Discover the incredible “Garden of France” as you cycle at your own pace. You can stop to admire the stately elegance of centuries-old chateaux or visit a museum, church, or wine cave, always assured that your charming room and a delicious meal are waiting for you at the end of the day. Cycle through the scenic vineyards and fragrant forests south of Tours and visit the incomparable Chateau Chenonceau, the Chateau Chambord (best furnished of all the castles), charming Domaine Chaumont-sur-Loire, and the impressive Chateau de Cheverny. Your luggage will be transported each day from hotel to hotel. Accommodations are in elegant four or five-star chateaux and manors. The food is sumptuous and elegantly served.
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Prices are per person in US$ – inclusive bike rental *This tour can be guided upon request
|Choose your own Start Date
|March to October
Terms and Conditions
The hotels listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different hotel of equal quality.
Hotel Le Choiseul, Amboise
Le Choiseul is a charming 4-star castle-hotel in Amboise, featuring a panoramic view of the Loire River. Below the walls of the Chateau d’Amboise, Le Choiseul is ideal for visiting the royal castles of the Loire Valley. The rooms & suites offer pleasant views over the Italian garden or spectacular views of the scenery.
Le Manoir Saint Thomas, Amboise
This manor is located near the Château d’Amboise. It offers a large outdoor swimming pool with a terrace and sun beds, and a free bottle of Liqueur de Fraises.The large rooms and suites are air-conditioned and feature a traditional decoration. Each has satellite TV and a minibar. The bathrooms are complete with a hairdryer and bathrobes. Free Wi-Fi access is available on site. The Saint Thomas is 30 minutes by from Tours and 45 minutes from Blois.
Château D’Artigny, Montbazon
This castle-hotel in the heart of Loire Valley was built by the famous perfumer François Coty, in the style of 18th century architecture. Located in Amboise, this spectacular building and its beautiful garden grounds dominate the valley. The castle is a relaxing retreat offering a spa, on-site restaurant, and various seasonal events.
Hotel Le Bon Laboureur, Chenonceaux
The Bon Laboureur is a charming inn located just a stone’s throw from the most beautiful chateaus in the Loire Valley. The building is a former post office whose foundations date back to 1786. Although the clatter of horse hooves and carriage wheels no longer fill the courtyard, the Jeudi family has successfully preserved the erstwhile charm of the house, adding comfortable rooms, pleasant lounges, and a highly-regarded restaurant.
Domaine de La Tortiniere, Veigne
This 19th-century chateau is located in a large park with an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. Each guest room and suite at Domaine de la Tortinière is fitted with antique furniture and has a private bathroom. Some have views of the Indre River. The property’s restaurant serves gastronomic cuisine in the dining room, overlooking the river and the pool, or on the outdoor terrace.
Les Sources de Cheverny, Cheverny
Here time seemingly stands still. An ancient forest, period French château, small hamlet of elegant cabins, lake surrounded by gorse and traditional stone houses all exist side-by-side, as if straight from a dream. The carefully selected antique furniture blends perfectly with beautiful choices of fabric and noble materials, creating an inspiring, refined and unique atmosphere.
Wonderful hotels with great food. Bike routes easy to follow, through lovely woods and mostly small roads. The chateau were great destinations during the day and made each day different and interesting. Transfer of luggage all very smooth and Denise was available for any questions along the way. If you want a self guided bike trip, I would highly recommend Van Gogh Tours. We will definitely use them again!
Natalie Venezia, June 2022