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from £895 per person

Loire Family Discovery Loire

from £895

Updated for 2017

Loire Family Discovery

Gentle cycling and activities to suit all the family

Updated for 2017

Loire Family Discovery

The Loire is the perfect region for a family holiday: quiet country lanes and shady woodland routes make for gentle cycling for all ages and abilities. We've allowed plenty of time to visit the suggested family attractions and still make it back to the hotel for a dip in the pool before dinner.

Please see the 'Additional Pricing Information' section for pricing information for this family holiday.

Holiday Highlights

  • 3 and 4 star family run hotels with pools
  • 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 behind the inspiration for Tintin and the Tintin interactive museum, don’t miss the spectacular feeding time of the hounds
  • Château Chaumont and the quirky interactive international garden festival
  • Château Chambord – the most impressive of them all
  • The bustling medieval town of Amboise and the Royal Château

What's Included

  • 5 days easy cycling
  • 6 nights half board
  • Welcome introduction
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Bike hire
  • English rep
  • Station transfers

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive Chitenay (3 nights) day 1

    Summary

    You will be met on arrival and transferred by our friendly rep to a Belle France favourite, an elegant village Auberge whose beautifully presented cuisine is served in a bright and airy restaurant. Enjoy a dip in the pool and relax in the gardens before dinner.

    Optional Day Trips (10-30 miles)

    Our day trips our designed to take you along country roads and forests tracks to visit the most amazing Chateaux that the Loire has on offer.

    The hardest part of your day will be to choose which amazing château to visit first? …

    • Château Chaumont? The park hosts a quirky garden festival with delights for all ages in every corner.
    • Château Cheverny? With its beautifully preserved interior, but the real treat is feeding time for the hounds and the interactive Tintin exhibition….
    • … or Château Chambord? The grandest of them all and the inspiration behind Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. On first sight through the trees it will take your breath away with its fairlytale turrets and imposing chimneys. The famous double helix staircase designed by Leonardo de Vinci himself will fascinate children and explore the roof terraces for amazing views. Allow time to explore the 800 hectares of parkland and hunting grounds. The daily equestrian shows are in period costume and combine the nobility of the horses with circus movements and are a real treat.
    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Lounge
    • Dining room
    • Garden

    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.

    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

  • 2

    Arrive Chenonceaux (3 nights) day 2

    Summary

    Your last three nights are spent at the lovely 4 star Auberge de Bon Laboureur with beautiful gardens and a swimming pool, in the centre of Chenonceaux with views of the enchanting château.

    Your route from Chitenay to Chenonceaux is a gentle 20 miles on flat terrain, quiet lanes and riverside cycle paths.

    Optional Day trips (10 -30 miles)

    • You need to plan your days to allow a visit of the enchanting Château de Chenonceaux with its beautiful gardens. Take a pedal boat along the river for the best views of the château and explore the maze and gardens for a superb family day out.
    • A slightly longer ride passes through forests to the medieval town of Amboise. You can enjoy the working models of Leonardo da Vinci at the Clos Lucé museum and gardens. Have a picnic in the grounds of the Royal Château before returning to relax by the poolside.

    Hotel
    • Auberge du Bon Laboureur
    • Auberge du Bon Laboureur, Restaurant
    • Auberge du Bon Laboureur, garden terrace
    • Auberge du Bon Laboureur, lounge
    • Auberge du Bon Laboureur, pool
    • Auberge du Bon Laboureur, bedroom

    Auberge du Bon Laboureur Chenonceaux

    A former postal relay, the Bon Laboureur has been a country inn since 1786. It has kept the charm and authenticity of an old stage coach stop over. 
    Established at the heart of the little village of Chenonceaux, surrounded by vineyards and gardens and in the immediate vicinity of the Chateau of Chenonceau, the Auberge du Bon Laboureur is the ideal place for a relaxing stay in the midst of nature.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Bar
    • Outdoor pool
    • Garden
    • English spoken
    • Breakfasts in the room if requested
    • Garden terrace
    • Satellite TV in room
    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes and slippers provided

    Board

    Cuisine

    The Auberge du Bon Laboureur restaurant favours genuine traditional French cuisine that has been updated. Top quality seasonal products and produce from the Inn’s vegetable garden contribute to the authenticity of the preparations and aromas. Simple, tasty dishes are fundamental. 

Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday

  • Additional Pricing Information

    Price for this holiday is per person based on a family of four sharing a family room/apartment.

    Please call us on +44 (0)1580 214010 for a customised quote.

  • Bike Option

    Tag-alongs and chariots are available.

  • Important information

    In March 2017 France introduced a law that requires all children aged 11 and under to wear an approved helmet while riding a bike, whether they are pedalling themselves or being carried as a passenger. Failure to do so can result in a fine of €90 for the parents.

Customer Reviews

100% rating based on 1 review

Recent reviews

  • Service rating : Excellent. Kept us informed along the way. Could not be faulted.
    Product : Hotels and food very good.
    Rep on the ground fine.
    Change infirst hotel led us to a long first day bike ride which, I suspect, put us off the cycling to a degree. And we then limited our excursions onwards.
    Overall a pretty good break.

    4 out of 5

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  • From £895 per person

  • Outward Depart London St Pancras International station, change trains in Lille or Paris and arrive St Pierre des Corps mid afternoon. Transfer to hotel by our rep included.

    Return Transfer included to St Pierre des Corps, change trains in Lille or Paris and arrive London St Pancras International station mid afternoon.

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