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Cycle the Loire Valley

From £1250 for 7 days
Trip Overview
The Loire Valley is renowned for its picturesque countryside, charming villages and impressive food and wine. Combine this with cycling, and you’ve got a perfect way to discover the region. Cycle alongside the serene Loire River, visit a selection of classic chateaux, marvel at the manicured gardens and far-reaching vineyards, and indulge in local delicacies. This small-group adventure through the Loire Valley on a seven-day active cycling journey through the countryside is sure to delight the senses and fulfil all your French fantasies.
Essential Info
Starts: Tours
Ends: Angers
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Cycling
Trip Code: IAMXL
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: France
What's Included

Meals

5 Breakfasts included

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available,subject to availability),Support vehicle,Train

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Cycle along the Loire River, passing by classic quaint villages and the verdant countryside in the north west of France.

•   You haven’t seen chateaux until you’ve seen the ones in France. Marvel at the Chateau de Chenonceau, which spans the banks of the Cher River, and the acclaimed Chateau de Villandry, among others.

•   Consider the option of visiting a chateau turned museum, showcasing Leonardo da Vinci’s designs and how he spent his final years of life in the nearby town of Amboise.

•   Explore the vineyards of Vouvray, near Villandry, for an optional tasting, and discover why this region is known for its aged chenin blanc wines.

•   Complete your cycling journey in the township of Angers, with its history dating back centuries, and buildings to suit.

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 25th Apr 2020
Returning: 1st May 2020
£1,275pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 20th Jun 2020
Returning: 26th Jun 2020
£1,250pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 18th Jul 2020
Returning: 24th Jul 2020
£1,250pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 1st Aug 2020
Returning: 7th Aug 2020
£1,250pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 22nd Aug 2020
Returning: 28th Aug 2020
£1,300pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 19th Sep 2020
Returning: 25th Sep 2020
£1,275pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 3rd Oct 2020
Returning: 9th Oct 2020
£1,310pp
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Availability: Good
5 days cycling
Day 2

Distance: 40km / 25 miles, mostly flat then undulating away from the river, with approx. 220m / 720ft of elevation gain. kms / 25 miles

Day 3

Distance: 53km / 33 miles, mostly flat with a couple of small downhill sections, with approx. 350m / 1150ft of elevation gain. kms / 33 miles

Day 4

Distance: 48km / 30 miles, mostly flat, with approx. 270m / 880ft of elevation gain. kms / 30 miles

Day 5

Distance: 60km / 37 miles, mostly flat, with approx. 280m / 900ft of elevation gain. kms / 37 miles

Day 6

Distance: 55km / 34 miles, mostly flat with a couple of small inclines, with approx. 430m / 1400ft of elevation gain. kms / 34 miles

Itinerary & Notes
Bonjour! Welcome to Tours – the gateway to the Loire Valley beautifully situated between the Cher and Loire rivers. With no activities planned today, you are free to arrive at any time, but ensure you can make an important 6 pm welcome meeting with your group leader and fellow cyclists. Before then, Tours is free for you to explore. Why not head to the St-Gatien Cathedral, or the Hotel Gouin Museum, one of the rare renaissance buildings that stood the test of time, which houses a collection that traces the history of the region all the way to the Enlightenment Age. Cycling distance: No included riding today
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