Highlights
  • Visit the Loire River
  • Explore Veigné
  • Visit the Château de Villandry
  • Enjoy Royal Abbey of Fontévraud

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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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Itinerary

Day 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dates & Pricing
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$ 4,795

Price Per Day:

$ 799 per day
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 1,000
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 900

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Details
Trip Includes
  • All hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners, including wine
  • Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
  • All special events and private tours
  • Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Accomodations

Domaine De La Tortinière, Montbazon

We not only feel welcomed at the intimate Château La Tortinière, but very special when we’re there—especially since this immaculately restored 18thC castle seems straight out of a fairy tale. The château offers views over a private park in which some rare plants and trees (A 200 years old Lebanese Cedar for example) are hidden.

 

Château Du Rivau, Lemeré

Located in the heart of the Touraine region, this is a private home whose owners have graciously welcomed B&R as guests. Their 12-plus-year restoration campaign has returned the 15thC historical monument to its former glory, and its whimsical gardens complete the fairy-tale setting. By staying here, you join very illustrious company; Joan of Arc was a guest here in the 15thC.

 

Château De Verrières, Saumur

Peacefully set in a four acre park, Chateau Verrières is located in the midst of Saumur, close to the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the troglodytes caves, the historical cities of Chinon, Angers and Tours and the many chateaux of the Loire Valley. A four star hotel, Verrieres provides a private mansion atmosphere with authentic decoration and period furniture.

Start City
Veigné
End City
Le Cumeray
Cancellation Policy:

Number of days prior to your trip:

  • 270+      100% Refund of deposit
  • 96-269   50% Refund of deposit
  • 61-95     75% Refund of trip cost
  • 31-60     50% Refund of trip cost
  • 0-30       100% Cancellation fee

 

Should you cancel your reservation more than 95 days in advance of the departure date, the entire US$1,000 per person deposit is transferable as a future trip credit to be used by the same traveller towards a B&R trip departing within 24 months of the original trip cancellation date. This credit cannot be extended beyond 24 months but may be transferred to another trip only once. Between 61-95 days prior to your original departure date, you may transfer to a different trip in the same calendar year upon payment of a fee of US$250 per person (this fee will be waived for Premier Cru & Grand Cru travellers). If you cancel this subsequent reservation, then the cancellation fees applicable shall be the higher of the cancellation fee on your original reservation or the cancellation fee on the trip to which you transferred. Within 60 days of departure, the regular cancellation fees will apply.

Additional Information:

Activity Level: Recreational

Most of the riding on this trip is level with gentle grades, although there is an occasional short climb. The daily distances average 45 km (28 mi.). There are two layover days, which allow for some shorter routes and, for avid cyclists, longer options including a century ride on day 3.

 

Gear: The Bikes

You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.

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