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Loire Valley Family Bike Tours – Cycling in the Loire Valley

DIGnGO Loire Valley family bike tours are designed for the whole family. Whether you’re cycling along the Loire river or the kids are having some fun at an outdoor adventure park, each day is planned for the all gang to have a great time. Your trip starts on the river banks and a chateau welcomes you for a visit and a light lunch. Vineyards, the river Cher and the river Loire set an ideal setting for a relaxing trip through the garden of France. Cycling takes you on roads with limited traffic making the trip extremely safe for the youngsters. Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau spanning the river Cher. Bike through villages considered some of the most Beautiful Villages in France. And enjoy the most beautiful gardens in all of France as a visit takes you through the gardens of Villandry, that have been restored to their Renaissance glory. Biking through the valley of the kings, a castle is everywhere you look.

At a glance
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Tours
Finishing Location Tours
Activity Level Easy
Price $2,798
Sgl. Suppl. $855

Details of our Loire Valley family bike tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Start at the Chateau de Villandry

From Villandry to Coteaux-sur-Loire (18 miles)
France, chateaux and the Loire river are words that often come to mind when you think about the Loire Valley. Start at the chateau de Villandry considered to have some of the most beautiful ornemental gardens in France. Your first bike ride takes you from the Chateau de Villandry to your home for the night.

Day 2: Cycle to Azay-le-Rideau and visit its Renaissance chateau

From Coteaux-sur-Loire to La Roche-Clermault (46 miles)
For your second day on the bike, your cycling tour continues with the discovery of many more castles. Bike to Azay-le-Rideau and discover a jewel of Renaissance architecture.

Day 3: Bike through the countryside before reaching the Chateau de Rigny Ussé

From La Roche-Clermault to La Roche-Clermault (31 miles)
Pedal your way to the Château de Rigny Ussé, that Charles Perrault thought of when he wrote the fairy tale the Sleeping Beauty. Your kids leave their bikes and have some fun at an outdoor adventure park.

Day 4: Cycle to Chenonceau and its famous Chateau de Chenonceau

From Saint-Règle to Amboise (15 miles)
Today’s ride takes you to the Chateau de Chenonceau. Chenonceau often refereed as the chateau of the 3 ladies is the 2nd most visited chateau in France after Versailles. In the afternoon, the children enjoy a canoe expedition on the Cher river.

Day 5: Ride your bicycle to the Chateau de Chaumont

From Amboise to Amboise (32 miles)
Your ride is designed so that you can discover another historic chateau. The Château de Chaumont has a beautiful garden and is well worth the visit. Later that day, the town of amboise awaits you with it towering castle overlooking the banks of the river loire. Discover the Clos Luce, where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last four years of his life.

Day 6: End the trip in Tours

End of the trip
The Loire à Vélo doesn’t have any secrets left so slowly easy into the morning and end the trip in Tours where you may take a train to your next destination.

*Please note that the mileage indicated above refers to the basic route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily routes and you may read more about it in the Activity level section below or by clicking the detailed itinerary button above.

Dates

Starting date Ending date
2018-04-15 2018-04-20
2018-04-22 2018-04-27
2018-04-29 2018-05-04
Starting date Ending date
2018-05-06 2018-05-11
2018-05-13 2018-05-18
2018-05-20 2018-05-25
2018-05-27 2018-06-01
Starting date Ending date
2018-06-03 2018-06-08
2018-06-10 2018-06-15
2018-06-17 2018-06-22
2018-06-24 2018-06-29
Starting date Ending date
2018-07-01 2018-07-06
2018-07-08 2018-07-13
2018-07-15 2018-07-20
2018-07-22 2018-07-27
2018-07-29 2018-08-03
Starting date Ending date
2018-08-05 2018-08-10
2018-08-12 2018-08-17
2018-08-19 2018-08-24
2018-08-26 2018-08-31
Starting date Ending date
2018-09-02 2018-09-07
2018-09-09 2018-09-14
2018-09-16 2018-09-21
2018-09-23 2018-09-28
2018-09-30 2018-10-05
Starting date Ending date
2018-10-07 2018-10-12
2018-10-14 2018-10-19

