France
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 23, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $3,238

Loire Valley Family Tour

Just beyond the hustle and bustle of Paris lies the peaceful valley of the Loire. The area’s rich history and grand sightseeing make it a perfect choice for all travelers. Gentle terrain makes it enjoyable for the most casual bicyclists. In this area of France you will find majestic châteaux, picturesque river views, charming towns, and world-class cuisine. Enjoy an easy paddle next to charming castles, vineyards, woodlands and historic wonders that give this region its sophisticated charm

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  • Europe Vacations
  • Biking
  • Family
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Wine Tasting
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Easy (1)

About
This Tour
From castles to kings to vintage cars, this week-long Loire Valley adventure is the perfect recipe for family fun. We've carefully-crafted a most excellent itinerary to fill these seven remarkable days spent exploring France's treasured landscapes and charming towns. Your young princesses and knights-in-shining-armor are in for a treat on this smile-inducing, two-wheeled adventure that also holds the simple pleasure of a glass of wine or stroll through cobblestone streets as you discover some of history's most romantic settings. Truly a trip of a lifetime!
  • Pedal at a leisurely pace crisscrossing vast forests, lush vineyards, fields of sunflowers and quiet villages
  • Bike from King Francois I's Chateau de Chambord and count the staircases in the grandiose 440-room estate
  • Marvel at the lifelike King Charles VII and Anne of Brittany wax figures at the Chateau de Langeais
  • Visit the Clos Luce museum in Amboise, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci, to check out his countless inventions
  • Explore Chateau de Chenonceau perched gracefully over the Cher River
  • Opt for a gentle kayak along the Vienne River and ooh and ahh over the vintage car collection at Musee Dufresne
Biking in Loire France
Photo: Biking in Loire France

Guides, route, food, hotels, were all awesome.

Andrea J New York, NY

Organization, preparation-superb routes/length-perfect guides similar in age to group-superb

Mary A Orleans, ON

The Loire Valley was magical, especially from a bike

Tom K Naperville, IL

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Paris, France (CDG or ORY)

Day 1: Blois
France Bike Tours
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel Mercure
We meet in Paris in the morning. After a transfer to the Château de Chambord "Versailles of the Loire." Tour the château for an up-close look then enjoy a picnic and briefing before you mount your bicycle and head to the half-timbered town of Blois. See its magnificent skyline as you approach via the Loire river. Tonight, join your guides and fellow travelers for a wonderful welcome dinner.

About Hotel Mercure

Located in the center of Blois facing the Loire River, Hotel Mercure is a three-star hotel just a five-minute walk away from the old part of Blois and 10 minutes from the chateau and the Maison de la Magie house of magic. With modern architecture, the hotel features the Quai St Jean restaurant, as well as a bar, swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam bath.
Day 2: Amboise
France Adventure Travel
Meals Included:  B, D
Enjoy a relaxing day of chateau hopping in the Loire, frolicking in the valley of the kings. Explore the beautiful Château Blois for unforgettable views. Visit the grand Château du Chaumont, a turreted castle with a colorful past and exquisite gardens. Relax with a local vintage as we cruise down the Loire in our private boat. Soak up the lively atmosphere of Amboise and its luminous Royal Castle, where your hotel overlooks the Loire.

About Le Choiseul

Located along the banks of the Loire and at the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise, the hotel Le Choiseul is composed of three charming 18th century residences that are typical for this region. A small flowered park embellishes the grounds. Its restaurant Le 36 offers Loire cuisine and menus of excellent quality. The hotel wine cellar holds many fine wines, especially from the Loire region. Guests have access to the heated outdoor swimming pool.
Day 3: Amboise
Visit France
Meals Included:  B
Today we trade our saddles for paddles as we canoe the beautiful Cher river route to Château de Chenonceaux, with its refined, graceful architecture. After we paddle underneath the Château, we’ll then hike through ornamental gardens, orchards, scented forests, and unforgettable French countryside. Explore the grounds the remarkable Chenonceaux• Discover everything that Amboise has to offer as you spend tonight on your own. We’ll also visit the palace that Leonardo Da Vinci called home for his final days.  
Day 4: Azay-le-Rideau
France Adventure Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Start your day with a trip to Loches’ wonderful market. We’ll hike around the historic village taking in royal apartments where Kings and Joan of Arc once stayed. We’ll begin our bike ride in Cormery after a group lunch. Today's highlight is the Château Azay-le- Rideau. Picture perfect, its graceful silhouette is mirrored in the languid waters that surround it. You'll stay in this scenic town for three nights. After resting and freshening up, gather with the group for yet another delectable meal.

