|from $2,998* per person||6 Days||June-August
Exertion level: 4
24 people max
A trip with kids in the Loire Valley? The concept may seem curious in a region synonymous with elegance and order. Not to worry - we bring you the Loire at its fun-loving kid-friendly best. There's easygoing biking past sunflower fields and famous vineyards. Fairy-tale castles to investigate. There's history-come-to-life at Leonardo da Vinci's home. A fencing lesson, fun-park excursion and chocolate factory visit just for the younger set. Wine tasting and private castle tours just for grown-ups. Even the Medici family would have had fun with Backroads!
Pedal across beautiful French countryside
Fairy-tale castles around every bend
Kids wield epées with an award-winning fencing master!
Leonardo da Vinci's home
An afternoon sampling chocolate - a kid's dream come true
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Day 1 Visit fairy-tale castles, starting off at the stunning 17th-century Château de Cheverny, with a dramatic façade and sweeping lawns A leisurely spin along wooded back roads and through postcard-perfect villages introduces you to the pleasures of biking in the Loire Valley.
Day 2 En garde! Kids learn the fine art of fencing under the watchful eye of world-class fencing master Rudi van Oeveren Ride past vineyards and hamlets to Château de Chambord, one of the Loire's largest and most extravagant castles.
Day 3 Gentle countryside graced with rolling vineyards, orchards and sunflower fields 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 The younger set joins a Backroads leader for fun at a ropes course and in go-carts.
Day 4 Experience fascinating French history where it actually unfolded Bike past troglodyte dwellings, community gardens and vineyard-laden fields to the village of Vouvray, known for its chenin blanc A local vintner invites us for a tour of his family winery, followed by a gourmet picnic How sweet it is! Kids sample chocolate at Bigot's confectionery factory.
Days 5-6 A hands-on exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's home, Clos Lucé Spin across the Loire River and along rolling hills to the most famous castle of the valley: Château de Chenonceau While adults enjoy a private guided tour of the castle, youngsters discover the château grounds and mysterious "black room" Soak up the flavor of Amboise.
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