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Cycling stay in the heart of château country - 5 days & 4 nights

Reference: S41M

Tour Details


Rate per person in double room:
Low season: From A$925          
High season: From A$1,030         

This program includes:

  • Accommodation: 4 nights on half board basis in *** star hotel, double room with shower or bath and toilets.
  • Room category ‘superior’ with:
    • Daily menu: Day 1
    • Superior Menu: Day 2
    • ‘Terroir’ Menu: Day 3
    • Gastronomic Menu: Day 4
  • Maps, Itineraries and tourist information
  • Taxes and services
  • Rental bike

This program excludes:

  • Drinks, lunches and personal expenses

Bike:
21 speed men’s and ladies' bike, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, a map holder, a helmet, a counter and a repair kit. Adjustment by a cycle specialist.

Category:
Easy Terrain

Departure Dates:
From March - October            

Duration:
5 days / 4 nights

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Discover the most famous Châteaux of the Loire such as Chambord , Cheverny, Blois, Chaumont... But also discover a family run “Auberge” situated in a peaceful rustic village, with a charming character: huge fireplaces, lovely decorated comfortable rooms offering calm. Enjoy the savours of the local gastronomy in its elegant restaurant!

Excursion 1: Fougeres-sur-Bievre | 24 km
Discover the Château of Fougères-sur-Bièvre, the unique example of feudal style that illustrates the 15th century architecture. Do not miss to stop for a wine tasting in a local producer along your route: you are in the Cheverny appellation!

Excursion 2: Cheverny | 23 km
Your itinerary leads you through Chateau de Troussay, a small chateau from Renaissance style and via the Château de Cheverny, well-known for its sumptuously furnished and decorated apartments, which inspired Hergé's vision of Marlinspike in the adventures of Tintin!

Excursion 3: Beauregard | 14 km
Take the opportunity to visit the Château of Beauregard famous for its Portrait Gallery and to enjoy the huge park of 70ha with English style gardens. Enjoy a day between vineyards, fields and gardens to relax.

Excursion 4: Chambord | 50 km
Cycle through the rich Domain of Chambord forest, where a stop is essential to visit the most famous and majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendour, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms.

Excursion 5: Blois | 35 km
Through the forest to finally reach the Loire river banks and the nice town of Blois, worth visiting for its old quarter and also its château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

Excursion 6: Chaumont-sur-Loire | 37 km
Passing by the countryside routes before reaching the Loire banks at Chaumont-sur-Loire where you can visit the nice Château overlooking the Loire. The ‘garden festival’ where you will be able to admire different interpretations of artistic garden composition based on a common theme takes place every year in its majestic park.

Excursion 7: Sologne Area | 40 km
Bike to the heart of the Sologne area between forest and ponds. Along your ride, you may stop in vineyards of Appellation "Cheverny", so do not hesitate to visit a local wine producer to sample a glass of Cheverny blanc!

Royal stay in ‘châteaux country’ area - 5 days & 4 nights

Reference: S41MB

Tour Details


Rate per person in double room:
In Verger: From A$1,250
In Chateau: From A$1,460

This program includes:

  • Accommodation: 4 nights on half board basis in 4* star chateau hotel (‘standard - french bed’ or 'deluxe - king size bed' room category), double room with shower or bath and toilets
  • Maps and itineraries
  • Tourist information
  • Bike Rental

This program excludes:

  • Drinks, lunches and personal expenses
  • Hot air balloon flight

Bike:
21 speed men’s and ladies' bike, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, a map holder, a helmet, a counter and a repair kit. Adjustment by a cycle specialist.  

Category:
Easy Terrain

Departure Dates:
March to October

Duration:
5 days / 4 nights

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Stay in a refined environment, marked with charm and abundant history in a green scenery, located in the heart of Cheverny AOC vineyards and close to the famous chateau which has inspired Hergé for his comics in Tintin adventures. Discover on cycling paths the numerous chateaux of the area.

This establishment offers two different atmospheres:

‘Le Verger’:
Renovated rooms with refined decoration situated in the former orchards. This building will offer you peaceful moments and bucolic charms.

