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GUIDED ORIGINAL BICYCLE TOUR FRANCE
Cycling in the Loire Valley...
Biking and Ballooning - Chateau to Chateau
The Loire Valley
Biking and Ballooning
Royal elegance and great wines
Experience the best foods, world-renowned wines, chateaux by the score, and endless fields of flowers. Rendezvous with your balloon and lift into the sunset, flying wherever the winds may take you. Spend easy days cycling to wineries and visiting chateaux —Azay-le-Rideau, in the center of a placid dreamy lake; Chenonceaux, the crown jewel of the Loire; Chambord, in a park as big as Paris; Chaumont, one of Ben Franklin's favorite places and many more. A new vista awaits at every twist and turn as you cycle this glorious, river-laced valley.
Tour Profile: Mostly easy cycling with a few moderate hills along the way. Quiet country roads but expect some traffic when entering towns.
Highlights: Visiting the Chateaux Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Amboise and Blois. The Balloon flight, the wines and cuisine of the Loire region.
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Day 1 - Tours
We rendezvous at Tours in time to enjoy an optional ride along the banks of the Loire river. This evening we'll enjoy our champagne reception and our get-acquainted dinner featuring the various wines of the Loire Valley.
Day 2 - Tours - Montbazon
Cycling through a rolling landscape covered in Vineyards, we'll come upon Chateau Villandry and its unbelievably beautiful color-washed gardens. Then a few kilometers farther, we'll discover the lake-bound Chateau Azay-le-Rideau. Pedal on to Sache, Balzac's home. This evening we'll join our balloonist friends and ascend into the French sky following the evening breeze wherever it may take us; perhaps over the verdant Loire Valley or across the Beauce Plain or over Chenonceau itself for a one-of-a-kind view of the chateau. Landing with the setting sun, well uncork a bottle of champagne and toast our pilot and each other - a superb flight we will long remember.
Day 3 - Montbazon - Chenonceau
Today is a lazy day of cycling on tiny, quiet country roads past Chateau Mont Poupon on the way to Chateau Chenonceau, a glorious structure spanning the Cher river, perhaps the most beautiful of the Loire Valley chateaux. It was the home of King Henry II's mistress for many years. When you have seen the chateau and used up all of your film, cycle into town. We'll spend the night in this quiet little French village, a favorite of the King.
Day 4 - Chenonceau - Chaumont
Cycle north through beautiful vineyards with stops for winery tours and tastings. Visit the Chateau Amboise and the home of Leonardo De Vinci and his nearby burial site. Pedal along the bank of the Loire River to Chateau Chaumont, one of Ben Franklin's favorite places.
Day 5 - Chaumont - St Dye
A day of cycling on country lanes through tiny villages to chateau Cheverny. After lunch, we will ride through a dense French forest until we reach Chateau Chambord, which is so large it will take most of the afternoon to explore it well. It is in a park as big as all of Paris! When you have finished exploring, pedal on to our hotel for a gala "Farewell" evening.
Day 6 - St Dye
A leisurely breakfast before your return to Paris. But, before you leave, visit Chateau Blois. It is one of the most intriguing chateaux in France and the home of Catherine De Medici, from where she controlled Europe..
Overnight Itinerary: Tours - Montbazon - Chenonceau - Chaumont - St Dye
Average daily miles = 29 Return to Top
GUIDED ORIGINAL TOUR - 6 DAYS
TOUR # FRB-10003/I - INN TOUR - $3650*
2 and 3 star hotels, air conditioned with bath ensuite
Single Supplement $450
Includes 4 dinners
TOUR # FRB-10003/C - CHATEAU TOUR - $4625*
3 and 4 star hotels, air conditioned with bath ensuite
Single Supplement $525
Includes all dinners
Bicycles are included at no extra charge
*Ballooning is optional at extra charge
Tour Departure Dates:
Inn Tour: June 15,
Chateau Tour: Aug. 31
What's Not Included:Airfare is not included in the price of the tour. Other expenses not included in our land tour rate include, but are not limited to, telephone, dinner beverages, entrance fees, unspecified transfers and items of a personal nature such as laundry, insurance, and food and beverages other than those specified.
Free Use of Bicycle:
WorldVentures bicycles are 21-speed, good quality, lightweight and well-maintained. You are welcome to use one at no charge on tours.
Upon confirming your reservation, we will send you our "Bon voyage" kit. It contains many useful bits of travel information, including what to expect on the tour, how to get and keep in shape, bicycle touring techniques, passport and visa requirements, a suggested list of clothing and things to pack, hints from previous tour members, a guide to road signs, and other information. About 30 days prior to departure, you will receive a cultural information packet and an itinerary of hotels, complete with their addresses and phone and fax numbers, so the folks back home can keep in touch
EarthVentures plans its trips based on double occupancy of rooms. If you are traveling alone, we will make every effort to provide a roommate if you request it. If a roommate is not available, one-half of the single supplement will be charged. It you request a single room, the full single supplement will be charged.
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