Arrive in Amboise, nestled at the foot of an escarpment crowned by the remains of a castle and hugging the bank of the Loire. Stroll through its picturesque streets. Perhaps visit the Manoir du Clos-Lucé, where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last few years of his life. Our area manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for the tour.
Pedal to Chenenceau, one of the most dramatic castles in France, a château that seems to float as it stretches across the Cher River. Then head to Monpoupon, a medieval castle rebuilt into a Renaissance manor.
Distance: 33 km, elevation gain 251 m or 64 km, gain 484 m.*
Wind your way through the vineyards around Vouvray, famous for fruity, white wines made from the Chenin Blanc grape. (48 km/30 mi) Or bike to Chaumont-sur-Loire, the 11th-century castle of the Counts of Blois, now restored and set among magnificent gardens.
Distance: 38 km, elevation gain 140 m.*
Pedal into the hills above the Loire, visit the charming town of Montlouis and the 16th-century chateau of Nitray. Or take a break from cycling and hop the train to Tours. Browse through chic boutiques and antique shops, visit the Musée des Beaux Arts, and have coffee at a Romanesque church that has been converted into a café.
Distance: 44 km, elevation gain 243 m or 47 km, gain 260 m.*
Leaving Amboise, cycle west with a visit to a most fascinating 14th chateau that belongs to the Princes of Broglie. Today, over 500 varieties of tomatoes are grown on the estate and it makes for a fascinating visit. In Azay-le-Rideau, perhaps the most beautiful of all Loire Valley chateaux sits majestically on a tiny island in the middle of the Indre River.
Distance: 64 km, elevation gain 220 m.*
Today ride to Chateau de Villandry and its incomparable gardens, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Renaissance gardens include water features, flower and vegetable gardens that are as impressive as any in France. Ride along a dedicated cycling path that follows the Loire River, returning to Azay on quiet roads.
Distance: 47 km, elevation gain 235 m.*
Ride west towards Chinon to explore the vineyards or to Crissay-sur-Manse, one of 'le plus beaux villages en France'. Have lunch here or in Saint-Epain, another beautiful village with lots to see and do.
Distance: 34 km, elevation gain 80 m or 52 km, gain 146 m or 66 km, gain 230 m.*
There’s time for a morning stroll before heading off on your next adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.