Loire Valley Bike Tour
- Region: France
- Destination: Loire
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Weekend
- Price From: $4895
- Single Supplement: $ 900
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Cycle through a land of enchantment, with regal châteaux dotting the countryside at every turn on the Loire Valley Bike Tour. Wander quiet roads amongst acres of fertile land and orchards of fresh fruit. Step back into the Renaissance and a time of kings and queens. Exploring the Loire Valley on a bike tour brings you face-to-face with this magical region, into its subterranean troglodyte cellars, enchanting châteaux, and medieval villages. Indulge in local delicacies like foie gras in Amboise, eat straight from the garden at Château de Villandry, and taste fascinating wines in Vouvray. We’ll feel like royalty ourselves.
Tour by Day
Day One: Welcome to the Loire Valley
Your guides will greet you at either the Tours Center or St Pierre des Corps train station and whisk you away to the nearby Chateau Villandry, where our adventure begins. Toast our arrival with a light lunch and the region’s sparkling wine. This chateau, erected around 1536, and is the last of the large Renaissance châteaux built in the Loire Valley. Wander its extraordinary mazes and elegant water garden, as well as the aromatic herb gardens. We’ll be treated to the unique flavors of ice cream inspired by the garden before cycling to Montbazon and our first luxurious accommodation. We’ll set off on a gently rolling ride along the famous Loire River and past many fields demonstrating why this region is the breadbasket of France. Arrive at our beautiful hotel, hidden away in the woods above the Cher River. Tonight we dine amidst stunning valley views, prepared by the Château’s own chef.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Tour, Château de Villandry, Savonnieres, Montbazon
Accomplished: 16 miles / 25 km
Day Two: With a Goat on a Boat in a Moat
Today’s scenic ride will bring us southwards towards a famous town in the cheese world, St Maure en Touraine. This delicious AOC cheese can easily be recognized by the piece of straw down the middle to help keep its cylindrical shape, and we will learn all about its uniqueness with a tasting with a producer. A special lunch will allow us to discover even more goat cheeses in the region. On our return journey we will have the option of visiting the Chateau Azay le Rideau and its stunning grounds and impressive moat. From here you can opt to get a lift back to the hotel for quality pool time or enjoy the ride on roads lined with troglodyte homes. Tonight is dinner at our favorite restaurant in all of the Loire Valley, La Chanceliere.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Destinations: Sorigny, Ste Maure en Touraine, St Epain, Azay le Rideau
Accomplished: 33 miles / 53 km (Optional extra 14 miles / 23 km)
Day Three: Back to the Renaissance at Chenonceau
Cycle the beautiful route to Château de Chenonceau for a tour of the castle and its dueling gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau is home to a vast collection of Renaissance furniture and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century tapestries and artwork. After an energizing picnic lunch prepared by our guides, we’ll jump back on our bikes and head towards the bustling town of Amboise. Here you can retire in the comfort of your beautiful hotel room, relax by the pool or opt for an extra ride to our friends’ Olivier and Corinne Flamand’s charming winery where we can discover wonderful wines from Montlouis. We will enjoy a meal altogether in the center of Amboise.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Cormery, Veigné, Chenonceaux, Amboise
Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km
Day Four: Vouvray Loop
Explore the Vouvray vineyards as you cruise past rows of delightfully versatile Chenin Blanc vines. Today’s ride along scenic, rolling hills will take us through one of our favorite Vouvray producers. We’ll take a tour of the vineyards and the property’s own troglodyte cellars before enjoying a tasting followed by a gourmet picnic lunch. Delight at a selection of local wines, from sweet to dry and even sparkling, paired with regional goat cheeses and other delights. This afternoon we'll take a relaxing ride through the rolling hillsides of Vouvray on the way back to Amboise, were you can enjoy some shopping or down time at the hotel. Tonight you are free to dine wherever you’d like, however you’d like.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch
Destinations: Vouray, Chançay, Vernou sur Brenne, Amboise
Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km
Day Five: Amboise Through da Vinci’s Eyes
We’ll start the morning with an informative and exciting visit to the once home of Leonardo da Vinci, Le Clos Lucé. He is said to have arrived holding the Mona Lisa and spent the final years of his life. Cycle through the towns of Pocé-sur-Cisse and Limeray and a panorama of rich farmland. We’ll pass along roads lined with troglodyte cellars that differentiate the Loire from other winemaking regions. We will enjoy a traditional café lunch in Onzain before heading to our final and most luxurious accommodations. Tonight we’ll enjoy a finale and unforgettable, 2 michelin starred dinner at our elegant countryside property. Bon appetite!
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Destinations: Amboise, Nazelles-Négron, Pocé-sur-Cisse, Limeray, Onzain,
Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km (Optional extra 10 miles / 16 km)
Day Six: Au Revoir
Enjoy a peaceful breakfast at the château and perhaps a stroll through the grounds, saying goodbye to the Loire Valley however you see fit. Your guides see you off at the Blois train station.