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Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The land of kings
The picturesque Loire’s castle-lined routes have long been the playground of kings and queens, and the small country roads are perfect for biking. Here, you’ll visit the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine, explore the regions countless vineyards and stay in a trio of palatial châteaux, one of which is open just for us. Now that’s royal treatment.
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Veigné (Montbazon) to Tours
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Day by Day
Get your first glimpse of the Château de Villandry and its amazing gardens on a warm-up ride along the gorgeous Loire River. In the evening, listen to a French history expert and learn more about the Medieval Characters.
Ride past troglodyte villages and the extraordinary Château de Saché where honoré de Balzac wrote many of his books. Dinner is a fresh and simple menu with local ingredients mostly coming directly from the gardens of Rivau and accompanied by fragrant “Chinon” wine appellation also produced by Rivau.
Cycle along the banks of the Vienne River through the Chinon vineyards. Experience a great cooking course by Chef Philippe Schilling and enjoy the dinner you just prepared in the vineyards.
Embark on a lovely ride to the Royal Abbey of Fontévraud, a soaring gothic abbey which has witnessed much of French history. Lunch is on your own in the charming village of Fontevraud or back in Saumur. Then, ride in the heart of the Saumur-Champigny wine appellation with a stop at a unique troglodyte site which was once a bustling trading street in the 11th century!
After a tasting of local wine, lunch is at a local’s home in a vaulted troglodyte cave just outside of the riverside village of Le Cumeray. Tonight the owners of Château Verrieres will host a private dinner in its vaulted rooms to celebrate one last dinner.
After breakfast we will shuttle to the train station in Tours for connections to Paris—both downtown and Charles de Gaulle Airport. Bon voyage!
Stop and smell the roses (or sunflowers).Request a Detailed ItineraryLoire Chateaux Biking
Domaine de La Tortinière, Montbazon
We not only feel welcomed at the intimate Château La Tortinière, but very special when we’re there—especially since this immaculately restored 18thC castle seems straight out of a fairy tale. The château offers views over a private park in which some rare plants and trees (A 200 years old Lebanese Cedar for example) are hidden. View hotel website »
Château du Rivau, Lemeré
Located in the heart of the Touraine region, this is a private home whose owners have graciously welcomed B&R as guests. Their 12-plus-year restoration campaign has returned the 15thC historical monument to its former glory, and its whimsical gardens complete the fairy-tale setting. By staying here, you join very illustrious company; Joan of Arc was a guest here in the 15thC. View hotel website »
Château de Verrières, Saumur
Peacefully set in a four acre park, Chateau Verrières is located in the midst of Saumur, close to the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the troglodytes caves, the historical cities of Chinon, Angers and Tours and the many chateaux of the Loire Valley. A four star hotel, Verrieres provides a private mansion atmosphere with authentic decoration and period furniture. View hotel website »
The B&R leaders were incredibly good and all else—bikes, itinerary, special events, and fellow travellers—were absolutely delightful. My husband and I had a wonderful time!Beth Lowe
For other travelers, the trip of a lifetime may be about experiencing a familiar location in a new way. On Butterfield & Robinson’s cycling tour of France’s Loire Valley, travelers bike past acres of the valley’s sunflower fields, dine at the home of renowned local chef Jean-Claude Rigollet, and overnight at the 15th-century Châteaux du Rivau, an estate where Joan of Arc was once a guest.MSNBC
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— George Butterfield
Most of the riding on this trip is level with gentle grades, but be aware that the Loire Valley is not flat, there are several longer climbs. The daily distances average 50 km (31 mi.). There are three layover days, which allow for some shorter routes and, for avid cyclists, longer options.
“I ride my bike once or twice a month and am comfortable on two wheels.”
Relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- Five nights hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, three lunches and five dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
Notes from the road, on the B&R blog.
At Chateau du Rivau, History Meets Harmony
Great Wine Regions for Family Travel
Five Reasons to Visit Loire Valley with Your Family
Reading for the Road: Books About Loire Valley
Recipes from the Road: Tarte Tatin
Cuisine 101: Loire Valley Cuisine
Vines 101: An Introduction to Loire Valley Wine
In Deep: A (Brief) Look at Loire Valley History
Castles in the Loire Valley
In Deep: The Charming Towns of France’s Luberon Region
Where Slow Meets Speed: B&R Routes that Overlap The Tour de France
Insider’s Guide: 14 Things to See & Do in Bordeaux
Cycling in the south of France: Pedalling through Provence
The 8 Best Burgundy Wines (And 4 More of My Favourites)
The Pleasures (and Perils) of Father-Daughter Travel
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