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Loire Valley Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • 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

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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.

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Limited & Fixed Menus

On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.

Straight Talk
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 Menus

On 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 Pedal through vineyards and villages and across the Loire River 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.

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  Ride through the vineyards and villages outside Montbazon to the town of Saché, known for its château and famous visitors, including Honoré de Balzac 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  Have a look around Chinon, known as much for its full-bodied red wines as for its turbulent history  Before saying au revoir to the Loire Valley, head out on one last spin around the castle-dotted countryside, enjoying the quiet morning as you pedal through farmland and small villages.

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Domaine des Hauts de Loire
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)

Château d'Artigny
Château d'Artigny

Montbazon (2 nights) A belle epoque dream castle of perfumer François Coty, set among manicured gardens above the Indre Valley. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa, tennis)

Château de Marçay
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)

Guest 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.
John Webb- Princeton, NJ
Best vacation of our lives! Backroads is going to become a staple of our lives - like eating and breathing!
Kathy Taggares- 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!
Maggie Stauffer- Alexandria, VA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
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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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 21 300
2 23* 400 37* 600 58 1400
3 19* 600 34* 1000 44 1600 56 1000
4 12* 500 21* 800 34 1300 50 1500
5 15* 300 27* 500 42 1400
47 900
6 16 500
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Loire Valley tour experts. See our award-winning Europe France biking tours, Europe France walking and hiking tours and Europe France multisport tours.

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St-Pierre-des-Corps, France

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All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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