Gardens of the Loire by Bike
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 (39km) DAY 3 Day cycle to Chenonceaux (38km) DAY 4 Day cycle to the Italian inspired Chateau de Valmer (40km) DAY 5 Cycle to Tours via the vineyards of Montlouis and the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere (25 or 31km) DAY 6 Cycle to Azay le Rideau via the gardens of Villandry (38km) DAY 7 Pedal to Tours visiting the Chateau of Sache and the rose gardens at Prieure St Cosme (33km) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Daily departures from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
*7 breakfasts, 7 dinners *7 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 *rental bike - 21 speed mens or ladies bike, equipped with two panniers, helmet, anti-theft device and a repair kit *emergency hotline