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Loire Prestige en Vélo Loire

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Loire Prestige en Vélo

Tranquil rivers and regal architecture

Loire Prestige en Vélo

Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois with time to discover the classic wines of the region. Visit world famous châteaux and stay in luxury accommodation each night.

Holiday Highlights

  • Châteaux and luxury hotels
  • Michelin starred dinners and gourmet dining
  • Château Chenonceau : the beautiful castle nicknamed the Chateau des Dames
  • Clos Lucé: interactive museum of Leonardo de Vinci’s inventions
  • Royal Château at Amboise
  • Royal Château de Blois

What's Included

  • 5 days easy cycling
  • 6 nights in luxury hotels, half board
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 gourmet meals and 1 Michelin-starred meal
  • Travel first class via Eurostar (optional)
  • Welcome introduction
  • Fully serviced hybrid bikes with bike map cases
  • Station transfers
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • British rep on hand
  • Belle France 24hr Support
  • GPS on Demand

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Chissay-en-Touraine day 1

    Summary

    Upon arrival at this former 16th century fortress overlooking the river Cher, explore the Renaissance courtyard and relax by pool before dining in the Gothic style vaulted dining room.

    Hotel
    • Garden
    • Pool
    • Outside dining
    • Bedroom

    Château de Chissay
    Chissay-en-Touraine

    For an authentic château atmosphere, a night in this former 13th century fortress is sure to satisfy. Set in a beautiful 10 acre park, this 4 star hotel can provide beautiful, individually designed accommodation from which you can admire the views.

    Chateau de Chissay, is an ancient royal residence set in the heart of the Loire Valley. Rooms overlook the park, the swimming pool or the 15th century courtyard. Rooms are individually furnished in 19th century style. The bathrooms are decorated with mosaics featuring the characters of the French history that is stamped on this chateau. Once occupied by German troops and then renovated in 1986, the buildings are representative of the years of Touraine architecture. Set in the midst of pleasant countryside, Chissay resembles one of the chateaux that decorate the Book of Hours of the Duke of Berry.

    Facilities

    • Rooms are individually designed and have en suite facilities
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Gothic style vaulted dining room

    Board

    Cuisine

    Dinner is served in the Room of the Guards or the Gothic room, which is more intimate for the quiet evenings. The food and the wines are inspired by the region.

  • 2

    Chissay-en-Touraine to Amboise day 2

    Summary

    Today you’ll have the chance to explore one of the region’s most celebrated château at Chenonceaux. Your hotel is Château de Pray, a majestic building nestling in woodland, with a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Bedroom

    Château de Pray
    Amboise

    You will not fail to be impressed by the beauty of this historical 13th century château. With its fortress towers and Renaissance façade and set in a 12-acre park, this is a real romantic hideaway. Chateau de Pray lies in the heart of the prestigious Loire Chateaux region. A mile west of the town center, this château from 1224 resembles a tower-flanked castle on the Rhine. Inside, you'll find antlers, hunting trophies and a panelled drawing room with a fireplace and a collection of antique oils.

    Inside this beautiful exterior reigns a certain bygone charm. The rooms are furnished with 16th and 18th century furniture and the en suite bathrooms are decorated with marble and wood. The swimming pool and vast terrace are ideal places to relax.

    Facilities

    • 4 star chateau hotel
    • Heated outdoor pool
    • Individually designed, en suite rooms
    • Gastronomic restaurant
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    The restaurant, one star in the Michelin guide, offers quality regional food, much of which is supplied by the kitchen garden and transformed into creative dishes by Chef Frédéric Brisset. Discover an imaginative, tasty and colourful cuisine made of fresh and seasonal products.

    Example Dishes

    Blue lobster “boule de Siam” and oxalis

    Cod, tomatoes from St Genouph, green beans and basil

    Slow roasted duck, Chanterelles and English cherries

    Strawberries from Loire Valley, fennel and astina cress

    13 mi
    (21 km)

  • 3

    Day trip from Amboise day 3

    Summary

    Explore the bustling town of Amboise, the resting place of Leonardo da Vinci, or cycle west along the River Loire to Vouvray, renowned for its sophisticated white wines.

    30 mi
    (48 km)

  • 4

    Amboise to Ouchamps day 4

    Summary

    Head across country to Chaumont and follow the path cut by the River Loire to join one of its tributaries, the Beuvron. Reach the Relais des Landes, a restored 17th century manor house set in acres of wooded parkland.

    Hotel
    • Relais des Landes - Gardens
    • Relais des Landes - Patio
    • Relais des Landes - Entrance

    Relais des Landes
    Ouchamps

    Between Cheverny and Chaumont, 15 km south of Blois, this gentilhommière (small manor house) from the 17th century is set in a park of 14 hectares, on the edge of a forest. Each of the 28 bedrooms of the three star hotel is individually decorated, mixing charm, tradition and comfort. All windows open onto the park, guaranteeing calm and rest. Guests have the opportunity to swim in the covered heated swimming pool, irrespective of the weather conditions.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom
    • Television
    • Mini-bar
    • Safe
    • Free WiFi access
    • Garden view from all bedrooms
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Covered and heated swimming pool
    • Helpful staff

    Board

    Cuisine

    Meals can be taken in the dining room with a fireplace or in the sunroom opening onto the courtyard. 

