Aerial view of slate rooftops in the village of Amboise, Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley Bike Tour

Return to the Renaissance: Vouvray to da Vinci

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $5,195Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle through the vineyards of Vouvray and sample Chenin-based wines to single out your preferred style: sec, demi-sec, moelleux, or sparkling
  • Peruse Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches, letters, and war machine replicas at Château du Clos Lucé, where he spent the final years of his life
  • Let the castles of the Loire fill you with wonder, including the fairytale Château de Langeais, over-water gallery of Château de Chenonceau, pristine architecture of Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, and whimsical gardens of Château de Villandry
  • Enjoy a Michelin-starred meal at the exquisite Les Sources de Cheverny hotel
  • Learn to prepare classic French desserts as well as healthy, no-waste dishes with seasonal ingredients at a local chef’s culinary garden and workspace

Eat

Fresh river fish, local asparagus, vibrant produce, wild mushrooms, and foie gras

Drink

Dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines like Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire, made from the incredibly versatile Chenin blanc grape

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A lighted bridge spans a river at sunset in a village of the Loire Valley, France
A hedge maze in the gardens of Château de Villandry in Villandry, France
Château de Villandry castle in background with hedge mazes, rosebush topiaries, and vegetable gardens in foreground
A couple sits in front of a fireplace at Domaine des Hauts de Loire Hotel, toasting with glasses of Champagne
Pink roses growing on an old wall in front of La Tortiniere hotel in Veigné, France
Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Loire Valley

    Your guides will greet you at the Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station and whisk you away to the nearby Château Villandry, where our adventure begins. Toast our arrival with a light lunch and the region’s sparkling wine. This château, 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 Cher 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: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Tours, Château de Villandry, Savonnières, Ballan-Miré, Veigné
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 28 km, elevation gain: 708 feet / 216 meters
    Accommodations:  Domaine de la Tortinière

  • Day 2

    Castles and Châteaux

    After a nourishing breakfast, a brief transfer takes us to the village of Artannes and the start of today’s ride. Stop in Azay-le-Rideau, the charming village where we will visit a château over the Indre River, then continue pedaling through the countryside towards the medieval castle and town of Langeais. Enjoy a delicious brasserie lunch in town before discovering this stunning castle seeped in history. After our visit, we will cross back over the Loire River and make our way east on a quiet bike path. Keep riding if you’re up for an extra challenge, or head back to the hotel in the van and spend the afternoon by the pool. Tonight we dine close to our château, in the leafy surroundings of a water mill converted into an excellent restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
    Destinations: Artannes-sur-Indre, Azay-le-Rideau, Lignières-de-Touraine, Bréhémont, Langeais, Villandry, Druye
    Accomplished: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 856 feet / 261 meters
    Longer Option: 40 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 1,388 feet / 423 meters
    Accommodations:  Domaine de la Tortinière

  • Day 3

    Back to the Renaissance at Chenonceau

    Today we follow a scenic route to Château de Chenonceau, a breathtaking castle spanning the Cher river. After a vibrant picnic lunch, tour the expansive grounds and dueling gardens designed by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. There’s much to inspire the senses: Chenonceau is home to an unmatched collection of Renaissance furniture, 16th- and 17th-century tapestries, and priceless artwork. After our extensive visit, hop back on the bike and head towards our next accommodation in Amboise. Spend the afternoon at the pool before we dine together in the center of Amboise this evening.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Cormery, Veigné, Chenonceaux, Amboise
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 1,296 feet / 395 meters
    Accommodations: Manoir les Minimes

  • Day 4

    Vouvray Loop

    Today we ride along scenic, rolling hills, surrounded by vineyards growing the delightfully versatile Chenin Blanc grape. We’ll break for a wine tasting at Montdomaine, where our friend Louisa shares her passion for organic winemaking. Continue spinning through the vineyards of of Vouvray until we reach Rochecorbon for lunch by the Loire river. Before heading back to the hotel, it’s time for one more tasting in a unique producer’s troglodyte cellars. This afternoon we’ll take a relaxing ride back towards the river and along our favorite tree-shaded bike path next to the Loire on the way back to Amboise. This evening you are free to enjoy some shopping and exploration of this most charming riverside town as you choose your perfect restaurant for your own dinner tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch
    Destinations: Rochecorbon, Vouvray, Chançay, Vernou-sur-Brenne, Amboise
    Accomplished: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 954 feet / 291 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 1,486 feet / 453 meters
    Accommodations: Manoir les Minimes

  • Day 5

    Through da Vinci’s Eyes

    We’ll start the morning with an illuminating visit to Le Clos Lucé, the onetime home of Leonardo da Vinci; it is rumored that the artist arrived holding the Mona Lisa and spent the final years of his life at this whimsical estate. After, hop in the saddle and ride quaint village roads to La Grange, where we tie on our aprons and learn to prepare a beautiful zero-waste meal with herbs and vegetables from the garden. Back on our bikes after lunch, we’ll cycle through the town of Chaumont-sur-Loire, enjoying a panorama of rich farmland en route to our hotel. Tonight, enjoy a final and unforgettable Michelin-starred dinner at our hotel. Bon appetit!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Règle, Vallières-les-Grandes, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Cheverny
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 1,296 feet / 395 meters
    Accommodations: Les Sources de Cheverny

  • Day 6

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris, France Pick-Up Location: St. Pierre des Corps Train Station Pick-Up Time: 11:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Blois Train Station Drop-Off Time: 11:30 am

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2023Single Supplement From: $1,200

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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