Fencing ni the Loire Valley
Loire Valley family vacations
Biking in the Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley family bike tours
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 Family Bike Tour - Teens & Kids

Storied Landscapes & Magical Castles

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

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels*

FROM: $4,599 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices

France

Start/End St-Pierre-des-Corps

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

Highlights
  • Pedal peaceful 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 & Casual Plus Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Ride family-friendly bike routes past enchanting villages and serene woodland | Explore Château de Chambord, the region’s largest castle and a magnificent display of French Renaissance architecture | Bike forested back roads and vineyard-covered hills | Relish unparalleled views of Chambord’s towers and steeples from our exquisite hotel.

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) 

Days 2-3

Venture to Cheverny, the castle that inspired Hergé’s rendition in The Adventures of Tintin | Kids hop in the saddle for a horseback-riding adventure | Follow the river by bike toward the lively town of Amboise, where there’s time to stroll, shop and sip un café | 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 | Relax poolside at our hotel, an ivy-covered manor.

Château de Pray, Loire Valley, France
Château de Pray
Chargé
| *Casual Plus Hotel

A turreted castle nestled amid trees on a terraced slope overlooking the Loire River. (pool)

Days 4-6

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 charming village to the next before returning to our elegant château-hotel | Discover the rolling pastures and goat farms behind the Loire’s famous fromage de chèvre | A peaceful 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 grand terrace.

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)

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.

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 7+

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
* Includes shuttle.

Note: 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.

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 your available bike options for this trip.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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

Kids' Bikes

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.

Trailer Bike

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, 5 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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