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    "I can hardly say enough about this bike trip. I loved it. The Chateau de Blois
    was beautiful and historical, and the Chateau de Chambord was truly amazing."

    spencer, united states

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    "I can hardly say enough about this bike trip. I loved it. The Chateau de Blois
    was beautiful and historical, and the Chateau de Chambord was truly amazing."

    SPENCER, UNITED STATES

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  • Limited Group Size
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Great Photo Ops

Join the Loire Valley Bike Tour.

Enjoy the beautiful and historic Loire valley by bike; a 40km cycle winding through the serene countryside. We are the only bike tour to cover two châteaux, a market, and a wine tasting in just one day.

A relaxing train ride from Paris brings us to Blois, where we kick off the day by exploring the local château. Then after picking up our picnic lunch at the shops downtown, we'll jump on bikes to ride the scenic backroads towards the largest château in the Loire: Château de Chambord. Once we arrive at the Domaine de Chambord, we'll have a quick wine tasting before reclining in the lush grounds to enjoy our picnic. Next we'll explore Château de Chambord, including the magnificent terraces which offer a breathtaking panorama of both the ornate architecture and surrounding nature reserve. After our châteaux hopping we’ll loop back towards Blois, this time via bike lanes following the Loire River. This is a full day of stunning views and amazing experiences!

  • Approximately 12 hours
  • Day Tour
  • Strenuous
  • All Day
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Blois/Chambord
    • Wine Tasting
    • Access to Chateau de Blois
    • Access to Chateau de Chambord
    • Information about two Chateaux and the Loire Valley
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Water Bottle
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • Adults €195.00
    Students €195.00
  • The tour meets at the front of platform #18 (“voie 18” in French) inside the Austerlitz main line train station (“Gare d'Austerlitz” in French) in Paris. Your guide will be holding a 'Fat Tire Tours' sign.

  • English
    • This is our longest and most intense ride (40 km / 25 mi). While there are not many hills, there are a number of bikes trails with varying terrain. This is for confident riders and those looking for a full-day adventure.
    • The tour typically returns to Paris between 7pm and 8pm.
    • If possible, bring a backpack to carry your food for our picnic lunch. We will visit the quaint shops to pick up some picnic supplies upon our arrival to the town of Blois (price of picnic supplies are not included in the tour price), and then stop for lunch several hours later. Please bring euro cash for picnic supplies.
  • Approximately 12 hours
  • Day Tour
  • Strenuous
  • All Day
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Blois/Chambord
    • Wine Tasting
    • Access to Chateau de Blois
    • Access to Chateau de Chambord
    • Information about two Chateaux and the Loire Valley
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Water Bottle
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • Adults €195.00
    Students €195.00
    • Chateau de Blois

    • Chateau de Chambord

    • Picnic in the Park

    • Open-Air Market

    • Wine Tasting

    • Loire Valley Bike Trails

  • The tour meets at the front of platform #18 (“voie 18” in French) inside the Austerlitz main line train station (“Gare d'Austerlitz” in French) in Paris. Your guide will be holding a 'Fat Tire Tours' sign.

  • English
    • This is our longest and most intense ride (40 km / 25 mi). While there are not many hills, there are a number of bikes trails with varying terrain. This is for confident riders and those looking for a full-day adventure.
    • The tour typically returns to Paris between 7pm and 8pm.
    • If possible, bring a backpack to carry your food for our picnic lunch. We will visit the quaint shops to pick up some picnic supplies upon our arrival to the town of Blois (price of picnic supplies are not included in the tour price), and then stop for lunch several hours later. Please bring euro cash for picnic supplies.
  • Approximately 12 hours
  • Day Tour
  • Strenuous
  • All Day
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Blois/Chambord
    • Wine Tasting
    • Access to Chateau de Blois
    • Access to Chateau de Chambord
    • Information about two Chateaux and the Loire Valley
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Water Bottle
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • Adults €195.00
    Students €195.00
    • Chateau de Blois

    • Chateau de Chambord

    • Picnic in the Park

    • Open-Air Market

    • Wine Tasting

    • Loire Valley Bike Trails

  • The tour meets at the front of platform #18 (“voie 18” in French) inside the Austerlitz main line train station (“Gare d'Austerlitz” in French) in Paris. Your guide will be holding a 'Fat Tire Tours' sign.

  • English
    • This is our longest and most intense ride (40 km / 25 mi). While there are not many hills, there are a number of bikes trails with varying terrain. This is for confident riders and those looking for a full-day adventure.
    • The tour typically returns to Paris between 7pm and 8pm.
    • If possible, bring a backpack to carry your food for our picnic lunch. We will visit the quaint shops to pick up some picnic supplies upon our arrival to the town of Blois (price of picnic supplies are not included in the tour price), and then stop for lunch several hours later. Please bring euro cash for picnic supplies.

