Hang up your helmet and take a well-earned rest!

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  • © J.F. Souchard
  • © Marie Heurtier

Nothing is better than taking a break after a long day of cycling. Discover our suggestions for great places to put your feet up along the Loire à Vélo.

Wellness break in the heart of Sancerre

After a hard day of cycling, sit back and relax in the heart of Sancerre at Cep en Sancerrois. This impressive manor house, with its beautifully calm environment, has 4 suites, including one family suite. What’s more, the hotel offers a wellness area complete with a sauna and steam room. What more could you need to help you relax? And there’s no need to stress about where to go for food! In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with your hosts made with fresh local produce and served with Sancerre wine. Whilst at breakfast, the homemade jams and jellies are to die for!

Places to visit in Sancerre and the surrounding area:

The Maison des Sancerre is a perfect trip for wine lovers, giving you all the information you need to become an expert on Sancerre wine.

Visit the Tower of Fiefs, the last vestige of the old Château.

Or, you can visit the wineries.

Vue depuis les vignes sur la colline et le village de Sancerre
©Ch. Mouton – CRT Centre-Val de Loire

A peaceful break near Orléans

A few kilometres south of the hustle and bustle of Orleans, les Balnéades offers visitors an oasis of calm on over 2000m² of land. In the “aqua” area, you can recharge your batteries and unwind whilst enjoying the therapeutic bubble benches, underwater massage jets or relaxing heat of the 33°C bath. In the wellness area, you can relax in the steam room and sauna before putting your feet up and sinking into the cosy chairs in the rest room. And why not treat yourself to one of the spa treatments? The hotel offers wraps, scrubs, massages, and so much more to ensure you’re fully relaxed during your stay.

Places to visit in Orléans:

Discover the city’s history and historic quarters with the Visite découverte d’Orléans

Visit Sainte-Croix Cathedral and explore one of the 5 largest gothic cathedrals in France

The Fine-Art Museum has an incredible collection of artworks including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and art objects.

If modern art is more your thing, why not visit the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, which is dedicated to contemporary artwork?

At the Parc floral de La Source, Orléans, you can explore a wide variety of beautiful gardens.

Image des bassins éclairés aux Balnéades
© Les Balnéades

Have a change of scenery in the middle of Cheverny’s vineyards

In Cheverny, treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime experience and spend a night in the midst of the vines. At Domaine de Montcy, you can spend your nights in Les Sens de la Terre, a wooden chalet nestled amongst the vines. The idyllic location means that you can sit back and relax, either on the terrace with an incredible view of the vineyards, or in the chalet’s private sauna and Nordic baths. As well as giving you the opportunity to completely unwind, the location also means that you can explore the Domaine de Montcy’s famous viticulture and incredible wine.

Places to visit in Cheverny and the surrounding area:

Explore the Château of Cheverny, one of the best-furnished châteaux in the Loire valley

Discover the Château of Beauregard and its incredible portrait gallery

Delve into the delicious world of chocolate at the Max Vauché Chocolate Factory 

Discover the region’s appellation wines at the Cheverny Maison des Vins and Cour Cheverny

Image de l'intérieur d'un sauna
Sauna les Sens de la Terre © V. Treney

Take a charming break just a stone’s throw from Amboise

Nestled in the countryside between Amboise and Chaumont-sur-Loire, the Domaine des Thomeaux hotel, restaurant and spa is the perfect place to unwind. Take a relaxing dip in the 31°C heated indoor pool and then put your feet up in the steam room and sauna. Why not finish your trip in style and pamper yourself with a spa treatment such as an exfoliation or massage?

Places to visit in Amboise:

Discover the incredible history of the Royal Château of Amboise, which is very closely linked to the history of France.

Immerse yourself in the incredible mind of Leonardo Da Vinci at the Château of Le Clos-Lucé, where the pioneering scientist was once a resident. Here you can discover the impressive machines he invented!

Explore the Royal Domain of Château Gaillard, where the first ever orange trees were planted in France!

Feel like you’re on cloud nine at the Pagode de Chanteloup on the banks of the Loire; this exciting building is 44m high!

Le château d'Amboise vu depuis l'autre rive de la Loire
© J.F. Souchard