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from £1126 per person

Château to Château en Vélo Loire

from £1126

Improved for 2019

Château to Château en Vélo

Pretty villages and enchanting châteaux

Improved for 2019

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • The pretty medieval town of Amboise & the Château Royal.
  • Clos Lucé home of Leonardo da Vinci and interactive museum of his working inventions.
  • Château de Chenonceau the most photographed chateau of the Loire Valley.
  • Château de Cheverny, the château which was the inspiration for Tintin, don't miss the feeding of the hounds.
  • Château Chambord: the most spectacular of the region.
  • Château Chaumont and its quirky international garden festival.

What's Included

  • 8 Nights (6 Half board & 2 B&B)
  • Welcome introduction
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Fully serviced hybrid bikes with bike map cases
  • English rep
  • Belle France Support

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival at Chenonceaux day 1

    Summary

    Arrive at the charming village of Chenonceau with its fairytale castle, take out a pedalo out on the river for the best views of the castle before exploring the interior and gardens. Stay at the charming hotel La Roseraie where you can relax in the pool before dinner.

    Hotel
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX

    La RoseraieChenonceaux

    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.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Air-conditioning
    • TV
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking

    Board

    Cuisine

    Example menu

    Les Entrées

    • 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

    Les Plats

    • Duck tenderloin with Mulled wine sauce
    • Fillet of Carlet fish with butter and capers
    • Kidney with blackcurrant
    • Oxtail of Beef, crispy with wine sauce

    34 mi
    (55 km)

  • 2

    Chenonceaux to Chitenay day 2

    Summary

    Follow the Cher River past troglodyte homes and perpaps a visit of the fascinating mushroom caves before heading northeast through pretty little villages. Superb lunch opportunities before onwards on the Loire cycle track towards your stay at the delightful Auberge du Centre in Chitenay.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Lounge
    • Dining room
    • Garden

    Auberge du centreChitenay

    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.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom
    • Satellite television
    • Free WiFi
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Pleasant, easy cycle routes on the doorstep
    • Pretty, tranquil village location
    • Attractive garden terrace for al fresco dining
    • Friendly staff, great for families

    Board

    Cuisine

    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.

    Example Menu

    Les Entrées
    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

    Les Plats
    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

    Les Fromages
    La sélection de fromages de chèvre et son mesclun

    Les Desserts
    L'opéra chocolat, crème de marron et glace aux grains de café
    La tarte fine aux pommes, Sauce caramel, glace pain d'épices

    22 mi
    (35 km)

  • 3

    Day trip from Chitenay day 3

    Summary

    A short ride along the Loire à Velo cycle track to the Château de Cheverny, the inspiration for Marlinspike Hall, home of Captain Haddock in Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin. Make sure you don’t miss the feeding of over 100 hunting hounds, a cross between English Fox hound and French Poitevins, which takes place daily at 11:30. The Château is ortately funished and also houses a quirky Lego exhibition featuring detectives including Hercule Poirot, Inspector Columbo & Scooby Doo. After your visit return to Auberge du Centre for a 2nd night.

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 4

    Chitenay to Chambord day 4

    Summary

    Quiet country lanes lead you to Chambord, one of the most instantly recognisable castles in the world. The formal gardens are now fully restored and reopened following the flooding of 2016. A 4km cycle route along the canals of the estate allows you to get up close with nature. Bird of prey and jousting shows run throughout the summer months. After your visit a short cycle ride to your charming hotel La Masion d’à Côté.

    Hotel
    • La Maison d'à Côté - Restaurant
    • La Maison d'à Côté - Restaurant
    • La Maison d'à Côté - Rooms

    La Maison d'à CôtéMontlivault

    Ideally located to discover the historic castles of the Loire Valley, La Maison d'à Côté offers 8 rooms and 4 suites. Enjoy a Michelin star gastronomy in a comfortable, modern setting.

    Facilities

    Rooms have a modern design with a view of the church square or the outdoor patio.

    • Queen Size bed
    • Air Conditioning
    • TV
    • Internet/WiFi
    • Bathroom with shower

    Board

    Cuisine

    The contemporary 1 star Michelin gourmet restaurant of La Maison d'à Côté is overseen by chef Christophe Hay. Featuring produce of the Loire valley the cuisine is fresh and modern.

    16 mi
    (26 km)

  • 5

    Chambord to Blois day 5

    Summary

    Today’s route follows the Loire à Vélo cycle path out of the hunting grounds of Chambord to Blois with its historic royal palace. Featuring Classic, Renaissance & Gothic architecture with the spiral staircase in the François I wing being the highlight of the Château. Settle into the charming chambre d’hôte, Maison du Carroir.

    Hotel
    • White frontage of hotel with foliage
    • Rustic French hotel room
    • Rustic French lounge with fireplace

    Maison du CarroirBlois

    This bed & breakfast in the heart of the Loire Valley offers a pleasant stay and friendly service from Mme Galland, who is extremely attentive. There are four large bedrooms, each with its own decor and atmosphere, as well as a pretty garden and terrace. Many of the most notable châteaux are only a short distance away.

     

    Facilities

    • En suite rooms
    • TV
    • Free Wifi
    • Garden
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    A gourmet breakfast is served in the garden in summer, and around the fireplace in winter. Includes bread, local cheeses, homemade mini cakes, fruit, jams and fresh juice.

