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Lifestyle Down the Loire River

8 day(s) | from 820.00 -

Easy to Moderate

Themes

Food & Wine
History

Included

7 nights with breakfast, maps, road-book with tourist information, daily luggage transfer, 7/7 days assistance and local tax

When

April to October 

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  • Description
  • During this Lifestyle down the Loire River bike tour, discover what french people call “l’Art de Vivre”. This lovely self-guided bike tour between the Loire, Cher, Indre and Vienne Rivers is perfect for those looking for an easy going route with beautiful sceneries and gastronomy. You will have enough time and energy to really take in this beautiful region.
    You start in Amboise where your hotel is located between the river and Leonardo da Vinci chateau. Your journey meanders through the Cher, Indre and Loire valleys taking in an array of the many chateaux including Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceaux.
    The Loire Valley is quintessential romantic France. The castles on the river and the beautiful countryside are the reason why this region is so famous. Kings, Lords and Ladies of the court were seduced by the beautiful natural setting and it’s easy to see why.
    We believe that good food and comfortable accommodation help make the cycling holiday experience. A warm welcome will greet you at each night’s accommodation.

Highlights

  • The Lifestyle down the Loire bike tour starts in Amboise, famous for the Clos Lucé manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived
  • Visit some of the most amazing french chateaux and gardens like in Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and Chenonceau
  • Discover the Plantagenets and Richard Lionheart heritage in Chinon
  • Vineyards: cycle one of the world’s most well-known areas of wine production such as Chinon or Pineau de Loire
  • Good food and comfortable accommodation help make the cycling holiday experience

Bike tour itinerary : Lifestyle Down the Loire River

  • D1 
  • Arrival in Amboise
    • Amboise is located right on the Loire River. On the south side of the river lies the town centre and castle, where the French kings spent their childhoods during the XV and XVI centuries. In town there is also a museum displaying many of the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, who spent the last few years of his life here until he died in 1519.

  • D2 
  • Amboise Loop
  • 28km / 40km /
    • The highlight of today’s ride is the chateau of Chenonceau, the most romantic of all the Loire chateaux. It actually sits in the Cher River, whose waters reflect the pale stone of the beautiful turrets and arches, and was the home of both Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers. The longer ride takes you first through the vineyards of Mont-Louis producing an excellent white wine

  • D3 
  • Amboise to Tours
  • 30km / 45km /
    • Today you cycle west on the north-bank of the Loire River. Through a mixture of woods and vineyards you will eventually arrive to the very picturesque village of Vouvray. As Mont-Louis, Vouvray area produces the really refine white wine made of native Chenin grappe locally called “Pineau de la Loire”. Vouvray also produces lovely Fizzy wine world know as most of the wine is exported overseas and mainly to the UK for more than 200 years! After a good break you ride on a cycle lane right along the loire River to get into the historical town of Tours. Your hotel being right in the center of Tours and the ride fairly short, you can nicely visit the city’s attractions on foot

  • D4 
  • Tours to Azay le Rideau
  • 34km /
    • Tours is now well equipped with cycling lane and it make the ride  through the city Comfortable. From the centre of town you join the Cher Valley in the south and follow it westward all the way to Villandry. This  privately own chateau is remarquable for its gardens. One of the finest in France.  After a good break  you ride on a peaceful road along the Cher until it meets with the Loire River. Eventually you go south through vineyards and orchards to  get to the small town of Azay-le-Rideau.  Your hotel is  in the centre of town and 200m away from the Chateau which sits right in the middle of the Indre River

  • D5 
  • Azay le Rideau to Chinon
  • 38km /
    • Cycling through vineyards to the west to the Loire River. From the village of Bréhémont it is an absolute delight along the wide and slow  running River.  After a while you will leave the Loire Valley and cross the  plateau to reach Chinon and the Vienne River. On the way, you will ride facing the Chateau of Ussé….like in a fairy  tale!

      The city of Chinon deserves at least half a day visiting and your hotel has a perfect location to do so.

      It is famous for its medieval streets and a ruined château, where the first meeting between St. Joan of Arc and King Charles VII of France took place in 1429. A statue of the 16th-century French writer François Rabelais, who was born in the vicinity in about 1494 and passed his childhood in the town, stands on the river embankment. The château standing on a rocky height dominating the town was the residence of Henry Plantagenets!

  • D6 
  • Chinon western loop
  • 44km /
    • The Vienne River, Fontevraud and Cande Saint Martin will be the menu of the day. 13km  West along the Vienne River you will join the Loire River at Cande Saint Martin.  You will go along the troglodyte houses of Montsoreau and some old wind mills . Cycling the famous Saumur-Champigny vineyards  you will get to the Fontevraud; once the largest monastic city in Europe. You should have plenty of time to have lunch in the village and visit the Abbey before returning Chinon through the forest.

  • D7 
  • Chinon eastern loop
  • 28km / 45km /
    • Today is dedicated to the Vienne valley up-stream,  the famous vineyards of Chinon  and some pretty villages like Panzoult and Cravant les Côteaux. Chinon wine is exclusively made of Cabernet-Franc grape and you will find opportunities to taste some on the way. We will also suggest a great local restaurant for a very typical lunch. A longer option will push you further East until the old village of Crissay-sur-Manse

  • D8 
  • Trip ends in Chinon after breakfast

Prices 2017

  • Comfort Accommodation820 -
  • Comfort Single room sup.300 €
  • Solo traveller250 €
  • Hybrid Bike120 €
  • Road Bike from200 €
  • E-Bike260 €

All prices are per person. Accommodation price is on a 2-person basis.
The list of hotels included in this trip or details about your bikes are available upon request via our Contact Page.

Hotels

  • Amboise la Brêche **Standard
  • Azay-le-Rideau Le Biencourt ***Comfort
  • Chinon Hôtel Plantegenet ***Comfort

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