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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: $4,795Collection: 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 with a lesson in making chocolate and a cheesemaking demonstration

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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Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Loire Valley

    Our guides will meet you at the Tours Center or Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station and we’ll set off for the Troglodyte Valley of Les Goupillièrs. After a light lunch, check out dwellings carved right into soft rock faces and caves that stay at a stable 55 degrees—comfortable enough for ancient people to live in them year-round. Imaginations run wild at the fortress and witch’s house here, and farm animals are friendly enough to pet.

    Listen up for an important safety talk and bike fitting before we begin a gentle ride along the Indre River. You’ll see why this region is known as the breadbasket of France as we pass endless wheat fields and farms en route 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: Bechoron, Artannes-sur-Indres,
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 150 meters
    Accommodations: Domaine de la Tortinière

  • Day 2

    Château de Langeais

    Start the day in Azay le Rideau, a fairytale village 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: Azay-le-Rideau, Lignières-de-Touraine, Bréhémont, Langeais
    Accomplished: 12 miles / 20 km, elevation gain: 111 meters
    Longer Option: 18 miles / 29 km
    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. Lunch is served at our favorite bistro in the heart of the village before 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. Then, we’ll 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: 162 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel 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. A light lunch and transfer back to our hotel follows. Some family members might choose an additional ride this afternoon while others can lounge by the hotel pool. We reconvene in Amboise for a true hands-on treat: a lesson in making (and eating) your own chocolate! 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
    Accomplished: Optional ride of 11 miles / 18 km, elevation gain: 100 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel 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 break for a picnic in the flowering gardens of the Château de Jallanges, then complete a relaxing ride that follows a tree-shaded bike path running alongside the Loire all the way back to Amboise. 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: 250 meters
    Longer Option: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 200 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel 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 Center or Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station.

    Meals: Breakfast

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

Younger Travelers
  • This tour is recommended for children age 5 and older
  • 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 provided to all children on tour
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.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 12:00pm at St. Pierre des Corps TGV Train Station or Tours Center

Depart

Airport City: Paris, France
Drop-Off Location: 10:00am at St. Pierre des Corps TGV Train Station or Tours Center

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 wines with every meal

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

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

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