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Loire Valley Cycling

Each summer, the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. On this cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary. Hop on a bike and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards, and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, fine wines, and remote country tracks – ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.

What's Included

  • All cycling equipment including bicycle
  • Luggage transfer between locations
  • Cycling through the Loire Valley (6 days)
  • Wine tasting along the route
  • Entry to Château de Chenonceau and visit to the troglodyte caves
  • Picnic lunch from local market
  • Pierre et Lumière museum visit
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cycle from one glorious château to the next, appreciate the lush Loire Valley scenery, visit local markets, taste wine in ancient vineyards, pedal through the "Garden of France".
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Travel Style: Active
Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding
Service Level: Standard
Trip Type: Small Group

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Day 1 Blois

Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities and you may arrive at any time throughout the day (please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2-3pm).

After the meeting, you may choose to join your CEO and travel companions for an optional dinner in a local restaurant.


Additional Notes

Look out for a message from your CEO at the hotel reception detailing the time and location for an important meeting in the evening, during which meet your CEO and fellow group members, complete some admin and learn more about the trip. If you arrive late, your CEO will leave you a message detailing where they can be contacted and when to meet the following morning.

Included Activities

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Blois/Chenonceaux

First day on your bike today. Cycle onward towards the village of Chenonceau.

Additional Notes

Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel.

Included Activities

Chateau de Blois Visit

Transport

Bicycle (24km)
Bicycle (26km)

Included Meals

1B

Day 3 Chenonceaux/Tours

Cycle through villages and countryside to the town of Tours, via the city of Amboise. Along the way stop at a variety of markets, and pick up some succulent local fare. Find a suitable stopping point, relax with a great picnic and enjoy a lazy afternoon by the river.


Included Activities

Chateau de Chenonceau Visit

Transport

Bicycle (25km)
Bicycle (27km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L

Other Information

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

Cycling Grading – Moderate

• Some degree of experience required
• Mixture of road cycling and off road
• Occasional long days in the saddle, multiple ascents and descents
• Good fitness and skill level recommended
• Cycle usually between 35-70 km per day

Equipment provided:

• Bike - Arcade, Cottage & Country classic hybrid.
. Helmet
• Gears - 21 speed
• Brakes - V-Brake
• Suspension - no
• Frame sizes available on request

When making your booking, please inform our staff of your height - this will help us get the right size bike for you.
• Panniers/bike bag type - Ortleib Back-Roller City
• Water bottle holder - yes
• Water bottle - not included. Available to purchase from €5
• Adjustable Handlebars - no
• Option to fit own pedals: yes (on request)
• Female saddles available: yes
• Gel saddles available: yes - gel saddle covers
• Option to fit own saddle: yes (on request)
• Repair kit available: yes - One pump, one repair kit and one lock for every two bikes

If you would prefer to bring your own bike with you for this trip, or have some specific equipment that you would prefer to use then please advise us when you book. We recommend that you bring a hybrid or all terrain bike for this trip, with a minimum of 21 gears and suitable for riding along roads and on bike tracks. For this trip it would be best to have semi-slick tyres good for road and light off road use.

If you choose to bring your own bike, please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you choose to bring your own bike, please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle. Check with your airline about travelling with your bike, as some will charge you to take a bike on board. We would suggest that you pack your bike in a bike box or bag( usually available from your local bike shop). It's also advisable to make sure your bike has been serviced before you travel.

Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack, your luggage will be transferred to the hotel for you.