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.
Pedalling the regal playground
How do you get kids to stop worrying about their WiFi connection? Castles, canoeing, ropes courses and horseback riding help. If that doesn’t do it, they can take their frustrations out in fencing class (on the instructor, not their siblings) while parents revel in the bio-dynamic wines at Domaine de la Chevalerie. Video games, shmideo games: the Loire is next level.
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Day by Day
Ride along the majestic Loire River to the Castle of Villandry for a free-flow visit. The kids will take on a ropes course before everyone reconvenes for a fantastic dinner prepared by Chef David Chartier.
Take a tour of the beautiful Azay-le-Rideau castle with a local historian. Parents pedal through rustic villages and past the impressive Château d’Ussé (a fairy-tale castle) while the kids horseback ride.
Adults and kids enjoy a beautiful ride to the unforgettable Châteaux de Langeais. In the afternoon, while the parents keep biking, kids try their hand at fencing with a fully-qualified national fencing master.
Parents glide along quiet countryside roads through the Bourgeuil wine vineyards. Meanwhile, kids will meet with a local artist for a fun and educational basket making class before reconvening for a buffet-style lunch at a small family owned 17thC Château.
The kids hop aboard canoes to drift down the Vienne River towards Chinon. Parents bike to the same city, where everyone will meet to enjoy lunch on a traditional boat of the Loire, “La Chinonaise.”
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel, then say au revoir in St-Pierre-des-Corps for connections to Paris.
Let your en garde down.
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-year-old Lebanese Cedar for example) are hidden. 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 storybook. A number of political, aristocratic and literacy figures have stayed here such as Balzac, the Prince of Talleyrand and even King Georges VI of England. 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 evocative setting. By staying here, you join very illustrious company; Joan of Arc was a guest here in the 15thC. View hotel website »
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
While most of the riding is on gently rolling terrain, there are occasional hills. The average daily riding distance is 47 km (29 mi.) for adults, with longer and shorter options. The average daily riding distance for kids is 17 km (11 mi.). Parents may opt to join alternative afternoon activities, thus shortening daily rides. The activities on this trip are geared for children 6 years old and up the younger children may need to use a trailer or child tandem.
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, 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)
- 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 road 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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