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France - Loire - Valley of Castles - Self-Guided Family Cycling Holiday

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The Loire Valley is full of fun and interesting things to do for all the family! It is a wonderful destination to introduce the kids to cycling and enjoy many castles, manor houses and dreamy residences.

Holiday Highlights

  • Being a giant amongst the miniature castles of Amboise
  • Spotting Leonardo de Vinci’s house
  • Cycling to the lovely Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau sitting atop an island in the middle of a river
  • Seeing who’ll be the first to spot the cliff dwellings on the way to Montbazon
  • Fun with the kids at Luluparc on the way back to Tours
  • Exploring historical Tours

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Arrival into Tours    
2 Tours to Villandry 13 Miles / 20 Kms Approx. B  
3 Villandry to Azay-le-Rideau 15 Miles / 24 Kms Approx. B  
4 Azay-le-Rideau tp Montbazon 14 Miles / 23 Kms Approx. B  
5 Montbazon to Chenonceaux 25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx. B  
6 Chenonceaux to Amboise 9 Miles / 15 Kms Approx. B  
7 Amboise to Tours 16 Miles / 25 Kms Approx. B  
8 Departure from Tours   B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

This circular family cycling holiday in France starts and finishes in Tours and meanders through the Cher, Indre and Loire valleys taking in an array of the many castles, manor houses and dreamy residences. The route has been designed with families in mind and what better way to explore this fascinating and beautiful area with your family, than by bike?
You'll be cycling along seldom-used country trails and side roads on largely flat terrain. If you fancy less time in the saddle, you can often hop on the train to get to your next destination. 
You'll be staying in carefully selected small 2 and 3 star hotels and guesthouses that provide breakfast and are family friendly. This self guided holiday is available for departures on Friday, Saturdays or Sundays for a minimum of two people. We book all your accommodation, transfer your luggage and provide you with cycling routes and a detailed itinerary. Just contact us with your preferred dates.
If you are interested in joining this trip as a group of adults have a look at our Valley of the Loire holiday where you may find the information more relevant to your needs.

For more information download our trip notes

Is this holiday suitable for your family?

The terrain on this easy trip is mostly flat, on traffic-free cyclepaths and quiet country roads. The trip is place to place, so your children must be able to cycle the distances stated on the dossier, however the distances don’t exceed 25 Miles / 40 Kms. There are plenty of activities to look out for during the day’s cycle, with places of interest to take a break. Emergency backup is available from the local team, but it’s best if you‘re happy and comfortable fixing common issues like punctures.

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Duration: 8 days
Return: 08/01/2050

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£845 p.p.

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Holiday Details

Place to place

7 nights hotel accommodation

6 days riding



Route notes and maps provided

Luggage transfers

Minimum 2 people

Friday, Saturday and Sunday departures

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