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Castles of the Loire (10 days)

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travel code
ENG 13
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price
From 1.096 €
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Price calculator last updated: January 26.02.2024, XNUMX

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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!

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

Individual arrival to Blois.

Overnight place: Blois

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 venue for an international garden show every year. You end the day in Amboise, whose castle is a particularly early example of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. One of the greatest artists of that 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 place: Amboise

This stage leads through the vineyards on the slopes above the Loire, to the wine-growing region of Montlouis-sur-Loire and the town of the same name, which is idyllically located on the river. It's worth taking a short break here before heading back to Tours along the river bank.

Overnight place: Tours

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 place: Chinon

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 place: Overnight stay as the day before

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 place: Azay-le-Rideau

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 place: Chenonceaux

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

Overnight place: Blois

Today is mainly dedicated to Chambord Castle. This largest and most magnificent residence on the Loire shimmers through the trees from afar. Half a millennium of French history has left its mark in Chambord: built in the Renaissance under the art-loving King Francois I, the scene of glamorous festivals and hunting parties under the “Sun King” Louis visited the castle of France. It won't be difficult for you to discover many good reasons for this.

Overnight place: Overnight stay as the day before

After breakfast, travel on your own.

Overnight place: Blois (departure)

  • 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)
Savings tip: 3% early bird discount until February 29.02.24, XNUMX
  • The discount is automatically deducted during the booking process.
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Basic price in € per person

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Double room including breakfast Cat I Cat II
23.03.2023/12.04.2024 - XNUMX 1.129,00 € -
23.03.2024/12.04.2024 - XNUMX - 1.299,00 €
13.04.2024/10.05.2024 - XNUMX 1.229,00 € 1.399,00 €
11.05.2024/06.09.2024 - XNUMX 1.289,00 € 1.459,00 €
07.09.2024/27.09.2024 - XNUMX 1.229,00 € 1.399,00 €
28.09.2024/12.10.2024 - XNUMX 1.129,00 € 1.299,00 €
Single room including breakfast Cat I Cat II
23.03.2023/12.04.2024 - XNUMX 1.608,00 € -
23.03.2024/12.04.2024 - XNUMX - 1.798,00 €
13.04.2024/10.05.2024 - XNUMX 1.708,00 € 1.898,00 €
11.05.2024/06.09.2024 - XNUMX 1.768,00 € 1.958,00 €
07.09.2024/27.09.2024 - XNUMX 1.708,00 € 1.898,00 €
28.09.2024/12.10.2024 - XNUMX 1.608,00 € 1.798,00 €

Rental bikes

  • Rental bike with luggage bag: 109,00 €
  • Rental bike PLUS with luggage bag: 185,00 €
  • Electric rental bike with luggage bag: 279,00 €

Additional Services

  • Sustainability package: 0,00 €

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Reisecode
FRA 13

Castles of the Loire (10 days)

Duration
10 days
Overnight stays
9 nights
Overnight stays
about 380 km

daily arrival from March 23rd – October 12th, 2024

  • Arrival possible
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Basic price in € per person * 2023 Cat I
Double room including breakfast From 1129 €
Single room including breakfast From 1608 €

Additional 3% early bird discount until February 29.02.24th, XNUMX

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

Train: to/from Blois train station

Parking: Public garage for approx. €30 per week. (No reservation possible/necessary, without guarantee)

 

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

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

Sustainability
Join us in contributing to even more sustainability and choose our digital route book over the printed version. As a small thank you, we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Not included: Cultural development tax, bed tax, travel to and from, 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.

General information

Not included in the price: Cultural development tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses.
This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Maps presented are for illustrative purposes only and do not reflect geographical reality.

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