Loire Valley - Vineyards & Chateaux From One Hotel

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Visiting: France

Hotel & Bike

3 nights from £581 to £1525pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Deluxe i
Code FR024
Good For Families, Foodies, Luxury, Riverside Routes, Short Breaks, Solo
Distance 103mi/166km !
Runs Mar - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Tours !
Return from Tours !

Overview

What to expect

Stay in your choice of 4* accommodation, either a 10-room hotel with spa and stunning views of the castle or an historic, 17th century house converted in to a lovely hotel in the riverside city of Amboise and enjoy a perfect balance of rich history, carefree cycling and pure relaxation. Pedal along flat riverside paths and scenic cycle routes, choosing between four optional tours that guide you through rural landscapes to the stunning chateaux that earned this region its World Heritage status.

Cycle past green forests and huge vineyards, discovering stately homes, hunting grounds and historic cities. Stroll around walled gardens with climbing roses or step inside a chateau to see period furniture, enormous tapestries and painted ceilings. On this flexible holiday, you can cycle every day or dip in and out, spending as much time as you like relaxing in the hotel grounds, enjoying the outdoor swimming pool or sipping world-class wines.

You have the choice of a three or five nights for this tour. 

  • Stay in a 4* hotel with pool on the banks of the Loire
  • Spectacular chateaux, magnificent interiors and walled gardens
  • Ancient forests, romantic rivers, vast vineyards and world-class wines
  • Choose from a three or five night stay

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Amboise

    Make your way to your hotel, in the heart of Amboise, and relax in the grounds or explore the magnificent Renaissance chateau and visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Park and the Clos Lucé manor house, a modest red brick chateau that houses a Da Vinci museum. A bistro dinner at your hotel is included.

    Please note that you can choose a 3 or 5 night version of this tour, the daily rides are interchangeable.  

  • Day 2: Chenonceaux 27 miles (43 km)

    Cross the forest of Amboise, before reaching the famous Château de Chenonceau, straddling the Cher river, which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. 

  • Day 3: Vouvray 28 miles (45 km)

    Leave the banks of the Loire and cycle to the picturesque Vouvray vineyards, surrounded by troglodyte houses and famous for their fine and elegant white wines. On the way you will see superb Renaissance private châteaux, such as château de Valmer, known for its Italian gardens, and the beautiful château de Jallanges. Take in a visit to a local wine producer and sample a glass of Vouvray wine before returning to your hotel.

  • Day 4: Chaumont-sur-Loire 28 miles (45km)

    Follow the meandering country roads leading to the banks of the Loire in Chaumont-sur-Loire, whose 15th-century château proudly dominates the town and the river. If you travel between late May and mid-October, don't miss the extraordinary "Festival des Jardins" garden festival.

  • Day 5: Montlouis 20 miles (33km)

    Cycle through the heart of the Montlouis vineyards and visit the Aquarium de Touraine and the magnificent Château de la Bourdaisière and gardens, before returning to Amboise. Take a stroll and visit the Manoir du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci lived for the last 3 years of his life.

  • Day 6: Depart from Amboise

    Check out after breakfast and make your way home from Amboise or extend your stay with extra nights.

Itinerary Options

5 Night Tour

Five nights in a choice of three 4* hotels: 
The hotel Clos d'Amboise is a 17th century house converted into a hotel with outdoor pool, close to the chateau. 
The hotel au Charme Rabelaisien is a 10-room hotel with wellness area and heated outdoor pool (mid June to mid September), located in the centre of Amboise and 5 minutes’ walk from the castle.
The Manoir Saint Thomas  has ten rooms, located in the centre of Amboise, and has an outdoor heated pool. 

  • 5 nights in 4* hotel
  • Breakfast included and two dinners
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Secure bike storage

3 Night Tour

A shorter 3-night tour, with two days' cycle routes of your choice

  • 3 nights in 4* hotel
  • Breakfast included and one dinner
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Secure bike storage

Dates & Prices

Please choose your duration, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 3 or 5 nights accommodation in a choice of 4 star hotels
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast plus 2 dinners (5-night tour) or 1 dinner (3-night tour) 
  • Maps and route information - GPS routes available on request 
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike and helmet hire
  • Entrance to the monuments and local attractions

Châteaux Package (see "Extras" below):

  • Entrance to Château d'Amboise
  • ​​​Entrance to Château of Chenonceaux
  • Entrance to Park Leonardo da Vinci
  • Entrance to Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (château and garden festival)
  • Visit to a wine cellar in Amboise (including tasting of 3 wines) 

Child room share reductions

  • Aged up to 2 years sharing with 2 adults - 100%*
  • Aged 3-11 years sharing with 2 adults - 50%
  • Aged 12-17 years sharing with 2 adults - 25%

*cot hire charges may apply

Airport transfers from Paris CDG available on request - please enquire

 

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Bike Hire

Bike hire

Two panniers, map holder, high visibility jacket, odometer, repair kit and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.

Helmets can also be provided with rental bikes at no extra charge - please request at time of booking.

Child bikes, trailers and child bike seats available on request - please enquire

 

Hybrid Bike
Bike hire (5-night tour)
£93

21 gear with helmet and two panniers

Loire Valley hybrid bike
Bike hire (3-night tour)
£73

21 gear with helmet and two panniers

Loire Valley e-bike
E-bike hire (5-night tour)
£168

9 gear with helmet and two panniers

E-bike
E-bike hire (3-night tour)
£118

9 gear with helmet and two panniers

Extras

Excursions

Châteaux Package (see "Dates & Prices" above)
£70pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Tours or Paris

Take the train (SNCF) to Amboise.

Alternatively, take the Eurostar to Paris.

Getting back

Take the train (SNCF) from Amboise.

Fly from Tours or Paris

Alternatively, take the Eurostar from Paris.

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Do I have to cycle every day?

As you are based in one hotel you can relax on any day you wish.

What is the average temperature on this tour?

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Customer reviews

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5
out of 5

This was a trip to celebrate my 50th Birthday with a group of friends and family. I can't thank Sarah at Freedom Treks enough for organizing everything, it was a fabulous holiday. We booked the chateaux tours and meals before we went so all we had to do was cycle and decide if we wanted to sample the wine or beer when we stopped! It was an active but relaxing holiday, the cycling was great and we all managed the rides, definitely a moderate cycle not easy we'd say. Would absolutely consider another Freedom Trek holiday.

Jayne Toy, September 2018
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out of 5

Excellent service loved the accommodation and loved the variety of the routes

Alan Livingston, UK, August 2018

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