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France - Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour
The Loire Valley is famous for the castles and royal history; and the castles are magnificent! Amazing architecture and construction not to mention extravagance dating from the middle ages through the Renaissance, the castles display a wealthy time and royal lifestyle from which fairy tales have been written. Add to these castles the detail and artistry of royal gardens that today are still maintained works of art and the setting is stunning. Cycling from castle to castle takes you over rolling back country paths, through fields of sunflowers and even vineyards. The wines of the region are some of the best in all of France, and not as well known and so great discoveries at the end of your riding each day. Comfortable and even luxury hotels top off each magical day on the bicycle. This is a region on every bicycle tourists wish list!

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+ Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive in Amboise

Day 1 | Arrive in Amboise

Your arrival town is Amboise, located right on the Loire River, and accessible from Paris by train. On the south side of the river lies the town centre and castle, where the French kings spent their childhoods during the XV and XVI centuries. In town there is also a museum displaying many of the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, who spent the last few years of his life here until he died in 1519. The center has very nice walking streets, pastry shops, cafes, and wine shops with 'degustation'! Allow some time to visit and if in summer, take in the Sound and Light show at the Castle this evening. Orientation and bike delivery will be tonight or tomorrow morning at your hotel; we confirm time with your booking.

Hotel Bellevue

Amboise

Hotel BellevueThe Hotel Bellevue*** is located at the foot of the castle of Amboise, close to the historical center of the city. Born from the assembly of four very old houses in the center of the town, the hotel has been around for over two centuries. Corridors, (nooks) unexpected, stunning staircases and rooms with atypical volumes. The Hotel Bellevue will make your stay a unique moment in Amboise, like a timeless place. Let yourself be seduced by the family spirit and friendliness prevailing here…

Hotel BellevueHotel Bellevue

Amenities

Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

Day 2 | Loop ride to Chenonceau to explore - 28 or 40km

Day 2 | Loop ride to Chenonceau to explore - 28 or 40km

After your included breakfast, you can get ready to ride at your leisure; the day is yours to do it how you want which is the beauty of a self-guided cycling tour! The highlight of today’s ride is the chateau of Chenonceau, the most romantic of all the Loire chateaux. It actually sits on the Cher River, whose waters reflect the pale stone of the beautiful turrets and arches, and was the home of both Catherine de Medicis and Diane de Poitiers. Back to Amboise again tonight and dinner on your own.

28km or 40km loop between the Loire and the Cher Valleys. Mainly on very quiet country roads, the short ride will make the best warm-up! The longer one takes you first through the vineyards of Mont-Louis where you will find an excellent white wine.

Hotel Bellevue

Amboise

Hotel BellevueThe Hotel Bellevue*** is located at the foot of the castle of Amboise, close to the historical center of the city. Born from the assembly of four very old houses in the center of the town, the hotel has been around for over two centuries. Corridors, (nooks) unexpected, stunning staircases and rooms with atypical volumes. The Hotel Bellevue will make your stay a unique moment in Amboise, like a timeless place. Let yourself be seduced by the family spirit and friendliness prevailing here…

Hotel BellevueHotel Bellevue

Amenities

Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

Day 3 | Ride to Tours - 30 or 45 km

Day 3 | Ride to Tours - 30 or 45 km

Today you cycle west on the north-bank of the Loire River. Through a mixture of woods and vineyards you will eventually arrive to the very picturesque village of Vouvray. As Mont-Louis, Vouvray area produces the really refine white wine made of native Chenin grappe locally called “Pineau de la Loire”. Vouvray also produces lovely Fizzy wine world know as most of the wine is exported overseas and mainly to the UK for more than 200 years! After a good break you ride on a cycle lane right along the loire River to get into the historical town of Tours. 30 or 45 km

Your hotel being right in the center of Tours and the ride fairly short, you can nicely visit the city’s attractions on foot

Grand Hotel de Tours

Tours

Grand Hotel de ToursThe Grand Hotel Tours stands proudly in the centre of Tours close to the central Tours train station. The hotel was built in 1927 by the local architect Maurice Boille with the interior design by decorator Pierre Chareau. Its high quality construction reflects the finest style of this period.

