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Loire Valley Family Bike Tour

From Storybook Castles to Sun-Splashed Countryside

  • Pedal back in time amid serene farmland, vast vineyards and storybook villages
  • Discover fairy-tale castles around every bend
  • Kids wield epées with an award-winning fencing master
  • History comes to life at Leonardo da Vinci's home
  • Have fun on an afternoon canoeing adventure on the Loire River

Experience the Loire at its fun-loving best. There's peaceful biking past sunflowers. Fairy-tale castles to explore and history-come-to-life at Leonardo da Vinci's home. A fencing lesson and chocolate-making for the youngsters. Wine tasting and private castle tours for grown-ups. Even the Medici family would've had a blast with Backroads!

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Itinerary

Day 1 Around each new bend, another majestic castle is waiting to be explored  Check out Château de Cheverny, a fully-furnished privately owned estate and the model for the fictional Château de Moulinsart from the Tintin comic books Spin through postcard-perfect villages and along wooded back roads once favored by horse-drawn carriages.

Day 2 Ride past vineyards and hamlets to Château de Blois, one of the Loire's largest and most extravagant castles, with over 500 rooms and fireplaces  Spend time relaxing and enjoying the charming town of Blois  The younger set joins a Backroads leader for outdoor fun while adults ride through a forested country landscape.

Day 3 Explore the gentle countryside graced with rolling vineyards, orchards and sunflower fields  Join a local vintner on a tour of the family winery, followed by a gourmet lunch  Visit Leonardo da Vinci's home, Clos Lucé, nestled in the town of Amboise  Kids take part in a hands-on chocolate-making class at a local chocolatier before a special dinner just for them  Grown-ups savor Michelin-starred cuisine and spectacular wines.

Day 4 Pedal to Château de Chaumont, an architectural marvel whose edifice spans periods from late French Gothic to French Renaissance, and whose grounds are a fragrant feast for the senses  Admire the château's collection of themed gardens and it's award-winning International Garden Festival  En garde! Kids learn the fine art of fencing under the sharp eye of a local fencing master.

Days 5-6 Bike past smiling sunflowers and rolling wheat fields beyond the banks of the Cher river, a symbolic demarcation of free France during the Second World War  Experience fascinating French history where it actually unfolded at Château de Chenonceau Adults enjoy a private guided tour of the castle while youngsters discover the château grounds and mysterious "black room" An idyllic route leads to the market of Montrichard where you can shop like the locals do, basket in hand.

Jeff, Liz and Ciara were absolutely the best leaders! They anticipated our every need, were incredibly engaging with the children and flexible in meeting so many diverse desires. They made the trip a spectacular success.
Linda - Chicago

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.
$3,698
pp dbl. occ.
(+$500 for sgl. occ.)

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Casual Hotels

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Château du Breuil

Château du Breuil

Cheverny (1 night)

Located near Cheverny, this 15th-century manor still has its original tower and moat. (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)

Chateau de Chissay

Château de Chissay

Chissay-en-Touraine (2 nights)

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

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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2017 August

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
2 15* 400 27* 1000 40 1600 50 2100
3 15* 100 33 400 43 1400
48 1700
Kids: Chocolate-Making Class (2 Hours)
4 14* 400 30* 900 38* 1000 43 1400
Kids: Fencing Lesson (2 Hours)
5 16* 700 26* 1000 36 1400 52 2500
Kids: Afternoon Games (1.5 Hours)
6 8 300 19 800
 

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.

* 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

Prefer to Keep Your Royal Tour Informal?

It may be that casual hotels are more your style, at least on trips with the kids. We get it, and that's why we're the only active travel company offering a Loire trip with less formal lodgings. Our family adventure has all the kid-friendly activities you expect from Backroads, including fencing, canoeing and chocolate making. But when it comes to hotels, we go for family-friendly hospitality over places where you'll tense up every time one of your gang walks near a tapestry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Loire Valley have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

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.

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.

Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ

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