Loire Valley Family Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Loire
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: One
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $900


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Visit the breathtaking Loire Valley and its châteaux, including Chenonceau and Cheverny, and learn about the Middle Ages on this Loire Valley Family Bike Tour. Explore Leonardo da Vinci’s final home and its garden full of life-size models of his many inventions. Cycle on peaceful roads over historic bridges spanning the Loire and Cher rivers and through vineyards. Forge priceless family memories on this trip, riding (or paddling!) through villages or relaxing beside hotel pools. Stop for treats at patisseries and explore local specialties as you dine in award-winning restaurants. This is a perfect family getaway!


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to the Loire Valley

Your guides will greet you at either the Tours Center or St Pierre des Corps train station and transfer you to the nearby Chateau Villandry, where our adventure begins. Once there you will enjoy a light lunch and then it is time to start exploring. This chateau was built in 1536 and is the last of the large Renaissance châteaux built in the Loire Valley. Get lost in its extraordinary mazes and try not to get wet in the elegant water garden. We’ll be treated to the unique flavors of ice cream inspired by the estate’s herb gardens. Then set off on a gently rolling ride along the Cher River past fields and farms, 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 with a meal prepared by the Château’s own chef.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Tours, Château de Villandry, Savonnieres, Ballan-Mire, Veigne
Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 150 meters
Accommodations:  Domaine de la Tortinière

Day Two: Chateau de Langeais
Start the day in Artannes Azay-le-Rideau, a charming village with its own Château over the Indre River. Pedal through the countryside towards the medieval castle and town of Langeais where we will enjoy a delicious brasserie lunch in town before discovering this stunning castle. The working drawbridge and the ramparts will excite kids of all ages! After the visit, cross back over the Loire and ride for home on an idyllic bike path. Tonight we dine close to our chateau, in the leafy surroundings of a water mill converted into a restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Azay-le-Rideau, Lignières-de-Touraine, Bréhémont, Langeais
Accomplished: 11 miles / 18 km, elevation gain: 111 meters
Accommodations:  Domaine de la Tortinière

Day Three: Back to the Renaissance at Chenonceau

This morning we trade bikes for boats as we paddle canoes down the Cher River for the best views of the stunning Château de Chenonceau. Enjoy lunch at our favorite bistro in the heart of Chenonceaux village, before heading into the castle to explore the grand ballrooms that span the river. The Château de Chenonceau is home to a vast collection of Renaissance furniture and artwork; this is where royal life comes alive. Discover the dueling gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, visit the donkeys, and get lost in the perfectly-manicured labyrinth on the castle grounds. After the visit we’ll hop back on our bikes and ride to our next accommodation in Amboise. Take a dip in the pool to cool off before we enjoy a meal in the center of Amboise.

Meals: Breakfast / Picnic lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Chenonceaux, Amboise
Accomplished: 9 miles / 14 km, elevation gain: 162 meters
Accommodations: Le Manoir Saint Thomas

Day Four: Château de Cheverney
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in our beautiful hotel before setting off for the magnificent sixteenth-century Château de Cheverny, the inspiration for Hergé’s Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock’s residence in the Adventures of Tintin. Here you can immerse yourself in an interactive visit of Tintin’s world, and be sure to visit the chateau’s very large family of over 100 hunting dogs! We will enjoy a light lunch before transferring back to our hotel in Amboise. This afternoon, choose to head out on an optional ride, or relax by the pool. This evening you are free to enjoy some shopping and exploration of this charming riverside town as you choose your perfect restaurant for your own dinner tonight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Chambord, Amboise
Accomplished: Optional ride of 11 miles / 18 km, elevation gain: 100 meters
Accommodations: Le Manoir Saint Thomas

Day Five: Vouvray Loop
Today, 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 Chateau de Jallanges. This afternoon 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. Opt to visit the final 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. Tonight we will 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: Le Manoir Saint Thomas

Day Six: Au Revoir

Enjoy a peaceful breakfast at the château and perhaps a stroll through the grounds, saying goodbye to the Loire Valley. Your guides see you off at the Tours Center or St Pierre des Corps train station.

Meals: Breakfast