|from $3,198* per person||6 Days||May-October
Exertion level: 4
24 people max
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.
Ride quiet rural roads to visit French architectural landmarks
Relax at gracious castle-hotels
Private tastings of local wines
Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux
Experience fascinating French history where it actually unfolded
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- You need to form your own private group for this trip. It will be scheduled for a date you arrange with the provider. The itinerary here is just a sample.
- Offers some solo-only/singles departures.
Days 1-2 Ride quiet rural roads to visit French architectural landmarks A local vintner introduces us to Chinon wines during a private tasting It's easy to see why waterfront Candes-Saint-Martin is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("France's Most Beautiful Villages") Soak up the rich history of Fontevraud's medieval Benedictine abbey before biking a rolling route through the beautiful French countryside.
Day 3 Relax at gracious castle-hotels A leisurely ride leads to Azay-le-Rideau, set on the bank of the Indre River Visit the town's château, considered one of the most magnificent in France.
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 lunch An idyllic route takes you from Château de Chissay to the lively outdoor market in Montrichard.
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