Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
Long considered a global center of art, science, philosophy and sophistication, France boasts incredible diversity in its offerings to travelers.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-4
Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
From: $3,999 - $4,249 pp dbl occ
($550 - $750 for sgl occ)
The Loire Valley—right out of a fairy tale. Graceful castles and flawless manicured gardens. An idyllic scene made lush by the majestic water of the Loire River. A rolling symphony of vineyards, orchards, fields and rivers. Decadent cuisine and exquisite wines to cap off a day of bike touring. Order and elegance have shaped the Loire Valley. Now it’s your turn.
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Ride quiet rural roads to charming villages and inspiring architectural landmarks in a World Heritage landscape | Wander the impeccable grounds of Château de Chambord, the Loire’s grandest castle | Cycle parts of the beautiful regional bike path network, La Loire à Vélo | Relax at a lovely French manor-turned-hotel set on 34 acres of magnificent woodland.
Once a 17th-century manor, this refined and sunny hotel maintains traditional French aesthetics with a modern touch. (pool)
Bike along rolling hills to Château de Chaumont, set among verdant lawns and meandering paths | Explore the castle's plush chambers and impressive collection of themed gardens | Delve into fascinating French history where it actually unfolded | Discover Amboise, one of the region’s loveliest and most historic towns | Choose an outdoor table and sip a café on Rue Nationale, a prime people-watching spot | Ride through a splendid forest and along the River Cher to Chenonceau for a tour of the noble home’s richly appointed salons and vast galleries.
A turreted castle nestled amid trees on a terraced slope overlooking the Loire River. (pool)
Embark on a leisurely ride through fields, vineyards and forested Loire villages from Château de Villandry, a 16th-century castle with stunning gardens | Bike along the River Loire and immerse yourself in the area’s joie de vivre | Venture off the beaten path in picturesque old-world spots like Montsoreau and Candes-St-Martin | Share riverside paths with local cyclists en route to one-of-a-kind troglodyte hamlets and the town of Saumur, home to some of the region's finest wines | Ride through cabernet franc vineyards and arrive in postcard-perfect Brissac-Quincé | Pause at the water’s edge to admire the view | Opt for a final spin through the countryside or a peaceful morning at the hotel.
Decadent French styling and sweeping views of the Loire River are highlights at this elegant castle-hotel.
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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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.
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