‘Le Chateau’:
A wonderful manor house from 18th century with personalized but original and elegant touch of decoration.

Bike rides:

Excursion 1: Chateau of Chambord | 50 km
A stage in Sologne, first to Chateau of Villesavin before reaching the famous Chateau of Chambord, where a stop is essential to visit the most majestic château in the Loire Valley. In its Renaissance splendour, the Château de Chambord boasts no less than 440 rooms.

Excursion 2: Blois | 47 km
Through numerous typical villages, reach the Loire river banks and the nice town of Blois, worth visiting for its old quarter and also its château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. Then return through the forest of Russy.

Excursion 3: Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire | 46 km
Passing by the countryside routes before reaching the Loire banks at Chaumont-sur-Loire where you can visit the nice Château overlooking the Loire. The ‘garden festival’ where you will be able to admire different interpretations of artistic garden composition based on a common theme takes place every year in its majestic park.

Walking excursions:

Excursion 4: Walk in Sologne forest | 14 km
Sologne is land of hunting and fishing. Discover along this excursion the reason of Kings’ interest for this area. On walking paths and small countryside routes, listen to the wind through the forest, the birds and other wild animals living here freely (except during hunting period), learn about the local flowers, mushrooms and have a rest along one of the numerous ponds. This stage will guide you in the heart of the Sologne forest’s treasures.

Excursion 5: Chateau of Troussay | 13 km
Your itinerary takes you through Chateau de Troussay, a small chateau from Renaissance style and via numerous vineyards of Cheverny appellation. Along this excursion, you will have numerous possibilities to taste wine in local producer’s cellars. This vineyard products fine, fresh, fruity white and red wines perfectly expressing the typicity of their soils and landscapes.

The French “art de vivre” - 5 days & 4 nights

Reference: C37GEF

Tour Details


Rate per person:
Double room: A$2,145
Single supplement: A$1,080

This program includes:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast – “SUPERIOR” room category (double room with shower & toilets) (3 nights in 4-star château-hotels / 1 night in a 5- star château-hotel)
  • 4 dinners
  • 1 transfers by taxi (with the bikes) from the hotel to Villandry on day 3
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
  • Colour maps, itineraries & tourist information
  • Taxes & services
  • Rental bike 

This program excludes:

  • Drinks, lunches, and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to the monuments

Bike:

21 speed men’s and ladies' bike, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, a map holder, a helmet, a counter and a repair kit. Adjustment by a cycle specialist.  

Category:
Easy to moderate

Departure Dates:
March to October

Duration:
5 days / 4 nights

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Enjoy your cycling stay in the best deluxe chateau-hotels of the Loire Valley. These sumptuous residences will guarantee you comfort and a warm welcome. Along the Loire Valley area, discover wonderful treasures of art and architecture and taste refined flavours of the local gastronomy & wine.

1st Day: Arrival in Amboise
The nice town of Amboise, built at the edge of the Loire River, is overlooked by its Royal Chateau where the most important kings of France lived. Do not forget to visit the Manoir du Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci, invited by his friend Francis the 1st, lived the last 3 years of his life. Dinner & accommodation in a 4* chateau hotel. This group of 18th century residence is built between the Loire, terraced gardens and cave dwellings! The panoramic restaurant offers a beautiful view over the Loire River! 

2nd Day: Ambroise - Luynes | 43 km or 50 km
Depart for a ‘country’ stage through the vineyards of Vouvray to reach the Château de Valmer that offers a beautiful illustration of the Italian Gardens style. Continue through the peaceful ‘Tourangelle’ countryside to join your château-hotel. Or follow the ‘Loire à Vélo’ cycling path through the vineyards of Montlouis to reach the Tours, a town steeped in art and history. Then proceed to your next château-hotel. Dinner & accommodation in a 4* chateau hotel. This 16th and 17th century manor, located in a wooded 140 hectare park across form the Briffaut pond, offers hotel service with charm and refined comfort.

