Chateau to Chateau Loire Valley cycling tour
Comfortable 3 and 4 star accommodation, superior rooms.
Your baggage transferred by vehicle.
Return trip by taxi from Angers to Amboise.
Road book and route-marked maps.
Technical and logistical assistance..
Bike for adult/junior : 130 €.
Bike cart for child : 80 €.
Child seat : 10 €.
Electric bike for adult/junior: 195 €.
Description of Chateau to Chateau Loire Valley cycling tour
Thanks to the scenic Loire valley and the French châteaux along its banks, there are plenty of excuses to stop and sightsee on this gentle cycling holiday. The cycle trails are flat and often run along the banks of the River Loire, providing easy cycling that’s perfect for families. You’ll pass through forest, vineyard and little towns – and come to the gates of the most impressive chateaux in the area. Most days you’ll cycle around 30km or so – leaving plenty of time to explore inside the grand establishments you’ll see en route .
The Loire Valley was a favourite location for aristocrats to build their residences and hunting lodges. The blueprints for these got a bit out of hand, and the resulting Renaissance châteaux (castles) look like they’ve fallen straight out of fairy tales. Your holiday includes entry to four fantastic châteaux: Blois, Cheverny, Chaumont and Chambord. Each seems more preposterous than the last.
The Loire valley is a lovely area of France – even without its magnificent collection of castles. You’ll also cycle through Medieval towns, vineyards where lovely wines are produced in abundance and into dense forests. The Loire itself, France’s big, wild river, will be your companion as you pedal. It’s a useful landmark so you shouldn’t lose your way. You’ll stay in simple, family-run hotels – and you’ll arrive at each one to find your luggage already transported for you.
PlanetOkay, so you’re on a cycling holiday… but you are not just an observer; in fact you’re playing a role in the environmental, local and social development in the region you are visiting.
Consider this: during your journey, you set out to encounter the Châteaux de la Loire by using a means of transport - a bicycle - which is among the most ecological that exist.
You will cycle along specifically and safely designed itineraries created by the regional authorities to promote soft transport that reduces the carbon footprint of tourism. And all along the way, you will enjoy the numerous forest domains you ride through, always close to nature, yet at the same time learning and understanding much more about the historical environment.
The people who run the restaurants you eat in take care to propose meals elaborated with local products, thus ensuring menus of quality whilst reducing the often hidden ecological impact of transporting foodstuffs from afar.
Furthermore, we have selected excellent accommodation for the beginning and end of your holiday also because it is close to railway stations or public transport hubs, still with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint.
In our very own office we have developed software which considerably reduces power consumption and paper use. We work with the company that specialises in recycling old computers and cartridges at the end of their usefulness.
What about supplies? Well, we think ‘fair-trade’ here, too. For example we work in partnership with Lygo who have our travel pouches made in Dakar, who thus create new jobs whilst using profits to support local projects in Senegal.
PeopleHolidaying with us means taking the time to explore a region, feel its pulse. Far from the usual tourist fast-fare, we propose a gourmet appreciation of authentic France.
In all our holidays, we make sure that we are working with partners in small-scale structures to help develop the local economy and usefully reduce the number of intermediaries.
We ourselves are a small family travel agency maintaining a close relationship with all our working partners. That’s one of the reasons our holidaymakers are welcomed so warmly and in such a personal way throughout their stay. In each region, local people have got to know us, which is one of the factors that ensures that each holiday is a rich and unique experience.
Everyone involved in our holidays is passionately interested in their region and their environment. They will always take pleasure in helping you to explore their heritage, their gastronomy, and their terroir – as explained above ! You will find that the only silly question is the one you don’t ask … all others are greeted with a smile and a willing, informative reply.
The establishments we deal with are always on a very human scale, with far fewer rooms and an altogether different approach than the big hotel chains. Simply because we think the heartfelt welcome you feel in a rural guesthouse, the discovery of a tasty local dish, or the exploration among friends and family of the history and culture of a place is something real, sincere and wonderful.
On a practical note, we do all we can to facilitate local bike hire in order to improve the service we offer to our holidaymakers and - and it’s a big and - try to make sure that the economic advantages of our activities go towards local communities.