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Biking in the Loire Valley, France
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Biking in Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley Bike Tour
Loire Valley family trips
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley family tours
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
Loire Valley family bicycle tours
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Loire Valley Bike Tour - For Families with Teens & Kids

Storied Landscapes & Magical Castles

Family — Teens & Kids

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,999 - $5,299 pp dbl occ

($1,000 for sgl occ)

It has all the makings of a fairy tale. Storybook castles. Towers, flying buttresses and flawless gardens. Fertile fields, graceful rivers and idyllic cycling routes on dedicated bike paths. Exquisite treats at patisseries and gourmet meals. The Loire Valley—a family getaway that ends with "happily ever after."

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

  • Pedal tranquil family-friendly bike routes connecting unforgettable castles and magnificent old-world landscapes
  • Walk in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and check out some of the inspirations for his technological innovations
  • Explore medieval, Renaissance and classical châteaux and get a taste of royal treatment at gracious castle-hotels
  • Ride on horseback along the Loire River, learn how to fence and make chocolate with the experts (Just for kids)
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1
Description

Ride family-friendly bike routes past enchanting villages and serene woodland | Admire Château de Chambord, the region’s largest castle and a remarkable display of French Renaissance architecture | Bike forested back roads and vineyard-covered hills | Take in unparalleled views of Chambord’s towers and steeples during an exclusive visit.

Accommodations
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)

Days 2-3
Description

Venture by bike to Cheverny, the castle that inspired Hergé’s rendition in The Adventures of Tintin | Kids hop in the saddle for a horseback-riding adventure | Visit Leonardo da Vinci’s home, Clos Lucé, where you’ll marvel at the models and designs of his famous creations | Kids get a tasty lesson in chocolate making at a family-owned chocolaterie | Wander in the lively town of Amboise and sip a post-ride chocolat chaud or an aperitif as the sun sets on the Loire | Relax poolside at our hotel, an ivy-covered manor.

Accommodations
Hotel Le Choiseul
Le Choiseul
Amboise
| Premiere Hotel
Located on the banks of the famous Loire River with panoramic views, this 18th-century residence is adorned with French décor and surrounded by Italian-style gardens. (pool)
Days 4-6
Description

Explore magical Château de Chenonceau, with its richly appointed interiors and dazzling artwork | En garde! Youngsters wield épées with a world-class fencing master before a special medieval-themed dinner just for them | Adults take a leisurely afternoon ride from one lovely village to the next before returning to our grand château-hotel | Discover the rolling pastures and goat farms behind the Loire’s famous fromage de chèvre | A peaceful bike route through vineyards and villages leads to Château de Villandry and its extraordinary gardens | Say au revoir to the Loire after one last morning spin as you take in views of the valley from our hotel’s expansive terrace.

Accommodations
Domaine de la Tortiniere, Loire Valley, France
Domaine de la Tortinière
Montbazon
| Premiere Hotel

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

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.

Route notes

On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary and mileage is moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 8 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 16 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Other
Horseback Riding (2 hours) | min. age: 7+
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 17 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 34 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Other
Kids: Chocolate Making (2 hours) | min. age: 7+
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 17 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 32 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Other
Kids: Fencing Lesson (2 hours) | min. age: 7+
Guided Tour at Chenonceau (1 hour)
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 34 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Other
Kids: Ropes Course (2 hours) | min. age: 6+
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 14 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 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

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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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