- Cycle and visit the famous châteaux of the Loire Valley
- Spend each night in a luxury château hotel
- Poolside relaxation and gourmet dining
- Explore the elegant towns of Amboise and Azay le Rideau
- Enjoy easy riverside cycling and picnics
Cycle the historic Loire Valley in luxury spending each night in lovingly converted châteaux and former homes of nobility.
Discover the grandiose châteaux and natural beauty of the Loire Valley by way of tranquil riverside cycle paths and forested lanes. From Amboise, pedal to the impressive Château Chenoceau and visit the house of Leonardo da Vinci, Clos du Luce. Further east, ride along the River L’Indre to the ornate château of Azay le Rideau. In the afternoons cycle to the splendour of a converted château where you can relax and recharge poolside before a evening of gourmet delights.
Day 1 Arrive Amboise
The royal town of Amboise can be easily reached by train from Paris (1hr40min) or Tours (20mins). Château Amboise dominates the town but you also may like to visit Clos du Luce, Leonardo da Vinci’s former residence. In the evening enjoy dinner in the surrounds of your 17th century accommodation.
Day 2 Loop Ride to Château Chenoceau
Today’s route heads through the Amboise forest as you ride to Château Chenonceau. Originally built for royal military in the 16th century, the château has passed through several notable owners including the chocolatier Menier. Before returning to Amboise you may also like to explore the charming village of Chenoceau.
Day 3 Cycle to Montbazon
Follow the Loire east passing through vineyards and apple orchards, towards the city of Tours. Crossing the River Cher and L’Indre, pass through the centre of Montbazon and to the relaxed gardens and pool of Chateau d’Artigny where an afternoon of rest and relaxation welcomes you.
Day 4 Cycle to Château Rochette
An easy morning cycle along the River L’Indre gently winds north west to the serene village of Azay le Rideau. Here you can visit the architectural jewel in Loire’s crown, Château Azay. Built on a small island in the 16th century, the intricate architecture has recently undergone 10 years of restoration. Not far from Azay is Chateau Rochette. On arrival take advantage of its extensive peaceful gardens and heated pool.
Overnight: Saint Patrice
Day 5 Cycle to Château Marcay
Cycling along the north banks of the Loire River you will turn south at the confluence of Loire and L’Indre towards the wine producing town of Chinon. Over a long lunch, enjoy a local glass of cabernet franc before the last few km’s of riding leads you to the exquisite 15th century Château Marcay. Previously the home of French nobility the château now offers exquisite hospitality and gourmet dining.
Day 6 Onward Travel
Only 8km from Chinon, the château can arrange a taxi to Chinon train station or if you prefer extra nights can be easily arranged.
Each evening will be spent in a lovlingly converted château hotel. All properties boast gardens, gourmet dining and a rich regal history of the Loire. We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed below, but on occasion, especially during peak season we use alternate accommodation of equal or higher standard.
If you require single rooms within your party or are travelling as a solo cyclist single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment.
Breakfast and dinner is included each day at your hotel. A set menu dinner is included every night at your château hotel and is a gourmet delight. Dishes are locally sourced and are typically modern twists on French classics. Your dining experiences starts with the Michelin starred restaurant of Château De Pray.
Lunches are not included although a packed lunch is available from your hotel. We would suggest picking up a picnic from a local shop or stopping at one of the many cafes or restaurants along the way, of which your information pack has details.
Château de Pray
A 13th century château set amidst peaceful gardens. Besides relaxing poolside the highlight of any stay here is dining in the Michelin starred restaurant
Nestled in 25 acres of gardens, this 12th century château offers luxury accommodation including a spa, pool and gastronomic restaurant
Château de Rochecotte
Located on the northern banks of the Loire River, Château de Rochecotte, there are numerous footpaths within the extensive grounds to explore the outstanding gardens which includes a 2000 year old Lebanon cedar tree.
Château De Marcay
A 15th century castle with dual turrets, this elegant château has been renovated in period style. Only 8km from the Royal Fortress of Chinon, the château also boasts fine dining and wines to match.
