France : The Loire

Cycling In The Royal Loire Valley

Trip code: C03LX

Self-guided cycling

3 nights,
single centre

Level: 1
Leisurely

6.0Kg CO2e

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SUMMARY

  • Stay in a 4* chateau hotel in the royal city of Amboise
  • Splendour of the 'jewel' in the Loire crown, the Renaissance Chateau de Chenonceau and Chaumont sur Loire with its extraordinary gardens.
  • Ride from chateau to chateau through the vineyards and taste the Loire Valley's delicious wine.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • all breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Bike hire included

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Live the chateau lifestyle during your stay in the Loire Valley! What could be more romantic than being prince or princess for a moment and staying in a chateau Hotel ?

The magnificent landscapes of the Loire Valley invite you to relax and escape. Let yourself be seduced by the magical atmosphere of the Loire chateaux and enjoy the excellent cuisine and wines of the region.

Exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley is a real journey back in time, transporting you to the Middle Ages or the Renaissance and teaching you more about the history of France. Follow in the footsteps of the kings and queens of France by visiting the royal chateaux of Amboise and Chenonceau. Learn more about famous personalities such as Leonardo da Vinci at the Chateau du Clos-Luce. All these treasures, set in the picturesque landscape of the Loire Valley, have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Terrain

This is a gentle and unhurried cycling holiday through the heart of the great Loire Valley. You will ride through vineyards and forest going from chateau to chateau via quiet cycling routes or peaceful river path.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Amboise

Arrive in the royal charming town of Amboise. Visit the flamboyant Royal Palace and the elegant Clos Luce, a C15 manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked for the last few years of his life. His workshops house 40 giant models of some of his most spectacular creations, the first plane, helicopter and tank, and the beautifully landscaped gardens bring life to his botanical drawings and geographical designs.

Alternatively cycle to wine village Montlouis, famous for their fine white wines and explore the troglodyte caves en route. Here you'll find wine tasting possibilities and the option to visit Chateau de la Bourdaisiere and its wonderful gardens. (33 km / 20.5 mi)

To perfectly end your day, enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant.

You stay at Manoir Saint Thomas.

hotel details

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Manoir Saint Thomas, Amboise

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Experience an unforgettable stay at a manor converted into a luxury hotel in Amboise! At the heart of the royal city, between the chateau and the Clos Lucé, Manoir Saint-Thomas is a heaven of peace. Here you will be within easy reach of the rest of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site. Its quiet, old-time charm and sophistication, and its exceptional location in the old town centre of Amboise make this hotel a very special place to stay.

Day 2: Loop to Chenonceaux (45km/28.0mi)

Gentle pedalling through the forest of Amboise will bring you to the superb Chateau de Chenonceau with its famous arches majestically spanning the river. Described by Flaubert as floating 'on air and water', it's arguably the most beautiful of all the Loire landmarks. This chateau was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.

Enjoy a walk in the heart of the Diane de Poitiers's garden, then the Catherine de Medici's one. Take a breath, under the shadow of one of the huge park trees, at the rhythm of the river murmur which will tell you stories about these 2 rival women.

Day 3: Loop to Vouvray (48km/29.8mi)

Leave for a while the Loire banks to reach the picturesque Vouvray vineyards, surrounded by troglodyte houses, and famous for its fine and elegant white wines! On the way you will admire superb Renaissance private châteaux such as château de Valmer (remarkable for its Italian and vegetable gardens), and the beautiful château de Jallanges as well. And don't hesitate to stop for a visit to a local wine producer to sample a glass of Vouvray wine!

Day 4: Leave Amboise

Or alternatively enjoy a last ride.

Ride along the peaceful Loire river through quaint villages to Chaumont sur Loire overlooked by its imposing chateau. Enjoy a romantic stroll through the extraordinary gardens. The International Garden Festival at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is a must for art and garden fans. (45 km/ 28 mi)

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Manoir Saint Thomas, Amboise.

hotel details

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Manoir Saint Thomas, Amboise

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


Experience an unforgettable stay at a manor converted into a luxury hotel in Amboise! At the heart of the royal city, between the chateau and the Clos Lucé, Manoir Saint-Thomas is a heaven of peace. Here you will be within easy reach of the rest of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site. Its quiet, old-time charm and sophistication, and its exceptional location in the old town centre of Amboise make this hotel a very special place to stay.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £355.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £355.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Paris with BA, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Paris CDG then rail Paris Montparnasse to Amboise via St Pierre des Corps and walk to the hotel opposite the station Return: Walk to the station then rail Amboise to Paris Montparnasse via St Pierre des Corps then British Airways Paris CDG to Heathrow

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Good response. Slightly unusual in that you have a three stage process before booking is confirmed

Hugh Barrett, 4 Jun 2024

Efficient, friendly and personal. They really care about getting the details right for the customer.

20 Jan 2024

Absolutely responsive and accommodating.

14 Nov 2023



1 Jan 1970


Self-guided cycling

3 nights,
single centre

Level: 1
Leisurely

6.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

3 nights from £1249

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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