Cycling
Loire Valley with children

round tour from Blois
  • FR020 / France
  • Cycling Cycling tours Cycling holiday with accommodation in selected facilities, luggage transport, assistance. Details
  • Self-guided Self-guided Travel at your own pace following maps, roadbooks and information material. When travelling, you can always count on our assistance. Details
  • For families For families Travel with children and teenagers: accommodation with family rooms, discounts, easy stages and the possibility of hiring bikes and accessories for the little ones.
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  • May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
  • 7 days
  • round tour from Blois
  • Discount for 3rd person in room
  • Family discount

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Highlights

A cycling holiday for the whole family in the Loire Valley. Explore this enchanting French region, cycling through lush nature among more than 300 medieval castles and fortresses. Little ones will feel as if they are entering a magical world of gardens, labyrinths and fairy-tale manors.

 

  • The village of Amboise: a harmonious blend of mother nature and human genius
  • Troussay Castle: the smallest in the Loire Valley
  • Touraine wines, the best in France

What awaits you

A week of rides suitable for even the youngest children, with routes designed especially for families. The daily stages are between 35 and 45 kilometers long, and most of the cycling is done on bike paths and low-traffic roads.

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Comfort Gold

The hotels on this tour are 3/4* with swimming pool. The lodgings are easily accessible and located near major points of interest, so that every day you can easily visit each new city you reach. Breakfast is always included to start the day on the pedals with the right fuel.

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  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Tourist taxes
  • 6 breakfasts

Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel every day starting from the first day of the standard tour until the last day of the tour.

For the luggage transportation we accept only 1 piece of luggage per person with max. 20 kg.

The service is not included in case of extra nights before or after the standard tour.

Before your departure, you will receive detailed guidance on allowable baggage, luggage labels, service hours.

Before departure you will receive by email:

  • the link to download the tour information material in Pdf (Tour notes and Final tour details)
  • the hotel list
  • the hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
  • the link to download the App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)

When you arrive at the first hotel you will find the luggage labels.

We plan your trip carefully, but if you need assistance you can contact our helpline.

In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

In the event of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances occurring at the place of destination or in its immediate surrounding area and having a substantial impact on the execution of the package or on the transport of travellers towards the destination, the traveller has the right to withdraw from the agreement before using the package, without paying withdrawal costs.

In all the other cases of withdrawal from the travel agreement, the traveller is always required to pay a withdrawal penalty. Read more

Withdrawal penalties

  • 20% up to 30 days prior to departure date
  • 25% from 29 to 21 days prior to departure date
  • 50% from 20 to 14 days prior to departure date
  • 80% from 13 to 6 days prior to departure date
  • 100% from 5 days prior to departure date and no-show

Round trip not included.

  • Meals not mentioned in the section “price includes”
  • Baby cot (kids 0-5 years) in triple/family rooom
  • Tips

You can rent Girolibero bikes and accessories.

The helmet is mandatory until age 12. We recommend wearing it at all times and bringing your own.

You can also cycle with your own bike, just make sure that all parts are functioning properly.

  • Accommodation in single room
  • Extra nights
    It is possible to book extra nights in Blois before or after the tour. Rental bikes are not included in case of extra nights.
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “included”
Practical information
  • Level: easy
  • Total length: 195 km
  • Terrain: 85% paved, 15% unpaved
  • Train connections between tour cities: day 2
  • Possibility of shortening the stages by train: day 2 and 3

Blois is the starting point of the tour to be reached independently.

A few days before departure we will send you the instructions on how to reach the first hotel.

By plane

Blois is connected with the following airports: Tours: 60 km, Paris: 140 km.

From Tours Val de Loire airport (TUF):

  • taxi to Tours train station (approx. 10 min). From here train to Blois (approx. 40 min)

From Paris Beauvais airport (BVA):

  • shuttle Bus Service to Paris Porte Maillot (approx. 1.5 hours). From here underground line 1 to Gare de Lyon (approx. 20 min) and walk to Gare d’Austerlitz (approx. 7 minutes walk). From here train to Blois (approx. 1.5 hours).
  • alternatively, you can take a taxi from airport to Paris Gare D’Austerlitz train station and then take the train

From Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG):

  • train RER B to Saint Michel Notre Dame (approx. 40 min). From here underground line C to Paris Gare d’Austerlitz and then train to Blois (approx. 1h30 min)

From Paris Orly airport (ORY):

  • shuttle bus to the train station Rungis La Fraternelle (approx. 10 min) and RER C (approx. 35 min) to Paris Gare d’Austerlitz. From here train to Blois (approx. 1.5 hours)

Public transport in Paris

For further information on timetables and prices you can consult: RATP and Transilien.

By train

Blois – Chambord is the closest station. For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the SNCF official website.

