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Castles of the Loire (10 days)

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10 days / 9 nights
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Single room (SR)

110 EUR

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There are no limits to romance in the Loire Valley. The cycle tour starts in Tours, a pretty little town between the Cher and Loire rivers. Cultural wealth, rural charm and romantic architecture: these three terms best describe the journey through France on two wheels. Between all the famous castles of the Loire you will cycle from town to town through the charming countryside. Always in focus: the culture! Kings, feudal lords and ladies-in-waiting once enjoyed their noble life here. Today you can explore the residences that were built at that time and let yourself be taken back to the old days. Fancy an extra dose of history? Then come with us on the cycle tour along the La Route Royale!

Overview of your benefits
  • Good value for money
  • Tour incl. hotels and luggage transport
  • Extensive route booklet & GPS data
  • Top brand rental bikes bookable
  • More than 30 years of experience
Saumur, the Loire city

Day 1: Arrival in Tours

On their own. Discover today the historic center of Tourraine, the much-praised "Garden of France".

Overnight stay in Tours.

Day 2: Tours - Chinon, approx. 55 km

The Cher River takes you straight to Villandry Castle with its terraced gardens. Of course, a visit to this famous garden is a must. Shady walking paths, flower-covered arbours, fountains and the artistically designed vegetable garden amaze every visitor here. A few kilometers further you will find the banks of the Loire. And the next castle beckons: Langeais. A view from the defense tower and in front of you are the river and the entire surrounding area. On the edge of the dark and mysterious Chinon forest stands Usseé Castle, the Castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will approach today's destination via small villages and side roads.

Overnight in Chinon

Day 3: Excursion to Fontevraud l'Abbaye, approx. 55 km

The Vienne will first take you to the small village of Candes-St-Martin. A magnificent Romanesque church was built at the place where St. Martin died. In Montsoreau, the Vienne meets the mighty Loire - an impressive natural spectacle. The "cave gardens" are over 800 kilometers long. Through well-kept vineyards, it goes to Fontevraud l'Abbaye. Here you can explore the medieval monastery complex, which is still completely preserved like no other in the world. This is followed by a "literary return trip" to Chinon. Pass the birthplace of the great writer Francois Rabelais, as well as the valley where his famous book "Gargantua" is set.

Overnight stay as the day before.

Day 4: Chinon - Azay-le-Rideau, approx. 40 km

You leave Chinon, with its medieval streets that squeeze between the river and the fortress, heading north. Your way leads you through old vineyards and lonely villages to Crissay, which is one of the most beautiful villages in France with its houses from the 15th century. Of course, you can also marvel at a castle today, and one of the special quality: Azay-le-Rideau, a Renaissance castle of the highest perfection. "A diamond with a thousand facets set in the Indre" writes Balzac. What else could we add to that? You stay overnight in town and thus have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the castle with its cultural events.

Overnight in Azay le Rideau

Day 5: Azay-le-Rideau - Chenonceaux, approx. 60 km

A scenic highlight is imminent: through the romantic river landscape, always following the Indre, you will reach the pretty small town of Montbazon. A short climb awaits, a few hard steps on the pedals and you reach the valley of the river Cher over a small ridge. Meadow paths take you along the Cher to Bléré, a small market town and on to your historic overnight stay in Chenonceaux with its castle. Chenonceau Castle is probably the most beautiful of all Loire Castles and is enthroned in a unique location. A magnificent, two-storey bridge gallery spans the river and in front of it the magnificent castle garden inspires ... but see and discover for yourself.

Overnight in Chenonceaux

Day 6: Chenonceaux - Blois, approx. 50 km

The stage takes you through the lovely landscape of the Touraine to Chaumont Castle and from here on along romantic paths along the Loire to Blois. After moving into your room, set off on a tour of discovery. Blois Castle with its galleries, projecting balconies, bay windows and aspens could be your destination.

Overnight in Blois

Day 7: Round trip to Chambord Castle, approx. 50 km

Today is mainly dedicated to Chambord Castle. This largest and
most magnificent residence on the Loire through the trees. Half a millennium of French history has
Chambord left their mark: Built in the Renaissance under the art-loving King Francois I, the scene of glamorous festivals and hunting parties under the “Sun King” Louis XIV, looted during the French Revolution and today the second most visited castle in France after Versailles. It will certainly not be difficult for you to discover many good reasons for this.

Overnight stay as the day before

Day 8: Blois - Amboise, approx. 45 km

The Loire cycle path takes you from Blois to Chaumont-sur-Loire. The castle located here was never a royal residence and is therefore more of an insider tip. What makes it particularly worth seeing is the huge park , which is the scene of an international garden show every year . End the day in Amboise, whose château is a particularly early example of Loire Valley Renaissance architecture. One of the greatest artists of the time also found his final resting place here: the Clos Lucé mansion, attached to the castle of Ambois, is entirely dedicated to the memory of Leonardo da Vinci.

Overnight in Amboise

Day 9: Amboise - Tours

The last stage of your cycle tour takes you back to the vineyards on the slopes above the Loire, to
Montlouis-sur-Loire wine-growing region and the town of the same name, which is idyllically situated on the river. It's worth taking a short break here before heading back along the river bank to Tours.

Overnight stay in Tours

Day 10: Departure from Tours

After breakfast departure on your own.

  • 7 nights in booked cat. incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • 7 days service hotline
  • 1 x per room travel documents (DE)
  • GPS data on request
  • personal tour information (DE/EN)
Price in € per person * Cat I Cat II
Double room including breakfast €1029 €1199
Single room including breakfast €1468 €1658

Seasonal prices

From 15.04.2023/12.05.2023 to XNUMX

  • €70,00 surcharge in Cat. I
  • €80,00 surcharge in Cat. II

From 13.05.2023/08.09.2023 to XNUMX

  • €130,00 surcharge in Cat. I
  • €140,00 surcharge in Cat. II

From 09.09.2023/29.09.2023 to XNUMX

  • €70,00 surcharge in Cat. I
  • €80,00 surcharge in Cat. II

Rental bikes

  • Rental bike with luggage bag - €109,00
  • Rental bike PLUS with luggage bag - €175,00
  • Electric rental bike with luggage bag - €259,00


Note: All prices are per person.



Cat I

Cat II

Double room (DR)

65 EUR

65 EUR

Single room (SR)

110 EUR

110 EUR


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travel code
ENG 13

Castles of the Loire (10 days)

10 days
Overnight stays
9 nights
Overnight stays
about 380 km

La Route Royale

Every Thursday and Saturday from April 01th ​​to October 07th, 2023

Price in € per person * 2023 Cat I Cat II
Double room including breakfast €1029 €1199
Single room including breakfast €1468 €1658

Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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Train: to/from Tours train station

Parking: Hotel garage for approx. € 50 per week (no reservation possible/necessary, no guarantee)


Cat I: Accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels (French classification)

Cat II: Accommodation in 3-star hotels (French classification)

Not included: Cultural tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses

This trip/s is/are not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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