Castles of the Loire by canoe and bicycle

The best of canoeing and cycling in the Loire Valley

Highlights

The Cher by canoe passing under the arches of Chenonceau
The Loire by canoe between Amboise and Tours
The Loire by Bike between Blois and Tours
The Cher by Bike between Tours and Chenonceaux
The castles of Chambord, Cheverny, Le Clos Lucé, Chaumont

The story behind the trip

Be it on a bike or canoe, we share with Canoë Company the same passion for the Loire Valley. A passion for adventure, nature, history. It was at Canoë Company that we rented our first canoes to change our point of view on the banks of the river and its tributaries. We clicked, we share the same values. Since then, we wanted to offer you the best of our services in a single bike and canoe adventure: the discovery of the golden triangle between Tours, Chenonceaux and Chambord.

We had to wait for the new cycle route between Tours and Chenonceaux for this canoe and bike trip to see the light of day. The Canoë Company agency offers genuine Canadian canoes for original outings such as the descent of the Cher passing under the Château de Chenonceau which spans across the river.

Live a unique canoe and bike experience on the Cher and the Loire

This loop trip from Tours, takes you to discover the Loire and the Cher, by bike and canoe. Enjoy cycling through the country of castles to discover Chambord, Cheverny and Chaumont sur Loire.

The most beautiful outing on the water in the region is undoubtedly the canoe ride under the castle of Chenonceau. This little canoe trip on the Cher is a 2 hour descent on Canadian canoes. It’s an unforgettable moment. As you go canoeing down the Cher, you will discover the generous nature of this river, its calm, its needle dams and of course the Château de Chenonceau. The second canoe descent of this trip takes you on the Loire from Amboise to Rochecorbon, near Tours. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Loire Valley is majestic. By sailing on the river, you appreciate its scale.

You ride on the best cycling routes in the region. From Tours to Chenonceaux, the new Cher by Bike cycling route allows you to ride along the river in complete safety. You then cross Sologne to discover the country of castles by bike. A network of cycle routes and greenways allows you to easily and pleasantly reach the Château de Cheverny, made famous by Hergé, its architecture serving as a reference for the Château de Moulinsart in the adventures of Tintin.

You then cross the park of Chambord to discover the famous castle of François I. It is on the Loire by Bike route that your stay continues towards Blois and Amboise, the city of Leonardo da Vinci. You come across a number of great men that have made History and who have left their traces here forever. Your wheels follow their steps to appreciate, as they did, the warm and delicious atmosphere of the place.

Carte séjour : Les châteaux de la Loire en canoë et à vélo
Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

TOURS

Arrival on your own and check in to your hotel. Orientation with our guide today. Take the time to visit the cathedral or the “guinguette”, a bar on the bank of the river with a lively atmosphere.

Meeting with our guide in Tours

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From TOURS to CHENONCEAUX 35km 94m Niveau Facile

Leaving from the city center of Tours, you take a cycle path that you don’t leave until Chenonceaux! On the banks of the Cher, this route finalized in 2020 is comfortable, peaceful and flat. You cross a few small villages like Azay sur cher. You discover the needle dams and the Cher locks. A few kilometers before Chenonceaux, you are at the Canoe Company base camp.

After your canoe ride, still on the edge of the Cher, you reach the village of Chenonceaux. When you arrive in Chenonceaux, take the time to visit its famous castle (of the same name without the X) built in 1513, one of the most beautiful in the Loire Valley.

Canoe ride under the Chenonceau castle

When you arrive at the Canoe Company base camp, you change your bikes for superb Canadian canoes. You can choose from 2 to 6 people per canoe! A shuttle takes you to the start of your ride which lasts approximately 2 hours. The Cher is a calm and bucolic river. You cross a lock with a needle barrier. These dams allow navigation during summer and are witnesses of the Cher canalized. You then arrive at the Château de Chenonceau. It’s an unforgettable moment to see this superb castle reflected on the water while sailing in a canoe. Continue your descent to the Canoe Company base camp, and enjoy a short break at the bistrot quai bar under the shade of a weeping willow tree on the banks of the Cher.