Grand Hotel de ToursGrand Hotel de ToursGrand Hotel de Tours

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Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Seminar Room Internet Access Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service

Day 4 |  Ride To Azay le Rideau: 34 km

Day 4 | Ride To Azay le Rideau: 34 km

Tours is now well equipped with cycling lane and it makes the ride through the city comfortable. From the centre of town you join the Cher Valley in the south and follow it westward all the way to Villandry. This privately owned chateau is remarquable for its gardens. One of the finest in France. After a good break you ride on a peaceful road along the Cher until it meets with the Loire River. Eventually you go south through vineyards and orchards to get to the small town of Azay-le-Rideau. Your hotel is in the centre of town and 200m away from the Chateau which sits right in the middle of the Indre River. 34km (B)

Hotel Biencourt

Azay-le-Rideau

Hotel BiencourtIdeally located in the center of Azay-le-Rideau, and just 100m away from its famous castle, you will appreciate the calm of this Touraine residence from the 18th century. A part of the Hotel de Biencourt is a former girls’school of the Napoleonic era where you will find the nostalgia of your childhood.

Hotel BiencourtHotel BiencourtHotel Biencourt

Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar

Day 5 |  Ride to Chinon - 38 km

Day 5 | Ride to Chinon - 38 km

Cycling through vineyards to the west to the Loire River. From the village of Bréhémont it is an absolute delight along the wide and slow running River. After a while you will leave the Loire Valley and cross the plateau to reach Chinon and the Vienne River. On the way, you will ride facing the Chateau of Ussé….like in a fairy tale! The city of Chinon deserves at least half a day visiting and your hotel has a perfect location to do so.

It is famous for its medieval streets and a ruined château, where the first meeting between St. Joan of Arc and King Charles VII of France took place in 1429. A statue of the 16th-century French writer François Rabelais, who was born in the vicinity in about 1494 and passed his childhood in the town, stands on the river embankment. The château standing on a rocky height dominating the town was the residence of Henry Plantagenets! 38km

Hotel le Plantagenet

Chinon

Hotel le PlantagenetJust steps from the bucolic banks of The River Vienne, this stunning 19th-c. Tours-style dwelling invites you to enjoy the finer things in life. Courtyard side or garden side, small joys become great ones. Time stops. In the morning, the rising sun on the veranda opens a world of perspectives, and your appetite!

Hotel le PlantagenetHotel le PlantagenetHotel le Plantagenet

Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Hair Dryer Restaurant

Day 6 | Loop ride to Saumur and Fontevraud - 44 km

Day 6 | Loop ride to Saumur and Fontevraud - 44 km

The Vienne River, Fontevraud and Cande Saint Martin will be the menu of the day. 13km loop ride west along the Vienne River you will join the Loire River at Cande Saint Martin. You will go along the troglodyte houses of Montsoreau and some old wind mills . Cycling the famous Saumur-Champigny vineyards you will get to the Fontevraud; once the largest monastic city in Europe You should have plenty of time to have lunch in the village and visit the Abbey before returning Chinon through the forest. 44 km loop (B)

Hotel le Plantagenet

Chinon

Hotel le PlantagenetJust steps from the bucolic banks of The River Vienne, this stunning 19th-c. Tours-style dwelling invites you to enjoy the finer things in life. Courtyard side or garden side, small joys become great ones. Time stops. In the morning, the rising sun on the veranda opens a world of perspectives, and your appetite!

Hotel le PlantagenetHotel le PlantagenetHotel le Plantagenet

Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Hair Dryer Restaurant

Day 7 | Loop ride through Chinon vineyards - 28 or 45 km

Day 7 | Loop ride through Chinon vineyards - 28 or 45 km

Today is dedicated to the Vienne valley up-stream, the famous vineyards of Chinon and some pretty villages like Panzoult and Cravant les Côteaux. Chinon wine is exclusively made of Cabernet-Franc grape and you will find opportunities to taste some on the way. We will also suggest a great local restaurant for a very typical lunch. A longer option will push you further East until the old village of Crissay-sur-Manse. 28 or 45 km loop (B)

Hotel le Plantagenet

Chinon

Hotel le PlantagenetJust steps from the bucolic banks of The River Vienne, this stunning 19th-c. Tours-style dwelling invites you to enjoy the finer things in life. Courtyard side or garden side, small joys become great ones. Time stops. In the morning, the rising sun on the veranda opens a world of perspectives, and your appetite!