 

3rd Day: Transfer by taxi to Villandry | Villandry - Montbazon 37 km
Do not hesitate to visit Villandry and its famous Gardens ‘à la française’, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed terraces! This stage will bring you to the Indre Valley passing via Azay leRideau and its Renaissance chateau: a jewel in a wonderful setting of water and green! Then, following the meandering Indre River, you will reach your château-hotel overlooking the Indre river. Dinner & accommodation in a 5* chateau hotel. This exquisite residence built by the famous perfumer Coty in 18th century style, with dazzling white stones that contrast with the green 25 hectare park, overlooks the Indre Valley. The entrance to the Estate leads through the forest to the striking discovery of French style Gardens and a majestic, elegant chateau.

4th Day: Montbazon - Ambroise| 55 km
Ride along the tortuous Indre river to reach the Cher Valley by crossing vineyards and typical small Touraine villages. Then, you will discover Chenonceaux, famous for its Renaissance château spanning the Cher river still steeped in memories of the famous ladies in French History : Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. Continue through the forest to the royal city of Amboise for a last night in château country. Dinner & accommodation in a 4* chateau hotel.

5th Day: Departure during the day

Cycling discovery in the heart of châteaux country - 7 days & 6 nights

Reference: C4137

Tour Details


Rate per person in double room:
Standard Version: A$1,307
Superior Version: A$1,690
Up&charm Version: A$2,268

This program includes:

  • Accommodation: 6 nights on half board basis in 2*, 3* or 4* star hotels according the program - double room with shower and toilets
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
  • Maps, itineraries and tourist information
  • Rental bike
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with breakfast  (double room with shower & toilets): 

Standard version : 2 / 3-star hotels 
Superior version: 3-star hotels
Up & Charm version: 4-star hotels

  • 6 dinners
  • Transport of luggage between hotels.
  • Colour maps, itineraries & tourist information
  • Taxes & services 
  • Rental bike 

This program excludes:

  • Drinks, lunches and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to the monuments

Bike:
21 speed men’s and ladies' bike, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, a map holder, a helmet, a counter and a repair kit. Adjustment by a cycle specialist.  

Category:
Easy to moderate

Departure Dates:
March to October

Duration:
7 days / 6 nights

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Let the Royal River Loire be your guide among its most prestigious treasures and discover its Chateaux, ponds and forests.

Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Possibility to visit the town with its typical paved streets punctuated with staircases, and the chateau, a perfect illustration of how French architecture evolved between the Middle Ages and the 17th century. 

  • Dinner & accommodation in a 3* hotel   (standard version)
  • Accommodation in a 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (superior version)
  • Dinner & accommodation in a 4* hotel   (up & charm version)

Day 2: Blois – Amboise   |  42 km
Follow the 'pays des châteaux' cycling tracks through nice tiny villages to the château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which proudly dominates the river. Then continue on the 'Loire à Vélo' cycling tracks before arriving at the charming town of Amboise with its royal château, where the greatest kings of France lived.

  • Accommodation in a 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (standard version)
  • Accommodation in a 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (superior version)
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (up & charm version) 

Day 3: Excursion Amboise – Chenonceaux – Amboise  |  40 km  + option 8 km
After crossing the Amboise forest, reach the famous chateau of Chenonceau straddling the Cher River, which was the scene of a famous rivalry in French history: that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Enjoy a walk in the heart of the Diane de Poitiers‘s garden, then the Catherine de Medici’s one. Take a breath, under the shadow of one of the huge park trees, at the rhythm of the river murmur which will tell you stories about these 2 rival women.

  • Accommodation in a 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (standard version)
  • Accommodation in a 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (superior version)
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant (up & charm version)

Day 4: Amboise – Cheverny  |  54 km     or    Amboise – Chitenay   |  42 km
Enjoy a ride through countryside routes via typical villages to reach the medieval chateau of Fougères sur Bièvre, a perfect illustration of the traditional 15th century building art. Meet along your day small private chateaux in the middle of green settings such as Chateau de Troussay before your final destination : the famous chateau of Cheverny.

