Short stay by bike in Blois

Discover the Loire Valley chateaux by bike

Highlights

A castle to castle itinerary
Chambord, Cheverny, Chaumont, Blois, Beauregard ...
Flat courses accessible to all
You stay at the same hotel in Blois

The jewels of the Renaissance

From 3 to 5 days in Blois to discover the richness and architectural prowess that make the reputation of the valley.

The country of chateaux by bike is a wonderful network of cycle paths and shared lanes to allow you to ride a bike in the middle of these castles safely.

Have you ever dreamed of living in the time of the kings and queens of the Renaissance? Immerse yourself in a weekend in the heart of the 17th century! Take a seat in the middle of the king’s court, set up in the Blois Castle and in his hunting lodge: Chambord!

This visit from castle to castle will not leave you indifferent. Yes, wonderful grandeur and elegance, these monuments cultivate between their towers white facades so well proportioned that we do not see that they are huge. At dusk when they wrap themselves in a veil of purple and gold, igniting their stained glass windows, the show is fantastic. Each castle will make you discover its wonder!

No doubt, you are well in the Valley of the Kings, hunting country, that of the immense forests, forest of Marchenoir, Boulogne, Russy, Blois. Forests of oaks, hornbeams, chestnuts, which meet and in the middle of which the Loire makes its way through; the same river that you will follow during these few days in the land of kings of yesteryear and dreams of today.

Carte itinéraire Le pays des châteaux à vélo
Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

FROM BLOIS, LOIRE LOOP 39km 80m Niveau Loisir

A gentle loop along the longest river in France. You will ride along its banks surrounded by greenery and enjoy the heritage of the Loire. A heritage above all architectural, that you will appreciate through small villages such as Cour-sur-Loire. A natural heritage as well, that you will discover through the presence of numerous birds that are inseparable from this majestic river. Back in Blois, take the time to lose yourself in the narrow streets. Discover its castle, its churches, its houses, its gardens, all built in amphitheatre on a rock. A bourgeois city dressed with a staircase of streets and where, at the top near the cathedral, you will appreciate the panorama of the surrounding countryside and forests.

Orientation by phone with us

On receipt of your travel documents (and bikes if you’ve opted for rental), we take the time to talk to you over the phone to explain all the important points and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2

FROM BLOIS, CHEVERNY LOOP 30km 126m Niveau Facile

Attack on the castles! You leave the region of Blois to go south through the forest of Russy. At the heart of it you are surprised by the sudden appearance of the Beauregard Castle!

  • For a few more km 46km 214m Niveau Loisir

    After a visit or a just a souvenir photo at Beauregard Chateau, you take your bike again to ride to another imposing and royal residence: the Cheverny Castle that inspired Hergé and which will remind fans of the famous Tintin comic, the castle of Moulinsart.

Day 3

FROM BLOIS, CHAMBORD LOOP 48km 162m Niveau Loisir

A bicycle loop to the Chambord castle and its forest park. You leave Blois to ride along the royal alleys that escort you to the four towers of this impressive castle, originally built as a hunting lodge for François I. From the Renaissance to the Empire, let yourself be surprised by the historical richness of the place! Return to Blois.

Day 4

FROM BLOIS, CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE LOOP 45km 160m Niveau Loisir

This stage will take you to the West, at the end of Blaisois country, at the borders of Touraine. On the banks of the Loire, which it overlooks with its two big towers set on the rock, the Chaumont Castle offers a bucolic outing. Built at the end of the 15th century, it bears the colors of the early Renaissance tinted with the shadow of the Middle Ages with its moats, drawbridge and crenellations. The Château of Chaumont sur Loire is best known for its incredible garden festival. About fifty gardens are created each year according to the chosen theme. The return to Blois is done by the calm and relaxing edges of the Loire.

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
Hotel Anne de Bretagne

Starting from 275€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

Bed & Breakfast Range

Another way to travel, meeting the people of the lands you cycle through. They welcome you in their home and offer board and lodging*. It gives you the opportunity to chat and deepen your knowledge of the region. We have selected them for their charm and privacy.

*breakfast included, diners available according to establishments

Accommodation example

Starting from 370€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a Double room
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The trip itineraries available on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : Welcome by telephone with our team on the day of your arrival.
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    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

    appareil GPS TwoNav Cross

    • 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)

     


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    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

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    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 bike water bottle
    Vélo Abicyclette Voyages

    Touring bike

    An upright and easy going position

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    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 bike water bottle
    Vélo Rando Abicyclette Voyages

    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 bike water bottle
    EBIKE VELO DE VILLE

    Children Bike

    Recommended bike size (to be confirmed when booking) :

    • 16 inches from 105cm to 120cm (or 6 to 7 years old)
    • 20 inches from 120cm to 135cm (or 7 to 10 years old)
    • 24 inches from 135cm to 145cm (or 10 to 12 years old)
    • SPORT XS bike (adult frame) from 145cm to 155cm (from age 10)

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

    Bike trailer

    Thule Chariot Cross 2
    Children’s trailers can only be rented for installation on one of our bikes.
    We do not provide this service on any other bike. There is too much risk of incompatibility and breakage.
    Por one or 2 children.
    Max child trailer load: 45kg.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet (or 2 if 2 kids)
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle (or 2)
    • Accessories on request: baby hammock. A padded hammock that supports baby’s sides and offers maximum stability (1 to 10 months). Use only the newborn hammock for walking.

    Getting here

    Departure city : BLOIS

    Coming by car

    • at 2h from PARIS
    • at 4h from BORDEAUX
    • at 4h30 from LYON

    Parking*

    • StatioNeo – Parking du Château – BLOIS
    • Parking Saint-Vincent – BLOIS
    • StatioNeo – Parking Valin de la Vaissière – BLOIS
    • StatioNeo – Parking Halle aux Grains – BLOIS
    • StatioNeo – Parking Château – BLOIS

    Coming by train

    • Blois train station - 1h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Tours airport

    Arrival city : BLOIS

    Coming by car

    • at 2h from PARIS
    • at 4h from BORDEAUX
    • at 4h30 from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Blois train station - 1h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Tours airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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