• Loire Valley France Family Bike Tour
  • Backroads Loire Valley France Family Bike Tour
  • Backroads Loire Valley France Family Bike Tour
  • Loire Valley France Family Bike Tour
  • Backroads Loire Valley France Family Bike Tour

Loire Valley Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Loire Valley's Storybook Castles & Countryside

  • Pedal through a landscape fit for kings and queens to explore Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux 
  • Relax at gracious castle-hotels and admire grand French architecture
  • Partake in private tastings of local wines
  • Experience fascinating French history where it actually unfolded

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 family's turn.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Bike quiet rural roads to inspiring architectural landmarks | A sampling of Chinon's wine and local fare is the perfect way to begin our Loire Valley sojourn | Warm up your legs on a pleasant ride through the castle-dotted landscape to Château de Rochecotte, a beautiful estate brimming with charm and baroque décor.

Day 2 Sample superb local vintages | Pedal through vineyards and picturesque towns like Restigné, where you can stop to admire the medieval St-Martin de Restigné cathedral | Discover Château de Gizeux, a historic monument dating back to the Middle Ages, and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

Day 3 Relax at gracious castle-hotels | A leisurely ride through fields, vineyards and forested Loire villages leads to Azay-le-Rideau, set on the bank of the Indre River | Visit the town's Renaissance château, considered one of the most magnificent in France and beloved for its splendid period furnishings and elaborate tapestries | Savor an elegant dinner of local seasonal specialties.

Day 4 Delve into fascinating French history where it actually unfolded | At magical Château de Chenonceau, spanning the Cher River, our local guide reveals the castle's past as we walk through richly appointed salons and vast galleries | In Amboise, choose an outdoor table and sip a café on Rue Nationale, a prime people-watching spot.

Days 5-6 Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux are yours to discover | Cycle along rolling hills to Château de Chaumont, set among verdant lawns and meandering paths | Explore the castle's plush chambers and stunning collection of themed gardens | Opt for a final spin through the countryside or a leisurely morning at the hotel | 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.

Once again a really wonderful experience. Now that our children are getting older, it was nice to have the breakaway group with older teens and twenty-somethings. We had a great opportunity to connect as a family and also the kids made some great friendships! This was a really fun group, both the leaders and the other families
Jana - Danville, CA

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.
$3,498
pp dbl. occ.
(+$540 for sgl. occ.)

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St-Pierre-des-Corps, France

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All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Chateau de Rochecotte

Château de Rochecotte

Saint Patrice (2 nights)

Formerly the private residence of a prince and duchess, this grand 18th-century estate sits adjacent to a 50-acre forest with a beautiful lake. (pool)

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere

Château de la Bourdaisière

Montlouis-sur-Loire (1 night)

King François I built this splendid castle, nestled on 140 acres, for his mistress in the 1500s. (pool)

Chateau de Pray

Chateau de Pray

Amboise (2 nights)

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

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Once again a really wonderful experience. Now that our children are getting older, it was nice to have the breakaway group with older teens and twenty-somethings. We had a great opportunity to connect as a family and also the kids made some great friendships! This was a really fun group, both the leaders and the other families

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13* 600 23 900
2 15* 800 20* 1000 29 1300 44 1500
3 15* 800 22* 1000 29* 1200 44 1900
4 11* 600 20* 1000 32 1400 45 2000
5 17* 800 25* 1000 34 1200 49 1800
6 13 700
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Loire Valley

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Loire Valley trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Loire Valley trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Loire Valley designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Loire Valley—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Loire Valley

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Loire Valley, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Loire Valley you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Loire Valley

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Loire Valley. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Loire Valley live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ

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