Among the Grand Châteaux
Pedal through a lush forest. Emerge as if you’re in a fairy tale. Standing proudly before you is a château of Gothic majesty. Its dramatic gardens sculpted so every plant, every stretch of grass, every tree has been planned, pruned and perfected. You’re in an architect’s dream. Artists and writers escape to the Loire – even Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years here. If you’ve dreamed of living like royalty, there’s no place more ideal.
Bike the most scenic routes in this region beloved for its elegance and natural beauty
Gracious castle-hotels provide the perfect setting each evening
Savor exquisite cuisine and critically acclaimed Vouvray wines
Formidable, romantic or downright ostentatious, the Loire’s châteaux are yours to explore
Delve into the intrigue of French history where it actually unfolded
Days 1-2 Exquisite cuisine and acclaimed Vouvray wines Your first spin amid peaceful woodland and picture-perfect villages illustrates why bicycling in the Loire Valley is such a delight Join a vintner for a private tour and degustation at the family’s centuries-old wine cave Pedal through vineyards and villages and across the Loire River With its gleaming white façade and lavish interior laden with fine furnishings and the ever-present glint of gold, Château de Cheverny is an awe-inspiring sight.
Days 3-4 Renaissance, medieval and classical châteaux Alongside a private guide, soak up the glamor of Château de Chenonceau – the ultimate pleasure palace – which spans the River Cher and brims with rare tapestries and magnificent paintings Ride through the vineyards and villages outside Montbazon to the town of Saché, known for its château and famous visitors, including Honoré de Balzac Step back in time at Château de Villandry, whose strikingly beautiful geometric gardens invite a stroll.
Days 5-6 The royal treatment is de rigueur at our gracious hotels Pedal past vineyards and orchards to bustling Azay-le-Rideau, a wonderful place to fill your bike bag with goodies for a picnic down the road Have a look around Chinon, known as much for its full-bodied red wines as for its turbulent history Before saying au revoir to the Loire Valley, head out on one last spin around the castle-dotted countryside, enjoying the quiet morning as you pedal through farmland and small villages.LESS