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Explore beautiful Paris, 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.

Inclusions:
  • Round trip airfare to Paris
  • 5 night guided cycling adventure
  • 7 nights upgraded accommodation
  • 8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • All cycling equipment including bicycle
  • Luggage transfer between locations
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Arrival hotel transfer
  • Rail transfer Angers to Paris airport
  • Guided by Local English speaking guided
  • Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10

Your Foodie Moment: Local Market Visit and Picnic Lunch, Chenonceaux
Your Foodie Moment: Vineyard Visit and Tasting. Paris orientation walk. Cycling through the Loire Valley (5 days). Chateau de Blois visit. Entry to Château de Chenonceau. Market stop for local ingredients and picnic lunch (Tours). Chateau d’Ussé visit.

Book  by July 31: Trips departing before Dec 31, 2020 can be cancelled and rebooked up until 14 days prior to departure 

 

 

September 13 or October 3, 2020
Vancouver from $1899 + $690 tax
Victoria, Kelowna from $2199 + $690 tax
Calgary, Edmonton from $2099 + $690 tax

Per person based on shared accommodation.
My own room add $959

Map of the route for Loire Valley Cycling

Day 1 Paris

Arrive at any time.  Make your own way from the airport to the hotel (directions and options will be provided). There are no planned activities until tonight’s welcome meeting (please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2-3pm). After the meeting, you may choose to join your CEO and travel companions for an optional dinner in a local restaurant.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting – 1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation: The Originals Paris Montmartre Apolonia (ex. Comfort Lamarck) (or similar)
Day 2 Paris/Blois

Enjoy an orientation walk in the City of Lights. Continue to the Loire Valley in the afternoon. Join your CEO for an orientation walk of Paris followed by some free time before transferring to Blois, in the heart of the Loire Valley.

Paris Orientation Walk – Paris – Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Local train – Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Accommodation: Hotel Anne de Bretagne (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Blois/Chenonceaux

Enjoy a full day of cycling from Blois to Chenonceau with the opportunity to visit the Chateau de Blois. First day on your bike today. Cycle onward towards the village of Chenonceau.
Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel.
Chateau de Blois Visit – Blois – Visit Chateau de Blois, home to several French kings and the place where Joan of Arc went to be blessed before she went into battle with the English. A visit to the Chateau is an excellent introduction to the Loire, as you can get a sense of the regal history in this area.
Bicycle – Blois – Chaumont 24km 
Bicycle – Chaumont – Chenonceaux 26km
Accommodation : 
Hostel du Roy (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 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. Cycle through villages and countryside to the town of Tours, via the city of Amboise. Along the way stop at a variety of markets, and pick up some succulent local fare. Find a suitable stopping point, relax with a great picnic and enjoy a lazy afternoon by the river.
Chateau de Chenonceau Visit 1h-2h – Visit the Château de Chenonceau, built in 1513 on the site of an old water mill. The chateau sits astride the river Cher and is an incredible sight. With its extensive collection of paintings by the old masters, you will want to linger here for hours.
Your Foodie Moment: Local Market Visit and Picnic Lunch – Stop and explore a local french market. Pick out fresh ingredients before stopping at a perfect spot for a traditional french picnic lunch.
Bicycle – Chenonceaux – Tours 47km
Accommodation – 
Hotel La Terrace (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 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. Following the river along through the green fields and flower strewn meadows of the Loire to the medieval citadel of Chinon. The terrain here is known as ‘bocage’, which refers to rolling hills filled with forests and pastures.
Bicycle Tours – Chinon 60km
Château d’Ussé – 
Chinon 2h-3h – Visit the Château d’Ussé, famed for its picturesque appearance, and the famous renaissance era gardens of the Chateau de Villandry. Carefully restored by Joachim Carvallo, the gardens are laid out in formal designs and include a water garden, vegetable gardens and flower gardens.
Your Foodie Moment: Vineyard Visit and Tasting – Visit one of the vineyards in the region to learn about how Chinon’s famous red wine is produced and, more importantly, sample some of their wares.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Lion D’or (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Chinon/Saumur

Wake up in medieval Chinon, visit troglodyte caves and cycle to Saumur. Wander around historic Chinon in the morning before taking off once more on our bikes. After leaving Chinon, the terrain changes and a steep white limestone cliff rises above us, known as ‘Tuffeau’. Cycle in the shadow of this cliff along the river, admire the houses built into the cliff face as you pass.
Bicycle Chinon – Saumur 36km
Accommodation
Hotel Le Londres (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Saumur/Angers

On the final day of cycling, travel from Saumur to Angers. In the evening opt for a final traditional french dinner with the group. After a week of leisurely cycling across the Loire, today is the last opportunity for you to stretch your legs and enjoy the great scenery along the route. The bulk of the route here is on specific cycle paths, but we do spend some time cycling on the main roads as well. It’s fairly flat cycling through mostly countryside along the way. Angers is the final stop, so tonight is a great opportunity for one final taste of the great French cuisine and wine that the Loire is famous for.
Bicycle Saumur – Angers 60km
Accommodation
Hotel Le Progres (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Angers

Depart at any time.
Meals included: Breakfast

Service Level: Standard
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Physical Grading: 4 – Demanding
Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
Travel Style: Active
Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.
Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10

Important Notes

Cycling Grading – Moderate

• Some degree of experience required
• Mixture of road cycling and off road
• Occasional long days in the saddle, multiple ascents and descents
• Good fitness and skill level recommended
• Cycle usually between 35-70 km per day

Equipment provided:

• Bike – Arcade, Cottage & Country classic hybrid.
. Helmet
• Gears – 21 speed
• Brakes – V-Brake
• Suspension – no
• Frame sizes available on request

When making your booking, please inform our staff of your height – this will help us get the right size bike for you.
• Panniers/bike bag type – Ortleib Back-Roller City
• Water bottle holder – yes
• Water bottle – not included. Available to purchase from €5
• Adjustable Handlebars – no
• Option to fit own pedals: yes (on request)
• Female saddles available: yes
• Gel saddles available: yes – gel saddle covers
• Option to fit own saddle: yes (on request)
• Repair kit available: yes – One pump, one repair kit and one lock for every two bikes

If you would prefer to bring your own bike with you for this trip, or have some specific equipment that you would prefer to use then please advise us when you book. We recommend that you bring a hybrid or all terrain bike for this trip, with a minimum of 21 gears and suitable for riding along roads and on bike tracks. For this trip it would be best to have semi-slick tyres good for road and light off road use.

If you choose to bring your own bike, please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle.

Bringing Your Own Bike – If you choose to bring your own bike, please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle. Check with your airline about travelling with your bike, as some will charge you to take a bike on board. We would suggest that you pack your bike in a bike box or bag( usually available from your local bike shop). It’s also advisable to make sure your bike has been serviced before you travel.

Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack, your luggage will be transferred to the hotel for you.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

About our Transportation

On this trip, we will be travelling between each destination by bike and you will need to carry your own day packs. There will be a vehicle to carry the bulk of our luggage to the next accommodation for you.

 

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