Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
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The Loire Valley—right out of a fairy tale. Graceful castles and flawless manicured gardens. An idyllic landscape made lush by the majestic water of the Loire River. A rolling symphony of vineyards, orchards, fields and rivers. Decadent cuisine and exquisite wines. Order and elegance have shaped the Loire Valley. Now it's your turn.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Bike quiet rural roads to charming villages and inspiring architectural landmarks in an enchanting World Heritage landscape | Explore the exquisite 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)
Cycle 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 | Visit Leonardo da Vinci's former home, Clos Lucé, and be inspired by the artist's remarkable work on display in the property's museum | Roll 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.
This former royal residence is surrounded by a park and forest. (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 villages like Montsoreau and Brissac-Quincé | Ride through cabernet franc vineyards and arrive in postcard-perfect Candes-St-Martin | Share riverside paths with local cyclists en route to unique troglodyte hamlets and the town of Saumur, home to some of the region's finest wines | Pause at the water's edge at a lively guinguette (tavern) | 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. 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.
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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.