Loire Valley

Old world villages and fairytale chateaux

Discover at a slow pace the beautiful Loire Valley; what once was the exclusive paradise of the kings of France and their court is now a UNESCO site open to visitors from all over the World. We have created a slow rolling itinerary that unfolds between quaint villages, quiet forests, perfect gardens and magnificent castles. This classic itinerary has a bit for everyone: quaint villages, natural reserves with dozens of different bird species, unique gastronomic features, and for the dessert lover, the Tarte Tatin. The Loire Valley produces 25 AOC wines like Sancarre, Pouilly, and Touraine et Chinon.

Highlights

  • Discover the magnificent and unique castles of the Loire Valley
  • Pedal quiet roads along the Loire river
  • Get immersed in the French lifestyle with a wine and cheese tasting
  • Visit Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in the Loire Valley
  • Stroll through the gardens of Chenenceau
  • Taste well-known Loire Valley wines, such as Sancerre, Pouilly, and Touraine et Chinon

Trip Details:

Biking Culture

Price: $4,395

Single Supplement: $700

Length: 6 days / 5 nights

Level: Easy

Total Mileage: 134 miles

Daily Average: 27 miles

Terrain: Most flat, several bike paths

Start/End Locations: Court Cheverny/Saumur

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

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Day by Day

Court Cheverny near Blois

We meet at 12:15 pm at the Blois train station for a 20 minute transfer to our first hotel. You’ll meet the guides and fellow travelers at 1 pm for a light lunch and bike fitting before our first ride. We’ll stop at the Chateau de Cheverny for the first introduction to Loire’s castles and an overall trip overview.

Chambord Loop

Today we head North East towards the Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in the Loire Valley. Along the way we’ll go by some hidden treasures of history of art, like the early Gothic church of Fontains en Sologne, or the covered market of Bracieux, one of France’s best preserved monuments of this kind.

Blois and Amboise

Our first stop is the town of Blois, a maze of tiny streets shadowed by important renaissance style castles. Then, along tiny roads and bike lanes we follow the quiet Loire river and arrive in Amboise. French history has left an important mark on the magnificent castle and the Clos Lucè, the small castle where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last years of his life.

Chenonceau Loop

Today we visit the castle and gardens of Chenonceau, the second most visited castle in France after Versailles. Once again our eyes will get lost in the countless details and decorations, architecture, garden design and forniture of this place, which has always been a favorite refuge for the most important women of France’s history, above all Caterina de Medici. Today we’ll also find out more about the “Loire” wine region with a visit of our favorite winery in the area.

Tours

Our last ride will bring us to the heart of Tours: one of the most beautiful towns in France that is home to a majestic 15th Century Gothic Cathedral. Additionally, this area is an important source of great wines such as Vouvray. Montlouis and Tourraine. We’ll start from our hotel in Amboise and take the bike paths all the way into the historic town. The bike paths will lead us home as well.

Au Revoir!

We will have a shuttle to either the Saumur Rive-droit Train Station or the Tours Train Station, whichever one you have chosen as your method of departure. We hope you enjoyed your time here in the grandiose Loire Valley!

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttle to the start of the tour

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • French cheese lecture and tasting
  • Winery visit and tasting
  • Local pastry tasting

Accommodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • Some lunches
  • Most dinners

Meet the Guides