Each summer, the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. On this cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary. Hop on a bike and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards, and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, fine wines, and remote country tracks – ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.
Cycle from one glorious château to the next, appreciate the lush Loire Valley scenery, visit local markets, taste wine in ancient vineyards, pedal through the "Garden of France".
Days : 8
Price : From AED 5,361*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 4 - Demanding
Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities and you may arrive at any time throughout the day (please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2-3pm). After the meeting, you may choose to join your CEO and travel companions for an optional dinner in a local restaurant. Additional Notes: Look out for a message from your CEO at the hotel reception detailing the time and location for an important meeting in the evening, during which meet your CEO and fellow group members, complete some admin and learn more about the trip. If you arrive late, your CEO will leave you a message detailing where they can be contacted and when to meet the following morning. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
First day on your bike today. Cycle onward towards the village of Chenonceau. Additional Notes: Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel. Included Activities: Chateau de Blois Visit Transport: Bicycle (24km) Bicycle (26km)
Cycle through villages and countryside to the town of Tours, via the city of Amboise. Along the way stop at a variety of markets, and pick up some succulent local fare. Find a suitable stopping point, relax with a great picnic and enjoy a lazy afternoon by the river. Included Activities: Chateau de Chenonceau Visit Transport: Bicycle (25km) Bicycle (27km)
Following the river along through the green fields and flower strewn meadows of the Loire to the medieval citadel of Chinon. The terrain here is known as 'bocage', which refers to rolling hills filled with forests and pastures. Included Activities: Château d'Ussé Vineyard Visit and Tasting Transport: Bicycle (60km)
Wander around historic Chinon in the morning before taking off once more on our bikes. After leaving Chinon, the terrain changes and a steep white limestone cliff rises above us, known as 'Tuffeau'. Cycle in the shadow of this cliff along the river, admire the houses built into the cliff face as you pass. Transport: Bicycle (36km)
In 'the garden of France' as the Loire region is known, you might be able to help yourself to some of the delicious roadside fruit along the way. Gennes, as with many of the villages here, is close to a large chateau, that of Milly-le-Meugon. On arrival there will be time to explore the surroundings and see more of the town. Included Activities: Musée du Champignon Visit Transport: Bicycle (20km)
After a week of leisurely cycling across the Loire, today is the last opportunity for you to stretch your legs and enjoy the great scenery along the route. The bulk of the route here is on specific cycle paths, but we do spend some time cycling on the main roads as well. It's fairly flat cycling through mostly countryside along the way. Angers is the final stop, so tonight is a great opportunity for one final taste of the great French cuisine and wine that the Loire is famous for. Transport: Bicycle (40km)
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
On this trip, we will be travelling between each destination by bike and you will need to carry your own day packs. There will be a vehicle to carry the bulk of our luggage to the next accommodation for you.
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights