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Loire Valley Family Breakaway Bike Tour
Loire Valley Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Pedal through a lush forest. Emerge as if you're in a fairy tale. Standing proudly before you is a château of Gothic majesty. Its dramatic gardens sculpted so every plant, every stretch of grass, every tree has been planned, pruned and perfected. You're in an architect's dream. Artists and writers escape to the Loire - even Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years here. If you and your gang have ever dreamed of living like royalty, there's no place more ideal.

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.

Days 1-2 Exquisite cuisine and acclaimed Vouvray wines  Your first spin amid peaceful woodland and picture-perfect villages illustrates why bicycling in the Loire Valley is such a delight  Join a vintner for a private tour and degustation at the family's centuries-old wine cave Pedal through vineyards and villages and across the Loire River With its gleaming white façade and lavish interior laden with fine furnishings and the ever-present glint of gold, Château de Cheverny is an awe-inspiring sight.

Days 3-4 Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux  Alongside a private guide, soak up the glamor of Château de Chenonceau - the ultimate pleasure palace - which spans the River Cher and brims with rare tapestries and magnificent paintings  Ride through the vineyards and villages outside Montbazon to the town of Saché, known for its château and famous visitors, including Honoré de Balzac Step back in time at Château de Villandry, whose strikingly beautiful geometric gardens invite a stroll.

Days 5-6 The royal treatment is de rigueur at our gracious hotels  Pedal past vineyards and orchards to bustling Azay-le-Rideau, a wonderful place to fill your bike bag with goodies for a picnic down the road Have a look around Chinon, known as much for its full-bodied red wines as for its turbulent history  Before saying au revoir to the Loire Valley, head out on one last spin around the castle-dotted countryside, enjoying the quiet morning as you pedal through farmland and small villages.

Trip Highlights
  • Bike the most scenic routes in this region beloved for its elegance and natural beauty
  • Gracious castle-hotels provide the perfect setting each evening
  • Savor exquisite cuisine and critically acclaimed Vouvray wines
  • Formidable, romantic or downright ostentatious, the Loire's châteaux are yours to explore
  • Delve into the intrigue of French history where it actually unfolded
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Premiere Inns

Domaine des Hauts de Loire (2 nights): Built as a grand hunting lodge in the 19th century, this magnificent ivy-covered château enjoys a secluded setting amid tranquil parkland. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, tennis)

Château d'Artigny (2 nights): A belle epoque dream castle of perfumer François Coty, set among manicured gardens above the Indre Valley. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa, tennis)

Château de Marçay (1 night): Turrets and secret passageways attest to the medieval origins of this hotel, whose expansive gardens include grapevines used to produce 2,500 bottles of wine each year. (pool)

Routes For All Abilities

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.

Daily Route Options
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 21 300
2 23* 400 37* 600 58 1400
3 19* 600 34* 1000 44 1600 56 1000
4 12* 500 21* 800 34 1300 50 1500
5 15* 300 27* 500 42 1400
47 900
6 16 500

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

There's no mystery why our biking trip among the classic Loire Valley châteaux is a perennial favorite with Backroads travelers. First, the cycling is superb for all abilities, with mellow terrain for easygoing riders and first-timers, plus longer options for anyone desiring more of a challenge. Combine this with gorgeous rural scenery, great activities that immerse you in the culture, stays at some of France's finest château-hotels and a whole range of wonderful dining opportunities - from critically acclaimed restaurants to the perfect little café on a village square - and you've got a biking experience that really is one of those must-do trips.
Annie Rosenberg - Regional Manager, France