Loire Bike Tour
|Romantic chateaux, superb cuisine and wine, great hotels,
incredible gardens, and fun cycling- See all the top Loire Valley
venues on our Loire Valley tours!
"Phenomenal hosts who we enjoyed traveling with. Informative and fun.
Balanced recreation with exercise with premium meals and lodging. Perfect!
Though we lived in France for two years, we had never experienced it like this.
Very grateful for the experience."
Jeff and Deb Long
Here’s the plan:
Day 1- The group will meet at the train
station in Tours (about a one hr. TGV
train ride from Paris). Shuttle to our
hotel in Montbazon, the beautiful
Domaine de la Tortiniere. After bike
fitting, we’ll take a short orientation ride
to one of the smaller chateau in the
area to get a feel for what is to come.
Welcome cocktail and a great group
Day 7- After breakfast we’ll shuttle everyone to the train station in Blois for your return
to Paris. Bon Voyage, and a bientot (see you soon)!
"Stupendous trip. The camaraderie was super. The combination of hotels,
sightseeing visits, and bike routes fit together amazingly well."
2010 Departures- Pls contact us for info
2550 euros per person double occupancy (400 euros single supplement)
- Hotels (based on double occupancy- single supplement $400)
- All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 picnic lunch
- Use of bicycles, helmets, bike locks, day bags, etc.
- Daily bike routes led by experienced tour guides
- "Sag wagon" for those who don’t wish to cycle
- Refreshments daily along routes
- Entrance fees to museums and attractions specified in itinerary
- Gratuities for hotels and included meals
- All transfers from Tour to Blois
- Intimate small group atmosphere (most groups are 8-14 people)
- Lunches, except one picnic lunch
- 2 dinners on Days 3 and 4
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages at meals
- Orders from supplemental menus
- Flights from U.S. to Europe and return- Train tickets to Tours from Paris and to Paris
Note: Hotels of equal quality may be substituted for those specified above if necessary. Beaux
Voyages, Inc. retains the right to cancel departures if a sufficient number of guests are not booked. In
that case your deposits will be refunded and we'll work with you to try and schedule another departure.
Day 2- We’re off to two of the most
famous and popular chateaux in the
entire Loire valley. Azay-le-Rideau
is set along the Indre river which
provides its protective moat. At
Villandry the gardens are especially
attractive and are a three star
attraction by themselves. The
chateau is also spectacular. After
cycling back to our hotel, get set for
another superb dinner at our hotel.
Day 3- On our way to Amboise, where
Leonardo da Vinci lived in his last years, we’ll
stop and sample some of the succulent wines
of Vouvray, one of the top appellations in the
Loire wine region. In Amboise we’ll visit the
impressive chateau that overlooks the town
and the Loire river, as well as the Clos-Luce,
Leonardo’s home in Amboise. We’ll see the
display of machines conceived by this genius,
whose ideas were 400 years ahead of his
time. These machines were constructed by
IBM from Leonardo’s drawings. Tonight you're
on your own to explore a great restaurant in
Day 4- Perhaps the most famous of all the Loire
chateaux is on today’s agenda: Chenonceau.
This is true for both architectural reasons as well
as because of its romantic legends. Constructed
across the river Cher, it is an amazing site to see
the rushing waters below you as you tour the
building. Two famous women lived here as well,
and both had enormous gardens constructed
outside the chateau, and these are not to be
missed. One lady was Diane de Poitiers, who
was given the chateau by her admirer, King Henri
II. She was forced to leave after Henri was killed
in a tournament by his wife, Catherine de Medici,
who took up residence there herself. More wine
tasting is on tap at the Chenonceau winery
before a visit to the Chanteloup Pagoda. This 7
story structure is all that is left of the chateau built
by the Duke of Choiseul, one of Louis XV's
ministers, and it shows how Chinese culture was
admired in 18th century France. We then head
back to Amboise, a bustling town with lots of great
restaurants. Dinner is on your own again tonight,
so you’ll be free to choose among the many fine
restaurants in Amboise.
Chenonceau- Chateau and Catherine de Medici Garden
Day 5- On our way to our next hotel we'll stop and
visit the lovely chateau Chaumont. Looking as if it
leaps out of a fairy tale, this building was also the
home of Catherine de Medici before she took over
Chenonceau after her husband’s death. As an
option, you can stop by one of the smaller
chateaux in the area before we arrive at our new
home, the lovely Chateau de Breuil. Another great
group dinner this evening at the hotel restaurant.
Chateau de Chaumont
Day 6- Today we venture off to two of our favorite
chateaux. The first is Cheverny, which is the most
lavishly furnished of all the Chateaux of the Loire.
Cheverny is still owned by descendants of the man
who originally built the chateau between 1604 and
1634, Count Hurault de Cheverny. The property was
not ransacked during the French Revolution, as were
some of the buildings in the region, but rather it was
protected by the townspeople, as the family was
always kind to the people of the region. Perhaps we’ll
get a chance to see the dozens of hunting dogs which
are kept to keep up the Count’s legacy of deer hunting
in the nearby woods. We’ll end our Chateaux of the
Loire adventure by visiting the largest of them all,
Chambord. Chambord was a royal residence, and
both Louis XIII and his son, the “Sun King” Louis XIV,
stayed there on many occasions. The chateau has
over 400 rooms and is reminiscent of Versailles.
Unfortunately there is little furniture, as the building
was pillaged during the French Revolution. Still, on
your tour of the building you’ll get an appreciation of
the opulence accorded the royalty at the time.
Tonight’s farewell dinner will be one to remember.
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Chateau Hotel Domaine de la Tortinière
Manoir Les Minimes- Amboise Hotel
Chateau de Breuil, Cheverny Hotel