This trip is available to start on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, May to October. It is possible to depart on other days of the week but dinner may not be included owing to the various opening times of each restaurant. Please enquire at the time of booking. Peak months in Loire are
June, July and August so we would suggest contacting us as soon as your
plans are finalised.
If you would like to depart on a Monday, Tuesday, Friday or Sunday please contact the office as owing to some château restaurant closure on these days, the inclusion of dinner may not be possible.
Grade & Terrain
Itineraries on this cycling trip are
graded easy. Occasionally you may encounter a few gentle slopes.
However these are not prologned. You will cycle
principally on quiet country lanes and some busier roads when
approaching towns. Please always be mindful of other road users.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The route notes that
accompany each itinerary give a step by step, turn by turn account of
your route to give you continual points of reference. Most of the time you will be cycling on quiet back roads and dedicated cyclepaths, however in order to connect the various routes, you will cycle for short distance on busier urban roads. Please do be mindful of all road users at all times.
Trek 7.3 hybrid bikes are available for hire. All bikes are equipped with a pannier, trip computer and spare inner tube along with a pump.
Many people also choose to hire an EBike. The added battery power provides assistance when required. For more information on how Ebikes work click here.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride. Alternatively we’re happy to answer any questions you have about the hire bike.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate hybrid or touring bike for this trip.
It is a requirement of booking this tour
with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you
for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascents/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and
trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed
equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good shoes,
warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight
clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Travel to Amboise from Marcay (Chinon)
Air: Tours Val de Loire is the closest airport and is serviced by Ryanair from both the UK and European airports. Journey time to Tours is approx 30mins by airport bus, with onward train services connecting to Amboise (approx 20min journey time).
Train: Amboise has regular services to Tours (20mins), Paris 1.5-2hrs. From Paris it is also possible to connect to London, Brussels and many other French destinations. For times and fares please check The Trainline Europe.
Ferry: The closest ferry ports to Amboise are St Malo and Le Havre and are an approximate 3hrs 30mins drive. The popular port of Calais is a 5hr drive. Direct Ferries have details of route crossings and sailing times to the UK.
On arrival your château accomodation is located 3km from Amboise centre. If you arriving by train, taxis are very easy to obtain from outside the train station. The journey time is around 5 minutes and will costs approximately €10.
On your day of departure, Château Marcay can easily arrange a taxi for you to the nearby town of Chinon (15 mins drive, €20 approx).
Train: Onward travel to Tours is around 1hr journey time and regular services to Paris are between 1hr30mins and 2hrs30mins. For full details of timetables visit The Trainline Europe.
Ferry: The closest ferry ports to Chinon are St Malo and Le Havre and are an approximate 3hrs 30mins drive. The popular port of Calais is a 5hr drive. Direct Ferries have details of route crossings and sailing times to the UK.
- 5 Nights in 4* & 5* Chateau Hotels
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Dinners
- Baggage transfer
- Macs Adventure App with maps and route notes
- Detailed information pack
- 24/7 telephone support
- Travel to Amboise / from Chinon
- Drinks and snacks
- Bike hire/Helmet
- Entrance fees or gratuities
- Personal equipment and expenditure
- Travel insurance
- Single Room(s)
- Solo Cyclists Supplement
- Bike Hire
- EBike Hire
How fit do I need to be?
This cycling tour is graded easy as distances are around 35 km each day. It is perfectly suited to cyclists whom are venturing on their first cycling trip or perhaps haven’t ridden for a few years and are looking for a leisurly return to the saddle. Owing to the easy, flat terrain, this is also a superb trip for keen cyclists simply looking for laid back pace. There is also the option of an Ebike if you require a little pedal powered assistance.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in the summer months. Please note you can start this holiday on any day of the week.
When is the best time of year?
Spring in the Loire offers pleasant warm days with flora in full bloom. Into the summer months (June-August), daytime temperatures are pleasantly hot and verdant river banks provide perfect picnic spots. Into September the Loire embraces the wine harvest so you may well come across a festival or two.
How do the baggage transfers work?
Baggage transfer as per your itinerary is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).
What happens if I can't cycle a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. These costs are payable locally. Details of alternative transport will be listed in your information pack. Your accommodation hosts will also be able to help you with any local transport questions.