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Loire Valley Family Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Pedal back in time amid serene farmland, vast vineyards and storybook villages
  • Fairy-tale castles around every bend
  • Kids wield epées with an award-winning fencing master!
  • Leonardo da Vinci's home
  • An afternoon canoeing adventure on the Loire River

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From Storybook Castles to Sun-Splashed Countryside

A trip with kids in the Loire Valley? The concept may seem curious in a region synonymous with elegance and order. Not to worry - we bring you the Loire at its fun-loving kid-friendly best. There's easygoing biking past sunflower fields and famous vineyards. Fairy-tale castles to investigate. There's history-come-to-life at Leonardo da Vinci's home. A fencing lesson, petanque and canoeing adventure just for the younger set. Wine tasting and private castle tours just for grown-ups. Even the Medici family would have had fun with Backroads!


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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.

Day 1 Around each new bend, another castle is waiting to be explored  Great snakes! Check out Château de Cheverny, the model for fictional Château de Moulinsart from the Tintin comic books Spin through postcard-perfect villages and along wooded back roads once favored by horse-drawn carriages.

Day 2 En garde! Kids learn the fine art of fencing under the watchful eye of world-class fencing master Rudi van Oeveren Pedal to Château de Chaumont, an architectural marvel whose edifice spans periods from late French Gothic to French Renaissance, and whose grounds are a fragrant feast for the senses.

Day 3 Gentle countryside graced with rolling vineyards, orchards and sunflower fields  Ride past vineyards and hamlets to Château de Chambord, one of the Loire's largest and most extravagant castles  The younger set joins a Backroads leader for outdoor fun.

Day 4 Experience fascinating French history where it actually unfolded Bike past troglodyte dwellings, community gardens and vineyard-laden fields to the village of Vouvray, known for its crisp chenin blanc wine  A local vintner invites us for a tour of the family winery, followed by a gourmet picnic  Kids take to the Loire River for a fun-filled canoeing adventure.

Days 5-6 Explore Leonardo da Vinci's home, Clos Lucé Spin across the Loire River and along rolling hills to the most famous castle of the valley: Château de Chenonceau While adults enjoy a private guided tour of the castle, youngsters discover the château grounds and mysterious "black room"   During a visit to the curious Pagode de Chanteloup, kids take in great views of the Loire Valley from the 144-foot tower and try their hands at some old-fashioned outdoor games such as pinball and croquet Soak up the flavor of bustling Amboise.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

You all did a wonderful job! The family trip concept worked really well for our needs (balancing my serious-bike-rider needs with those of a 10-year-old and other family members). We will travel with you again. It is obvious that Backroads cares and is passionate about client service.
Matt Slepin - San Rafael, CA
We were persuaded by the enthusiastic guest comments on your website. The trip met and exceeded our expectations! It was a wonderful trip for the whole family and, although it was a group trip, you were able to meet and cater to each of our individual needs and wants. My husband got to bike all day, the kids got to bike as much as they wanted, made new friends and tried many fun activities. I got my active holiday but had time to soak in the cultural richness and natural beauty of the Loire Valley.
Pauline Tan - Singapore
On the train back to Paris my husband and I talked about how neither of us could think of a single way to make this trip better. Backroads has mastered client service.
Denise Shade - Moreland Hills, OH

Casual Inns

Château du Breuil
Château du Breuil

Cheverny (2 nights) Located near Cheverny, this 15th-century manor still has its original tower and moat. (pool)

Domaine des Thômeaux
Domaine des Thômeaux

Mosnes (1 night) This petit château features themed guest rooms, each decorated in the colors of a different country. (spa)

Château de Pray
Château de Pray

Amboise (2 nights) A turreted castle nestled amid trees on a terraced slope overlooking the Loire River. (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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. 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 (prices may vary based on departure date)

2 - 3 guests $6,098 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

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 12 400
2 15* 0 28 600 38 1000 58 1350
Kids: Fencing Lesson (2 Hours)
3 9* 100 25 600 41 1200 54 1400
15* 400
Kids: Petanque (2 Hours)
4 20* 100 28* 100 38 500 46 1000
Kids: Loire River Kayaking Adventure (1.5 Hours)
5 11* 100 31 100 41 500
36* 1500
Kids: Pagode de Chanteloup Visit (1 Hour)
6 15 100
 
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On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes a shuttle

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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6 days, 5 nights
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St-Pierre-des-Corps, France

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2014 Family Dates
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All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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