Weekend in Amboise by canoe and bike

3 days on the Loire by Bike, discovering castles and vineyards along the water


The Cher by canoe passing under the Chenonceau castle
The Loire by canoe between Amboise and Tours
The Loire by Bike between Amboise and Chaumont
The castles of Chenonceau, Chaumont and Clos Lucé
Discover the Tourangeau vineyard: Vouvray and Montlouis

The story behind the trip

Abicyclette Voyages and Canoë Company join forces to offer a weekend in Amboise combining bicycle and canoe.

The idea of this weekend: a concentrate of the best of the region starting from Amboise. The canoe ride on the Cher passing under the Château de Chenonceau is undoubtedly one of the best activities in the region. The gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire have a worldwide reputation and it is not uncommon to spend more than 3 hours visiting them! The Loire by Bike, which needs no presentation, allows you to discover all the riches of the area.

Amboise was in the past the heart of the royal court. This charming town is now the base camp for visiting the region.

Embark on a unique adventure!

Along the Loire and the Cher, you ride out forming a star starting from Amboise. You reach the most beautiful castles, such as Chenonceau and Chaumont-sur-Loire, then the city of Tours, its markets and its guinguette bar on the banks of the Loire.

Cradled by the rivers of the Cher and the Loire, your weekend heralds discovery and relaxation. From the first day, departing from Amboise, embark on the last wild river in Europe, in authentic Canadian canoes. You cross a protected zone sheltering several animal and vegetable species, it is a unique opportunity to sail on one of the most beautiful parts of the Loire. The last day, the passing under the arches of Chenonceau castle will undoubtedly remain one of the unforgettable moments of your trip.

The Loire cycling routes allow you to discover all the local heritage and gastronomy. You take safe and peaceful cycle paths riding in the footsteps of François I and Leonardo da Vinci! The Château Royal and Clos Lucé are there to bear witness.

From Amboise, you can easily reach the castles of Chenonceau and Chaumont-sur-Loire, impressive by their architecture. Stop off at the Montlouis and Vouvray estates to taste the authentic wines from the banks of the Loire.

This invitation to travel, combining biking and canoeing, allows you to take new and varied shots of the heritage and nature of the Loire Valley.

Carte Week-end vélo et canoë à Amboise
Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1


From Amboise, you ride through pretty little villages such as Pocé sur Cisse (where the castle of Mick Jagger is located – closed to the visit) then Limeray, Cangey, Monteaux. You ride your bike up the river to reach Chaumont sur Loire. Its medieval castle, completely restored, dominates the valley and imposes its power. In the parc of the chateau, on the summits of the village, are installed the famous gardens of Chaumont sur Loire. Every year an international festival is held from spring to autumn for both artistic and botanical compositions. A beautiful walk thus completes this cycling day. You ride on the “Loire à vélo” route on your return to Amboise.

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

Amboise, loop to Tours by canoë and bike 18km 97m Niveau Facile

Departing from Amboise, you board Canadian canoes for a ride on the Loire with our friends from the Canoe Company. You are sailing down a majestic river with surprising colors. You will discover its fauna and its sandbanks. Once in Rochecorbon, get on your bikes and ride towards Amboise. You take a cycle path through the Vouvray vineyards and then the Montlouis vines on the Loire by Bike. The opportunity to taste some AOCs from Touraine, or simply to discover their trade.

From Amboise to Vouvray by canoe

Departing from Amboise, you embark on one of the most beautiful sections of the Loire in Touraine for a duration of 2.5 hours (14 km). Navigating the Loire gives you a feeling of freedom and space. You discover many islands, sand, and an omnipresent nature. You arrive at the canoe base, a few kilometers before Vouvray and its vineyard that you begin to see on the heights.

  • For a few more km 43km 228m Niveau Loisir

    With this option, after your canoe trip, you take the direction of Tours instead of returning directly to Amboise. You ride through the Vouvray vineyards and then on the banks of the Loire on a peaceful path. You take the time to visit the capital of  the Tourangeaux and return to Amboise by the Loire cycling route through the vineyards of Montlouis.

Day 3


You leave the banks of the Loire and head south through the forest of Amboise to reach Civray de Touraine where you swap your bikes for canoes. You then descend the Cher. An unforgettable moment, you pass under the castle of Chenonceau, built in 1513, on the river. Like a bridge over this beautiful river which will soon flow into the Loire, it is one of the most beautiful in the Loire Valley! At the end of your canoe ride, you take your bikes back to Amboise by another route.

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. Before your departure, take the time to discover the lock with its needle dam. These dams allow navigation in summer and bear witness to the channeled Cher. The Cher is a calm and bucolic river. Your canoe trip lasts about 1 hour. You reach the Château de Chenonceau by the river and pass under the arches. It’s an unforgettable moment to see this superb castle reflected on the water while sailing in a canoe. Return 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.

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 295€/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
Hôtel La Brèche

Starting from 335€/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

Starting from 440€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a Double room
  • 2 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 itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner with french topo maps
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : Welcome by telephone with our team on the day of your arrival.
    • Day 2 : Tours & Canoë - From Amboise to Vouvray by canoe.
    • Day 3 : Canoë Company - Canoe trip to Chenonceau castle
  • 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


    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

    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 : AMBOISE

    Coming by car

    • at 2h30 from PARIS
    • at 3h45 from BORDEAUX
    • at 4h30 from LYON


    • Parking du Mail – AMBOISE
    • Parking des Tanneurs – AMBOISE

    Coming by train

    • Amboise train station - 1h45 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Tours airport

    Arrival city : AMBOISE

    Coming by car

    • at 2h30 from PARIS
    • at 3h45 from BORDEAUX
    • at 4h30 from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Amboise train station - 1h45 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


    • Hybrid Bike 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


    • 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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