Loire Valley Cycle

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traveller reviews

  • I travelled solo on the self guided Loire Valley Cycle. This was my first experience self guiding and it was a great introduction. The cycle routes mainly along cycle paths and country roads were usually well marked and the route notes & overview maps provided helped me to find my way - a few wrong turns here and there when I wasn't paying attention, all part of the experience! Locals were always welcoming and went out of their way to help. The mix of 2 and 3 star hotels were well chosen for their charm with good locations, simple & plentiful continental breakfasts, delicious 3-4 course dinners if you choose the half board option for all nights (I was fit to bursting by the last day) and staff were always courteous. One of the highlights was the hotel in Chitenay which had a peaceful outdoor courtyard where dinner was served as we had good weather and a pool to make the most of the last of summer in September. The bikes were sturdy and suitable to the mostly flat terrain with rolling hills, typical for a wine growing region where you also have the opportunity for wine tasting and visiting the many chateaux along the way. The standout chateau was in Chambord - impressive just from the outside alone, well worth a look inside. Luggage transfers worked smoothly. Thanks UTracks for a great first experience self guiding and in the Loire! E. Nikol Sydney, NSW
  • A great trip with a well planned itinerary. The food and accommodation were great. L. Diebold. Armidale, NSW. Australia
  • As a keen recreational (but NO elite athlete!) cyclist in Australia---I wanted to do a trip overseas but I wanted to enjoy the sights and the French culture not have my head down pedalling like a maniac the whole time. The Loire valley trip --was perfect---not too exhausting yet still a very active holiday.!! Plenty of stops /plus flexibility too. Thank you UTracks - I am certain to be back again with you for my next holiday---not sure where yet! M. Kinch. Fitzroy North, VIC. Australia.
  • We were very happy with the self-guided tour. it was mostly on bike tracks through beautiful countryside which suited us. It was well organised by UTracks. Good bikes. H.Mattessi VIC, Australia
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. Take time to soak up the medieval charm of Blois and discover picturesque Amboise overlooked by its impressive fortified chateau. Cycle through countryside crisscrossed with vineyards, duck farms and orchards and the remnants of feudal hunting forests.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Blois DAY 2 Cycle to Amboise (42km/26mi) DAY 3 Round cycle through the vineyards of Vouvray and return to Amboise (45km/28mi) DAY 4 Cycle through the Cher Valley to Chenonceau (44km/27.5mi) DAY 5 Pass through vineyards to Chitenay (40-50km/25-31mi) DAY 6 Round cycle to visit the Forest of Russy and the Chateau of Beauregard, or explore the mysterious Sologne (47km/29mi) DAY 7 To Blois via the famous Château of Cheverny (40-50km/25-31mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
trip dates
Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
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what's included
MEALS: *7 breakfasts, 1 dinner ACCOMMODATION: *3 nights in 2 star and 4 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies) BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room (GPS data files available on request) *luggage transfer *emergency hotline EQUIPMENT: *21 speed mens or ladies bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) equipped with two panniers, helmet, anti-theft device, map holder, bike computer and repair kit
Loire Valley Cycle
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trip grading:
introductory to moderate
8 days
trip code:
from US $1,350
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