Loire Valley Family Bike + Adventure Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Loire
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: One
  • Price From: $4595
  • Single Supplement: $900


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The Loire Valley Family Bike + Adventure Tour takes your family back to the Middle Ages as you explore storybook châteaux and the enchanted gardens of the Loire Valley. Create shared memories while riding on easy roads and paddling beneath bridges spanning the Loire and Cher Rivers. Stay in beautiful châteaux where everyone defines their own idea of relaxation, whether playing in the pool or sipping rosé en plein air. Kids will delight in tasting treats at patisseries and the sugar rush of making chocolate, while adults indulge in French flavors and local wines at award-winning restaurants. Every summer, the streets of the Loire Valley come alive with music and festivals, making this the perfect family-friendly atmosphere. All ages will be enraptured by the spellbinding Loire Valley—best of all, kids may even bring home a newfound interest in ancient history.


Tour by Day

Day One: 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 Goupilliers. 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: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Bechoron, Artannes-sur-Indres,
Accomplished: 14 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 150 meters
Accommodations: Domaine de la Tortinière

Day Two: Chateau 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: 18.4 miles / 29 km)
Accommodations: Domaine de la Tortinière

Day Three: 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 Four: 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 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 Five: 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 Le 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 / Picnic 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 Six: 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