France
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: May 26, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Explore the incredible Loire Valley on this France Multisport 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
  • Adult only
  • Biking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Wine Tasting
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Easy (1)

About
This Tour
Retrace the footsteps of King Charles VIII, Catherine de Medici, Leonardo da Vinci and Joan of Arc as you indulge in the rich history, charming villages and world-class cuisine of la Loire. Our expert guides can't wait to introduce you to the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty, the flower-bedecked meadows and of course scintillating samples of award-winning wines. All the while, enjoy the perks of choosing the leading providers of best-in-class travel on this stunning adventure in France's world-renowned Loire Valley.
  • Visit to King Francois I's Chateau de Chambord and count the staircases in the magnificent 440-room estate
  • Spend a leisurely afternoon floating down the Loire, hiking and biking dense woodlands, fertile vineyards, sunflower-clad meadows and quiet villages
  • Practice your French with a friendly farmer at an open-air market in Loches
  • Visit Le Clos Lucé in Amboise, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci and home to his many inventions
  • Explore the Chateau de Chenonceau, perched gracefully over the Cher River
  • Sip award-winning wine at the world-famous Chinon and Cravant wineries
Group picnic in Loire France
Photo: Group picnic in Loire France

This was our 3rd trip with A.A. It was outstanding in every way.

John L Gig Harbor, WA

We loved everything - the castles, the guides, the biking, the food, the places we stayed, the sites - all of it!

Lindsay C Venice, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Paris, France (CDG or ORY)

Day 1: Blois
Blois
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 just a five-minute walk away from a 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
Meals Included:  B, D
Enjoy a relaxing day of chateau hopping in the Loire, frolicking in the valley of the kings. Explore the stunning Château Blois for unforgettable views. Visit the grand Château de Chaumont, a turreted castle with a colorful past and even more colorful 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 Hotel 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
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. We’ll paddle underneath the Château, following the Cher river through ornamental gardens, orchards, scented forests, and the unforgettable French countryside. 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
Azay-le-Rideau
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, and genuine French cuisine.  
Day 5: Azay-le-Rideau
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 taste some of France’s amazing wines before being transferred back to Azay-le-Rideau. Eat dinner at a restaurant of your choosing before being wowed by a tour of one of several amazing castles in the village.
Day 6: Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau
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
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: May 26, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • May 26, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019
  • Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019
  • Jul 28, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019
  • Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019

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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

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions ”“ except one dinner on your own ”“ 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 the Trip Price • Double occupancy rooms with private baths. • Meals as indicated in detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners. • Any 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 partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees. Not Included in the 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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Testimonials
Testimonials
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:
The Loire Valley was magical, especially from a bike ” Tom K, Naperville, IL
A wonderful trip made even more so by wonderful group meals and picnics ” Sandy D, New York, NY
Overall it was a very positive, memorable experience. ” David D, Saratoga, CA
This was our 3rd trip with A.A. It was outstanding in every way. ” John L, Gig Harbor, WA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The Chateau de Chenonceau: This remarkable structure was built almost entirely over the River Cher in Chenonceaux and has arches at its base to let the river's water flow through.
  • 2. The Da Vinci remains: The creator of the Mona Lisa spent his last days in Amboise and his tomb can be found inside St. Hubert's Chapel.
  • 3. The pastries: From cream puffs to sweet tarts to buttery quiches, French pastries are fresh, savory and made from scratch.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like Hotel le Choiseul, explore by day and relax at night over delicious, Loire cuisine.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From explaining fascinating regional 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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