In the spirit of a region long regarded as the playground for French nobility, we welcome you to the remarkable Loire Valley. You’ll start your trip in Angers, the capital city of the province of Anjou in the less-known western side of the Loire Valley which was the cradle of the powerful Plantagenet dynasty. France has many rivers but one of the most striking is the Loire River. Not only it’s France longest river but because of being a navigable waterway, it led many French kings and noble families to build fairytale-esque châteaux and breathtaking properties overlooking the rivers. Two wheels are best for discovering the Loire’s wonders that includes stunning countryside, fascinating historical villages and ancient monuments, countless vineyards to sample, gardens to stroll and even caves to spelunk. As you bike through the Loire Valley, you too will soon be seduced by the beautiful natural setting of the so-called Garden of France.
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Walk into the heart of Angers for a private tour of its old historical downtown. Explore the cathedral, the medieval fortress with its unique apocalypse tapestry and the many examples of fine Romanesque architecture including the abbeys at Saint Aubin and Ronceray.
Bike along traffic-free cycle trails leading through ancient slate mines and abandoned open-air quarries of Trélazé. Ride to the outskirts of Saumur where we’ll stop for a visit in one of the famous sparkling wine cellars followed by a tasting. Reconvene later for a cruise down the Loire in a traditional wooden boat.
Ride through the vineyards of Saumur-Champigny wine appellation, stopping en route at the small vineyard Le Clos d’entre les Murs to witness a vine-growing technique so unique it has been classified as a heritage monument. Continue on to the village of Fontevraud for lunch and a guided visit of the town’s monumental abbey.
Ride from the village of Montsoreau through the Vienne River valley to reach the medieval town of Chinon. Pause for lunch at a traditional restaurant and embark on a guided discovery walk through the narrow cobbled streets of the town. Later, enjoy a wine tasting before dinner in the royal dining room of Clos de Chavigny.
Cross the Vienne River and pass the wine-growers villages of Cravant les Coteaux and Panzoult to reach Crissay-sur-Manse. Pause for lunch before riding to Villaines-les-Rochers, a village famous for its basketry. Later, visit Azay le Rideau, a château set on an island in the middle of the Indre River.
Visit the spectacular Renaissance gardens of the Château Villandry this morning before lunch at l’Étape gourmande. This afternoon, explore Chenonceau Château, Amboise Château, Chaumont-sur-Loire or the Clos Lucé (where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last two years of his life).
After breakfast, your guide will drive you to St Pierre des Corps train station on time for your train back to Paris.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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