Backroads Loire Valley bike tours
Introducing Dolce Tempo From Backroads
Easygoing E-bike Tour Loire Valley
Easygoing E-bike Tour Loire Valley
Easygoing E-bike Tour Loire Valley
Backroads Loire Valley Bike Tour
Easygoing E-bike Tour Loire Valley
Easygoing E-bike Tour Loire Valley
Easygoing E-bike Tour Loire Valley
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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

FROM: $4,799 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)

France

Start/End St-Pierre-des-Corps

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Dolce Tempo Highlights

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.

Immersive Travel
Dive in to 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.

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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

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 bike routes as you ride your e-bike to our catered lunch, set in the stunning garden of Château 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 enjoying classic French cuisine and views of the valley beneath the setting sun.

Chateau de Rochecotte
Chateau de Rochecotte
St-Patrice
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Days 3-4

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.

Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Loire Valley, France
Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Onzain
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Days 5-6

Enjoy an aperitif on the lavish grounds of our beautiful hotel in Cheverny | Cap off our Tour de Châteaux with a visit to Château Chambord, the valley’s largest | Take a leisurely bike around the valley before saying au revoir to the Loire, or spend your morning relaxing by the pool.

Château du Breuil
Les Sources de Cheverny
Cheverny
| Premiere Hotel

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

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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

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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

Our dedicated 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 electronic-assist bikes* allow you to pedal effortlessly.

Route notes

Much of the riding is on bike paths and bike-friendly roads that are very lightly trafficked. 

*Prefer to pedal without power? Regular road bikes are available by request, ask your Trip Consultant.

What's Included

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.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • 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

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.

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Have a question and need expert advice? Our team of Trip Consultants is here to help! You can also visit our FAQ's.

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