Known throughout Europe as the 'Garden of France', the Loire Valley with its royal heritage is home to numerous botanical wonders. From the chateau of Chenonceau where the rival gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici are proudly displayed, to the magnificent Renaissance gardens of Villandry and many more in between, this cycle tour is designed to inspire gardening and cycling enthusiasts. Whilst the focus is on the gardens, the many other attractions of the area complement the experience, including the Sunday markets in Amboise, the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci at Close de Luce and the vineyards of Montlouis, known for their sweet white wines.
DAY 1 Arrive Blois DAY 2 Cycle via the chateau and gardens of Chaumont to Amboise (42km / 26mi) DAY 3 Round cycle to Chenonceau (41km + optional 8km / 25.5mi + optional 5mi) DAY 4 Circular cycle to the Italian inspired Chateau de Valmer (40km / 25mi) DAY 5 Cycle to Tours via the vineyards of Montlouis and the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere (27 or 35km / 16.5 or 21.5mi) DAY 6 Round cycle from Tours to the gardens of Villandry Chateau (39km / 24mi) DAY 7 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
*6 breakfasts, 6 dinners *6 nights in 2 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3 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, helmet, anti-theft device, bike computer, map holder and repair kit *emergency hotline