Make a date private

Private tours are for those of you who are seeking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. If you would like to make your trip private, you may choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates and make it exclusively for you and your friends or family or contact us to choose your own departure date. You may read more below for private tour pricing:

  • An extra $500 per person for 6 – 9 guests
  • An extra $1,000 per person for 4 – 5 guests
  • An extra $2,000 per person for 2 – 3 guests

Lodging

Château de Rochecotte (1 night)

Star rating: ****
Location: Coteaux-sur-Loire
Amenities: Pool
Member of:

Logis Hôtel Imago (2 nights)

Star rating: ***
Location: La Roche-Clermault
Amenities: Luxury services available
Member of:

Le Clos d’Amboise (2 nights)

Star rating: ****
Location: Amboise
Amenities: Pool
Member of:

Activity level

Our Loire Valley family bike tours are lifetime experiences designed for cyclists of all levels of ability. Each day you have a choice of multiple ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to take it easy whereas on other days you may want to challenge yourself. Whatever biking route you choose, you cycle at your own pace.
 

Day Short option Basic option Long option
Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain
1      18  600    
2  18  800  46  2000 54 2300
3  18  1200  31  1900  36  2200
4  15  600  25  1000    
5  19  800  32  1100  45  1600

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiples daily routes
  • The use of a fully equipped DIGnGO touring bike and gear
  • DIGnGO water bottle, helmet, Garmin GPS and saddle bag
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Types of bikes available

Touring Bike (Included)

Brand: Fuji
Model: Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc
Weight: 10,35 kg

Kids’ Bike (Included)

Age: 8 and more years

Road bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Scott
Model: Scott Addict Disc or similar
Weight: 8,5 kg

Trailercycle (Included)

Age: 4 to 7 years

Electric bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Rubbee
Model: Rubbee Drive
Weight: 4.0 kg

Bike Trailer (Included)

Age: 1 to 3 years

Tour map

Villandry

Langeais

Azay-le-Rideau

L'Île-Bouchard

La Roche-Clermault

Chinon

Rigny-Ussé

Chenonceaux

Amboise

Chaumont-sur-Loire

Travel information

How to get to the starting location

  • Buy your flight(s) to Paris
  • Buy your train ticket(s) from Paris to Tours on www.raileurope.com
  • Make sure to check online for any timetable changes or railway company track maintenance
  • In case of a delay, please email or call your trip leaders

What to pack

Due to the limited space in our minivan, we ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage. In order to deliver your bags to your room, we ask that each bag has a clear luggage identification tag.

What to pack for biking:

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling jacket
  • Bike shoes & pedals
  • Sneakers
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Cycling pants
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Shoe covers & booties
  • Cycling headband or cap
  • Windbreaker
What to pack for dinner:

  • Dress pants
  •  Shirt
  •  Polo
  • Jacket but not required
  •  Dress
  •  Skirt
  • Dress pants
  • Nice top

Pre & post trip lodging options

Paris:

  • Hotel Le Meurice | Rates: €€€€€
  • Le Bristol Paris | Rates: €€€€€
  • Particulier Montmartre | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Sofitel Paris Faubourg | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Keppler | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Le Six | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Bel Ami | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Daniel Paris | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Villa Madame | Rates: €€
Tours:

  • Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont | Rates: €€
  • Inter-Hotel Le garden Tours-Sud | Rates: €
  • Suites Beranger | Rates: €€

Room rate guide:

0 to 100€: €

101€ to 200€: €€

201€ to 300€: €€€

301€ to 400€: €€€€

401€ to 900€: €€€€€

Climate

 

January February March April May June
High F 46 49 56 60 69 74
Low F 36 36 39 42 49 53
Prec. (In) 2.9 2.2 1.8 2.2 2.1 1.7
July August September October November December
High F 79 79 72 63 52 46
Low F 57 57 51 47 40 36
Prec. (In) 2.1 1.8 2.0 2.6 3.1 2.7

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