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Backroads Loire Valley Bike Tour
Biking in Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley Bike Tour
Backroads Loire Valley Bike Tour
Loire Valley Bike Tour
Loire Valley Bike Tour
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Loire Valley Bike Tour

Grand Châteaux & Regal Rivers

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,199 - $5,499 pp dbl occ

($1,200 for sgl occ)

Bike along the peaceful Loire River. Cycle through a lush forest. Emerge as if you're in a fairy tale. Standing proudly before you is a château of Renaissance majesty, its gardens sculpted to perfection. You're in an architect's wonderland. Artists and writers escape to the Loire—even da Vinci spent his last years here. If you dream of living like royalty, there's no place more ideal.

France Loire Valley Biking Tour
France Loire Valley Biking Tour

France

Start/End St-Pierre-des-Corps

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

Highlights

  • Bike quiet scenic routes along the Loire’s rivers and through its fertile valley, green woodlands and charming villages
  • Unwind at gracious castle-hotels in a World Heritage region beloved for its elegance and natural beauty
  • Savor exquisite local cuisine and critically acclaimed wines, including the full-bodied reds of Saumur and Bourgueil
  • Explore the Loire’s formidable châteaux, whose grand interiors and storybook exteriors take you to another time
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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
Description

Bike through a World Heritage landscape on portions of La Loire à Vélo, a 500-mile-long network of cycling routes | Pedal from fields of wheat and sunflowers into the Forêt de Villandry | Experience joie de vivre as you bike amid serene woodland and celebrated Cabernet Franc vineyards | Discover Candes-St-Martin and Montsoreau, members of the Plus Beaux (Most Beautiful) Villages of France | Pass fascinating troglodyte caves that have housed people (and wine!) for centuries | Admire incomparable Château d’Ussé as you ride past it | Dine on classic French specialties with views of the valley bathed in evening light.

Accommodations
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
Description

Explore the Vouvray vineyards of the Loire's north bank and the rich landscape of French nobility on the south | Walk in the footsteps of famous kings and Leonardo da Vinci as you stroll through Amboise | A fresh treat from a local patisserie is perhaps the perfect accompaniment to a post-ride rest along the river | Soak up the glamour on a private tour of Château de Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher and brims with rare tapestries and extraordinary paintings.

Accommodations
Domaine des Hauts de Loire Hotel
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
Description

Bike to the decadent 16th-century Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley and the week's grand finale | Enjoy the luxurious amenities at our spectacular farmhouse-turned-hotel | Before saying au revoir to the Loire Valley, head out on one last spin around the castle-dotted landscape, enjoying the quiet morning as the countryside slowly comes to life.

Accommodations
Relais de Chambord, Loire Valley, France
Relais de Chambord
Chambord
| Premiere Hotel

Newly renovated with elegant modern design and luxurious amenities, this spectacular farmhouse-turned-hotel is adjacent to the decadent UNESCO-protected Chambord Castle. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (spa) 

Dates & Prices

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.

Activity Level: 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 24 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 19 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 34 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 50 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 57 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 31 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 39 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 48 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 46 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 45 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 54 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles | 500 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests, including e-bikes and Carbon bikes, are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

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. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

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.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
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.
$400 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem 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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