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The Land of Kings

Loire & Sologne - lakes, rivers & châteaux
 
Enjoy self-guided cycling by day, and evenings relaxing in high-quality, family-run hotels. Your leisurely route through pretty villages and varied countryside enables you to visit many châteaux, including Chambord, Chaumont and Blois, while your luggage is transported ahead.
The Land of Kings. 6 nights
The Land of Kings. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in the Loire Valley

The beautiful Loire Valley is renowned for the grandeur and majesty of the magnificent châteaux that line the banks of this regal river. Slightly less well-known is the region just to the south of Orléans – the Sologne – where shimmering lakes and picturesque villages of timber-framed, red-brick houses nestle amid the luxuriant woodland. This holiday explores both and is a delightful route of contrasting discoveries.
Quiet lanes and cycle paths, perfect for leisurely cycling, lead you from one pretty village to the next, with the opportunity to explore some of the region’s most imposing châteaux. You stay in welcoming, high-quality hotels which offer typical regional cuisine featuring locally grown asparagus and artichoke, freshly caught river fish and delicious home-bred game.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can choose how and from where you travel, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 7 8 11 15 18 22 25 24 22 17 11 7
    mm 62 58 54 52 63 50 49 45 53 58 65 62
  • Arrival in Tavers
    Night 1: at Hotel la Tonnellerie (where you spend one night).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling. 
  • Tavers to Yvoy-le-Marron: 43km
    You head east on a delightful riverside cycle path initially to historic Beaugency. This pretty town deserves exploration: dominated by the bell-tower of St Firmin and its donjon tower, it was here in 1152 that the marriage of Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine was annulled, paving the way for Eleanor to marry Henry Plantagenet, the future King of England. The town’s magnificent bridge has 22 arches and is the oldest existing crossing of the Loire.

    From Beaugency, you continue to the charming fortified village of Meung-sur-Loire, before turning south, to pass through verdant woods, past tranquil lakes and a series of pretty villages to reach Yvoy-le-Marron for two nights at the Auberge du Cheval Blanc.
    Tavers to Yvoy-le-Marron: 43km
    Beaugency on the route from Tavers to Yvoy-le-Marron
  • Circular route from Yvoy-le-Marron: 39km
    Today’s ride is a gentle introduction to the scenic countryside and pretty villages of the Sologne. It is also a great opportunity to see the wildlife of the area, including deer, red squirrels, and an astonishing variety of birds and water fowl in the nature reserve of Etang de Beaumont (étang means ‘pond’) where there is a superb bird-watching hide. Binoculars are a must! The distinctive architecture of the Sologne – red brick and wood-frame houses – is very noticeable, too, as you cycle through one of the prettiest villages of the whole region – Chaumont-sur-Tharonne – and on past the delightful, privately owned château of Villebourgeon.
    Circular route from Yvoy-le-Marron: 39km
    The village of Chaumont on the route from Yvoy-le-Marron
  • Yvoy-le-Marron to Chitenay: 49km
    Leaving Yvoy, you follow in the footsteps of kings along quiet lanes and through ancient royal hunting forests via the château at Cheverny, famed for its pack of more than one hundred hunting dogs. The château also served as inspiration for Marlinspike Hall for the cartoonist Hergé in his ‘Adventures of Tintin’. On reaching the wine-producing village of Chitenay, you spend two nights at the comfortable Auberge du Centre.
    Yvoy-le-Marron to Chitenay: 49km
    Château at Cheverny on the route from Yvoy-le-Marron to Chitenay
  • Choice of routes from Chitenay: 32km or 37km

    Circular route from Chitenay via Chaumont: 37km
    The first option is a circuit to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, with its fabulous gardens and views of the river.

    Circular route from Chitenay via Blois: 32km
    The second circuit takes you past the château of Beauregard before visiting the historic riverside town of Blois – birthplace of King Stephen of England.
    The château of Chaumont
    Circular route from Chitenay via Chaumont: 37km
    On the circular route from Chitenay via Blois
  • Chitenay to Tavers: 52km
    Your route continues along quiet countryside lanes which lead to grandiose Chambord, the largest of all the Loire châteaux, set amid beautiful parkland and forest. You then cross the river once more to follow a largely car-free riverside route back to Tavers for a final night. 
    Chitenay to Tavers: 52km
    Chambord's château on the route from Chitenay to Tavers
 

Accommodation

You stay in three welcoming hotels offering excellent regional cuisine.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 April - 30 April 2019, 01 May - 30 June 2019, 01 July - 31 August 2019 & 01 September - 30 September 2019

    Start varies according to season | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 23 May £1065 £280
    24 May - 25 June £1095 £290
    26 June - 3 September £1145 £295
    4 - 23 September £1095 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Start dates
    1-30 April: Monday
    1 May-30 June & 1-30 September: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    1 July-31 August: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

    Electric bikes available: add £75 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 01 April - 30 April 2019, 01 May - 30 June 2019, 01 July - 31 August 2019 & 01 September - 30 September 2019

    Start varies according to season | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 23 May £1250 £280
    24 May - 25 June £1290 £290
    26 June - 3 September £1330 £295
    4 - 23 September £1290 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40
    Single traveller supplement £40

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Start dates
    1-30 April: Monday
    1 May-30 June & 1-30 September: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    1 July-31 August: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

    Electric bikes available: add £75 per person
    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Beaugency (Intercité & regional rail), approx. duration 5h40 & taxi transfer (out/home 0h20).

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    6 nights: 01 April - 30 April 2019, 01 May - 30 June 2019, 01 July - 31 August 2019 & 01 September - 30 September 2019

    Start varies according to season | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 23 May £1115 £280
    24 May - 25 June £1155 £290
    26 June - 3 September £1195 £295
    4 - 23 September £1155 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    Start dates
    1-30 April: Monday
    1 May-30 June & 1-30 September: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    1 July-31 August: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

    Electric bikes available: add £75 per person

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    La Tonnellerie, Tavers
    Suite: 01 Apr - 30 Sep 2019 £22

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £15pp per day.
    Auberge du Centre, Chitenay (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Sep 2019 £135 £180
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Paris CDG, Tours

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Paris CDG British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Tours Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Southampton - Tours Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Paris

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    RER rail Paris CDG to Paris Austerlitz (1h), rail Paris Austerlitz to Orléans (1h10), rail Orléans to Beaugency (0h20), taxi Beaugency to hotel (0h20) £35 1300
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Beaugency (0h20), rail Beaugency to Orléans (0h20), rail Orléans to Paris Austerlitz (1h30), RER rail Paris Austerlitz to Paris CDG (1h) £35 1600

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tours

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Tours to Beaugency (1h), taxi Beaugency to hotel (0h20) £22 Sun-Fri 1700, Sat 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Beaugency (0h20), rail Beaugency to Tours (1h) £22 1230
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a hybrid bike with 21 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking. The bike hire shop also has a limited number of tandems. 
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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