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France: Loire Gastronomic Self-Guided Cycling

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Ride at your own pace through picturesque countryside

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Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Visit some of the finest chateaux in France
  • Ride at your own pace through picturesque countryside
  • Sample delicious cheese and wine
  • Spot wildlife in the incredible park surrounding Chateau de Chambord

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What's included
  • Direct international flights.
  • Return rail between Paris & Chissay
  • 6 nights' accommodation in local hotels
  • 5 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Local bike hire
Need to know
  • Arrives: Charles de Galle Airport
  • Time difference: GMT+1
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit France, but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flying time from UK: around 1 hour
  • Plug type: 2 round pins
  • Voltage: 230 volts
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Itinerary

Day 0
Fly from UK to
Day 1
Chateau de Chissay

Days 2-4
Amboise

This is the perfect lunch spot; take a seat on the terrace of The Orangerie restaurant and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Continue through the shaded Amboise forest to the elegant village of St Ouen-les-Vignes, your home for the night. The following day is free to spend as you wish; perhaps pedal back to Amboise and explore Clos Luce, a 15th century manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked. Alternatively, it’s a 15km cycle along the River Cisse to the wine capital, Vouvray. Taste the famous Chenin Blanc wine here, before enjoying a relaxed evening. In the morning, head north to Autreche and onto Chaumont, home to an impressive 15th century chateau. A final shady stretch takes you through the pretty villages of Les Montils and Seur to Chitenay.

Day 5
Chateau de Chambord

This 50km round trip is the ideal full day activity. Keep an eye out for deer, boar and eagles in the surrounding park. After a gentler pace? Spend the afternoon sampling fine cheese and wine.

Day 6
Chateau de Chissay

Stop for lunch alongside the fortified chateau of Fougeres-sur-Bievre. Continue through Montrichard, the perfect spot for a coffee in a fairytale setting. Pedal onto Chateau du Chissay for a well-earned cocktail and dip in the pool.

Day 7
Depart Chateau de Chissay and return to the UK

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