About Hotel le Grand Monarque

In the heart of La Vallee des Rois, a registered UNESCO world heritage site sits Hotel le Grand Monarque. This hotel-restaurant offers you a charming stay and relaxation. During your stay, you will discover its enchantment, great comfort, an art of living, and genuine French cuisine.
Day 5: Azay-le-Rideau
France Bike tours
Meals Included:  B, L
Today's ride leads to Chinon. From the site of France's first parliament to Ussé's Castle, the inspiration for "Sleeping Beauty," there is something for everyone. Bike in the densely wooded forest and walk in the steps of Joan of Arc. In the afternoon, we’ll have a chance to kayak on the Vienne river before we head back to Azay-le-Rideau. Eat dinner at a restaurant of your choosing on a night on our own in the quaint village.
Day 6: Azay-le-Rideau
France Tours
Meals Included:  B, D
Following the Loire north, you’re greeted by some of the most amazing châteaux perched amid fertile landscapes and quiet villages. Visit the elegant Château Langeais, and the divine gardens of Château de Villandry• End your fantastic day with a grand farewell dinner.
Day 7: Paris
France biking tours for families
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paris for your departure home. Before heading for Paris or elsewhere in France, you can also opt to spend some time in the bustling center of Tours. **Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 23, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $3,238

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 23, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019
  • Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival and Departures Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Paris. On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Grand Hotel Bedford (8th arrondissement) in Paris at 8:30 a.m. After a transfer to Blois, the cycling begins. After breakfast on Day 7, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Paris (three hour transfer).

Activities

Cycling:
  • Day 1 bicycle mileage options: 17
  • Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 21
  • Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 23
  • Day 6 bicycle mileage options: 17
Hiking/Walking:
  • Day 2 walking tour Amboise 2 miles
  • Day 4 walking tour Loches 5 miles
Canoeing/Kayaking:
  • Day 3 canoe 4 miles
  • Day 5 kayak 4 miles (Family trip)
Discovery: In Amboise, marvel at the models of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions at the Clos Lucé, where the master spent the last three years of his life. Walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc when you explore Chinon, and hear how this courageous young girl was able to change the course of French history. Before heading out on the day the tour ends (and if time allows), spend some hours in Tours. There’s a lot to do in this lovely town of St. Martin, and it’s only an hour by TGV train to Paris (in which case we will transfer your luggage to your hotel in Paris). Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They take the time to explain the local history and daily sightseeing and route options. Each route has been carefully planned to include options to please each traveler’s interests. Austin Adventures guides are available to help you select the distance that’s right for you and to offer advice and assistance as you desire.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
With Ron as your guide, there's always something unexpected that makes the trip so special and memorable. ” Don H, Greensboro, GA
Well organized, very pleasant guides, bikes good, routes 99% accurate maps. ” Murray E, Toronto, ON
Ron is the best. ” Charles G, White Plains, NY
Great trip, great guides. ” Debbie R, Dugald, MB
Excellent! ” Susan S, West Kelowna, BC
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The cars: Musee Automobile de la Sarthe (auto museum), is the result of over 100 years of car collecting and features some of the rarest and most beautiful automobiles in the world.
  • 2. The gardens: These well-maintained and manicured outdoor spaces include lush medicinal, aromatic, herbal and vegetable gardens as well as parterres, orchards of trained fruit, labyrinths, cloisters, rose gardens, canals and lakes.
  • 3. The Mini Castle Park: After you've seen your share of castles, villas and chateaux, see them again in miniature. This charming park in Amboise contains over 40 miniature models of the country's most famous chateaux.
  • 4. The Loire River Bridge: Explore this impressive masonry bridge designed and built by Jacques Gabriel in 1717, who was the royal architect.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From getting your kids excited about medieval history to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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