Court Cheverny near Blois
We meet at 12:15 pm at the Blois train station for a 20 minute transfer to our first hotel. You’ll meet the guides and fellow travelers at 1 pm for a light lunch and bike fitting before our first ride. We’ll stop at the Chateau de Cheverny for the first introduction to Loire’s castles and an overall trip overview.
Today we head North East towards the Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in the Loire Valley. Along the way we’ll go by some hidden treasures of history of art, like the early Gothic church of Fontains en Sologne, or the covered market of Bracieux, one of France’s best preserved monuments of this kind.
Blois and Amboise
Our first stop is the town of Blois, a maze of tiny streets shadowed by important renaissance style castles. Then, along tiny roads and bike lanes we follow the quiet Loire river and arrive in Amboise. French history has left an important mark on the magnificent castle and the Clos Lucè, the small castle where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last years of his life.
Today we visit the castle and gardens of Chenonceau, the second most visited castle in France after Versailles. Once again our eyes will get lost in the countless details and decorations, architecture, garden design and forniture of this place, which has always been a favorite refuge for the most important women of France’s history, above all Caterina de Medici. Today we’ll also find out more about the “Loire” wine region with a visit of our favorite winery in the area.
Our last ride will bring us to the heart of Tours: one of the most beautiful towns in France that is home to a majestic 15th Century Gothic Cathedral. Additionally, this area is an important source of great wines such as Vouvray. Montlouis and Tourraine. We’ll start from our hotel in Amboise and take the bike paths all the way into the historic town. The bike paths will lead us home as well.
We will have a shuttle to either the Saumur Rive-droit Train Station or the Tours Train Station, whichever one you have chosen as your method of departure. We hope you enjoyed your time here in the grandiose Loire Valley!