Day 3

From CHENONCEAUX to CHEVERNY 49km 250m Niveau Loisir

You leave Chenonceaux on a peaceful route along the Cher to Montrichard. You enjoy its town center and its old half-timbered houses. You continue your journey towards Bourré where you have the possibility of visiting a mushroom farm or taking a wine tour in an old tufeau (limestone) quarry.

You then enter Sologne, enjoy the beautiful roads through the forest and discover castles such as Fougères and Troussay to end your day in Cheverny.

Day 4

From CHEVERNY to BLOIS 25km Niveau Facile

From the Château de Cheverny, which inspired Hergé and which will remind the most passionate of the famous Tintin comic, the Château de Moulinsart you take the road to Blois. Direction the forest of Russy. At the heart of it you will be surprised by the sudden appearance of the Château de Beauregard!

  • For a few more km 45km 180m Niveau Loisir

    You take the direction to the park of Chambord which you cross by bicycle on one of the routes of the country of castles by bike. Chambord reflects François’ desire to create a work that reflects his power. An architectural masterpiece in every respect, Chambord is the most emblematic castle in the Loire Valley. You will once again follow a marked and easy route to end your day in Blois.

Day 5

From BLOIS to AMBOISE 44km 130m Niveau Loisir

You ride along a river of a quiet strength with a relaxing effect. It shows the way to go. You first stop in Chaumont sur Loire for its fifteenth century castle and gardens. Every year, the gardens of Chaumont sur Loire are renewed and propose a new theme. A must visit of the region, you can also stay for a very nice lunch break. You discover more and more vines to Amboise. You enter the vineyards of Touraine and, on the banks of the Loire, you can see the first cellars and troglodyte houses.

Day 6

From AMBOISE to TOURS, en canoë et à vélo 13km 60m Niveau Facile

From Amboise, you change your bikes for canoes for a ride with Canoe Company on the Loire. You navigate on a majestic river and discover its fauna. After your canoe trip, you are in Vouvray, you find your bikes to cover the 10 kilometers you have left to reach Tours.

From Amboise to Rochecorbon by canoe

Departing from Amboise, you embark on one of the most beautiful sections of the Loire in Touraine for a duration of 2 hours. Navigating the Loire gives you a feeling of freedom and space. You discover many islands, sand, and an omnipresent nature. Before your arrival in Rochecorbon, you pass many of the city’s cave dwellings. You leave your canoe at the Luluparc guinguette, an ideal place to cool off on one of the deckchairs facing the Loire.

Day 7

TOURS

End of stay after breakfast.

You make the most of your morning in Tours to visit the CCCOD contemporary art creation center or the museum of Compagnonnage. Or simply relax at the guinguette de Tours, a bar on the banks of the Loire, a popular place for Tourangeaux. Finally, make a small detour to the Halles market or the flower market on Boulevard Béranger.

 

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Hotel Anne de Bretagne

Starting from 655€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
façade Hôtel restaurant La Roseraie Hotel Anne de Bretagne Hôtel La Brèche

Starting from 800€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
façade Hôtel restaurant La Roseraie

Starting from 940€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


You can also

 

On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise pour vacances à vélo

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Children Bike

20″ or 24″ bike

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Tours, Indres et Loire (37)

Arriving by car

From Paris by the A10 (240km 2h30)
From Bordeaux by the A10 (350km 3h20)
From Lyon by the A89 and A71 (490km 4h30)
From Lille by the A1 and A10 (450km 4h30)

Parking in Tours: free parking at the tram relay near the lake swimming pool.

Arriving by train*

TGV Station in Tours (from Paris: 1h)
TGV Station in Saint Pierre des Corps (10 minute train shuttle to the Tours station)

Arriving by plane*

Tours Airport

 

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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