Family bike trip to the Chateaux of the Loire valley

Highlights

Routes accessible to all on small roads
Many landscaped greenways
The most beautiful castles in the valley: Chambord, Cheverny, Blois
The Chaumont sur Loire Garden Festival
Departure and end of stay in Blois

Family bike trip to the Chateaux of the Loire valley

A breathtaking journey between forest and river to discover the most beautiful castles of the Loire

Departing from Blois with a return to Blois, you set off to explore the land of castles as a family.

The land of castles by bike is a perfect destination for families on bicycle. Made up of a network of cycle paths, greenways and roads dedicated to cyclists, the land ofcastles by bike allows you to explore the Loire by Bike castles in complete safety. To the delight of families on bicycle, there are no hills! Indeed, the land of castles by bike is flat and therefore makes your cycling days even easier!

The land of castles by bike opens its doors to you with beautiful and pleasant bike rides. You cross the typical and well-marked Loire by Bike routes between forests, fields and castles of the Renaissance. The chirping of birds and the lapping of the Loire river cheerfully accompany you. Upon entering the castles, you meet the salamanders of François I, Tintin, and walk the famous spiral staircases of Leonardo da Vinci. These visits tell a story about the great History of France which will no longer hold any secrets for you.

The family trip to the land of castles takes you to the famous castles of Chambord and Cheverny, but also the gardens of Chaumont sur Loire and many charming villages such as Bracieux and Cour Cheverny.

Carte Les Pays des Chateaux en Famille
Niveau EasyEasy
Day 1

From BLOIS to BRACIEUX 27km 60m Niveau Facile

You leave Blois easily by following the secured route dedicated to cyclists. After a few kilometers of riding your bike, you enter the majestic forest of Chambord from where rises sometimes through autumn fog the stag of a deer. At the end of the large alley, the castle and its 282 chimneys are extravagant and sumptuous. The sculpted salamanders watch you before heading back through centuries-old trees that welcome you under their refreshing shade and whisper royal stories. Arrived at Bracieux, do not miss a little stop at the Vauché chocolate factory that you can then enjoy under the old “halles” market place once used as the last village stage before the arrival of the King in Chambord.

Briefing Orientation

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 BRACIEUX to CHITENAY 26km 50m Niveau Facile

The Sologne area reveals itself little by little, at first shy between the forests and the streams with the castle of Villesavin, it ends up giving to you its secrets of childhood and to delight yours in you living, for the pleasure of the eyes the castle of Cheverny. You imagine Hergé the author of Tintin comics book, lost in the contemplation of what will become for him and so many others the castle of Moulinsart which will shelter the numerous adventures of Tintin and Snowy. In the gardens of the chateau you hear in the distance, the yelp of the dogs eager to leave for a frantic part of hunting in the neighboring wood where the family, owner of the castle for 6 generations, has taken his ease.

  • For a few more km 36km 58m Niveau Loisir

    You ride to the chateau of Fougères on this longer option.

Day 3

From CHITENAY to CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE 20km 40m Niveau Facile

Your path takes you through the countryside and forests of Blois where you can see the castle of Beauregard, the former hunting reserve of Francis I. Then you join the Beuvron, this small river in a green and flowery surroundings, which leads you quietly under the chirping of the birds to the Loire river. You let yourself be guided by some gabares, flat-bottomed boats typical of the region, to the village and castle of Chaumont sur Loire. The castle watches from the top of its promontory the birds that come to nest on the sand islands of the Loire river. You are captivated as much by its architectural romanticism as by the sweet scent that emerges from its internationally known gardens.

Day 4

From CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE to BLOIS 28km 100m Niveau Facile

You ride up the Loire until reaching the peaceful Cosson and its beautifully wooded cycle path which offers a quiet retreat for local families and friends riding for a short afternoon ride. Before entering Chailles, a surprise awaits you: the castle and farm of Villelouet. Its closed courtyard and especially its unusual chapel Troubadour make it an original gem, especially since this castle of the seventeenth century is built on the ruins of an even older castle. You end up joining the Loire river which offers from its left bank a breathtaking view of the city of Blois half-timbered houses with Tuffeau stones (sort of local limestone) and slate roofs.

chambre gamme essentielle

Essential Range with family rooms

The price is per adult, based on one family room for 4 people, 2 adults and 2 kids., please contact us if you need another type of rooms.
You are accommodated in 2 and 3 star hotels located in the countryside in the villages of Bracieux and Chitenay. For your night in Chaumont sur Loire, you are at the foot of the entrance to the castle!
Accommodation example
Piscine de l'hôtel du Cygne à Bracieux

Starting from 585€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Chambre confort Hôtel Londres

Comfort Range

The price is per adult, based on one family room for 4 people, 2 adults and 2 kids., please contact us if you need another type of rooms.
You are accommodated in 2 and 3 star hotels with swimming pool located in the countryside in the villages of Bracieux and Chitenay. For your night in Chaumont sur Loire, you are at the foot of the entrance to the castle!
Accommodation example
Piscine de l'hôtel du Cygne à Bracieux

Starting from 675€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Chambre avec parquet et cheminée La Maison Jules Chambre d'hôte à Tours

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

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)

 


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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

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

Blois, Loir-et-Cher (41)

 

Blois by car *

From Paris on the A10 (185km 2H10)

From Lyon on the A6 (510km 5H)

 

Blois by train *

TER train station in Blois (from Paris: 1H45)

 

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

For schedules and reservations, you can visit: www.oui.sncf

*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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