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Loire Valley Bike Tour

“It was a wonderful vacation from every aspect all we had to do was just show up! Cycling through the… ”
Loire
, Chateaux
, Castle
, Montlouis-sur-loire, France

from $4,495* per person 6 Days May-October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: DuVine Adventures 16 people max
  • Train station, france near blois, france
  • Active & Adventure trips
The Loire is the valley of dreams, and we invite you to join our bike tour as we cycle into a land of pure enchantment. We’ll spend our days bicycling through the level terrain of a provincial countryside, through medieval villages, and along meandering rivers. Along our Loire bike tour route, we will pause at lush, age-old vineyards to taste glorious vintages and explore the region’s distinct subterranean troglodyte cellars. Of course, there’s much more history to sample as we visit sprawling, immaculate castles that seem to have popped out of storybooks, and roam vibrant gardens manicured into works of art. This is the home of Château Chenonceau, whose fate was decided more by its women than by its men … of an aging Leonardo da Vinci, who arrived at his final residence at Clos Lucé with a sample of Mona Lisa … and of luxurious châteaux-hotels that will pamper you in royal luxury.

Locations visited/nearby

Loire , Chateaux , Castle , Montlouis-sur-loire, France

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Delray Beach, FL USA
    It was a wonderful vacation from every aspect all we had to do was just show up! Cycling through the countryside and villages gave us a true taste of this region of France. We felt like VIP's at every stop.
    5
  2. Reviewer: located in Bonita Springs, FL USA
    We loved our trip to the Loire. The guides were terrifice and the places we stayed were wonderful and the food was DuVine.
    5

3 testimonials about the provider, DuVine Adventures:

  • Reviewer: located in New York, NY USA
    I have gone on 5 DuVine trips and I have had a fantastic time on each. I have referred several friends and colleagues, all have come back with rave reviews.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Wenonah, NJ USA
    One of the best vacation experiences we've had. We won't hesitate to recommend this to everyone. The guides have a fascinating blend of competence, fun loving and a real free spirit.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Boston, MA USA
    We had a great time, we were able to get into places that were closed and the guides seemed to know everyone, everywhere we went. Very knowledgeable about the area, wine, and architecture. Great biking, small roads - no traffic.
    5

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Special information

  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Day One: Chambord and the Royal Hunting Grounds
Your guides will greet you at the Blois train station and whisk you to the nearby Château Chambord, where your adventure begins. Here you will toast your welcome to the region with a light lunch and some of the region’s own sparkling wine and arouse your palate for a week of chocolate, wine, and cheese tastings.  During your tour of the chateau and grounds you will voyage across centuries of French historical legends, revealing battles, mistresses, culinary arts, and innovations both of architecture and artistry.   Take your time to visit this masterfully built chateau (rumored to have been partly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci) and then join your guides to mount your steeds.  During your bike fitting, safety talk and map review, your guides will get you up to speed for a week of gentle rolling rides through forests, vineyards and never-ending fields of grain.  Return to the beautiful hotel hidden away in the woods above the Loire river by bike or get a lift in the van. Tonight, the hotel’s 2** Michelin starred chef will spoil you with the regional specialties!

Meal: Light lunch & Dinner
Destinations visited: Blois, Chambord, Mont-sur-Chambord, Onzain
Distance cycled: 43 kms / 27 miles

Day Two: Château Cheverny and its vineyards
After you have enjoyed your scrumptious breakfast buffet at the hotel your guides will get you excited for your ride with the day’s map review.  Today you will be crossing over the Loire River to head over for a visit of the Château de Cheverny, also known as the model for Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike Hall in the Adventures of Tintin.  Before the visit you’ll have many cute little bistros to choose from for your well deserved lunch.   The 16th century chateau, like many others in the region, has been demolished and rebuilt on many occasions making its history unclear at times.  Nevertheless, the current château is filled with original canvases, tapestries, and period furniture that make the beautifully preserved chateau so delightful.   Do not miss the pack of hunting dogs that are kept on the grounds and are taken out twice a week to keep their senses sharp.   We will have a wine tasting of Cheverny’s and Cour-Cheverny’s very unique wines before leaving the area.  Return to the hotel by bike or get a lift in the van and you will be delighted by tonight’s traditional fare in the authentic restaurant we have chosen for you in the little town of Onzain.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner
Destinations visited: Onzain, Candé sur Beuvron, Cheverny, Cour Cheverny
Distance cycled: 32 kms / 20 miles (plus an optional 32 kms/20 miles)
 
