Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Loire Chateaux Biking (6 days)

Butterfield & Robinson

Veigné, France To Saumur, France

Loire Chateaux Biking (6 days)

Day 2

Lémeré, France

Day 3

Lémeré, France


Day 1
Veigné, France
Domaine de la Tortinière Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Get your first glimpse of the Château de Villandry and its amazing gardens on a warm-up ride along the gorgeous Loire River. In the evening, listen to a French history expert and learn more about the Medieval Characters.

Day 2
Lémeré, France
Château du Rivau Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Ride past troglodyte villages and the extraordinary Château de Saché where honoré de Balzac wrote many of his books. Dinner is a fresh and simple menu with local ingredients mostly coming directly from the gardens of Rivau and accompanied by fragrant “Chinon” wine appellation also produced by Rivau.

Day 3
Lémeré, France
Château du Rivau Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Cycle along the banks of the Vienne River through the Chinon vineyards. Experience a great cooking course by Chef Philippe Schilling and enjoy the dinner you just prepared in the vineyards.

Day 4
Saumur, France
Château de Verrieres, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Embark on a lovely ride to the Royal Abbey of Fontévraud, a soaring gothic abbey which has witnessed much of French history. Lunch is on your own in the charming village of Fontevraud or back in Saumur. Then, ride in the heart of the Saumur-Champigny wine appellation with a stop at a unique troglodyte site which was once a bustling trading street in the 11th century!

Day 5
Saumur, France
Château de Verrieres Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

After a tasting of local wine, lunch is at a local’s home in a vaulted troglodyte cave just outside of the riverside village of Le Cumeray. Tonight the owners of Château Verrieres will host a private dinner in its vaulted rooms to celebrate one last dinner.

Day 6
Saumur, France
None Breakfast

After breakfast we will shuttle to the train station in Tours for connections to Paris—both downtown and Charles de Gaulle Airport. Bon voyage!

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The picturesque Loire’s castle-lined routes have long been the playground of kings and queens, and the small country roads are perfect for biking. Here, you’ll visit the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine, explore the regions countless vineyards and stay in a trio of palatial châteaux, one of which is open just for us. Now that’s royal treatment.

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By: SueandRoger

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2015

This is our 10th Butterfield Trip. It remains the best way to see a region. Nothing beats vigorous activity during the day and luxury at night. Bespoke trips for a large group are cost-effective and totally your own. We loved our guides Denis and Jerome this month in Loire, France. Amazing trip. With B&R you have access to private homes, private experiences, and people and places you would never meet otherwise.
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Reviewed on: 26 May 2017

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Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Excellent. Absolutely a spectacular trip. Route planning, accommodations, food, and especially the wine were all great. Olivier, Denis and Zoe were knowledgeable, extremely helpful, patient ... and lots of fun.
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Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2017

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Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

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By: Rob

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2018

Great trip! The guide was personable, extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented.
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