    Example Menu

    Les Entrées

    Gourmandise de Crabe, Réduction Crémeuse de Noilly Prat, Confit d’Oignons Rouges
    Caille Confite, Tomates Cerises Rôties, Pignons de Pins & Saveurs de Noix
    Brioche Dorée aux Escargots de Bourgogne, Crème de Muscat et Foie Gras
    Saint-Jacques Rôties, Fondant d’Endives au beurre d’Orange
    Tartare de Fruits Exotiques, Escalope de Foie Gras de Canard, Vinaigrette Fruits de la Passion
     
    Les Plats

    Suprême de Pintade Rôtie Crème de Morilles, Effluve de Porto
    Carré d’Agneau juste Rôti au Romarin, Jus infusé aux Parfums de Provence
    Dégustation de Cochon de Lait Braisé, Girofles et Oranges Confites
    Filet de Veau en Tournedos, Réduction de Marsala et Déclinaison de Fruits Secs
    Filet de Bœuf, Servi Rossini et son Jus Truffé
    Déclinaison de Lotte et Saint Jacques Flambées au Whisky, Infusion à l’Américaine
     
    Les Desserts

    Douceur de Chocolat Blanc, Confit d’Orange
    Méli Mélo de Fruits Frais, Variation de Sorbets
    La Traditionnelle Omelette Norvégienne
    Pièce Montée (sur commande)
    Gourmandise en Fraisier de Sologne

    20 mi
    (32 km)

  • 5

    Day trip from Ouchamps day 5

    Summary

    The prestigious historical town of Blois, former residence of kings and bishops, is a pleasant cycle ride from Ouchamps. For a more peaceful option, head down to Cheverny to explore the château that was the inspiration for Moulinsart, the château featured in the Tintin comics.

    20 mi
    (32 km)

  • 6

    Ouchamps to Chissay-en-Touraine day 6

    Summary

    Soak up your final views of the Loire countryside as you head back to the elegant Château de Chissay for your final night. Take some time to explore the unique cave dwellings carved into the limestone rocks at Bourré.

    Hotel
    • Garden
    • Pool
    • Outside dining
    • Bedroom

    Château de Chissay
    Chissay-en-Touraine

    For an authentic château atmosphere, a night in this former 13th century fortress is sure to satisfy. Set in a beautiful 10 acre park, this 4 star hotel can provide beautiful, individually designed accommodation from which you can admire the views.

    Chateau de Chissay, is an ancient royal residence set in the heart of the Loire Valley. Rooms overlook the park, the swimming pool or the 15th century courtyard. Rooms are individually furnished in 19th century style. The bathrooms are decorated with mosaics featuring the characters of the French history that is stamped on this chateau. Once occupied by German troops and then renovated in 1986, the buildings are representative of the years of Touraine architecture. Set in the midst of pleasant countryside, Chissay resembles one of the chateaux that decorate the Book of Hours of the Duke of Berry.

    Facilities

    • Rooms are individually designed and have en suite facilities
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Gothic style vaulted dining room

    Board

    Cuisine

    Dinner is served in the Room of the Guards or the Gothic room, which is more intimate for the quiet evenings. The food and the wines are inspired by the region.

    16 mi
    (26 km)

Route & Location

Customer Reviews Customer ratings via Feefo

5 out of 5 rating based on 3 reviews

  • Service (5/5): We biked the prestige/gourmet tour and the Loire valley. We had very good communication from the beginning regarding questions and details on finalizing our trip plans. They also helped us with which trains and best times for our transfers to Chissay. Clive was our contact for the bikes and he was very thorough and helpful preparing us for our trip. He spent a good amount of time with us the evening before we set out on our first bike ride. He also gave us many tips and suggestions for things to see along the way.

    5 out of 5

    Product (5/5): Overall I give us a five star review due to the outstanding service (And charming beautiful accommodations plus delicious dinners and breakfasts every night) from the inquiry to our final transfer to the train station from Clive our representative in the Loire Valley. They put us in beautiful accommodations with very nice hostsand English-speaking. The only feedback I would have for them is to emphasize the use of the very friendly and extensive biking route system in all of France. The Loire valley It’s self has 800 km of biking with easy routes that are very well marked. I like having a map easily accessible on my bike when doing self guided tours I think they could do a better job with that but overall we had great experience.

    Belle France: Thank you for your very positive feedback about our services and communications. We are delighted that you had an enjoyable holiday and found the hotels to be friendly and of a very high standard. We are constantly reviewing our routes and will take your comments on board in our planning. Kate
    16th October 2019

  • Service (5/5): Very friendly and efficient service

    5 out of 5

    Product (5/5): Excellent hôtels and restaurants the only negative thing was the not enough explanations of the trails
  • Service (5/5): Great experience. Lorna Clayton was excellent - answered all emails v promptly and responded to all our needs. Very accommodating and a really great service.

    5 out of 5

    Belle France: Thank you for such a glowing recommendation, yes Clive is a great asset to the company and all of our Loire clients really appreciate his friendly welcome and local knowledge. I feel sure we will book again for you next year.

    Lorna
    28th August 2015

    Product (5/5): Excellent! Beautiful hotels and meals. Clive was very helpful, punctual and all our needs were met with a smile. Would not hesitate to use BelleFrance again and have already recommended them to friends.

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  • Outward Depart St Pancras International station, change stations in Paris and trains at St Pierre des Corps arrive Montrichard late afternoon. Transfer to hotel included (10 mins).

    Return Transfer to Montrichard station included (10 mins). Change trains at St Pierre des Corps and stations in Paris, arrive St Pancras International station late afternoon.

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