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Storybook Châteaux & French Countryside

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

FROM: $3,799 pp dbl occ
($400 for sgl occ)

France

Start/End St-Pierre-des-Corps

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

Highlights
  • Pedal through a landscape fit for kings and queens to explore Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux 
  • Relax at gracious castle-hotels, admire grand French architecture and experience the richness of life in the Loire
  • Taste unique wines from local vineyards and savor the gastronomic delights of one of France's most fertile regions
  • Experience fascinating French history and visit off-the-beaten-path villages like Candes-St-Martin and Montsoreau
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

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.

Relais des Landes, Loire Valley, France
Relais des Landes
Ouchamps
| Casual Hotel

Once a 17th-century manor, this refined and sunny hotel maintains traditional French aesthetics with a modern touch. (pool)

Days 2-3

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.

Château de Chissay, Loire Valley, France
Château de Chissay
Chissay-en-Touraine
| Casual Hotel

This former royal residence is surrounded by a park and forest. (pool)

Days 4-6

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.

Chateau Le Prieure, Loire Valley, France
Château Le Prieuré
Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault
| Casual Hotel

Decadent French styling and sweeping views of the Loire River are highlights at this elegant castle-hotel.

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

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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.

Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 10 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 20 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 30 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 55 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 36 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 44 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 12 miles | 400 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 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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