Hotel le PlantagenetHotel le PlantagenetHotel le Plantagenet

Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Hair Dryer Restaurant

Day 8 | Departure Day

Day 8 | Departure Day

Day 8 is departure day from Chinon after breakfast, at your leisure. Trains available direct to Paris. (B)
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Loire Castles and Wine Cycling (based on double occupancy)

 
7 nights
5 nights
Based on 2 participants1110 euros/person TBD euros/person
Based on 4 participants1095 euros/person TBD euros/person
Based on 6 participants 1045 euros/person TBD euros/person
Single supplement377 Euros/single TBD Euros/single
Hybrid Bike rental 185 Euros 185 Euros
Road Bike rental 295 Euros 295 Euros
E-bike rental 295 Euros 295 Euros

Please inquire for solo supplement if you are traveling on your own. NOTE: we can 'curate' a custom tour for 6 or more persons. Please inquire.

GPS rental available for 50 euros/unit. Please request at time of booking.

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+ What's Included?

- 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels with private bathroom
- Daily buffet breakfast
- GPX tracks if requested in advance
- Welcome orientation meeting
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information and step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- Daily Luggage transfers
- Comprehensive trip literature
- All technical and emergency support any day

Add on: GPS rental, bike rental


Lodging

Accommodation: 3 and 4 star hotels in each area of the region and in close proximity of the castles and gardens that are must see sites! All lodging include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:
- Hotel Bellevue***
- Grand Hotel de Tours***
- Hotel Biencourt*** or Grand Monarque***
- Hotel Plantagenet*** or Diderot***
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
Upgraded Hotels are available in some towns for a supplement. Please inquire with dates for a quote.

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Tour Details

Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour: 7 Nights or 5 nights
Dates - This tour departs any day, subject to hotel availability, April-October.
Level - Level is moderate (2-3) This tour can be somewhat easy to more moderate depending on short or long ride option.

Tour Highlights:
- Cycle from castle to castle, royal gardens, countryside
- Discover architecture from Middle Ages to Renaissance
- Try some of the best wines in France

Need to Know:
- The terrain is rolling countryside, and very picturesque. Weather in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall can be wet and cold.
- Summer months are the best time through September. Countryside routes are quiet but at the castles you will find crowds of visitors. Entrance fees not included.
- Arrival city is Amboise, 2 hours from Paris by train, and departure city Chinon/Tours then to Paris.

We can also organize guided trips for any group size of 4 or more and can accommodate custom requests; please inquire.


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    Patrick studied history and geography at University and graduated with a degree in these subjects. He became an adventure guide for 12 years and during this time accompanied a great many travelers on trips all over the world. Patrick has a real feel for his travelers' expectations when it comes to exploring uncharted territory and possesses a definite flair for finding a region’s “hidden treasures”.

    Our local guides and experts are available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer. About Self Guided Tours

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:Trek 7.3 hybrid or Trek Madone road bike. See links to spec pages below. All bikes are outfitted with:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer / GPS (1 per 2 pax)
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour.


    Hybrid bikes:Trek 7.3 Trek 7.3 Hybrid and Trek Madone road bike.

    Hybrids are recommended for this tour. E-bikes are possible, please inquire.
     
     
     
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    "I LOVED every single minute on this bike tour! We had a blast and could stop and start, take pictures, eat whatever at our own pace. The scenery was beautiful, people an unexpected pleasure, castles incredible and food in the towns ...yum. I would do this once a month and visit every country on your list if I could. Thanks so much for all the help for my daughter and I. Unforgettable.... " - Client - Loire Valley

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    France - Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour

    Tour Type: Self guided hybrid cycling (level 3)
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    Distance: 40 km/day
    Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
    Availability: April to October
    Cost: Starting at €1140 Euros





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