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Backroads Family Loire Valley Biking trips


April, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
A Family Vacation Extraordinaire


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  It's been more than three decades since we first resolved to explore the planet actively—and to share that passion with our guests. And during the past 34 incredible years, we've kept our promise of redefining what a family vacation can be and bringing you a better way to discover and connect with the world.
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Imagine your whole family on an action-packed, fun-filled vacation with Backroads in France that will have you all exclaiming "c'est trés cool"! Not only is there fascinating French culture to be discovered, there's fencing, canoeing, crêpes, croissants and more. Combine all that with some of Europe's family-friendliest cycling routes, famed wines for maman et papa, stays at distinctive hotels and a whole range of delicious cuisine. Oui—there is something for everyone!

Explore the Loire Valley castle that inspired the creation of Sleeping Beauty. Or visit a grotto in the Dordogne where real cave-dwellers once painted on walls. From the windswept beaches of Brittany & Normandy to the vine-laden valleys of the Alsace region—and every spin of your wheels in between—there are tons of family memories to be made.

We hope to welcome you and your family to France this summer!
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Tanya Nygaard
France Regional Manager with Backroads since 2002

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Loire Valley Biking

On this journey through one of our favorite regions of France, you and your family will explore royal châteaux, including Chenonceau and Villandry, and check out rustic cave dwellings where peasants once lived. Your kids can test their skills under the watchful eye of a world-class fencing master, visit Leonardo da Vinci's home and give a high-five to Joan of Arc's "girl power" in historic Chinon. View the itineraries: Premiere Inns | Casual Inns
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Brittany & Normandy Biking

Not only is this trip an excellent opportunity for kids to put important world history into context, your family will also visit lively villages, bike on rolling roads to scenic beaches and wander through the magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel. Along the way, the younger set can go horseback riding, get a hands-on lesson in the art of glassblowing and chat with a local historian during a private tour of the American Military Cemetery. View the itinerary
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Dordogne River Valley Biking

In the beautiful Dordogne, a region famed for its caves and known as the "capital of prehistory," pedal through mystical countryside and precariously perched villages. Admire cool cave art. Wander through ancient châteaux and fortresses. And when it's time to ditch the grown-ups, kids can go canoeing, try a ropes course and learn to work with stone and fire—just like Cro-Magnons! View the itinerary
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Alsace & Black Forest Biking

Travel back in time through Germany's primeval woodlands and France's history-rich Alsace region. Follow the famed Route du Vin through the misty Vosges Mountain foothills and discover a unique blend of cultures. Grown-ups will love tasting world-class Rieslings and gewürztraminers while the youngsters go for the sweet stuff at a patisserie. Other kid-approved highlights include Alsatian-style bowling and an easygoing canoe trip. View the itinerary


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