Chateaux & Gardens of the Loire

Independent Tour - 7 Days / 6 Nights, Approx 238km

The dreamy chateaux and well laid-out gardens of the Loire Valley have seduced royalty and inspired writers and poets. Discover their charm and elegance on this bike tour that visits some of the most famous the Loire is known for.

Your Journey

Day 1:

Arrive Blois

Day 2 Blois – Amboise (40 km):

Cycle to Chateau of Chaumont set in a majestic park overlooking the Loire River then continue towards Amboise, a royal city.

Day 3 Excursion from Amboise to Chateau Chenonceau (via Montlouis) (42 km):

After crossing the Amboise forest, reach the famous Chateau of Chenonceau straddling the Cher River.

Day 4 Excursion from Amboise to Chateau de Valmer and Vouvray Vineyards(47 km):

Through vineyards and fields, reach the Valmer Gardens of Italian inspiration.

Day 5 Amboise – Tours (27 or 34 km):

Cross the vineyards of Montlouis to reach the Chateau de La Bourdaisière. Continue to Tours. Visit the old quarter with its typical half-timbered houses.

Day 6 Tours – Chateau Villandry – Azay Le Rideau (Cycling 44 km):

Follow ‘Loire à vélo’ cycling path and reach Villandry, famous for its’ UNESCO World Heritage gardens. Continue to Azay Le Rideau and see its magnificent chateau in the heart of the village.

Day 7 Azay Le Rideau – Tours (34 km):

Ride towards Chateau of Saché, then continue towards Tours. Along the way, stop at Prieure St Cosme, which was a priory built in 1092.

Day 8 Tours :

Arrangements end after breakfast in Tours.


Easy to moderate with some hills. Average day is 38 km to allow time for visits. Longer options offered.

Loire chateau

Chateau d'Amboise

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