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 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, you can stop in at the wine museum - wander in the caves and see the historic wine-making equipment 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. After your visit we will pick you up and drive you to Azay le Rideau. Here we will take you on a private guided visit, to see the historic lifestyle of the Loire Valley cave-dwellers, before transporting 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.  For guests choosing the longer route we'll drop you in the vineyards outside the town and you'll enjoy a leisurely pedal along quiet country lanes into Chinon.  For the shorter route, we'll transport you there direct.  Chinon 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 through vineyards and pretty countryside, and along the river back to base.  

> Day 5

This morning we drive out to the historic riverside chateau town of Saumur, for a private visit to see the production of sparkling wine as well as a tasting.  You'll have time to explore the riverside town, maybe pick up provisions for a picnic, before meandering homewards along the majestic Loire.  Today you'll have several interesting and unusual stops on the way – you will be cycling through vineyards and troglodyte caves as well as along the river. For a longer return route, you'll have the option to visit the historic abbey at Fontevraud, with its amazing architecture, colourful past and the resting place of Richard the Lionheart.  

> Day 6

Today is another circular cycling route. 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. You'll pass through sleepy villages and hamlets; in Gizeux you can visit the family-owned chateau where the local villagers still come in to polish the copper cooking pots. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of a lake or join the locals for the 'menu du jour' in a village café.

> 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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