    17 mi
    (27 km)

  • 6

    Blois to Chaumont day 6

    Summary

    Explore the city before you head west to Chaumont for your stay at the Hostellerie du Château, located opposite the Château Chaumont. The Château hosts the annual International Garden Festival, a landscape art museum with a contemporary theme which changes every year. The festival runs from April to the end of October and can also be visited in the evening when lighting changes the atmosphere.

    Hotel
    • Germanic style exterior
    • Traditional interior
    • Simple bedroom

    Hostellerie du ChâteauChaumont- Sur -Loire

    L'Hostellerie du Château is situated in the charming village of Chaumont sur Loire, between Blois and Amboise in the center of the Grands Châteaux circuit of Chambord, Blois, Amboise, Chenonceaux. The hotel is on the edge of the Loire, at the foot of the feudal Chaumont castle which dominates the valley and the village and is renowned for its famous International Garden Festival.

    The owners, Dominique Poignon and Pascal Delsériès and their team, use their savoir-faire to lend charm and comfort to their home in order to make your stay pleasant, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel has 3 stars and 15 rooms, of which 3 are family rooms. In the summer, the meals are served on the terrace, and in the winter you can enjoy the heat from the fireplace in a dining room filled with character. During the summer months you can enjoy the swimming pool or spend a relaxing moment in the garden.

    Facilities

    • Three star accommodation
    • Satellite TV
    • Telephone
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Lounge 
    • En suite with bath or shower
    • Traditional cuisine
    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Garden
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    The restaurant proposes traditional dishes prepared with local fresh seasonal products. The wine list is composed of various wines representing the local vintages: Touraine, Touraine Mesland, Touraine Amboise and Cheverny, as well as other vineyards from the Loire Valley which extend from Sancerre to Muscadet passing by Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil and other French vines.

    Example Menu

    Entrées
    Tartare de Saumon aux Agrumes, Vinaigrette Acidulée
    Corolle de Melon, Mousse de Jambon Sec, Gelée de Pineau des Charentes
    Charlotte de Dinde et Caviar d’Aubergines, Brochette de Gambas au Tandoori

    Plats 
    Filet de Dorade Poêlé, Beurre d’Orange, Tatin d’Endives
    Emince d’Onglet de Veau aux Herbes, Légumes Confits au Curry
    Magret de Canard, Sauce Cassis, Tian de Légumes

    Desserts
    Soupe de Fruits Rouges, Ecume de Basilic, Mouillettes de Pain d’Epices
    Pêche Pochée à la Menthe, Nid de Meringue et Crème Chocolat
    Fondant Chocolat, Praliné et Noisette, Glace Fromage Blanc

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 7

    Chaumont to Amboise day 7

    Summary

    Continue following the Loire à Vélo path to Amboise, where you can discover Clos Lucé, the final home of Leonardo da Vinci. The château houses a museum dedicated to the works of the inventor and includes models of over 40 of his inventions. Stay at the prestigious 4-star Hôtel Pavillon des Lys.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Terrace
    • Lounge
    • Bedroom
    • Hotel exterior

    Le Pavillon des LysAmboise

    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.

    Facilities

    • Very large beds
    • Soundproof rooms
    • Air-conditioning
    • Television, radio, CD and DVD player, safe
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    The hotel has no restaurant. The meals are booked at the restaurant L'Alliance (2 minutes away).

    Options at L'Alliance include...

    Example Menu

    Starters
    Oysters au gratin Vouvray, Endive and smoked duck breast
    Ballottine of duck foie gras and mallard, mango chutney with Szechuan pepper

    Mains
    Roast scallops, pumpkin puree, ravioli with chestnuts and dried bacon
    Veal sweetbreads, mushrooms, truffle sauce and potatoes

    Cheese platter & dessert of your choice

    14 mi
    (22 km)

  • 8

    Amboise to Chenonceau day 8

    Summary

    Explore the imposing Château d'Amboise and chapel of Saint-Hubert where da Vinci is buried before leaving the Loire behind. Your final day takes you past the Pagode de Chanteloup, a 44m tall Chinese Pagoda, before following the Grande Allée de Jumeaux through the Forêt d'Amboise before dropping down to Chenonceau and the Cher River to return to the welcoming hotel La Roseraie for your final night.

    Hotel
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX

    La RoseraieChenonceaux

    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.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Air-conditioning
    • TV
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking

    Board

    Cuisine

    Example menu

    Les Entrées

    • 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

    Les Plats

    • Duck tenderloin with Mulled wine sauce
    • Fillet of Carlet fish with butter and capers
    • Kidney with blackcurrant
    • Oxtail of Beef, crispy with wine sauce

    14 mi
    (22 km)

Route & Location

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  • Service (5/5): Wonderful service! Lorna was courteous and helpful with booking. Robin was lovely and very dependable with logistics on our trip.

    5 out of 5

    Product (5/5): Nice itinerary. We enjoyed the hotels and everything was well organized, which allowed us to have a relaxing holiday. I have already recommended Bella France to all of my friends.

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  • From£1126per person

  • Outward Depart St Pancras International station, change stations in Paris and trains at St Pierre des Corps, arrive Chissay late afternoon. Transfer to hotel included (5 mins).

    Return Transfer to Chissay station included (5 mins). Change trains at St Pierre des Corps and stations in Paris, arrive St Pancras International station late afternoon.

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