The castles in the Loire and Sologne region are famous all over the world! Not only because the architecture is extremely beautiful, but also because all those castles played an important role in history, there are every year many tourists! There are captivating stories about these castles, with intrigues, loves stories and complots with a dramatic end. The mix of history and art makes the Loire castles so attractive. We also need to add the beautiful landscapes, estates, surprisingly nice gardens and valleys with wine yards.
Departures for 2014:
Arrival dates : Every Saturday and Sunday from April 12th till October 19th (last arrival), 2014
From July 2nd till August 21st, 2014 departure is also possible on Wednesday and Thursday.
Access:Airport Paris (Charles de Gaulle) + TGV to Beaugency, transfer to La
Ferté-Saint-Cyr (€30 per drive, to be booked with the hotel)
Train: TGV to Beaugency, transfer to La Ferté-Saint-Cyr
Highway to Beaugency, + 14 km to La Ferté-Saint-Cyr
Level:moderate, with some minor hills
Roads: Quiet, mostly paved backroads and bicycling lanes
The famous château de Chambord and many other castles: Cheverny, Chenonceau,...and more
Blois and Montrichard
The beautiful landscape of the Loire valley and the Sologne
Great French cuisine
Lodging in a small castle in Noyers-sur-Cher
Itinerary description Day 1: Individual arrival in La-Ferté-Saint-Cyr La Ferté-Saint-Cyr is a small and cosy town situated near the Loire river and the silent Sologne. It is the ideal place to
start our discovery of the Loire castles!
2nd day: tour in the Sologne ca. 48 km/30 miles by bike After a long time of prosperity during the Roman Age, the Sologne became after the fall of the Empire a quite isolated region. From the 11th century, especially monks started to cultivate the area. This was an improvement, but the prosperity of the Roman Age did not come back. Today, the Sologne is a silent place with beautiful nature and a farming region.
3rd day: La-Ferté-Saint-Cyr – Mont-près-Chambord (ca. 35 km or 47 km) We will cycle along the river Loire, a river that is very important to the French people, especially because of the glorious past. We will meet the river in Saint-Laurent-Nouan, and pass nice Loire towns like Saint-Dyé-sur-Loire and Muides-sur-Loire. The most special experience will be entering the parc de Chambord and the world famous castle of Chambord. Those who want, can make the tour a bit longer and cycle via Blois, popular thanks to the royal castle and the cathedral.
4th day : Tour to Chaumont and Parc de Beauregard ca. 52/67 km The castle of Chaumont was once the setting of an intrigue between Catharina de Medicis and Diane de Poitiers, who both loved king Henri II. Knowing this can make a visit of this castle only more exiting. In Beauregard, you can enjoy visiting the castle and its portrait gallery. Beauregard owes its popularity also to the beautiful castle park.
5th day: Mont-près-Chambord – Noyers-sur-Cher ca. 53 km/35 miles This nice cycling tour will bring us via Chitenay to the town of Pontlevoy. Here, we will have the occasion to visit the abbey of Pontlevoy, with its stunning gothic church. The centre of the town is dominated by the typical rigid 18th century facades. After an unforgettable visit, it is just a small cycle ride to Noyers-sur-Cher.
6th day: Tour to Montrichard and Chenonceau ca. 66 km/40 miles bicycling Montrichard really looks like a medieval town, thanks to the half-timbered houses. The former donjon is today the ideal place to overlook the region. Except Chambord, the first Loire castle people think about is Chenonceau. This castle is built partially over the river Cher and features a prominent donjon.
7th day: Noyers-sur-cher – La-Ferté-saint-Cyr ca. 64 km/39 miles by bike Unfortunately, it is already our last cycling day, but it will certainly be an interesting time ! This tour will pass the less well-known, but also beautiful castle of Chéméry. Another castle that can be visited is Cheverny. Almost at the end of this cycling day, we will have the occasion to visit the ‘chocolaterie’ of Bracieux.
8th day : departure after breakfast
PRICES SEASON 2014:
Price per person in Euro
Double room, half-board
Supplement single room
All taxes are included
WHAT´S INCLUDED IN THE SELF-GUIDED TRIP:
Every Saturday and Sunday from April 12th till October 19th, 2014 and from July 2nd to August 21st departures on Wednesday and Thrusday are also possible
8 days/7 nights
8 days/7 nights in two & 3 star hotel
Room with shower/bath and toilet
7x buffet breakfast
Half-board 7 x 3-course dinners
Luggage transport 1 item per person, maximum 20kg
Detailled map, touristic information
All local tourist taxes
Emergency phone call 24 hours
Children sharing a room with 2 adults:
Age 0-2: -100%
3-6 years: -50%
7-12 years: -25%
Third person in a double room: -10%
21-speed touring bike Euro 70
including gel seat, pannier, lock, repair kit, pump+spare innertube
Euro 20 per bike optional
Euro 300 per person upon reservation, final payment 5 weeks before tour departure. CC payments Visa or Mastercard do have an additional increase of 2%
- Cancellation until 8 weeks before departure: 10%
- Cancellation until 4 weeks before departure: 50%
- Cancellation until 24 hours before departure: 80%
- Cancellation on the arrival day: 100%
How to get there
Public transport from Paris
Airport Paris (Charles de Gaulle) + TGV to Beaugency, transfer to La Ferté-Saint-Cyr
(approx. €30 per drive, to be booked with the hotel)
Train: train to Beaugency, transfer to La Ferté-Saint-Cyr
Highway to Beaugency, + 14 km to La Ferté-Saint-Cyr