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Loire Valley Family Biking: Fun in France's Regal Touraine

France, Europe

from $4,198* per person 6 Days June-August
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Airport, france near saint-pierre-des-corps, france
  • Family & Friends trips
There’s nothing to see in the Loire Valley. Nothing but fairy-tale castles in every shape and size. Imposing towers and pincushion spires. Flying buttresses and astonishingly flawless gardens. Nothing but fertile fields crisscrossed by gracefully meandering rivers. Easygoing routes for younger riders. And lots of pedaling options for the older crowd. Nothing but treats at patisseries, gourmet cuisine and exquisite wines. A visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s house and a fencing lesson just for kids. History comes to life. The Loire Valley - nothing short of the perfect family getaway.

    Pedal peaceful roads connecting fairy-tale castles
    A hands-on visit to Leonardo da Vinci's home
    Kids wield épées with an world-class fencing master!
    A private tour of Château de Chenonceau
    Relax at gracious castle-hotels

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France, Europe

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  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Day 1 Discover medieval, Renaissance and classical châteaux Pedal to Vouvray, one of France’s oldest wine-growing regions  As you spin past peaceful woodland and picture-perfect villages, you’ll soon see why bicycling in the Loire Valley is such a delight.

Day 2 A hands-on visit to Leonardo da Vinci's home, Clos Lucé, where you'll marvel at models and designs of his creations  Explore the gardens of the Château de Chaumont  Adults can break from their bikes to explore the lively town of Amboise, while youngsters let loose at an outdoor adventure park with a ropes course and go-karts.

Days 3-4 En garde! Kids learn the importance of foibles and fortes, and wield épées under the watchful eye of world-class fencing master Rudi van Oeveren Travel back in time at magical Château de Chenonceau, where a private guide shares fascinating stories of its richly appointed interiors and dazzling artwork  A peaceful route through vineyards and villages leads to Château de Villandry, surrounded by some of France’s most exquisite gardens  Spin to the town of Saché and check out the castle where Balzac wrote his acclaimed Comédie Humaine.

Days 5-6 The royal treatment at gracious castle-hotels Ride through rolling hills and orchards to the riverside town of Azay-le-Rideau, home to a magnificent château Heart skip a beat? Not surprising - you're about to discover Ussé, the castle that inspired the author of Sleeping Beauty  Explore Chinon, a spellbinding town with historical ties to Joan of Arc.

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