The romantic history of the Loire, Indre and Cher, with their castles, churches and gardens make the perfect setting for a fun family vacation. Following the longest river in France, the vineyards of Anjou, forests, villages, and along the rivers Indre and Cher. Many activities for the children are available along the way. Have fun exploring!
Cycle tour - Loire Valley - Family - 8D/7N
In the footsteps of the Kings of France with your family
Type of JourneySelf-Guided
Characteristics of this journey/holiday
Day by day
Arrival in Tours, capital of Touraine. Beautiful town with its old quarters.
Day 2 Tours – Villandry 21 km
Straight after leaving the city of Tours, you are already on the riverside of Cher. The bike trail winds parallel to the Cher and the Loire leading to beautiful views over the rivers. You will pass the enchanting gardens of the Château de Villandry. For the kids there is always the opportunity to play in the playgrounds and in the summer months bathing in the Cher is possible.
Day 3 Villandry–Azay-le-Rideau 25 km
Romantic river landscapes, beautiful stone houses and finally the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau with its interesting parkland, a wonderful ride.
Day 4 Azay-le-Rideau – Montbazon 25 km
You will cycle along the Valley of Mills (on the banks of Indre). Interesting views of the cliff dwellings along the road. What about a visit to the basket makers? Arrival in Montbazon with its impressive Donjon from the XIIth C, with towers overlooking the village.
Day 5 Montbazon – Chenonceaux 37 km
From Montbazon you reach Bléré, a pretty little village. Then you arrive in Chenonceaux. The castle of Chenonceau is the highlight of the trip. Catherine de Medicis and Diane de Poitiers used to live in this castle called “the ladies’ castle”. The gardens are as fantastic as the castle itself, with fun natural mazes for the whole family.
Day 6 Chenonceaux – Amboise 15 km
Today you will cycle through the former royal forests towards Amboise. Shortly before reaching the destination, you will be able to visit an outside museum: miniature castles of the Loire Valley, which are an attraction to children. Amboise is a very lively little town where you can visit the castle and the famous “Clos Lucé” where the famous Leonard de Vinci lived.
Day 7 Amboise – Tours 28 km
Today you cycle along the Loire back to Tours. You will discover the troglodyte dwellings. Before arriving in Tours, why not stop at the Luluparc with its numerous attractions.
Time to leave this beautiful area, with suitcases and heads full of souvenirs and memories!
5 nights in 3* star hotels in room with private facilities
1 night in 3* star hotel in room with private facilities + swimming pool
1 night in 2* star hotel in room with private facilities
7 nights in 2/3* star hotels in room with private facilities
4-course dinner (Option)
Personal welcome meeting
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
Rout book, maps and information material
Entrance- Mini-Chateaux-Park Amboise
24 h Service Hotline
GPS-Tracks on demand
Partly on cycling paths and little side routs, always asphalted, between the valleys slight climbs