At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
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.
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.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
The land of kings
Not one but two castles await on this romantic ride through history. Domaine de la Tortiniere opens its Belle Époque doors to B&R, and a private visit to Château du Rivau gives you something in common with Joan of Arc. (Would you like to stay in her room? We’re drawing straws.) After this, slum it with the likes of Richard the Lionheart, Leonardo da Vinci, and a locally lauded chef.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Jérôme BoréView Jérôme’s Profile Video: Why We Love the Loire
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Day by Day
We warm up with a ride along the Loire and Cher Rivers to the utterly unique Château de Chambord (built by King François I). This evening, settle into your fairy tale hotel in time for a welcome dinner.
Enjoy a tasting in the heart of the Cheverny AOC, followed by a delightful farm-to-table meal prepared by one of our favourite local chefs. After lunch, pay a visit to Château de Cheverny, one of few Loire châteaux that are still lived-in.
Begin your day with a ride to Château de Chaumont and walk its stunning gardens. After lunch, we cycle through an oak forest back to Amboise.
Set forth from your hotel to what's considered the most romantic château in the Loire Valley. Tonight, get acquainted with your hotel's outdoor pool or take a stroll in their beautifully-tended park.
Our ride passes through charming hamlets with beautiful gardens to Azay le Rideau, where we meet with our local guide and historian to tour the village's Renaissance château.
After breakfast, we will shuttle to the Saint Pierre des Corps train station for connections to Paris—both downtown and Charles de Gaulle Airport. Bon voyage!
Stop and smell the roses (or sunflowers).
Les Hauts de Loire, Onzain
This elegant hotel is an ivy-clad 19th-century hunting lodge, set on 70 hectares of parkland within the Vallée de la Loire UNESCO world heritage area. Elegant rooms feature period furnishings and floral prints. Take a dip in the outdoor pool or play a round of tennis on the beautiful grounds.
Chateau du Rivau, Lemere
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 evocative setting. By staying here, you join very illustrious company; Joan of Arc was a guest here in the 15thC.
Domaine de la Tortiniere, Veigne (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-year-old Lebanese Cedar for example) are hidden.
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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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 45 km (28 mi.). There are three layover days, which allow for some shorter routes and, for avid cyclists, longer options.
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
- Meals as indicated, 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
- B&R biodegradable water bottle
- A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
On this trip, you can choose between a customized hybrid with flat bars or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with a handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle. See Equipment Details
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Paris
We absolutely recommend that you spend time in Paris at least a day before or after your trip, as the French capital has much to offer the visitor, first-timer or otherwise. We will happily organize a city guide if you want an insider’s tour of Paris.
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