Loire Valley Bike Tour

Loire Valley, France
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    The Loire Valley and its castles
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    Explore this fairytale region by bike
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    Bike ride to historic Chateaux
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    Visit Chaumont sur Loire Castle
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    Explore Amboise and other quaint villages
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    Pass ancient windmills as you bike the Loire
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    Family trips exploring the Loire Castles and coutryside
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    Stay at Les Hautes Roches, a Unesco World Heritage site
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    Stay at a the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud
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    Hotel La Roseraie, past guests include the likes of Roosevelt, Truman, and Churchill
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    Stylish rooms of Hotel la Roseraie

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.

Trip Highlights:

Regal Chateaux of the Loire Valley

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.

  • August 13-18, 2017 (6 days / 5 nights)
  • *Custom dates available June through mid September (*See Custom Tour Tab above)
  • US$ 4,195 pp / $800 single supplement
  • 18-35 miles (30-55km) on flat and gentle hills
  • Delicious meals including 3 distinct Michelin starred restaurants
  • Explore multiple chateaux; opulent Chenonceaux, imposing Chinon and more
  • Cycle calm & scenic routes, across rivers and through vineyards
  • Chateau de Chenonceaux by night! A unique experience.

Trip Itinerary

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

Luxury Accommodation & Charming Inns

Les Hautes Rochex- 1 nights

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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.

Hotel Fontevraud - 2 night

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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.

Hotel La Roseraie - 2 nights

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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.

What's Included

  • 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 Picnics

    Gourmet picnic lunches showcasing the regions many specialties

    Not Included

    Airfare
    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