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Loire Valley Bike Tour
Loire Valley Bike Tour

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.


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.


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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Premiere Inns

Domaine des Hauts de Loire (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 (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 (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)


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
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 4/26-5/1 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/5-10 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/10-15 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/17-22 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/31-6/5 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/7-12 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/1-6 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/8-13 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/15-20 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/22-27 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/29-10/4 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/4-9 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1230 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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)

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.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.


Guest Trip Reviews

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

I have been drooling over the Backroads catalogs for years - this was our first trip. I had very high hopes and they were exceeded. The guides in particular were extraordinary. I was really impressed at their sensitivity, flexibility, and the way that they made complicated logistics look easy. I don't think I have ever been so well cared for!
Dorcas Dobie- Sammamish, WA

Backroads does such an exceptional and consistently high quality job that I cannot fathom taking a cycling or hiking trip with any other company.
Patsy Gleason- Green Valley, AZ

This was our first experience with Backroads even though we have been receiving the catalog for several years. This was more than I imagined it to be - the level of excellence and attention to detail was exemplary. I learned a great deal about the culture quickly, thanks to our leaders. I was extremely pleased with my experiences on this Backroads trip.
Cindy Davie- Carbondale, IL

Another home run 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!
James Robertson- Santa Rosa, CA

I loved this trip and can't wait for the next one. The group was interesting and fun; the routes were beautiful - we saw a huge field of poppies that we all stopped for ten minutes to admire. It was lovely.
Jacqueline Mills- Toronto, ON

WOW!! What a wonderful time we had on our trip through the Loire Valley!! Beautiful country, delicious food, and unbelievable accommodations. Our awesome guides made it all the more special for us. An unforgettable vacation to France, thanks so much!!
Pamela Deryke- Tahoe City, 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!
Marie Frank- Dunwoody, GA

My daughter and I had a fantastic experience with Backroads in the Loire Valley. Our leaders were terrific! They made our trip memorable with their extensive knowledge of the French language, history and of course, biking. But above all, we appreciated their kindness and friendship. We will remember this trip with lots of smiles and we thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you!
Molly Hsieh- Rockville, MD

What a wonderful surprise. The routes were thoughtful and safe. The bikes were amazing. The route leaders were as elegant as the châteaux.
Anne Segal- Tucson, AZ

My overall comments on the trip: excellent, excellent, excellent! The guides were great, as was the food, the accommodations, the bicycles, everything. Thanks for a wonderful trip.
Jeff Jacobs- Alexandria, VA

Trips are pretty expensive, but if they all deliver the service and experience we received, I feel they are worth it. This is especially true in a country where you don't speak the language.
Evelyn Heikenen- Junction City, WI

Our trip was wonderful in every way. As a couple that doesn't really ride, except to spin, this trip was a life-changer. We kept up and rode all day and loved every minute of our vacation. You have made bikers out of us. Thank you!!!
Patti Roberts- West Orange, NJ