Château de Langeais and gardens in Loire Valley, France
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Loire Valley Family Bike + Adventure Tour

Magic for All Ages in the Land of Enchantment

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $5,895Collection: Family, +Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Tour the 16th-century Château de Cheverny, the model for Marlinspike Hall in the beloved French comic The Adventures of Tintin
  • 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
  • Paddle down the gentle Cher River in a canoe
  • Hone your culinary skillset by preparing a zero-waste meal and participating in a cheesemaking demonstration


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


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

A couple in a canoe prepares to paddle through an arch beneath Château de Chenonceau on DuVine tour in Loire Valley
Manicured gardens of hedges and red flowers, with Château de Villandry castle in the background
Aerial view of decorative gardens in checkerboard pattern at Château de Villandry in Loire Valley, France
Mother wearing a bike helmet holds her young daughter in a bike helmet atop a bale of hay during DuVine's Loire Valley, France
Family with grandparent and young children poses for a smiling photo in front of DuVine bikes in Loire Valley, France
Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Loire Valley

    Our guides will meet you at the Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station and bring you to nearby Château Villandry. After a light lunch on the castle grounds, take a moment to wander the maze-like gardens, paths, and water features. For dessert, we’ll taste innovative ice cream flavors inspired by the fragrant herbs and aromatic flowers that grow here. After a bike fitting and safety talk, begin a gentle ride along the Cher River. You’ll start to see why this region is known as the breadbasket of France—endless wheat fields and farms point the way to our hotel, a quintessential Loire Valley château. For an additional fee, you may follow the footsteps of the Three Musketeers with a family fencing lesson that will leave you declaring En Garde! Tonight’s dinner is prepared by the château’s own chef and served with a side of sprawling valley views.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Château de Villandry, Savonnières, Ballan-Miré, Veigné
    Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 604 feet / 184 meters
    Accommodations: Domaine de la Tortinière

  • Day 2

    Château d'Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais

    Start the day at a fairytale castle in Azay-le-Rideau, where French tradition meets Italian design overlooking the Indre River. Our morning ride through the countryside brings us to Langeais with its imposing medieval castle. After lunch at a crêperie, kids of all ages can conjure their inner knight on the castle’s working drawbridge and ramparts. For the best view of the fortress’s promenades and gardens, climb to the highest perch of the tree house entwined with a towering cedar on the grounds. Later, opt for an extra ride on a peaceful bike path to Villandry and visit a farm to learn how tasty French cheese is made. Once we shuttle back to the hotel, we’ll dine at a local restaurant that was converted from a water mill.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Villandry, Savonnières, Montbazon
    Accomplished: 12 miles / 19 km, elevation gain: 413 feet / 126 meters
    Longer Option: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 886 feet / 270 meters
    Accommodations: Domaine de la Tortinière

  • Day 3

    Back to the Renaissance at Chenonceau

    Time to trade our bikes for canoes and paddle down the Cher River, floating by waterfront scenery and even passing beneath the arches of Château de Chenonceau. After a transfer, we explore the world that lies within the castle. The Château de Chenonceau houses an enormous collection of Renaissance furniture to inspire your kids’ daydreams about the royal lives of lords and ladies. Get lost in the dizzying garden labyrinth or lie back on the lawns beneath the sun. Later, your guides will prepare a vibrant picnic lunch before we return to our bikes and ride to our hotel in Amboise. Cool off with a dip in the pool before tonight’s meal in the town center.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Chenonceaux, Amboise
    Accomplished: 9 miles / 14 km, elevation gain: 476 feet / 145 meters
    Accommodations: Le Clos d’Amboise

  • Day 4

    Château de Cheverney

    Wake to a leisurely breakfast in our sophisticated manor-turned-hotel. Today we’re headed to the magnificent 16th-century Château de Cheverny, the setting that inspired author Hergé’s The Adventures of Tintin. An interactive visit to Tintin’s world appeals to all generations—including the Château’s kennel that’s sure to delight animal lovers with the presence of 100 well-trained hunting dogs. We then transfer to a quaint village and 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 on small roads enjoying a panorama of rich farmland en route back to our hotel. Should some family members prefer to lounge by the hotel pool before dinner, the van will be there to shuttle you home. This evening you are free to shop and stroll in this charming riverside town as you find the perfect restaurant for your family’s dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Cheverney, Amboise
    Optional Ride: 11 miles / 18 km, elevation gain: 538 feet / 164 meters
    Accommodations: Le Clos d’Amboise

  • Day 5

    Vouvray Loop

    Today’s ride takes us by scenic, rolling hills and vineyards heavy with Chenin Blanc grapes. We’ll arrive to Rochecorbon in time for a tasting in a traditional troglodyte wine cellar. An energizing lunch awaits us after just a few pedal strokes back into town. This afternoon, we turn our attention to Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian artist and inventor who spent his final years right here in the Loire Valley. Visit the Château du Clos Lucé, the residence offered to him by French king Francis I, and inspect models and replicas of da Vinci’s engineering inventions. If you prefer, remain at the hotel and relax or go shopping in town. Tonight we celebrate our week’s adventures with a splendid meal in the heart of Amboise.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pocé-sur-Cisse, Nazelles-Négron, Noizay, Chançay
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 460 feet / 140 meters
    Longer Option: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 1,374 feet / 419 meters
    Accommodations: Le Clos d’Amboise

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    Enjoy a final breakfast at the château with enough time to take one last Loire Valley walk through the grounds and gardens. Guides see you off safely at the Tours 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 Train Station Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

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

Please note that Arrival + Departure Details for 2025 tours could be subject to change.
Younger Travelers
  • This itinerary is designed with children age 9 and older in mind. The itinerary can be tweaked for your family’s needs. For safety reasons, children must be at least 7 years old to ride their own bike.
  • Trailers and tag-along bikes are available for younger children
  • Safety triangles are provided to all children on tour
  • Please note, children must be age 6 and older to participate in kayaking
Additional Details

Tour Arrival: St Pierre des Corps TGV Train Station at 12:00 pm

Train TGV 8411 departing Paris Montparnasse at 10:46 am and arriving at St Pierre des Corps at 11:45 am.

Tour Departure: St Pierre de Corps Train Station around 12:00 pm

To Paris: TGV Atlantic 8310 departing Blois at 12:09 pm and arriving at Paris Montparnasse at 1:22 pm.

IMPORTANT: It is possible that where and when your tour starts and ends can change. Please contact your tour coordinator before you finalize any plans.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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Synapse 2 RLE

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Included in trip price

Quick 1 Disc

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid

Included in trip price


Manufacturer: BMC

Type: Hybrid E-Bike

Included in trip price

Street Kids

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Kids

Included in trip price