Château to Château en Vélo
This easy cycling holiday takes you past princely mansions standing next to picturesque farm houses, and fields of sunflowers merging with uniform rows of vineyards. There is ample opportunity for tasting some of the local wines.
- Medieval town of Amboise
- Clos Lucé home of Leonardo de Vinci and interactive museum of his working inventions
- Château de Chenonceau the most photographed chateau of the Loire Valley
- Château de Cheverny, the Château behind the inspiration for Tintin and the Tintin interactive museum, feeding time of the hounds
You can choose to begin this holiday on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrival Amboiseday 1
Amble into Amboise and relax in the café culture of this medieval town with imposing Royal Château or visit Leonarda Da Vinci’s residence and interactive museum of his inventions, Le Clos Lucé. Stay at the luxurious Pavillon des Lys with a dinner reservation in a popular local restaurant.
Le Pavillon des Lys Amboise
Located in the centre of the town of Amboise, Le Pavillon des Lys is a four star hotel, with 8 bedrooms and suites, within 5 minutes walking distance from the Château d'Amboise. Bedrooms are spacious and there is a garden and a terrace for the guests.
- Very large beds
- Soundproof rooms
- Television, radio, CD and DVD player, safe
- Free WiFi
The hotel has no restaurant. The meals are booked at the restaurant L'Alliance (2 minutes away).
Options at L'Alliance include...
Oysters au gratin Vouvray, Endive and smoked duck breast
Ballottine of duck foie gras and mallard, mango chutney with Szechuan pepper
Roast scallops, pumpkin puree, ravioli with chestnuts and dried bacon
Veal sweetbreads, mushrooms, truffle sauce and potatoes
Cheese platter & dessert of your choice
Amboise to Chenonceauxday 2
A ride through forests and quiet country lanes to the charming village of Chenonceau with its fairy tale castle on the river, take out a pedalo for the best views of the castle before exploring the interior and gardens. Stay at the delightful hotel La Roseraie and relax in the pool before included.
La Roseraie Chenonceaux
A typically French, 3 star hotel, only 400m from Château de Chenonceau, with large spacious rooms, very attentive staff and a good menu choice. Many famous people such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman,Churchill, Rockefeller have stayed in this 18th century building. Rooms are charming, comfortable and individually decorated.
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Free WiFi
- Free parking
- Snail in garlic butter
- Cream of corn
- Salad of purple cabbage with hot beef
- Custard tart of Duck Foie Gras
- Pastry on tomato and hot goat cheese
- Duck tenderloin with Mulled wine sauce
- Fillet of Carlet fish with butter and capers
- Kidney with blackcurrant
- Oxtail of Beef, crispy with wine sauce
Chenonceaux to St Aignanday 3
Follow the Cher river past troglodyte homes and through small towns and villages into the town of St Aignan, time to relax at the river beach before checking into your hotel with dinner.
Grand Hôtel - Saint-Aignan Saint-Aignan
This ancient converted tannery, built in the 18th century is steeped with history and offers quality 2 star accommodation. The hotel, with its wide façade and its 18 bedrooms, is situated at the bottom of the attractive and medieval town of St Aignan and overlooks the River Cher.
- Fully equipped en suite rooms
- Satellite TV
- WiFi (at extra cost)
- Relaxing interior garden
- Private car park
- Traditional local cuisine and family menu
Traditional French cuisine is served in the two elegant rooms of the restaurant, each with an original fireplace.
St Aignan to Chitenayday 4
Today’s cycle takes you north through forests to Cheverny. Visit the château and stay to watch the lively feeding time of the hounds, be amused by the interactive Tintin museum before the final short ride to Chitenay and one of our favourite hotels, the lovely Auberge du Centre. Take a dip in the pool before dinner.
Auberge du centre Chitenay
The Auberge du Centre, a three star hotel with 27 bedrooms, is located in the centre of Chitenay, a small, quiet village, typical of many in this Garden of France. The hotel, though not particularly large, occupies a prominent position on the high street and is swathed in Virginia creeper. Across the road is the white tufa stone church with its little avenue of pollarded trees shading the place de l’eglise. A small shop offers basic groceries, and the wherewithal for a picnic.
