Land of kings and queens, an artist’s retreat for Leonardo Da Vinci and the scene of heroics for Joan of Arc, this is the dynamic Loire Valley. Our days are filled with the likes of wine tastings, market visits, gorgeous riding and towering chateaux.
Just as our days are exciting, our nights are relaxing as we enjoy sumptuous dinners and stay in elegant hotels; from private castles to luxury rooms cut right into the stone hills, here life is art.
Longstanding playground of the French royalty, a land with history around every bend and wines fit to match its noble culture, the Loire Valley welcomes you. Explore this fairytale setting in the best fashion possible, on two wheels! Cycle across meandering rivers from one wine region to the next, through shady forests and to stunning hilltop castles.
Days 1-2 ♦ Saumur Wines & Troglodyte Caves†
Visit the privately owned castle of Montreuil-Bellay ♦ Enjoy a fascinating wine tasting in the organic Chateau Fosse Seche ♦ Ride to the colorful market of Bourgeuil in the heart of the wine region ♦ Wine tasting at the celebrated troglodyte cellars ♦ Dine in a Michelin starred restaurant.
Days 3-4 ♦ Chinon to Fairytale Castles
Pedal through Candes-St-Martin and Montsoreau, both classified as "Most Beautiful VIlages of France" ♦ Guided visit of the fortress-chateau of Chinon ♦ Ride past Chateau d'Azay le Rideau, the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty and Chateau d'Azay le Rideau, the earliest of the French Renaissance chateaux ♦ Cycle the Indre River on your way to Chenonceaux, past lush forests and picturesque villages ♦ Enjoy the famous Chinon wines with a delicious dinner
Days 5-6 ♦ Chenonceaux, Amboise and the Loire River
Ride the market town of Amboise and the last resting place of Leonardo Da Vinci ♦ Visit the Chateau Clos Luce and the market in Amboise ♦ Explore the renowned Chateau de Chenonceaux with a guided tour and return for a unique stroll of the gardens at night ♦ Celebrate our week of discovery with a Michelin starred dinner
Located on a tufa cliff overlooking the meandering Loire, recently listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site, the Hotel Les Hautes Roches, carved into the rocks, is truly unique. In this exceptional setting every room is different. The south-facing cave rooms with a view of the Loire, some carved into the rock, are all elegantly decorated with stylish fabrics in perfect harmony with the place.
ALocated in the heart of the Abbaye Royale, Fontevraud L'Hôtel perpetuates the art of entertaining in a majestic setting, away from the chaos of the world.
A lovely 3*** hotel that fully deserves itís 4th, La Roseraie is located just next to the Chateau de Chenonceaux and has been the hotel of choice for foreign dignitaries. The likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Truman, Churchill and Rockefeller have laid their heads down here. Recently having renovated the hotel, the owners have wonderfully combined classic charm with modern luxury. Enjoy a stroll through their rose gardens, share a cocktail on the terrace or go for a dip in the pool, La Roseraie has it all.
Accommodation, Meals and Transportation
5 nights luxury and accommodation
All breakfasts, 4 gourmet dinners and 4 lunches
Wine at dinner (a set amount of local, artisanal bottles included with dinner)
Snacks and drinks between meals
All transportation during the tour
Luggage transfers and handling
Cycling Support & Nutrition
High quality hybrid bike rental
Fully guided rides lead by our expert local guides
Turn-by-turn ride directions for each ride
Support following vehicle for longer rides with mechanical & nutritional support
Gourmet Cycling Travel T-shirt, cycling jersey, and 2 water bottles
Gourmet picnic lunches showcasing the regions many specialties
Road bike rental ($350 for carbon)
Transportation to the tour starting point St. Pierre des Corps TGV train station
Transportation leaving the St. Pierre des Corps TGV train station
Accommodation before and after the tour
All alcohol except a set amount of wine included with dinners
Personal items purchased
Gratuities for guides
Hotel room telephone, mini bar and hotel food and drinks between meals
Choose a date from June through mid September for your group. Weíll get back to you asap to confirm if we can accommodate your dates.
|Number of Guests||Trip Price|
|2-3 guests||$5,695 pp sharing|
|4-5 guests||$5,195 pp sharing|
|6-7 guests||$4,595 pp sharing|
|8 or more guests||$4,195 pp sharing|