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 chteaux, 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.
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.
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.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
First day on your bike today. Cycle onward towards the village of Chenonceau.
Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel.
Chateau de Blois Visit
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.
Chateau de Chenonceau Visit
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.
Vineyard Visit and Tasting
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.
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.
Pierre et Lumière Museum Visit
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.
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Trip Name: Loire Valley Cycling
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: 1119
Trip Code: 133017
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