Cycle Loop 47 - The King’s Highway: From Amboise to Chenonceaux

If you plan to stay in Amboise and visit its many châteaux - the Royal Château of Amboise, the Clos Lucé, the recently-restored Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard - or enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the Loire, don’t overlook all you can discover once you travel off the beaten track. 

So hop on your cycle for a super day-trip on the brand new La Loire à Vélo 45 km cycling loop that will take you from Amboise to Chenonceaux, across a region much loved and well travelled by the kings and queens of France, but on horseback or in the comfort of a royal carriage! 

The new loop is easy-going though, and meanders safely and peacefully through forests, winds its way through vineyards, then runs along the Cher River all the way to the Château de Chenonceau, one of the gems of the Loire Valley. ‘It’s a great innovation’ says one seasoned cyclist ‘before the only you could get from one to the other of these major historic sites was by the main road, with all the traffic and noise.’

For a quick look at what’s awaiting you, check out this video attached to the helmet of a GoPro cyclist. But no sweat, you don’t have to pedal that fast!

The tour normally takes 3 ¾ hours but there’s so much to see along the way, you’ll find yourself stopping more often than not. There’s the Pagode de Chanteloup, an astonishing Chinese-style architectural folly with a splendid view of the Amboise forest if you can manage its 149 steps! You’ll pass by the sluice gates of Bléré on the Cher, a great picnic spot, delightful little châteaux and small villages before reaching your final destination: the Château de Chenonceau, famous for its delicate grace, lovely formal gardens, and dramatic setting straddling the Cher River. You can return the way you came or pedal back though the forest of with its fantastic scenic viewpoints and return to your starting point just in time for a well-deserved drink and dinner! 

Amboise, itself is a serene, laid-back town with a cheerful Italian touch. Besides all its famous sites, there’s the colourful local farmer’s market, good restaurants and even beaches nearby. And also a wide choice of places to stay. 

For maps and more information on the town, accommodation and to book, click here: voie royale