This gentle and unhurried gastronomic cycling tour follows a triangular route through the heart of the great Loire Valley. En-route highlights include the majestic chateaux of Amboise and Chambord, and the rich Renaissance splendour of Chenonceau. You'll pass vineyards, sunflowers and pretty, sleepy villages, before pedaling gently along shady riverbanks and out through open countryside abundant with wildlife.
On each cycling day, you'll have the opportunity to taste dozens of different wines - stopping at big wineries or village vineyards as the mood takes you - in a wine region more varied and diverse than any other in the world.
The places you'll be staying in have been hand-picked for their elegant cuisine, extensive wines and beautiful settings. All have picturesque gardens and private swimming pools, and the Chateau de Chissay (where you spend 2 nights) is a former royal residence! Breakaway's specially created gastronomic menus (typically 4 courses) include dishes such as sandre en croute d'escargots, selle d'agneau a l'ail nouveau and tarte tatin all washed down with a glass or two of the many fine local wines.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Tours St Pierre des Corps train station 13:39 pick up (transfer to hotel, 35 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Return to Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 12:09 (Mon-Fri); 10:54 (Sat & Sun). Transfer provided.|
|Rail Options||Paris to Tours St Pierre des Corps 12:35/13:39. Return: Rail Tours St Pierre des Corps to Paris 12:09/13:15 (Mon-Fri) & 10:54/11:52 (Sat & Sun).|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $78 per person, round trip, 2nd class: from $117 first class.|
|Singles||Add $59 per night.|
|Other details||Extra nights: We recommend Chissay or Paris. Prices from $128 per person per night, B&B,$207 per person per night, half board, based on 2 sharing.|
|Hotels||**** (1 night), *** (1 night), AAA (2 nights)|