Cycle through a World Heritage landscape on portions of La Loire à Vélo, a 500-mile long network of peaceful bike routes | Ride from tranquil hamlets and fields of wheat and sunflowers into the Forêt de Villandry | Visit some of France's most stunning gardens and experience Renaissance grandeur at 16th-century châteaux
||Chateau De Rochecotte||Lunch, Dinner, Snack||
||Chateau De Rochecotte||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack||
Experience joie de vivre as you bike amid quiet woodland, celebrated cabernet franc vineyards and off-the-beaten-path villages like Candes-St-Martin and Montsoreau, classified as some of the most beautiful in France | Roll past fascinating troglodyte caves that have housed people (and wine!) for centuries | Pass by the Château d'Ussé, a castle straight out of a fairy tale | Dine on classic French specialties with views of the valley in evening light
||Domaine Des Hauts De Loire||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack||
On two wheels, explore Vouvray vineyards and the rich landscape of French nobility | Walk in the footsteps of famous kings and Leonardo da Vinci as you stroll through Amboise, once the center of the French royal court | With its many beautifully manicured gardens, Château de Chaumont—which hosts the International Garden Festival—is awe-inspiring
||Domaine Des Hauts De Loire||Breakfast, Lunch, Snack||
Soak up the glamour on a private tour of Château de Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher and brims with rare tapestries and magnificent paintings | Ride into sunlit forests and postcard-perfect countryside shaped by the Loire, Cher and Vienne rivers
||Relais De Chambord||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack||
Have a look around the charming town of Cheverny and be awed by its majestic château |Enjoy our journey's exclusive grand finale—sip an aperitif at dusk before an exquisite dinner at our elegant hotel overlooking Château de Chambord, the region's biggest royal home
Before saying au revoir to the Loire Valley, head out on one last spin around the castle-dotted landscape, enjoying the quiet morning as the countryside slowly comes to life
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Bike along the peaceful Loire River. Pedal through a lush forest. Emerge as if you're in a fairy tale. Standing proudly before you is a château of Renaissance majesty, its gardens sculpted to perfection. You're in an architect's wonderland. Artists and writers escape to the Loire—even da Vinci spent his last years here. If you dream of living like royalty, there's no place more ideal
* Family departures are also available. Please contact our office for more details.
* Some departures may stay at alternate hotels. Please contact our office for more details.
Backroads offers deluxe biking, walking & hiking, multi-adventure and family vacations around the globe PLUS active river & ocean cruising, culinary tours, and snow adventures. All Backroads trips are fully escorted by 3 - 4 trip leaders and 2 support vans while guests travel at their own pace, enjoying exhilarating activities, cultural encounters, scenery, camaraderie and fun.
Insider TipAt any pace, in any style, traveling with Backroads is not just about the bike or the boots. It’s a rich experience as we peel back the layers that make each destination unique.
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