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Loire Valley Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Among the Grand Châteaux

  • 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—family dinners you'll remember forever 
  • Formidable, romantic or downright ostentatious, the Loire's châteaux are yours to explore
  • Delve into the intrigue of French history where it actually unfolded

Pedal 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 and your family dream of living like royalty, there's no place more ideal.

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Days 1-2 Your family's first ride amid peaceful woodland and picture-perfect villages illustrates why biking in the Loire Valley is such a delight  On two wheels, explore the rich landscape that attracted French royalty  With its many imaginative and beautifully manicured gardens, Château de Chaumont is an awe-inspiring sight and the host of the International Garden Festival every year.

Days 3-4 Discover Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux  Alongside a private guide, soak up the glamour of Château de Chenonceau, the ultimate pleasure palace, which spans the River Cher and brims with rare tapestries and magnificent paintings  Cycle through tranquil hamlets, green pastures, and fields of wheat and sunflowers into the Forêt de Villandry  Visit some of France's most stunning gardens and experience Renaissance grandeur at the 16th-century Château de Villandry  Dine with your family on classic French specialties as you relish superb views of the valley in evening light.

Days 5-6 The royal treatment is de rigueur at our gracious hotels  Roll past troglodyte caves that housed people (and wine!) for centuries as you make your way to bustling Azay-le-Rideau, a wonderful place to fill your bike bag with goodies for a family 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.

There's no mystery why our biking trip amidst classic Loire Valley châteaux is a perennial favorite with Backroads travelers. First, the cycling is superb for families of all abilities, with mellow routes for easygoing and first-time riders, plus longer options for anyone desiring more of a challenge. Combine this with gorgeous rural scenery, great activities that immerse you in the culture, stays at some of France's finest château-hotels and a whole range of wonderful dining opportunities—from critically acclaimed restaurants to the perfect little café on a village square—and you've got a biking experience that really is one of those must-do trips.
Alex Visage, Regional Manager - France

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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.

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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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Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Onzain (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)

Domaine de la Tortiniere

Domaine de la Tortinière

Montbazon (2 nights)

We're welcomed by the gracious Olivereau family at this charming 19th-century château with gorgeous countryside views. (pool)

Chateau de Marcay

Château de Marçay

Chinon (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)

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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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 22 800
2 23* 800 37* 1200 42 1400
3 12* 300 22* 700 39* 1300 49 1800
4 12* 400 25* 600 39 1500 50 1700
5 15* 400 27* 600 42 1500 47 1600
6 16 700
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Loire Valley

Only the Castles Have Been Here Longer

We’ve been bringing Backroads guests to the Loire Valley for nearly 30 years, and when it comes to exploring by bike, we believe we know it better than anyone. In addition to the wealth of knowledge shared by our trip designers and leaders, we have longstanding partnerships with renowned hotels and restaurants, along with an unmatched network of local experts, from chocolatiers to winemakers.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Loire Valley trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings Loire Valley has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Loire Valley trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Loire Valley—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Loire Valley

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Loire Valley. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Best Leaders in Loire Valley

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Loire Valley, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Loire Valley you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Loire Valley live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,798 pp dbl occ

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