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Cycling Tour Loire Valley
Enjoy a stunning, relaxed 7-day cycle tour that has optional diversions for those seeking a little more of a cycling challenge, but easy enough for just about anyone to enjoy. And if it’s French gastronomical experiences you’re after, this is the cycling tour for you. This journey through the Loire Valley is a top tour in terms of food and wine, visiting some of the finest restaurants in the region, showcasing the amazing specialities of the Touraine, all included in your tour. This trip is a fully guided, small group based cycling tour, and includes a support vehicle if required. Just about all meals are included with wine and coffee, as well as charming accommodation, flexible transfers, quality bikes and luggage transfers.
- CategoryFor Food Lovers
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance151 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance30.2 miles
The banks of the Loire River and its tributaries the Cher and the Indre are home to some of the finest examples of chateaux in France. The attractions of the region aren't limited to stone and mortar, however. The riverbanks are lined with the vineyards of many fine wine domains, and the local cuisine includes specialities such as cheeses, mushrooms and river fish, creating a region treasured for its gourmet delights.
This cycling route takes in all of the famed chateaux of the Loire; you will also visit other attractions including Leonardo da Vinci’s home, the Clos Luce, at Amboise, and the ‘trogolodyte’ houses carved out of the soft tufa rock along its banks. The cycling is gentle, following rivers, quiet tree-lined roads and forest tracks.
Your Loire Valley journey also takes in the fabulous chateaux of the Renaissance: elegant Chenonceau, imposing Chaumont, stately Cheverney and majestic Chambord. You will also visit the medieval gem that is the town of Loches. The riding is over gently rolling countryside, with just a few hills to help you work up an appetite! The route is split between quiet roads through fields of sunflowers and maize, passing castles, windmills and manor houses, and hard-surfaced tracks through the royal hunting forests of Loches and Chambord.
An incredibly active journey into real France, with food, wine and accommodation experiences that you will remember for a long time. Fully guided, with a support vehicle never far away, you can enjoy as much food and wine as you like!