  • Dinner & accommodation in a 3* standard hotel   (standard version)
  • Dinner & accommodation in a 3* charming hotel   (superior version)
  • Dinner & accommodation in a 4* hotel   (up & charm version)

Day 5: Excursion to Beauregard  |  30 km or 48 km
An excursion through the Forest of Russy with possibility to visit the Château of Beauregard famous for its Portrait Gallery. Possibility to extend your excursion to the rich and mysterious ‘Sologne’ with magnificent landscapes: beautiful forests sheltering game, ponds at every crossroads and small private châteaux hidden behind their vineyards or groves.

  • Dinner & accommodation in a 3* standard hotel   (standard version)
  • Dinner & accommodation in a 3* charming hotel   (superior version)
  • Dinner & accommodation in a 4* hotel   (up & charm version)

Day 6: Cheverny – Blois  |  40 km    or   Chitenay – Blois  |  50 km 
During this last stage you will discover the famous sumptuously furnished Château of Cheverny before reaching the prestigious Château of Chambord, real masterpiece of French Renaissance period with its 440 rooms, built during the reign of Francis the 1st .

  • Dinner & accommodation in a 3* hotel   (standard version)
  • Accommodation in a 3* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (superior version)
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   (up & charm version)

Day 7: Departure during the day 

From the royal Touraine to the Anjou vineyards - 8 days & 7 nights

Reference: R3749

Tour Details


Rate per person in double room:
A$1,375
Single supplement: A$389

This program includes:

  • Accommodation with ‘continental’ breakfast: 4 nights in 2* hotels and 3 nights in 3* hotels or similar - double room with shower
  • 4 dinners
  • 3 transfers by taxi :
  • on day 2 from Tours hotel to Villandry
  • on day 3 from Azay le Rideau hotel to Rigny Ussé
  • on day 7 from Fontevraud hotel to Turquant
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
  • Maps, itineraries and tourist information

This program excludes:

  • 3 dinners , drinks, lunches
  • Transfer back to Tours at the end of the trip
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • Personal expenses

Category:
Easy to moderate          

Departure Dates:
March to October          

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights

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An incomparable journey through the vineyards of Touraine and Saumur, passing via many sumptuous châteaux and medieval towns dotted along the way. Enjoy a walk through an authentic rural environment along typical countryside lanes that the only Loire Valley area can offer.

1st Day: Arrival in Tours
You will have the opportunity to visit the heart of the city, especially the old quarters including the famous ‘Place Plumereau’ with its half-timbered houses and the gothic cathedral. Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

2nd Day: Transfer by taxi to Villandry
Villandry – Azay le Rideau | 17 km
Do not hesitate to visit in Villandry the famous Gardens ‘à la française’, matchless in Europe and composed of  3 superposed terraces ! This stage will bring you to the Indre Valley passing via Azay le Rideau and its Renaissance château: a jewel in a wonderful setting of water and green! Accommodation in 2* hotel in B&B.

3rd Day: Transfer by taxi to Rigny Ussé
Rigny Ussé - Chinon | 19 km
From Ussé and its château of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which inspired Perrault to write hid famous novel, departure through Chinon Forest to the medieval city of Chinon built on the edge of the Vienne river and famous for its red wine well appreciated by François Rabelais. Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

4th Day: Excursion around Chinon | 17 km
An excursion through the vineyards of Chinon where you will have the opportunity to enter and visit numerous cellars, without forgetting to taste this famous red wine of course! Accommodation in 2* hotel in B&B.

5th Day: Chinon – Fontevraud | 17 km
Leave Chinon following the Vienne River to reach Fontevraud, well-known for its amazing Abbey which is the largest monastic city remaining in Europe. Dinner & accommodation in an unclassified hotel – similar to 3* hotel.

6th Day: Excursion to Montsoreau | 14 km
Excursion towards Montsoreau, a charming village on the Loire River, where you will have the possibility to visit incomparable troglodyte sites which have become mushroom beds installed in an old carrier where the “tuffeau” stone used to be extracted. Dinner & accommodation in an unclassified hotel – similar to 3* hotel.

7th Day: Transfer by taxi to Turquant
Turquant - Saumur | 11 km
Depart from Turquant for a stage through the vineyards of ‘Saumur’ and ‘Saumur-Champigny’ towards Saumur, a nice historical town overlooked by its imposing château. Accommodation in 3* hotel in B&B.

8th Day: Departure from Saumur

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