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Châteaux of the Loire | Self Guided | Short Break

This is truly the heart of fairy-tale France - illustrated perfectly by the high number of spectacular castles on route, carefully preserved over the years for all to enjoy. Visit these fabulous once-royal homes and ancient riverside towns, pedal peacefully along the Loire à Vélo cycle path amidst birdsong and wafts of hollyhocks... and sample world famous wines as you weave your way through sun-baked vineyards.

Now you can experience the stunning Loire in just a few days with our short break. All the goodness of our full length tour, but shortened for your convenience. 

What not to miss

  • Stunning wines and delicious traditional French fayre
  • Exploring historic Chinon on the banks of the River Vienne
  • The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island on the River Indre

What's included

  • 3 and 4-star accommodation 
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Tandems and E-Bikes on request
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays France

Châteaux of the Loire | Self Guided | Short Break

4 Day Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Tours, Poitiers or Rennes. 

Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Chinon, where you'll be equipped with your bicycle. Chinon is a beautiful medieval town set on the banks of the majestic Vienne river. Steeped in history, it was was once King Henry II’s preferred place of residence.

Day 2

From Chinon to Montsoreau | Distance 13 miles (21km). 

Today you will follow the Loire à Vélo cycle route which meanders along the river to the charming old riverside town of Montsoreau, often referred to as the ‘most beautiful village in France’. Along the way we recommend stopping at Fontevraud Abbey: a prison in Napolean’s day, and now a historical site, music and exhibition venue. The beautifully restored abbey complex includes a Romanesque abbey church with royal tombs, a lovely Renaissance cloister and a fascinating Byzantine-Romanesque kitchen. Once you arrive in Montsoreau you'll have time to walk or cycle along the river front towards the 'Château de la Dame de Montsoreau', which rises majestically above the water - it's the only one of the Loire castles that has its 'feet in the water' of the river itself.

Day 3

From Montsoreau to Azay-le-Rideau | Distance 23 miles (36 km). 

Today the route takes you along the Loire to the River Indre, where you’ll come to a beautiful medieval village; home to Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island on the river. Well worth a look, you can learn all about the processes involved in the restoration of this historic monument, during which stone-cutters and carpenter-roofers combined their talents to give new life to this jewel of the Loire Valley. The village has lots of lovely cafés and restaurants to peruse too.

Day 4

From Azay-le-Rideau to Château Villandry | Distance 14 miles (23km).

After a relaxing morning in Azay le Rideau, we suggest cycling to Château Villandry, a Renaissance castle with amazing gardens spread across three terraces. There is a kitchen garden that mixes flowers and vegetables in a checker-board design; a tranquil water garden where the trickle of fountains adds to the magic, and an ornamental garden where the boxwood forms musical symbols, hearts, spirals, and butterflies. A visit here is sure to soothe and relax you!

We will then transfer you back to your departure airport.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays France

Châteaux of the Loire | Self Guided | Short Break

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays France

Châteaux of the Loire | Self Guided | Short Break

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Diderot


Hôtel Diderot is a simple, family run 17th century town house, built around a flowered courtyard that is much enjoyed and appreciated by our cycling gardeners and a lovely place for breakfast.  It has a traditional, old fashioned interior with great oak beams in many of the rooms.  The delicious breakfast jams are all home-made.  

Hotel La Marine De Loire


La Marine de Loire is a 4-star hotel with a bar and garden in the centre of the village.  Delightful rooms with views of either the river or the peaceful garden.  This hotel also offers treatments in its excellent spa, ‘CinqMondes’ (must be pre-booked before arrival).   There is an Indoor heated spa pool and unlimited access to the spa is included for all guests.

Hotel Biencourt


The Hôtel Biencourt, chosen for its warm welcome and service, was originally the schoolhouse around its own private courtyard and tucked away in a pedestrianised street.  Wonderfully quiet, the rooms have modern décor and organic bed linen from the fair-trade market.  The Chateau d’Azay le Rideau is only 100 yards away.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays France

Châteaux of the Loire | Self Guided | Short Break

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates and Prices

4 Day, 3 Night Tour

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates Tour only price  Flights and transfers included
April - September (Adult) £445 £725

5 Day, 4 Night Tour

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates Tour only price  Flights and transfers included
April - September (Adult) £579 £835

Book your 2020 cycling holiday before 30 September to secure 2019 prices.

Dates are subject to availability, please call for more information

Child prices available on request.


  • Single Supplement: £50 per night

  • Ebike supplement: £20 per day

What your holiday price includes

  • Flights and transfers available on request
  • Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified
  • Use of modern lightweight bicycles
  • Transfer of luggage between hotels
  • All airport and local tourist taxes

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4055.

This is a BSpoke Original Tour.

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