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Chateaux of the Loire Self-Guided Cycling

 

Summary:

Cycle through idyllic scenery and visit the finest chateaux in France

Duration
8 Days
Next Departure
11-May-2021
Starting at
± USD 2,474.00
Price per day
± USD 309.00

  • Overview
  • Dates and Details
  • Exodus Travel
Operator
Exodus Travel
Tour
Chateaux of the Loire Self-Guided Cycling
Travel Style
Small Group Tour with More Flexibility
Group Size
1 - 0
Age Group
8 - 99 Years
Categories
 

Summary

Cycle through idyllic scenery and visit the finest chateaux in France

Day 1.
Arrive At Chissay.
Day 2.
Chissay To Chaumont
Day 3.
At Chaumont
Day 4.
Chaumont To Montlivault
Day 5.
Free Day Or Optional Ride.
Day 6.
Montlivault To Chitenay
Day 7.
At Chitenay
Day 8.
Chitenay To Chissay
Day 9.
End Chissay.

 

Details

The Loire Valley is synonymous with chateaux and they are as diverse as they are numerous with over 300 in total to explore. Embark on this eight night holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chateaux look like they've come straight from a fairytale with their turrets, pinnacles, lanterns and moats. There's the beautiful Renaissance chateau at Chenonceau which famously straddles the Cher, the magnificent royal palace of Amboise proudly dominating the riverside and town, and the dramatic chateau at Chaumont, once owned by Catherine de Medici (before being forcibly 'exchanged' for Chenonceau in a bitter love-battle), and occupying one of the most stunning sites of all the river's chateaux.The route is relaxed and mostly flat, following quiet country lanes and river banks. Cycle through the verdant green forest of Amboise and on to the charming town itself, where Francois I once played host to Leonardo da Vinci at Chateau du Clos Luce. You then cross the river to medieval Blois where you can stop at one of the many patisseries. Take time out to walk around the chateau here, and don't miss the nearby Maison de la Magie (Museum of Magic).

Remarks

Highlights

  • * Perfect cycling routes: traffic-free lanes, majestic forests, vineyards, poppies and sunflowers * Hand-picked hotels in fabulous locations, 3 with swimming pools * Splendour of Renaissance Chenonceau - 'jewel in the Loire crown' * Masses of history and culture: pretty wine villages, charming towns including royal Blois, more chateaux than you ever knew existed
  • Included in Price

    • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included. This is a gastronomic tour so the food is central to your experience.The Loire prides itself on it's cuisine. It is refined country cooking, not heavy but rich in flavours and textures, drawing on the great garden of the Loire valley. Fruit and vegetables abound. Asparagus, artichokes, button mushrooms, cherries and strawberries from the Loire are transported to kitchens throughout France, which demonstrates the quality of the produce. These all provide delicious accompaniments to the duck, venison and wild boar dishes (all hunted locally) and served in sauces using wines from the local vineyards. Fish also features in abundance. With three wide, gently flowing rivers passing through the region, freshwater fish appear on most menus. 'Sandre' (pikeperch) and breme (bream) are especially popular and are usually served in a beurre blanc sauce - made with shallots, butter, dry white wine and vinegar. The majority of the cheese found in the region is goat's cheese. We suggest trying Selles-sur-Cher from the neighbouring Blesois region. Desserts are often based on the fruit from the local orchards. They include 'tarte tatin', a yummy caramelised upside-down apple pie - the invention of two absent-minded sisters in their attempt to salvage a dessert they had dropped on the floor.The Loire is undoubtedly one of Europe's finest wine producing regions with many of the separate wine areas producing red, white, rose and sparkling wines. Distinctive whites include Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Vouvray and Muscadet; for reds, try Chinin, Bourgueil and Saumur. Anjou is by far the most popular rose.
    • * All breakfasts and dinners * All accommodation (see below) * All luggage transfers * Route notes and maps * Local bike hire

    NOT included in price

  • * Travel insurance * Visas or vaccinations * Arrival & departure transfers for land only bookings (available on request)
  • Travel Package

    DescriptionComing from Going to
    Tour (Round Trip) Blois Blois

    This is an Organised Group Tour: the itinerary has been predefined by the tour operator. The tour destinations, duration, accommodations, departure dates and the price are fix. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

    Tour Variations

    Chateaux Of The Loire Walk (8 Days)

    Walk along the peaceful Loire and Cher rivers through sunflower fields, forest and vineyards.

    Next Departure: 11-May-2021
    Starting at: ± USD 1,886.00

    Chateaux Of The Loire Walk - Short Break (5 Days)

    Walk along the peaceful Loire and Cher rivers through sunflower fields, forest and vineyards.

    Next Departure: 11-May-2021
    Starting at: ± USD 1,243.00

        

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