France:

Loire Valley Bike Tour


Six nights; six days. Bicycle touring on paved, quiet country roads with rolling hills, breathtaking scenery, World Heritage sites, and France’s most amazing châteaux!

“We loved the small size of the group and the level of personal attention and sense of camaraderie it provided.”– Judy R.








Itinerary


Start: Orléans, Gare des Aubrais-Orléans, 11:00, day one. Please contact us for alternate arrangements, if necessary.


Finish: Angers, Gare St. Laud, 10:00, day seven.


Day 1:

Introductions: Orléans to Cheverny ~35km
Meet your guides in Orléans for a transfer to the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, Château de Chambord. World-renowned for its classic renaissance architecture this will be the perfect way to start your trip through the famed valley. While you stroll the grounds of the Château, your guide will prepare a gourmet picnic to get you ready for your first cycling leg of the trip! You will ride approximately 18kms through the beautiful Domaniale de Bologne forest to the beautiful Château de Cheverny. The feeding of the royal hounds every afternoon is a sight to behold! After your have enjoyed a tour of Château de Cheverny and the grounds, continue cycling the beautiful countryside for another 5kms where you will live like royalty. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Château du Breuil Hotel, Cheverny

Day 2:

Cheverny to Amboise 40km
Begin today with a leisurely ride through the countryside including a relaxing section through the Domaniale de Russy forest and ending in Blois, the heart of the Loire Valley. You may want to stroll around this beautiful town or visit the Château de Blois where you may visit the intriguing magic museum, Maison de la Magie Robert Houdin. You will cycle to lovely Chaumont-sur-Loire where you can visit astounding garden sculptures. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch in the garden before continuing on to the stunning town of Amboise either by van transport or bicycle. Visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Château d’Amboise, and see breath-taking views of the Loire Valley. Or visit the final dwelling place of Leonardo da Vinci at Château Clos Lucé. In case you didn’t want to miss a single château of the Loire Valley, you can see them all in one place at the gardens and Mini-Château du Val de Loire at La Menaudiere. You will then be whisked away to the charming 18th-century houses at Hotel le Choiseul. BL
Le Choiseul, Amboise

Day 3:

Amboise to Rochecorbon 35 - 60km plus options
Start the day off with a quiet ride south through Amboise forest to one of the most recognizable châteaux in France, Châteaux de Chenonceau. Your guide will mount your bicycles on the van while you enjoy the castle and grounds. After a splendid picnic lunch on the Loire River, there are options for river paddling near Tours or crossing over the Loire to where you will stay just across the river from Tours at the unique Les Hautes Roches Hotel. BLD
Les Hautes Roches, Rochecorbon

Day 4:

Rochecorbon to Marçay ~68km
Cycle through the beautiful town of Tours to visit some of the most beautiful Châteaux in the region. From Château de Villandry to Château Usse, you will be amazed at the scenery and locations. Finish the day with a small detour to the lovely town of Chinon where you can relax in the gardens of a Château you can call your own! BLD
Château de Marçay, Marçay

Day 5:

Marçay to Saumur ~40km plus options
Meander your way through quiet country roads back to the Loire river. Follow the river on some of the most scenic roads France has to offer. There is an option to do some river paddling in either kayaks or canoes at a spectacular spot near Saumur or you may continue riding to Anjou. BL
Hotel Saint Pierre, Saumur

Day 6:

Saumur to Briollay ~60km
Continue along the riverside to the stunning town of Angers. For the more adventurous, small riding loops can be added around Angers. For something different, a transfer to France’s oldest zoo at La Fleche can be arranged or a visit to Parc Anjou Adventure Park nearby. Those of you with a car racing spirit, you will be getting close to the world-famous LeMans racetrack. There are opportunities for serious Go Kart adventures in Angers or a visit to the race car museum in Le Mans. There is also the possibility of river paddling around Anger as well. How much adventure can you fit in before you gear down to a luxurious night at another château!? BLD
Château Noirieux, Briollay

Day 7:

Farewell
Following your breakfast you’ll be transferred to nearby Angers, where direct trains to Paris or other destinations in France are frequent. B




Description




Note about the route:

An easy ride on paved bike paths and river valley roads, suitable for mixed abilities. There is an abundance of spectacular chateaux. Most of the route is on the Voie Verte, mainly dedicated bike path or quiet country roads. French drivers are experienced with cyclists.





This stunning bicycle tour through the Loire Valley has it all: the finest examples of renaissance architecture, the rocky histories of the French monarchy and relaxing countryside riding filled with soaring sights, sumptuous smells and tantalizing tastes fit for royalty! Whether you want to cruise the river valley and enjoy the rolling hills or get lost in the labyrinth gardens and castle tapestries, there is truly something for all levels and tastes. Beginning at the famous Château de Chambord, you will begin your journey through dense forests and rural country roads, along ancient river-banks and sculpted parks to the historic town of Blois, Joan of Arc’s base during her efforts against the British. From there you will follow the river through quaint farms and quiet vineyards to Amboise, a UNESCO world heritage site and home of da Vinci’s final dwelling place. Wander the grounds of these amazingly rich areas, home to some of the most important historical figures. Smelling elaborate royal flower gardens, sitting in quiet, shaded cafes or watching workers tend 18th century castles, you will find yourself in awe with each new destination. You will cross the Valley East to West, hitting every major highlight along the way. The cycling will be quite relaxed, but the van will support you the entire way if you’d like to just sit back and enjoy the scenery. The end of the trip will wind down away from the Loire River into France’s world-renowned rural cycling paradise. You will meander the quiet roads from village to village, visiting some of the most spectacular estates in the country. This trip’s colours, scents, and tastes enhance the sunshine magnificently, filling each day with the sensual pleasure that makes French exploring so rewarding.





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Costs

Guided

US 3995 C 4595

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 6 light picnic lunches, 4 dinners, van and guide support, route notes and maps, luggage handling, taxes)

Self-Guided

US 3695 C 4250

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, route notes and maps, luggage handling, taxes, essential transfers)

Single Occupancy

US 1155 C 1330

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 195 C 225
Racing: US 355 C 395

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.