Tour Highlights

  • Château de Blois
  • Château de Chambord
  • Picnic in the Park (please bring cash in euros)
  • Wine Tasting
  • Loire Valley Bike Trails

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    The tour meets at the front of platform #18 (“voie 18” in French) inside the Austerlitz main line train station (“Gare d'Austerlitz” in French) in Paris. Your guide will be holding a 'Fat Tire Tours' sign.

  • Expand/Collapse I'm staying in the Loire Valley, can I meet the tour here?

    Yes! If you will already be in or around Blois, please contact us in advance at +33.1.82.88.80.96, and we will have you meet the group at the train station. If you’re traveling to Paris after the tour, please bring your luggage with you at the beginning of the day, and we will happily store it for you at our storage location in Blois.  You are then welcome to take the train back to Paris with the group at the end of the day.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Due to the longer nature of this ride, we recommend adults only. If your child is an experienced rider, please contact us before booking so that we can guarantee the availability of a smaller bike. 

  • Expand/Collapse Is lunch included in the tour price?

    No, lunch is not included in the cost of this tour. You will have the chance to buy picnic supplies in the quaint shops in Blois. Some vendors may accept credit cards, however we feel it is best to have cash in euros available as well.

  • Expand/Collapse Does the tour include transportation to the Loire Valley?

    Yes! The tour price includes round-trip transportation via train from Paris to Blois.

  • Expand/Collapse Do we have to take the bikes on the train?

    No! You will get the bikes when you arrive at the town of Blois.  

  • Expand/Collapse Is a helmet included?

    Yes! Helmets are optional, but we have sizes for all ages available in our office.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour offered in any other languages, or only in English?

    All scheduled tours are in English, but private tours can be scheduled in other languages.

     

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We are happy to offer full refunds for our Loire Valley Bike Tour if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. Bookings of 10 or more passengers require seven days notice for cancellations or rescheduling.

    LOIRE VALLEY BIKE TOUR RESCHEDULING POLICY

    • Reservations may be rescheduled subject to availability.
    • Fat Tire Tours will reschedule reservations free of charge for requests submitted at least 72 hours in advance. 
    • For requests submitted within 72 hours, the following fees will apply:
      • 15% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 48 to 72 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 25% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 to 48 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 50% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    Our tours run rain or shine, and we encourage all guests to consult the weather forecast and to dress accordingly.

  • Expand/Collapse How long is the ride?

    Our Loire Valley Bike Tour covers approximately 24.2 miles (39 km). 

  • Expand/Collapse Can I do this tour if i don't bike all the time?

    Yes, but as long as you are a confident rider it won't be a problem! It is our most challenging ride at 24 miles, and there are some inclines and bumps, but most of the trail is relatively flat. 

  • Expand/Collapse What is the number to call if I am lost and trying to find the meeting point?

    If you are having difficulty finding the meeting location for your tour, please call us at +33.1.85.08.19.76 and our staff will be happy to help you find your way.

  • Expand/Collapse My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?

    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

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Loire Valley Bike Tour Reviews

Loire Valley Bike Tour is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun!!! This was an excellent tour! Our guide (Sam) was excellent! We only had 4 of us, so he really catered to our needs. Be prepared to ride about 50k or 30 miles! We loved it as we are avid bike riders. Sam was very informative, hilarious and gave us plenty of time to explore the castles. I would highly recommend this trip!! I know it's pricey, but it is well worth it!!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highlight of our week! Of 4 tours in our placed week to Paris, this was our highlight. An incredible day start to finish. To be able to see the French countryside by bike was astounding. The chateau's were amazing. Weren't bike riders and were wondering how we'd fare with 25 mile bike ride—no problem! Plenty of well-breaks. Pete, our guide, was fantastic. So glad we chose to do the bike ride instead of bus tour!
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful area! Disappointing guide. The bikes were great. The chateaus were beautiful. The day was hot. The trail was scenic. The guide was only adequate. He knew the way, that's about all the positive review I can give him. I have taken Fat Tire bike tours in Paris, London. Barcelona, Berlin. The guide is what makes the tour! The history, stories and little known facts are what I love about these tours. Our guide basically showed us the way to the chateaus and that was it. Disappointing! The wine tasting turned out to be standing in the gift shop tasting a couple of wines. The open air market where we were told we would stop to buy lunch was 2 trailers with some fruit/veggies and some cheese. That's it! France is famous for their markets. Why Fat Tire would pretend this market was worth a stop is Lbeyond my understanding. I also recommend putting water bottle holders on the bike frames. On a hot day, hydration is much harder when you have to keep stopping to get water bottles out of backpacks.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful view of the Loire Valley Excellent tour, thanks to our great guide Johnny and excellent bikes. What a wonderful way to get a feel for the Loire Valley in a day. We visited two chateaus and had a wine tasting but the best part really was the ride which was easy thanks to great bikes in spite of the heat, although the visits to the Chateaus were fantastic as well. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-09-02
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