Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code FR004

France / Loire Valley Short Break

The highlights from Orléans to Tours

The Loire Valley, also known as “garden of France”, is a charming land of vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills, which will enchant you with its more than two hundred castles and luxuriant natural landscapes. It will be like riding in a fairy tale, in a picturesque countryside dotted with romantic châteaux, providing regular interludes to the cycling. While you marvel at this medieval splendour, don’t forget to try the region’s sumptuous cuisine and famous wines, for a true royal holiday experience!
  • Day by Day

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    1. Orléans
    Individual arrival in Orléans, homeland of Joan of Arc.
     
    2. Orléans – Beaugency/St. Dyé (30/50 km)
    You pedal along the Loire alternating cycle paths with back roads. After a visit to Meung-sur-Loire you arrive at the Chateau Dunois, with the beautiful medieval centre of Beaugency. A land full of water and culture will lead the way to the beautiful town of St. Dyé, an ancient river harbour.
     
    3. Beaugency/St. Dyé – Blois (50/30 km)
    From the huge park surrounding Chambord Castle today’s trip continues at the border of the forest of Boulogne. On the other side of the Loire crowded with a wonderful bridge, you can already see the profile of Blois and its castle, the steeples of the abbey and the Cathedral of St. Louis standing out. 
     
    4. Blois – Amboise (45 km)
    After the visit of the city of Blois and its impres- sive castle, you pedal along the Loire river. Here you can visit the castle of Chaumont built on the top of a hill overlooking the river. In Amboise you cannot miss the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life.
     
    5. Amboise – Tours (55 km)
    After the forest of Amboise you arrive in Chenonceaux, known as the castle of the three ladies. You continue along the river Cher up to the city of Tours. You may also decide to stop for a visit at the castle of Nitray with its famous wine cellars.
     
    6. Tours
    After breakfast end of services.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

     

    2019, The Year of Leonardo

     

     

    If Florence is the Cradle of the Italian Renaissance, the Loire is the movement’s Berceau on French soil.
    Amboise rightly spearheads Leonardo initiatives in France: this is where the Master settled in his old age and where he is buried. The Castle of Clos Lucé shines for a programme which includes, besides a major exhibition, evening events focusing on life and the arts in the Renaissance.

    The majestic Castle of Chambord follows suit, illustrating how Leonardo inspired its architecture.


    Castle of Chambord exhibition site

    Da Vinci Park at Castle of Clos Lucé

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 180 km
    • Total vertical up: 770 m
    • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: every day

    On this tour you cycle through the wonderful Loire Valley. This cycle trip is not very demanding, though sometimes there are some hilly sections. The daily stages are not very long – always about 50 kms – mostly in the lowlands. The itinerary is mainly on cycle paths or paved roads with a low volume of traffic.

     

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Orléans is connected with the following airports:
    Tours: 110 km, Paris: 140 km.

     

    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN PARIS
    For further information on timetables and prices of the public transportation in Paris: www.ratp.info. Underground tickets:

    • single ticket €1.90
    • ticket t+ (10 tickets) € 14.50 (change to every public means of transportation within 1.5 hours)

     

    For further information on train timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.sncf.com.

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

     

    According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:
    - Cat. A: 3/4* hotels, with one 2* hotel de charme
    - Cat. B: 2/3* hotels

     

    All rooms have en suite facilities. In some 2* hotels there may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.


     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes: 

    • City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • City bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    • E-bike

     

    Features:

    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    • 1 combination bike lock

     

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    - hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    - restaurant vouchers (if you have booked half-board)
    - information on the cities, towns and villages of the tour

     

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    2) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing
    In Orléans you will meet our representative who:
    - will present you the tour
    - will deliver you the bikes
    - will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    Staff support
    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 3 Client reviews
    • Sandra

      Departure 12-17 August 2017

      Online from 22 August 2017

      viaggio consigliatissimo: posti bellissimi ed ottima organizzazione
    • Alberto

      Departure 06-11 August 2017

      Online from 21 August 2017

      Bella esperienza. Da tenere in conto il fatto che è possibile incontrare frequenti temporali e vento freddo. Attrezzatevi!
    • Silvia

      Departure 07-12 August 2016

      Online from 12 September 2016

      Vacanza meravigliosa e che replicheremo. Non avevo mai fatto una vacanza in bici ed amici ci hanno consigliato voi. Organizzazione perfetta. il signore che ci ha accolto è stato veramente gentile e ci ha dato alcune "dritte" che ci hanno aiutato. Strutture da voi prenotate semplici ma alcune veramente deliziose con personale gentile e comode al centro delle varie città. Bagagli sempre presenti al ns. arrivo nei vari alberghi. Ringrazio davvero e ci rivolgeremo nuovamente a voi per le ns. future vacanze su due ruote.
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Tour details

 

from 465 €

6 Days / 5 Nights, Cat. B

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA 20.04 - 21.09.2019 and additionally SU 26.05 - 1.09.2019
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons
Season 1: 20.04 - 4.05 and 8.09 - 21.09.2019
Season 2: 5.05 - 28.06 and 19.08 - 7.09.2019
Season 3: 29.06 - 18.08.2019

 

Price per person

465 € in double room, 2/3* hotels, Cat. B
535 € in double room, 3/4* hotels, with one 2* hotel de charme, Cat. A

 

Included

  • 5-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service
  • Hotel taxes

 

Not included

  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person
155/175 € single room (Cat. B/A)
55 € season 2 (Cat. B/A)
75 € season 3 (Cat. B/A)
75 € Girolibero bike
170 € E-bike
15 € helmet
120/130 € half board (Cat. B/A): 4 dinners included (except in Tours), beverages extra and to be paid on site
Transfer Tours-Orléans : on request
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
60/90 € in Orléans
55/85 € in Tours, Cat. B
65/100 € in Tours, Cat. A

 

Reductions
90/105 € 3rd person in room (Cat. B/A)

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