FROM PALACE TO PALACE IN THE LOIRE VALLEY
If it's French splendor, style and gastronomy you seek, the Loire Valley will exceed your expectations. Poised on the crucial frontier between northern and southern France and just a short ride from Paris, the region was once of immense strategic importance. Kings, queens, dukes and nobles came here to establish feudal castles and, later on, sumptuous pleasure palaces – that's why this fertile river valley is sprinkled with hundreds of France's most extravagant fortresses. These palaces, and the villages and vineyards that surround them, attest to a thousand years of rich architectural, artistic and agrarian creativity.
You will ride from palace to palace through a serene and atmospheric countryside, along the Rivers Loire, Vienne, Cher and Indre and across a few hills – several short inclines have to be conquered. The main part of the route is flat and you cycle along small and quiet roads and side streets, with a few gently uneven parts.DAY 1 - TOURS ARRIVALDAY 2 - CHATEAU DE VILLANDRYDAY 3 – MEDIEVAL MONASTERYDAY 4 –THROUGH OLD VINEYARDSDAY 5 - FERRYTALE CASTLEDAY 6 - DOMAINE DE CHAMBORDDAY 7 - LEONARDO'S RESIDENCEDAY 8 - EXTENSION OR DEPARTUREDeparture or an extra night in Tours.
Or spend some time in Paris!
Per Person (Shared Double Room) 1.190 EUR Single Room Supplement 350 EUR
Accommodation: 7 Nights in Hotels averaging 3 Stars with Breakfast Luggage Transfer Detailed Travel-Documents Telephone Briefing and 7-Days-Service Hotline
NOT INCLUDED (Services not mentioned above, i.e.)
Journey to / from Start and End Point Food and Drinks Entrance Fees Travel Insurance Transfers Personal Expenses and Tips
Airport Transfer (Hotel Paris) incl. Bicycle / One Way 50 EUR Transfer (Paris – Tours) incl. Bicycle / One Way 100 EUR Half Board (7 Dinners with at least 4 Courses) 320 EUR Rental Bike (incl. Insurance):
21-Gear Freewheel (Unisex/Gents)
110 EUR Rental Electric Bike 210 EUR Extra Night in Tours (Shared Double, p.p.) 80 EUR Extra Night in Tours (Single Room) 125 EUR Extra Night in Paris (Shared Double, p.p.) 85 EUR Extra Night in Paris (Single Room) 140 EUR
UPGRADE (Routing is slightly different and around 100km shorter)
(Historic Houses & Palace Hotels, 3-Star/4-Star, Shared Double Room, p.p.)
+750 EUR Accommodation
(Historic Houses & Palace Hotels, 3-Star/4-Star, Single Room Supplement)
on request Half Board (7 Dinners with at least 4 Courses) 400 EUR
Tour Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Travel Period: 24.03. – 27.10.2019
Starts Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Minimum Number of Participants: 2
Total Distance: 350km
Daily Cycling: 45km – 75km
Highlights: Famous Castles (Villandry, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Amboise); Fontevraud Abbey; Loire Wine Culture