The country of castles

The castles of the Loire by bike

Highlights

A castle to castle itinerary
Chambord, Cheverny, Chaumont, Blois, Beauregard ...
Flat courses accessible to all
The Loire by bike

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

The jewels of the Renaissance

Discover the Loire by bike.

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.

Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

FROM BLOIS, LOIRE LOOP 39km 70m Niveau Loisir

A smooth loop, along the longest river in France. You ride along its banks and enjoy heritage of the Loire. First architectural, that you enjoy thanks to small villages such as Cour-sur-Loire; then natural which is expressed mainly by the many birds that are indivisible from the majestic river. Back on Blois, lose yourself in its narrow streets. Discover its castle, its churches, its houses, its gardens, organized like an amphitheater on a rock. A bourgeois city with a staircase of streets where at the top near the cathedral you will appreciate the panorama of the surrounding countryside and forests.

Day 2

FROM BLOIS, CHEVERNY LOOP 46km 190m Niveau Loisir

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! After a visit or a just a souvenir photo, you take the road to discover 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.

  • For a few more km 30km 118m Niveau Facile
Day 3

FROM BLOIS, CHAMBORD LOOP 48km 160m Niveau Loisir

A bike loop to Chambord Castle and its forest park. You will leave Blois to ride on royal paths. They will lead you straight to the four towers of this impressive castle, built as a hunting lodge for Francis 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 43km 105m 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 return to Blois is done by the calm and relaxing edges of the Loire.

  • For a few more km 31km 88m Niveau Facile

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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

Starting from 195€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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 235€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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

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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 330€/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, traditionalguide

GPS included Travel with Abicyclette France

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

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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.


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

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 Abicyclette Voyages 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 Abicyclette Voyages à vélo

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Blois, Loir-et-Cher (41)

Blois by car*

From Paris on A10 (185km 2H10)
From Lyon on A10 (510km 5H)

Blois by train*

Blois train station (from Paris : 1H45)

Return : TGV Train station Tours – Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (to Paris : 1H10)

* Transportation to your starting 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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