By car

If you arrive by car, you can park the car in Blois for the whole duration of the tour. Some hotels have a private parking place, while in other cases you have to use alternative car parks. No reservation is possible and you have to pay on site. You’ll receive all relevant information in the Final Tour Details.

If you are a citizen of the EU or of a Schengen country – i.e. most EU countries and four European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – you are free to travel to other Schengen countries without having to go through border controls.

Even if you don’t need a passport for border checks within the Schengen area, it is still always highly recommended to take a passport or ID card with you.

If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you will need a passport:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting,
  • which was issued within the previous 10 years
  • and possibly a visa.

You should apply for a visa from the consulate or embassy of the country you are visiting. If your visa is from a Schengen area country, it automatically allows you to travel to the other Schengen countries as well.

 

Do not forget your travel, health and/or car insurance documents.

For further information visit Your Europe official website.

 

Always thoroughly check the document you travel with: expiration date and integrity.

The official language is French.

 

France is in the Central European Time (CET) Zone, 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time zone (GMT), and observes Daylight Saving Time.

Internet and telephone

Throughout Europe roaming services are free (if you have a European SIM card). Please check your rates with your mobile/internet provider before your departure.

The international phone prefix of France is +33.

 

Emergency telephone numbers in France

112 – Common Emergency Number. This is the European emergency number which can be called in any emergency from any telephone (landline and mobile phone). Calls are free.

15 – Medical Emergencies

17 – Police Help Number

18 – Fire Department

 

Electricity

The French electrical net is 220V – 50Hz.

Electrical sockets comply with European regulations. In most hotels you will find adaptors for different types of plugs.

The currency in France is the euro (€).

Cycling essentials

  • handlebar mobile phone holder (we recommend the SP Connect™ system: if you buy it online you get a 20% discount using the code TRAVEL20)
  • a power bank
  • comfortable shoes with stiff soles
  • padded cycling shorts
  • a reusable water bottle

Personal equipment

  • basic first aid kit which includes sticky bandages, gauze, and low-grade disinfectant
  • sunglasses for eye protection
  • protective sun lotion
  • insect repellent

Clothes

  • light weight waterproof/windproof tops
  • leggings and long-sleeved tops for cooler mornings or evenings
  • small close-fitting rucksack to carry small items during the day while cycling
  • swimsuit
  • clothes to cover your shoulders when you visit churches

Per viaggiare nel rispetto dell’ambiente, dei luoghi e delle persone che ci accolgono:

  • informati sugli usi e i costumi del Paese che stai visitando
  • fai attenzione ai gesti, che possono assumere significati diversi o offensivi
  • chiedi sempre prima di fotografare le persone
  • nei luoghi di culto indossa un abbigliamento adeguato
  • non lasciare traccia del tuo passaggio, non abbandonare rifiuti
  • non raccogliere “souvenir” da ambienti naturali protetti e siti archeologici
  • cerca sempre di seguire i sentieri, non disturbare gli animali e non danneggiare le piante
  • non sprecare acqua ed energia, risorse preziose per tutto il pianeta
  • rispetta le regole stabilite dai proprietari delle strutture ricettive
35 Reviews
Giorgio
Published: 30 Aug 2023
Abbiamo viaggiato con due bambini 7 e 3 anni. Tappe fattibili anche se le prime due con qualche saliscendi un po’ impegnativo se no si ha un minimo di allenamento. App con… more
Abbiamo viaggiato con due bambini 7 e 3 anni. Tappe fattibili anche se le prime due con qualche saliscendi un po’ impegnativo se no si ha un minimo di allenamento. App con mappe per la navigazione: fastidioso il tracciato rosso della strada già percorsa che rimane evidenziato e si sovrappone in alcuni tratti al percorso ancora da fare. Magari segnalare in alcune tappe di portarsi appresso acqua e viveri (ad esempio la tappa che porta a Chitenay). Viaggio molto bello, consigliato!!!
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Stefano Marco
Published: 30 Aug 2023
Vacanza molto bella, itinerario a nostro a parere troppo impegnativo ped bambini sotto i 10 anni o per adulti non allenati a cui sarebbe da suggerire l’adozione di una bici assistita
Vacanza molto bella, itinerario a nostro a parere troppo impegnativo ped bambini sotto i 10 anni o per adulti non allenati a cui sarebbe da suggerire l’adozione di una bici assistita
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Luca
Published: 28 Aug 2023
Percorso globalmente buono, castelli stupendi, alcune tappe un pò troppo impegnative per essere per famiglie e per zero allenamento. Se non si passava per i paesini negli orari di apertura dei negozi,… more
Percorso globalmente buono, castelli stupendi, alcune tappe un pò troppo impegnative per essere per famiglie e per zero allenamento. Se non si passava per i paesini negli orari di apertura dei negozi, poi si rimaneva sprovvisti di cibo e acqua.
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