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Easygoing E-bike Tour Loire Valley
Dolce Tempo Journey among Grand Châteaux & Regal Rivers
Inhale the sweet smell of fruit orchards floating on the valley breeze. Listen to the faint accordion music that comes along the water at night. Bike past the vineyards where they grew the grapes for the wine you’re drinking with dinner. The Loire is the breadbasket of France, but it’s also a feast for the eyes. Storybook châteaux, whimsical gardens and limestone caverns—this is the place to live out your fairy-tale fantasies.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Enjoy riding through this lush valley, passing by charming villages and historic vineyards—with plenty of stops for wine-tasting and people-watching.
Dive into the fascinating history of this fertile valley, the home of the French court during the Renaissance in Europe. Explore historic châteaux and enjoy the lively culture of the riverbank towns.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Learn how to live well in the Loire, with exquisite cuisine made from local ingredients and award-winning wines. Stunning Relais & Châteaux hotels with aristocratic origins and incredible service round out the experience.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Voyage to the valley and be greeted by fields of sunflowers, the rivers Cher and Loire, and your Trip Leaders | Discover the Loire’s 500-mile-long network of cycling routes as you ride your e-bike to our catered lunch, set in the stunning garden of Château de Villandry | Explore charming Langeais and admire its imposing 15th-century castle | Watch the boats from the riverbank and sip un café crème | Take a dip in the hotel pool before relishing classic French cuisine and views of the valley beneath the setting sun.
Formerly the private residence of a prince and duchess, this grand 18th-century estate sits adjacent to a 50-acre forest with a beautiful lake. (pool)
Explore Vouvray, a region famous for its vineyards since the 8th century | E-bike through the vineyards that produce these illustrious grapes and along the river that feeds them | Arrive in Amboise, the one-time home of Leonardo da Vinci | Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the stunning Château de Chenonceau, which spans the river and must be seen to be believed | Opt to ride back to the hotel along the river’s north bank, or enjoy an afternoon at the spa | Treat yourself at our hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
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, spa)
Savor an aperitif on the lavish grounds of our beautiful hotel in Cheverny | Cap off our Tour de Châteaux with a visit to Château de Chambord, the valley’s largest | Take a leisurely bike ride around the valley before saying au revoir to the Loire, or spend your morning relaxing by the pool.
Located near Cheverny, this 15th-century manor still has its original tower and moat. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our e-bike tours make adventuring by bike a breeze—perfect for beginners, occasional bikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world by bike. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS-supported routes, your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes are typically 2-4 hours of biking per day, approximately 10-30 miles. Our custom electric-assist bikes* allow you to pedal effortlessly.
Much of the riding is on bike paths and bike-friendly roads that are very lightly trafficked.
Available Bike Options
On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below.
- All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 5 lunches
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
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.
On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.