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

Order and elegance shaped the Loire Valley. The castles are graceful - right out of a fairy tale. The manicured gardens are flawless - too perfect to believe. The landscape is idyllic - a rolling symphony of grapevines, fruit trees, fields and rivers. But this isn't the whole story. Those châteaux have moats and imposing towers. Political intrigue is no stranger here. Nor is inspired ingenuity. Names like Joan of Arc. Charles VII. Leonardo da Vinci. Now it's your turn to shape the Loire Valley. Your bike wheels spinning your own tale amid grand fortified estates, pocket-sized villages, sumptuous cuisine and delicious chenin blanc. As orderly and elegant or intriguing and ingenious as you like.

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.

Day 1 Ride quiet rural roads to visit French architectural landmarks  A picnic in the countryside is the perfect way to begin our Loire Valley sojourn  Warm up your legs on a pleasant spin through the castle-dotted landscape to Château de Rochecotte, a beautiful estate brimming with charm and baroque décor.

Day 2 Pedal through vineyards and picturesque towns like Restigné, where you can stop to admire the medieval Saint-Martin de Restigné cathedral  Discover Château de Gizeux, a historic monument dating back to the Middle Ages. 

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.

Day 4 Delve into fascinating French history where it actually unfolded Wander through Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's last residence, and marvel at models and designs of some of his creations In Amboise, grab an outdoor table and sip a café on Rue Nationale, a prime people-watching spot.

Days 5-6 Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux  At magical Château de Chenonceau, spanning the Cher River, our guide reveals the castle's past as we walk through richly appointed salons and vast galleries Pedal along rolling hills to Château de Nitray, built in the 15th and 16th centuries, where we're treated to a tour and typical French lunch  An idyllic route takes you from Château de Chissay to the outdoor market in Montrichard.

Trip Highlights
  • Ride quiet rural roads to visit French architectural landmarks
  • Relax at gracious castle-hotels
  • Wander through Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's last residence
  • Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux
  • Experience fascinating French history where it actually unfolded
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Casual Inns

Château de Rochecotte (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)

Château de la Bourdaisière (1 night): King François I built this splendid castle, nestled on 140 acres, for his mistress in the 1500s. (pool, tennis)

Château de Chissay (2 nights): This former royal residence is surrounded by a park and forest. (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 16* 600 26 900
2 15* 600 29 1100 43 1600
3 15* 800 29* 1200 42 1700
18* 800
4 18* 100 30 700 43 1300
5 15* 500 25* 500 34 900 50 1700
6 19 500

* Includes a shuttle

2016 Dates & Pricing*

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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

We're very excited to include this trip in our Breakaway collection! It's a great one for families, because there are so many biking options for a variety of abilities. There's gentler terrain for first-timers and easygoing riders, plus longer options for anyone desiring more of a challenge. And of course there are castles to check out, stunning pastoral scenery, fun activities that really highlight the culture, and lots of truly fantastic food! There's so much to love about the Loire Valley, and this trip is certain to be an unforgettable experience for your whole family.
Annie Rosenberg- Regional Manager, France