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7-Day Loire Wine Cycling Tour

7-Day Loire Wine Cycling Tour

7 Days/6 Nights From
AU$2,233 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • France Region
    Loire Valley
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Distance
    242 km
  • Level
    Casual
  • Tour Code
    FTLOI6WI
7 Days/6 Nights From
AU$2,233 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • France Region
    Loire Valley
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Distance
    242 km
  • Level
    Casual
  • Tour Code
    FTLOI6WI
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedActivityActivity Wine tasting sessionsMealsMeals Daily breakfast & 1 dinnerInclusionInclusion Hybrid bike rental included InclusionInclusion Luggage transfersInclusionInclusion Detailed road book, including details maps, touristic information, itinerary and cue sheetsInclusionInclusion Technical and emergency support available at all times

Summary

Discover a large selection of Loire wines on this enthralling, 7-day cycling tour of Loire Valley. Red wines from Chinon, bubbly Vouvray wines. White and rosé wines from Montlouis, Azay le Rideau, Saumur Champigny, etc. There is a whole variety of wines, and over 85 appellations that are united under the banner of Wines of the Loire. Each have their own characteristics brought out by the land they grow in.

Itinerary

Day 1, Amboise
Arrival day. Amboise is easy to get to from Paris. You will be greeted and given the information including a map explaining the Loire Valley wines and appellations. We will set up and equip your bike for you and answer your questions about this tour.

If you arrive early enough, you can visit the nearby Royal Chateau of Amboise or the Clos Lucé (former home of Leonardo De Vinci). Breakfast included.

Day 2, Loop ride to Chenonceau with wine tasting (Option 1: 22 mi or 36 km, Optionn 2: 31 mi or 50 km)
The ride today will take you through the vineyards of the Amboise area and to the famous Chateau of Chenonceau that you can visit at your own pace. During your visit you can see the cellar of Chenonceau and try the local wine made in the chateau itself!

Continue your ride towards the charming village of Montrichard and the cave of Monmousseau to discover their secrets of sparkling wines production. Return to Amboise, where you can continue to explore the historical center and chateaux.

This evening a wine tasting is included in Amboise with a local wine maker. He keeps some aged bottles of wine; you might find you birthday bottle there! The wine tasting comes with local cheese.

Breakfast included.

Day 3, Ride to Tours with Vouvray wine tasting (20 mi or 32 km)
The morning starts with a beautiful ride in the vineyards of Montlouis. You will see and eventually meet wine producers working there. Stop in the charming village of Montlouis where you can go visit local producers’ wineries or keep on riding to the next wine area on the other side of the Loire River in Vouvray.

Vouvray is known for its sparkling wine (similar to Champagne). Finish your ride in Tours, a bike friendly town with nice bike lanes by the river. You can choose to have dinner in one of the many “bar à vin” wine bars listed in your travel book.

A wine tasting served with a light lunch is reserved in a local chateau. You will visit their cellar then take a tour to see their grapes just above the “coteaux” (vineyards hill). Ship your favorite wine from the wine tasting home (US)! This place is among other selected wineries that propose possibilities to ship your wine selections home.

Breakfast included.

Day 4, Chateau de Villandry to Azay-le-Rideau (Option 1: 22 mi or 36 km, Option 2: 30 mi or 48 km)
This morning, you will ride on one of the nicest bike paths in the area. Only fishermen and cyclists take this peaceful lane that brings you to the famous gardens of the Chateau de Villandry. There are many possibilities for lunch in Villandry, you can try the vegetables that come from the gardens of the chateau in the restaurant nearby!

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5, Chinon wine and Castle (Option 1: 24 mi or 39 km, Option 2: 30 mi or 48 km)
Your ride continues west and to the most famous wine area of the Loire Valley: Chinon. First you will go through the village of “vannerie” (weaved basketry) and through one of the most beautiful village of France: Crissay sur Mance. Then you enter the territory of Chinon vineyards! The longer riding option travels through the charming village of l’île Bouchard. Your destination of the day brings you to Chinon. Do not miss the fortress of Chinon, on the top hill of the town. The story says that it is there that Joan of Arc met the king to raise an army against England.

Breakfast included.

Wine tasting in Chinon with the possibility to ship your wine home (US). Chinon is a charming town and a wine tasting in the city with the most famous local producer is included. You will sample the famous Chinon red wines, produced from the same grape as a Bordeaux with some local food specialties.

Day 6, Chinon to Saumur (Option 1: 21 mi or 34 km, Option 2: 29 mi or 46 km)
The day starts with an easy ride along the river bank. You can decide to do the long ride and visit the largest abbey of Europe: Fontevraud Abbaye. Not to miss is the “Tuffaut” troglodytic site (lime stone caves) and the picturesque Turquant, with its unique village of workshops of local artists and craftmen located within the limestone caves. This evening there is another chateau that you can visit: Saumur Chateau. Settle in your hotel, if you want to try another wine cellar, our recommendations are noted in the travel book. There is also a wine cellar where you can ride your bike around!

Breakfast included.

Wine tasting before Saumur (end of the afternoon) in a chateau that has just celebrated its 350th anniversary! Once again, you will be able to taste wine that you can ship home (US).

Day 7, Departure Day
Departure after a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel.

Breakfast included.

Inclusions

  • 6 nights of accomodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinner included
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • 4 wine tastings
  • 1 light lunch during a wine tasting
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON for 3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

Exclusions

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your road book.

Important Notes

  • Price based on double occupancy.
  • Please note that rates may vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.

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