Day Three: Amboise Through Da Vinci’s Eyes
After cycling through a panorama of rich farmland and the towns Pocé-sur-Cisse and Limeray. You will observe roads lined with underground troglodyte cellars, something unique that differentiates Loire from other regions in its winemaking practices. Afterwards your guides will bring you to the Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci is said to have arrived holding the Mona Lisa in his hands and then spent the final years of his life. The museum that now sits inside this beautiful manor is home to replicas of Da Vinci’s famous war machines and a few of his mysterious sketches and letters. Continuing on, we’ll arrive at the Manoir St. Thomas and enjoy an authentic picnic lunch prepared by your guides with local wine and cheese.  You may then opt do a loop ride out through the vineyards of St Martin or visit the Chateau d’Amboise, once the primary home of the French royalty.  The current structure is only one-fifth of the "palace" constructed by Charles VIII. Tonight is yours to explore the enchanting streets of Amboise and choose from one of the many fine-dining options all within a short walk.

Meals: Breakfast & Gourmet Lunch
Destinations visited: Onzain, Pocé-sur-Cisse, Limeray, Nazelles-Négron, Amboise
Distance cycled: 24 kms / 15 miles (plus an optional16 kms/ 10 miles)

Day Four: Amboise to Chenonceau and Montbazon
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll cycle to Château de Chenonceau and tour the graceful 15th century castle with its “dueling” gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau is not only remarkable for its architecture and history, but also for the fine quality of its original period furniture and fine art collections. On our visit, we’ll see Renaissance furniture, and a vast ensemble of XVIth and XVIIth century tapestries and other great masterpieces. After the visit, you’ll be spoiled with your guide’s culinary efforts with a gourmet picnic including all the region’s best: goat cheeses, rillettes, fois gras.   Cycling on, we’ll reach the gorgeous town of Montbazon.  The rectangular Donjon of Montbazon (mid 11th century) is one of the oldest strongholds in France. It was built by Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou to protect his territory.  After a gentle climb into the woods you will be pleasantly surprised by the extravagant Chateau d’Artigny.  Dinner tonight is in one of DuVine’s favorite restaurants, la Chanceliere – a fine gourmet experience.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Destinations visited: Amboise, Chenonceaux, Cormery, Veigné & Montbazon
Distance cycled: 54 kms / 33 miles

Day Five: Château de Villandry
Another delicious breakfast rich with fresh fruit, yogurts, bread, pastries, and cheeses will prepare us for the lovely ride alongside the Cher River on a peaceful bike path.  The Chateau de Villandry was completed around 1536 and was the last of the large chateaus built in the Loire Valley during the Renaissance. It has an extraordinary showcase of Renaissance-style mazes, an elegant water garden, and the source for perfect French recipes: potager and herb gardens. Indulge in a fresh and tasty lunch at the château gates (don’t forget to try the unique flavors of ice cream that are inspired by the chateau’s gardens!) before we cycle back to Montbazon to spend the afternoon in complete relaxation by the pool before we meet for drinks. Our final dinner will be prepared by the Château’s well-regarded chef as we dine amidst stunning valley views.

Meals: Breakfast/ Dinner
Destinations visited: Montbazon, Savonnieres, Château de Villandry
Distance cycled: 48.5 km / 30 miles

Day Six: Montbazon - Tours
After breakfast and perhaps a stroll through the castle’s grounds, say goodbye to the Loire Valley however you see fit. We’ll see you off at the St Pierre Des Corps TGV train station where you head on to your next destination.

Meal: Breakfast
Accomplished: Total Satisfaction!

TRIP TOTAL: 201 KM/126 MILES, averaging 45 km/28 miles per day.
Optional longer rides each day.

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