Loire Valley En liberté

Castle life

From Angers to Blois, you will often have the impression of stepping back into the Renaissance era as you pedal along the route of the famous French chateaux, the crown jewels of the Hexagon’s architectural heritage. That of Amboise includes the tomb of Léonard de Vinci, while that of Chenonceau, which owes its existence and elegance to prominent women such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis, is known as the Château des Dames. That of Cheverny, one of the most popular in the region, was Hergé’s inspiration for the creation of the Château de Moulinsart in Les Aventures de Tintin, while that of Blois was the favourite residence of the kings of France during the Renaissance. And for the grand finale, you will stop in Île-de-France to visit the residence of Louis XIV - the mythical Château de Versailles. Nowhere does the maxim “My home is my castle” ring truer!

En liberté formula: a more flexible adventure
Before your departure, as for our other formulas, we plan everything: transportation, accommodations, meals and, of course, our exclusive itineraries. Once at your destination, however, you have more freedom organizing your day.

The En liberté bike trip experience is designed for independent cyclists on the route. By opting for this formula, without a guide or relief vehicle, you will receive all the information you need to ensure that your trip goes smoothly, as well as the daily itineraries. The latter propose routes of interest around certain stopover cities, chosen for their offer of services and their accommodations. The En liberté formula - a different kind of adventure that still has the Vélo Québec Voyages touch.

Travelling En liberté means...
  • Being able to choose your departure date mainly between May and September;
  • Travelling as a couple or a family, with your work colleagues or your cycling club;
  • Relying on a Vélo Québec Voyages representative, if you are a group of 10 or more people. This representative will ensure the success of your trip and advise you on your route choices.

Departure date of your choice

Price of land portion (taxes included) :
    starting from $2,295 / person
Formula: En liberté
Trip length: 11 days / 10 nights
Level of difficulty: 1+

VQV Formula also available

General Conditions

Options for serving you better
Delayed departure or return, single occupancy, travel insurance, bike rental (for several destinations) and much more: ask our consultants!

From day to day

Short route 192 km • Long route : 428 km

Day 1: Rendez-vous in Nantes airport and transfer to Angers (1.5 hrs).
Day 2: Free day or looped route via Bouchemaine, Rocheford-sur-Loire, Thouarcé, Bonnezeaux, Soulaines-sur-Aubance, Les Ponts-de-Cé (63 km).
Day 3: Angers, Saint-Sulpice, Le Thoureil, Gennes, Cunault, Saumur. Boucle via Doué-la- Fontaine (52 to 78 km).
Day 4: Free day or looped route via St-Just-sur-Dive, Montreuil-Bellay, Les Ulmes, Rou-Marson (42 km).
Day 5: Saumur, Candes-Saint-Martin, Avoine, Rigny-Ussé, Bréhemont, Azay-le-Rideau
 (58 km).
Day 6: Azay-le-Rideau, Savonnières, Tours, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Amboise (52 km).
Day 7:  Free day or looped route via Chenonceau, Francueil, Bléré, St-Martin-le-Beau (44 km).
Day 8: Amboise, Mosnes, Chaumont-sur-Loire,Candé-sur-Beuvron, Blois (38 km).
Day 9: Free day or looped route via Chambord, Cheverny (60 km).
Day 10: Transfer from Blois to Paris (2.25 hrs)
Day 11: Transfer to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

Elevation Profile

The package includes:

  • transfer between airport and hotel;
  • 10 nights in three-star hotels (double occupancy);
  • 10 breakfasts and 3 evening meals;
  • baggage transportation between stopover cities (one bag per person, 20-kg maximum);
  • plan of bike routes in the form of GPX data and paper maps;
  • information to ensure that the trip goes smoothly: contact details and phone numbers of the carriers at destination, bike stores, phone number in case of an emergency, etc.;
  • taxes;
  • protection from the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (CFCTA) $ 3.50 per $ 1,000 starting November 1, 2021;
  • presence of a Vélo Québec Voyages representative, if you are a group of 10 or more people.

Not included: overseas air transportation for passenger, baggage and bicycle; equipment, such as a bicycle; the presence of a guide; mechanical assistance and access to a relief vehicle; costs of a mechanical or physical mishap.

Start/Finish: Nantes airport / Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport

The land portion price indicated is for double occupancy. For further information, including the possibility of reserving a flight, please contact us.

Vélo Québec Voyages est une agence de voyages accréditée, fondée en 1995. Elle propose 70 destinations à vélo au Québec et à travers le monde, et fait voyager quelque 6000 vacanciers chaque année.

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