There is a pleasant comfortable bar to the front of the hotel and the restaurant runs through to the rear. There is private parking at the back of the hotel with storage and racks for Belle France bikes. The garden, home to red squirrels, has a couple of swings and enough hidey-holes amongst the colourful shrubs to keep children entertained in safety.
From all points on this crossroads, cycle routes are signposted to Cheverny (6 miles), Chaumont (11 miles) and Chambord (15 miles) which are three of the larger chateaux within relatively easy range, and other lesser known gems are even closer.
- En suite bathroom
- Satellite television
- Free WiFi
- Pleasant, easy cycle routes on the doorstep
- Pretty, tranquil village location
- Attractive garden terrace for al fresco dining
- Friendly staff, great for families
Monsieur Martinet is clearly proud of his hotel whose restaurant has an established reputation in the Blois catchment area. The food is carefully prepared and presented fairly elaborately in some cases. The menu offers a reasonable choice and children are catered for with simplified ‘grown up’ dishes (no nuggets in evidence). Local Loire wines are much in evidence on the wine list with some good value carafes on offer, especially those from Cheverny.
Le croustillant de canard confit à la confiture d'oignons et son mesclun aux noix
L'assiette de saumon fumé à l'Auberge, salade de betterave rouge aux herbes
Le médaillon de volaille de la ferme de la Faubonniére farcie aux pleurotes, sauce forestière écrasé de pommes de terre aux appétits
Le filet de Lieu "sous Anna", boulgour crémeux à l'estragon et tomate confite, beurre citronné
La sélection de fromages de chèvre et son mesclun
L'opéra chocolat, crème de marron et glace aux grains de café
La tarte fine aux pommes, Sauce caramel, glace pain d'épices
Day trip from Chitenayday 5
There are several great options today: cycle to Chaumont to visit the International Garden Festival or head over to historic Blois, which has a royal palace open to the public.
Chitenay to Bourré day 6
Today your return journey passes through colourful flower-decked villages interspersed with orchards and vineyards. Arrive at the spectacular Château de Vallagon, relax by the pool in the beautiful grounds, Dinner in a restaurant of your choice in the village.
Château de Vallagon Bourré
In an idyllic valley of the lovely Loir-et-Cher, Château de Vallagon is surrounded by famous Loire chateaux such as Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau. In 2005, the current Dutch owners bought this beautiful domaine and the surrounding properties. Today, with its 12 rooms and suites, Château de Vallagon is a charming three star hotel with a gastronomic restaurant where guests can enjoy an authentic French but modern cuisine. Chateau de Vallagon is surrounded by a park with fruit and nut trees. Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown in a 160 year old greenhouse and used by the Chef.
- Outdoor swimming pool
- TV lounge
- Free WiFi in bedrooms
- Cannellonis – homard – parmesan – herbes – mousse pleurotes
- Veau – thon – salade- mayonnaise – veau panée – pommes de terre
- Ecrevisses – œufs panés – épinards – mayonnaise pimentée
- Crème – pleurotes – lardons – herbes – croûtons – moutarde
- Boudin noir –crème betterave – st. Jacques – aceto balsamique
- Ris de veau – médaillon de veau – cantharelles – sauce porto
- Coquelet – lentilles – carottes – lardons – herbes – betteraves
- Côte de porc – pommes de terre sucre – moutarde
- Faux filet – gratin – champignons de Bourré – sauce porto foie gras
- Risotto du chef – légumes – champignons de Bourré – parmesan
- Thon grillé – crevettes grises – vinaigrette – haricots verts – fettuccine
- Homard – épinards – parmesan – pommes de terre – beurre blanc
- Bar filet – câpres – citronnelle – tomates – gnocchis – herbes – crème petits pois
Route & Location
Customise Your Holiday
8 NIGHT OPTION
Stay additional nights at Cour Cheverny and Chambord to make this an eight night holiday. On Day 4, cycling along quiet forest tracks to Cour Cheverny. On Day 5, head for Chambord and your hotel situated 800 metres from the beautiful Château. £220 per person.
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