Loire rivers. We find ourselves once again on the banks of the Loire, which seems surprisingly large after the previous day’s riding along the comparatively narrow Cher... The "chalands" drift peacefully on the slow current of the river, accompanied by a wealth of birdsong from the abundant variety of birds to be found along the river's banks. A short detour takes us to a small suspension bridge, enabling us to cross the Loire and join the village and château of Langeais. An optional visit of the Château de Langeais and a stroll through the narrow lanes of the village, dominated by the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, before we continue our journey along the banks of the Loire. A welcome break in the small port of Bréhémont, with panoramic views from the terrace of its café, before we leave the Loire behind us and head to the banks of the Indre. Fields, hedgerows and thickets of leafy trees give way now and then to reveal splendid country manor houses. We visit the Dufresne Museum, home to an impressive collection of vehicles, machinery and antique objects from the 1850's through to the middle of the twentieth century. A little further on, and in a completely different style, we arrive at the Château de l'Islette on the banks of the Indre. The many “barques” (small boats) entice us to take a tour on the water. The château was host to the tumultuous love affair between the two famous sculptors Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, who produced some of their greatest work here. A few more pedal strokes take us to the magnificent Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on an island in the middle of the Indre, the château is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, built under the reign of François the 1st. Our tour finishes with a short ride to the nearby train station, end point of our journey.

Distance covered: approx. 30 km / Altitude gain: approx. 100 m

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

Itinerary end: The tour ends on the last day at Azay-le-Rideau SNCF railway station.

Average tour rating:

5/5 - 1 Reviews
Tom B. | Participant rating:
"We loved it so much 14 of have rebooked to go away with you to Alsace this June"
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