The routes

We want your cycling break to be fun, so our routes travel through the vineyards, along the Loire, past chateaux, pretty villages and historic towns.  Cycling at your own pace - stopping where and when you want - you will discover the area's rich heritage and warm welcome. 

Below is our classic itinerary, including our guests' favourites over the last 10 years.  We have included the itinerary for 7 nights, but you are welcome to stay for 5, 6 or 7, as best suits your travel plans.

We always remember that you are on holiday, so each day you have a choice of a longer or shorter cycle ride (approximately 25km and 40km), leaving you plenty of time for visits as well as café/ice cream stops and photo opportunities along the way.

All holidays include the use of bikes for all ages, emergency back-up and our friendly service and local knowledge to help ensure your holiday is perfect. The routes have been carefully chosen so guests see a great range of the sights and scenery of this beautiful region.

Your self-guided cycle rides will be easy to follow with our route packs, including large-scale maps, detailed route notes and information on places of interest along the way.

So if you want to discover the Loire Valley by bike, and really want to maximise your time and see as much as you can, without being rushed or herded around -  then this is for you. 

Come and share with us great food, good company and fun times

> Arrival Day

 

On arrival day, we offer collection from Port Boulet - our local station  - from 4.00pm.  After settling you in to your accommodation, we will share a welcome drink, chat about the next few days and arrange your bike sizing. You can take the bikes for a short spin if you wish, before enjoying dinner at your accommodation - an evening meal showcasing local specialities and using fresh local produce and including local wines. 

> Day 2

After breakfast, you will head into the nearby town of Bourgueil to experience the great local market.  With over 80 stalls to browse, this weekly event is also a great opportunity to enjoy a taste of traditional French life.  Take time to sit at a pavement café and watch the world go by, then maybe pick up provisions for a delicious picnic lunch before heading off on your bike.  Today's circular route meanders through the local villages and vineyards, with plenty of opportunities to visit a winery for tastings.  On the way home, visit the wine museum - wander in the caves and see the historic wine-making equipment and maybe enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace, before your last couple of kilometres back to base.

> Day 3

This morning we drive you Rigny Ussé - in the village is the chateau that inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty, so have your cameras ready.  From here you'll ride along the Loire river to Langeais with its medieval chateau - and plenty of choice for a lunch stop.  In the afternoon, pedal on again along the river to Villandry.  This is the last great Renaissance chateau built on the banks of the Loire - even more famous for its magnificent gardens and worth a visit at any time of year. For guests choosing the longer route, you will then pedal on to Azay-le-Rideau to explore the town and from where we will pick you up to transport you back to base.

> Day 4

Today after breakfast we'll head out for today's adventure - the highlight is the medieval town of Chinon.   This is an historic town with its medieval fortress, visited by Joan of Arc in 1429, plus narrow cobbled streets and plenty of pavement cafés.  Once you have finished your exploration, you'll leave Chinon and ride on a quiet route along the Vienne river – with the best photo opportunity of the fortress.  You can stop in a pretty wine-makers village en route for a picnic lunch in a shady spot, before heading through the vineyards to Bourgueil town and back to base.

> Day 5

This morning you will set off from your accommodation and head straight to the river. Today’s route has several interesting and unusual stops on the way – you will be cycling through vineyards and troglodyte caves as well as along the river. Your destination is Saumur, where you'll have time to explore this walled town, with its wonderful architecture and hilltop chateau.  We will meet you in the afternoon and take you into the caves for a private visit to see the production of sparkling wine as well as a tasting, before driving you back to base.  

> Day 6

Today there are two choices of circular cycling routes. For the longer option, you'll head out through the vineyards to the forest of Bourgueil. This gently rolling route takes you along quiet lanes where the only sounds are birdsong and the swoosh of tyres on tarmac. In Gizeux you can visit the family-owned chateau. For a shorter route, you’ll head into town to pick up picnic provisions before cycling through quiet country lanes to a riverside village and picnic spot.  You can enjoy a heritage walk round the village before heading home via the swimming lake for a cooling dip, then back to base.

> Day 7

For guests staying a full week we include this non-cycling day - usually in the middle of your stay. After breakfast we'll head out for Chenonceau; built over the river Cher it is known as the Ladies chateau because of the women who have shaped its history. Richly furrnished and with wonderful gardens, a visit here is really special.  Then we'll head into the riverside town of Amboise, for you to enjoy lunch and a tour of this historic centre. In the afternoon, you'll visit the chateau Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life. In the grounds of the chateau are models created by IBM of his inventions.

> Departure Day

Today you'll enjoy a final breakfast before heading off on your travels.  If you are travelling by train, we include transport to our local station - Port Boulet - up to 10.30am today.

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Debbie and Mark Willes

 

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