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Loire Valley Cycling
Blois to Angers
Duration: 8 days
Tour code: EFAA

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".

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?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Train, bicycle

Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts)

Included activities

Hands-on: Vineyard Visit and Tasting. All cycling equipment including bicycle. Luggage transfer between locations. Cycling through the Loire Valley (6 days). Entry to Château de Chenonceau and visit to the troglodyte caves. Market stop for local ingredients and picnic lunch (Tours). Lumière Museum visit. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Blois
Arrive at any time. 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
Enjoy a full day of cycling from Blois to Chenonceau with the opportunity to visit the Chateau de Blois. Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel.

Transport: Bicycle, Bicycle

Included activities: Chateau de Blois Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Chenonceaux - Tours
Continue cycling with stops along the way at Château de Chenonceau and the local markets to pick up some traditional ingredients for a french style picnic lunch.

Transport: Bicycle, Bicycle

Included activities: Chateau de Chenonceau Visit

Optional activities:

  • Chapel of Saint-Hubert
  • Château du Clos Lucé Visit
  • Botanical Gardens of Tours
  • Basilica of St. Martin

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 4
Tours - Chinon
Set off for another full-day cycling from Tours to Chinon. Stop to visit the Chateau Usse en route. Upon arrival visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

Transport: Bicycle

Included activities: Château d'Ussé, Vineyard Visit and Tasting

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Chinon - Saumur
Wake up in medieval Chinon, visit troglodyte caves and cycle to Saumur.

Transport: Bicycle

Optional activities:

  • Painted Troglodyte Caves
  • Chateau de Chinon
  • Musée du Champignon Visit
  • Chateau de Saumur

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Saumur - Gennes
In the afternoon cycle through some of the Loire's tiny villages on the way to Gennes. Stop for a visit to the Pierre et Lumiére museum.

Transport: Bicycle

Included activities: Pierre et Lumière Museum Visit

Optional activities: Gennes War Memorial Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Gennes - Angers
On the final day of cycling, travel from Gennes to Angers. In the evening opt for a final tradition french dinner with the group.

Transport: Bicycle

Optional activities:

  • Angers Cathedral Visit
  • Balzac Park
  • Château d'Angers

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Angers
Depart at any time.

Included activities: Departure Day

Meals: breakfast

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