Loire Valley Family Vacation
Biking through a Storybook
Visiting the Loire Valley with your kids is akin to a trip through a fairy tale. The backyard to royalty since the Middle Ages, you’ll love the “garden of France” for its verdant forests, impenetrable solitude and centuries-old elegance. The kids will love it for the canoeing, the swordplay (supervised and totally safe, we promise!) and the sprawling fields of sunflowers fit for a romp. Together you’ll love it for the great food, fantastic biking and the luxury château. Everybody wins!
|5 or less||Please contact us|
|6 - 8||From $7,295 per person|
|9 - 11||From $6,495 per person|
|12 or more||From $5,995 per person|
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 how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
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.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
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Day by Day
Ride along the majestic Loire River to the Castle of Villandry before the kids head off to make bird houses with a local naturalist while parents keep riding.
Bike to the Renaissance château of Azay le Rideau for lunch, while the kids go to the castle gardens of château du Rivau to dress in Medieval garb and have a scavenger hunt quest.
Kids have a short ride before hopping on canoes to drift down the Vienne River towards Chinon. Parents bike to the same city, stopping to enjoy a wine tasting along the way. Lunch will be on board the traditional boat “La Chinonaise.”
Visit the Royal Abbey of Fontévraud and enjoy a spectacular picnic lunch in a privately owned Chapel from the 12thC. Later, kids experience the rope course in St Benoit la Fôret and everyone enjoys a Michelin-starred dinner.
Adults and kids enjoy a beautiful ride to the châteaux of Ussé and Langeais. In the afternoon, while parents keep biking, kids try their hand at fencing with a fully-qualified national fencing master.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel in Saint Patrice, then au revoir in St-Pierre-des-Corps for connections to Paris.
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 de Marçay, Chinon
Built in the 15thC on the ruins of an 11thC fortress, this calm and serene property was developed into a hotel and restaurant which opened to the public in 1973. Now forming an island of greenery in the Chinon countryside, Château de Marçay offers 33 unique rooms decorated in a haute époque style, with scenic views of the park, the main courtyard, and the vineyards. View hotel website »
Château de Rochecotte, Saint-Patrice
An immaculately restored 18thC château, the Rochecotte is set in a lovely, peaceful park and is straight out of a fairy tale. A number of political, Aristocratic and literacy figures have stayed there such Balzac, the Prince of Talleyrand and even King Georges VI of England! View hotel website »
While most of the riding is on gently rolling terrain, there are occasional hills in and out of the river valleys. The average daily riding distance is 47 km (29 mi.) for adults, with longer and shorter options. Parents may opt to join in on alternative afternoon activities, thus shortening daily rides. The activities on this trip are geared for children 5 years old and up; the younger children may need to use a trailer or child tandem. Most events are appropriate for all ages; where safety considerations exclude smaller children, alternatives will be offered.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality customized hybrid bikes or racing bikes with drop bars that provide a good fit to your size and weight. A range of kids equipment, from trailers to hook tandems to smaller bikes, is also provided and we'll equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guides and support vans—there are extra vans and guides family trips for more support
- Kids’ supervised activities
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Children’s equipment, including tandems, trailers, helmets and bikes (Please note: parents wishing to pull a tandem or trailer must use a hybrid bike)
- 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
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“This was our first group bike trip so we did not know what to expect. Every aspect created life long memories. But all of this was made even better by our guides—they were great with us and our children. We had four other wonderful families in our group. We and our children made new life-long friendships with them. All of this together resulted in a family experience we will cherish forever.”
— Mike Dodson,
Loire Valley Family Biking 2013
Loire Valley Family Biking
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