Loire Valley Biking
- Bike the most scenic routes in this region beloved for its elegance and natural beauty
- Gracious castle-hotels provide the perfect setting each evening
- Savor exquisite cuisine and critically acclaimed Vouvray wines
- Formidable, romantic or downright ostentatious, the Loire's châteaux are yours to explore
- Delve into the intrigue of French history where it actually unfolded
Among the Grand Châteaux
Pedal through a lush forest. Emerge as if you're in a fairy tale. Standing proudly before you is a château of Gothic majesty. Its dramatic gardens sculpted so every plant, every stretch of grass, every tree has been planned, pruned and perfected. You're in an architect's dream. Artists and writers escape to the Loire - even Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years here. If you've dreamed of living like royalty, there's no place more ideal.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Limited & Fixed MenusOn many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.
Days 1-2 Exquisite cuisine and acclaimed Vouvray wines Your first spin amid peaceful woodland and picture-perfect villages illustrates why bicycling in the Loire Valley is such a delight Join a vintner for a private tour and degustation at the family's centuries-old wine cave With its gleaming white façade and lavish interior laden with fine furnishings and the ever-present glint of gold, Château de Cheverny is an awe-inspiring sight Tour immense, decadent Château de Chambord and marvel at its exuberant disdain for modesty.
Days 3-4 Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux Alongside a private guide, soak up the glamor of Château de Chenonceau - the ultimate pleasure palace - which spans the River Cher and brims with rare tapestries and magnificent paintings Step back in time at Château de Villandry, whose strikingly beautiful geometric gardens invite a stroll.
Days 5-6 The royal treatment is de rigueur at our gracious hotels Pedal past vineyards and orchards to bustling Azay-le-Rideau, a wonderful place to fill your bike bag with goodies for a picnic down the road Châteaux d'Ussé, which inspired Sleeping Beauty, is a feast for the eyes! Have a look around Chinon, known as much for its full-bodied red wines as for its turbulent history Explore the ruins of Château de Chinon and learn about the castle's link to Joan of Arc Say au revoir to the Loire Valley with a final ride past farms, villages and castles.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
I loved this trip. You earned your name by really taking us on the back roads of the Loire Valley. I have traveled in France a lot, particularly in that region, and I saw it as I had never seen it before. The roads took us through utterly enchanting countryside and villages. The details of the trip went perfectly from the movement of luggage to hotel check-in, to snacks, to cold beverages when we needed them. The local guide for Chenonceaux and Villandry gave the best tour of those chateaux that I have ever had . . . and I'm a teacher of French who has visited them many times with students. I felt well supported on the road with the van. The food was superb at all times, and the picnic that the leaders prepared was wonderful. I loved the trip.- Princeton, NJ
Best vacation of our lives! Backroads is going to become a staple of our lives - like eating and breathing!- Carson, CA
It was the perfect trip experience for our first ever, active vacation with our three adult children. When you combine the beauty of the Loire Valley with the best of a Backroads trip - it's magic!- Alexandria, VA
Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Onzain (2 nights) Built as a grand hunting lodge in the 19th century, this magnificent ivy-covered château enjoys a secluded setting amid tranquil parkland. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, tennis)
Montbazon (2 nights) A Belle époque dream castle of perfumer François Coty, set among magnificent gardens above the Indre Valley. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa, tennis)
Château de Marçay
Chinon (1 night) Turrets and secret passageways attest to the medieval origins of this hotel, whose expansive gardens include grapevines used to produce 2,500 bottles of wine each year. (pool)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $6,498 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $5,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $5,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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* Includes a shuttle