The Loire River was once the highway between the Atlantic and the heart of France. Its valley was known as the 'playground of kings' - a neighbourhood of impressive chateaux and vast fortune. Travelling by bicycle is a great way to experience this world famous valley. While pedalling at a relaxed pace, you'll discover the best this region has to offer. There is ample time to soak up the medieval charm of Blois and discover picturesque Amboise overlooked by its impressive fortified chateau. The cycle takes you through countryside crisscrossed with vineyards, duck farms and orchards and the remnants of feudal hunting forests, and the many ornate estates you pass confirm the Loire Valley's reputation as the 'garden of France'.
DAY 1 Arrive Blois DAY 2 Cycle to Amboise (42km / 26mi) DAY 3 Cycle between the Loire and Cher Valleys to Chenonceau (14 or 55km / 8.5 or 34mi) DAY 4 Pass through vineyards to Chitenay (40km / 25mi) DAY 5 Cycle to Blois via the famous Château of Cheverny (50km / 31mi) DAY 6 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
*5 breakfasts, 5 dinners *5 nights in 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies) *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room (GPS data files available on request) *21 speed mens or ladies bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) equipped with two panniers, anti-theft device, helmet, bike computer, map holder and repair kit *emergency hotline