Loire Valley Bike Tour

Return to the Renaissance: Vouvray to da Vinci

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $4,995Collection: 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, and whimsical gardens of Château de Villandry
  • Enjoy a Michelin-starred meal at the exquisite Domaine des Hauts de Loire

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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  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Loire Valley

    Your guides will greet you at either the Tours Center or 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: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 150 meters
    Accommodations:  Domaine de la Tortinière or Château d’Artigny

  • Day 2

    Château de Langeais + Anne de Bretagne

    After a nourishing breakfast, we’ll take a short transfer to the village of Artannes where we will begin our ride. Passing through Azay-le-Rideau, a charming village with its own château over the Indre River, we will continue through the countryside towards the medieval castle and town of Langeais. We will 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. 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: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 230 meters
    Accommodations:  Domaine de la Tortinière or Château d’Artigny

  • Day 3

    Back to the Renaissance at Chenonceau

    Cycle the beautiful route to Château de Chenonceau! After an energizing lunch, it’s time for a tour of the castle at Chenonceau and its dueling gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau is home to a vast collection of Renaissance furniture and 16th- and 17th-century tapestries and artwork. After the visit, we’ll hop back on the bikes and head towards our next accommodation in Amboise. Take a dip in the pool to cool off before we enjoy a meal altogether in the center of Amboise.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Cormery, Veigné, Chenonceaux, Amboise
    Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 332 meters
    Accommodations: Manoir Saint Thomas or Le Clos d’Amboise

  • Day 4

    Vouvray Loop

    Today’s ride along the scenic, rolling hills amidst the vineyards of the delightfully versatile Chenin Blanc grapes. We’ll break for a gourmet picnic in the gardens of the stunning Château de Jallanges. Then just down the road, we’ll take a tour in the vineyards of Vouvray and enjoy a tasting in our favorite producer’s own 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: Vouvray, Chançay, Vernou-sur-Brenne, Amboise
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 333 meters
    Accommodations: Manoir Saint Thomas or Le Clos d’Amboise

  • Day 5

    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 in this magical estate. For lunch, we’ll learn to prepare three beautiful courses at a cooking class in Amboise. Then it’s time to hit the bikes and cycle through the towns of Pocé-sur-Cisse and Limeray, a panorama of rich farmland. Tonight we’ll enjoy a final and unforgettable Michelin-starred dinner at our hotel. Bon appetit!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Amboise, Pocé-sur-Cisse, Saint Ouen les Vignes, Mesland, Onzain
    Accomplished: 15 miles / 24 km, elevation gain: 148 meters
    Longer Option: 25 miles / 40 km
    Accommodations:  Domaine des Hauts de Loire

  • 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: Tours St. Pierre des Corps TGV Train Station Pick-Up Time: 12:00 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Blois Train Station Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2019Single Supplement From: $950

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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 and 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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