Loire Valley Biking
- Ride quiet rural roads to French architectural landmarks
- Relax at gracious castle-hotels
- Delicious French cuisine and acclaimed Vouvray wines
- Discover the difference between Renaissance and medieval châteaux
- Experience the intrigues 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.
Day 1 The royal treatment at gracious châteaux Spinning past peaceful woodland and picture-perfect villages, you'll see why bicycling in the Loire Valley is such a delight Visit beautiful Crissay-sur-Manse - the entire village is a protected monument historique - and indulge in a meal of fresh regional cuisine made by our friends Fabien and Katia.
Days 2-3 Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux Explore Chinon, known as much for its full-bodied red wines as for its turbulent history Ride alongside vineyards and orchards to the Châteaux d'Ussé, d'Azay-le-Rideau and de Villandry, whose impressive Italian Renaissance gardens invite a stroll.
Day 4 Experience French history where it actually unfolded Travel back in time at the magical Château de Chenonceau, where a private guide shares stories amid its richly appointed salons, vast galleries and massive grounds.
Days 5-6 Exquisite cuisine and acclaimed Vouvray wines Wander through Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's last residence, and marvel at models and designs of some of his creations Join a vintner for a private tour and degustation at the family's centuries-old wine cave In Amboise, grab an outdoor table and refuel with a café on Rue Nationale, a prime people-watching spot.
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
Another homerun from Backroads. What a GREAT way to travel! I'm in love with France and in love with the company that helps me discover it in such a relaxed yet invigorating manner...you guys are just awesome!- Santa Rosa, CA
Backroads is such an awesome company - the only way to see the world. I love the way we did the things that were off the beaten path. There's no way we could have ever experienced this on our own. The miles and miles of biking were an added bonus. It's one thing to drive to a location but to be out there pedaling to our destination just added to the magic. I can hardly wait until next year's trip!- Dunwoody, GA
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)
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)
Amboise (2 nights) A collection of three beautiful 18th-century manor houses in a peaceful setting along the Loire River. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)
Alsace & the Black Forest Biking
France's Wine-Rich Valley & Germany's Fabled Woodland
Brittany & Normandy Biking
From D-Day Landmarks to the Emerald Coast
Historic Towns, Legendary Vineyards & L'Art de Vivre
Dordogne & Bordeaux Biking
Through Prehistory to the Great Wine Estates
Loire Valley Biking
A Journey Through France's Regal Touraine
Côtes du Rhône Vineyards, Crillon Le Brave & the Lubéron
Provence Biking New!
From the Windswept Alpilles to Perched Lubéron Villages
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