HeartSmart Loire Valley Cycle Challenge

HeartSmart Loire Valley Cycle Challenge
16 May – 23 May 2020​


Listed in the UNESCO world heritage, the Loire Valley is considered as the perfect destination to enjoy a mix between cycling and exploring nature, history and French gastronomy.  This wonderful cycle challenge, helping raise money for cardiac services at Epworth, travels along the last wild river in Europe, allowing you to discover the castles of Chambord, Chenonceaux, Blois or Amboise. We ride through its well-known vineyards (such as Chinon, Vouvray, Montlouis and Saumur Champigny) and enchanting settings which will remind you that you really are in the “Garden of France. Its valley was known as the ‘playground of kings’ ‑ a neighbourhood of impressive chateaux and vast fortune. Travelling by bicycle is a great way to experience this world famous Valley. We take time to soak up the medieval charm of Blois and discover picturesque Amboise overlooked by its impressive fortified chateau. We cycle through countryside crisscrossed with vineyards, duck farms and orchards and the remnants of feudal hunting forests, all whilst helping raise much needed fund for the Epworth Medical Foundation

Date 16 May – 23 May 2020​
Trip Duration​ 6 Days
Days cycling​ 8 Days
​Location Loire Valley France
Challenge grade Introductory to Moderate
Accommodation​ 3*-4* hotels and chateaux with private facilities (twin share)​
Cost $4760 (plus $200 deposit and $2500 in fundraising)
Register Register online with a $200 deposit with our travel partner Huma Challenges
Beneficiaries ​Cardiac patients at Epworth HealthCare
Organiser Kathryn Johnston, Epworth Medical Foundation 03 9426 6359
Further Information Download a detailed itinerary of the Epworth Loire Valley HeartSmart Cycle Challenge


  • ​Cycling through the heart of the Loire Valley​
  • Exploring the many grand Chateaux in the area
  • Experiencing the market places and rural delights of the region
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties​
  • Sampling some of the many excellent wines
  • Staying at the Hotel Le Clos d’Amboise
  • Experience the ancient town of Blois located on the banks of the Loire


  • Day 1 Depart Australia
  • Day 1 Arrive Blois
  • Day 2 Cycle Blois to Cheverny
  • Day 3 Cycle Cheverny to Amboise, Overnight Hotel Le Clos D’Amboise
  • Day 4 Cycle Amboise to Tours
  • Day 5 Cycle Tours to Azay-Le-Rideau
  • Day 6 Cycle Azay-Le-Rideau to Chinon
  • Day 7 Cycle Chinon to Saumur
  • Day 8 Trip concludes Saumur​

Trip Includes

  • Experienced local tour guide
  • 7 continental breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels or chateaux with private facilities
  • 21 speed men’s or ladies’ Scott Sub Sport 20 bike equipped with panniers, helmet, bike computer, map holder, anti‑theft device and repair kit
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information
  • Emergency hotline

Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Travel to and from Blois
  • Optional e‑bike $400
  • Optional single supplement $1160
  • Lunches or dinners not mentioned in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers​