The Loire Valley was at one time the social centre of France, the place royalty went to get away from it all, just an hour outside of Paris. Today, visitors will feel like royalty, strolling through the majestic gardens, marvelling at the extravagance as each chateau you visit appears to be larger and more opulently decorated than the last. Touring Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Chambord, the Loire’s largest chateau, are enough to make anyone feel they’re in a fairytale.
While exploring the Loire Valley, you can row a boat under the half bridge half castle that is the Chenonceau, and sleep in the same place that was once a medieval resting place for English kings. And if that’s not enough of the royal treatment, the wines, produce and game of the Loire Valley have sustained the high quality they’re known for, allowing the average visitor to eat like a king.
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The Loire river is France's longest. Cycling along it you see some of the prettiest chateaux and taste some of the regions best wines.
Bike it, drive it, walk it or balloon over it, the Loire equals beautiful rural surroundings, fairy tale chateaux and of course a whole lot of wine.
Medieval streets might be a bit bumpy but they're pretty! This eight day cycling itinerary takes in the highlights of the Loire with a good balance between time on your bike and off.
It would be nice to be able to say that you'd cycled the Tour de France, but it would be a lot nicer to spend a week cycling the Loire Valley, stopping off at the vineyards you pass for a tipple, sleeping in comfortable rooms in pretty medieval towns etc.
This itinerary travels west to east along the most popular region of the Loire: chateaux central, between Tours and Blois via Chenonceaux and Chambord. It's about 145kms worth of riding to cover, which most people will find quite comfortable on the pave
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