France - Nature & Castles the Loire Valley (self guided)

An all ages tour through the natural and cultural landscapes of the Loire region.
  1. 1 Blois Blois

    Day 1: Blois

    Individual arrival in Blois.  Hotel check-in and free time to visit the town.

  2. 2 Blois 43 km / 27 mi. Blois

    Day 2:  Blois - Chambord - Blois  (43 km / 27 mi.)

    After crossing the Loire and the Sologne countryside, you enter the park of the chateau of Chambord, 4,500 hectares of forest inhabited by deer and wild boars. Visit of the magnificent castle which was built by François I on a project by Leonardo da Vinci. Return to the hotel through the forest of Boulogne.

  3. 3 Blois 46 km / 29 mi. Amboise

    Day 3:  Blois - Chaumont - Amboise  (46 km / 29 mi.)

    Following the river Loire you arrive at the castle of Chaumont, that was built on a cliff overlooking the Loire by Pierre dAmboise. It was then purchased by Catherine de Medici: she sent there Diana of Poitiers for revenge and kept for her Chenonceau. Always following the river Loire you arrive in Amboise, a picturesque town on the left bank where the castle stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Visit of the castle.

  4. 4 Amboise 35 km / 22 mi. Amboise

    Day 4: Amboise - Chenonceau - Amboise  (35 km / 22 mi.)

    From the valley of the river Loire to the valley of the river Cher: through the Forest of Amboise you will reach the castle of Chenonceau, so-called "of the two queens", Diana and Catherine. This is certainly the most beautiful and the most visited castle, with its magnificent arches over the river. After another nice ride along the Cher we come back to Amboise. Visit to the Clos-Luce, home of Leonardo da Vinci. In the museum inside the house are several models of his inventions, and in the park there are 1:1 scale models that allow you to interact and to experience directly these fabulous machines.

  5. 5 Amboise 31 km / 21 mi. Tours

    Day 5:  Amboise  - Tours  (31 km / 21 mi.)

    From Amboise, along tre river Loire, you  cycle through the famous vineyards of Vouvray, between the tufa cliffs that overlook the river. You will arrive in Tours, the most important city in the region. Visit of the old town, of the cathedral and of place Plumereau.

  6. 6 Tours 42 km / 26 mi. Tours

    Day 6: Tours - Villandry - Tours  (42 km / 26 mi.)

    From Tours along the river Cher you reach the castle of Villandry, famous for its "jardin potagers". The famous gardens of Villandry are the most beautiful example of French Renaissance architecture, built under the influence of Italian gardeners.  You go back to Tours on a nice cycle path.

  7. 7 Tours Tours

    Day 7:

    End of services after breakfast.

Prices per person STANDARD C Category (2** Hotel):
Individual basic price: 399 €
Suppl. single room: 148 €
Extra beds for children: on request
Suppl. adult bike rental: 85 €
Suppl. child bike rental/trailer: 75 €

Prices per person STANDARD B Category (3*** Hotel):
Individual basic price: 515 €
Suppl. single room: 257 €
Extra beds for children: on request
Suppl. adult bike rental: 85 €
Suppl. child bike rental/trailer: 75 €

Prices per person STANDARD A Category (4**** Hotel):
Individual basic price: 880 €
Suppl. single room: 478 €
Extra beds for children: on request
Suppl. adult bike rental: 85 €
Suppl. child bike rental/trailer: 75 €

Included:
accommodation in hotel of the selected category in double room with private bath, 6 breakfast (Day 2 through Day 7), luggage transport (1 luggage per person - max 20 Kg), informative material, road book and description of the itinerary, telephone assistance, and  SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS

Not included:
travel Paris and from London; lunches, dinner in Paris and dinner in London, drinks; entry fees; bike rental; extras and everything not listed as Included.

Departures 2017:

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights (5 days cycling)

  1. France - Castles of Loire Valley (Self Guided) - SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS

    SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS

    This cycling tour includes our SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS, an exclusive service that only Verde Natura offers to ensure you are at ease during your bike tour, especially if this is your first bike tour experience. In addition to the classic luggage transport and emergency telephone number, we provide roadside assistance and/or recovery in case of emergency (illness, mechanical problem that cannot be repaired with the repair-kit). Simply notify us and within a short time our team member will reach you to solve the problem.  If necessary you will be transported to your hotel.

  2. France - Castles of Loire Valley (Self Guided) - CYCLING INFO

    CYCLING INFO
    This tour is suitable for everyone, and is an ideal first time tour. The daily stages are from 31 to 46 km per day, approx. 2h30 to 3h30 of easy cycling per day.

    Terrain: Mostly flat with couple of very short climbs which can be done easily on foot
    Roads: 80% asphalted roads, 20% white country roads
    Bikes: city bikes
    Participants: minimum 2 pax
    Luggage transport: yes (+ Assistance Plus from 24/07 to 21/08)
    Suitable for children: from 2 to 4 years on child seat; from 1 to 3 years in the trailer; from 5 to 7 years old on slip streamer, after 8 years old with their own bike.

SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS

This cycling tour includes our SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS, an exclusive service that only Verde Natura offers to ensure you are at ease during your bike tour, especially if this is your first bike tour experience. In addition to the classic luggage transport and emergency telephone number, we provide roadside assistance and/or recovery in case of emergency (illness, mechanical problem that cannot be repaired with the repair-kit). Simply notify us and within a short time our team member will reach you to solve the problem.  If necessary you will be transported to your hotel.

CYCLING INFO
This tour is suitable for everyone, and is an ideal first time tour. The daily stages are from 31 to 46 km per day, approx. 2h30 to 3h30 of easy cycling per day.

Terrain: Mostly flat with couple of very short climbs which can be done easily on foot
Roads: 80% asphalted roads, 20% white country roads
Bikes: city bikes
Participants: minimum 2 pax
Luggage transport: yes (+ Assistance Plus from 24/07 to 21/08)
Suitable for children: from 2 to 4 years on child seat; from 1 to 3 years in the trailer; from 5 to 7 years old on slip streamer, after 8 years old with their own bike.