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The Gourmet Loire Valley Bike Tour

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“Le Gourmet” Loire Valley Bike Tour

Unpack once and enjoy six days of flexible, fully supported and relaxed french bike touring.

The accommodation is luxurious and the gourmet catering created by an outstanding chef.

With amazing sights packed so close together there’s no need for you to move hotel each day.  Each day brings a new adventure, with different terrain, routes and destinations.

  • Discover stunning chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chinon, Montsoreau, Saumur, Rigny-Usse & Brezé.
  • See the Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud and the tombs of Henry II and Richard the Lionheart of England.
  • Cycle the banks of the Loire and explore medieval white stoned towns stretching along it’s banks.
  • Enjoy a Count’s hospitality at a Chateau vineyard; followed by a picnic amoungst the vines, followed by a guided tour of the cellars and a tasting.
  • Take a guided bike tour through 2kms of underground caves on a vintage bike – followed by a tasting!
  • Loose yourself at french markets and bike through stunning Loire vineyards.
  • Come home each afternoon to fresh cakes and then a gourmet evening meal complete with aperitifs, wine and coffee.
  • Enjoy the support of english speaking Loire Valley cycling experts at all times, we’ll make sure you get the cycling experience you are really after.

See our itinerary for biking this stretch of the Loire Valley, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

Amazing Loire Valley Bike Routes

Ali & Jon, owners of LoireLife Cycling, support you throughout your biking week.  We personally cycle and develop all your Loire Valley bike routes and believe we have created the best, most interesting and varied cycle tour in the Loire Valley.

On “Le Gourmet” Bike Tour, all the bike routes are circular, each offering a choice of shorter or longer routes between 25kms and 50kms.  We can create longer routes if you need them – it’s the joy of being a centre based bike holiday!

Bikes

We provide quality hybrid bikes and all the equipment you need for daily bike touring; helmet, panniers, water bottle, lock, spare inner tube and an odometer.  See more on our bikes.

Support

The routes are self-guided and supported with clear maps and instructions and the support car is on hand in the event of equipment (or rider) failure.

Cycling Flexibility

The beauty of centre-based cycling holidays is the flexibility they offer. You can choose to take a day off and grab time by the pool or arrange a beauty therepy, massage or even take a half day cookery course.

All our routes can be lengthened or shortened, so this Loire bike tour is ideal for couples or groups with different cycling aspirations!

Centre-based is best!

All this cycling, yet you can stay in one comfortable location for your entire cycling holiday.

We’ve chosen a luxury award winning Chambre d’Hote close to the river Loire that offers superb accommodation and genuine hospitality.

Each bedroom has a king-size bed, seating area with sofa, coffee table and tea/coffee making facilities and large bathrooms.

There is free WiFi access, a heated swimming pool, laundry facilities, outdoor terrasse areas and a beautiful dining room.

As an added bonus, there is a treatment room on site and you are able to take advantage of professional beauty and massage therapies throughout your stay!

Catering

Great tasting food is provided by a professional chef with 30 years experience in top establishments and who has been in the Michelin Guide.

There will be unforgettable restaurant quality dinners for you during your stay with the dinners including aperitif & nibbles,  three courses,  a 25cl carafe of local Loire wine per person and tea or coffee with petit fours to finish.

Begin the day with a a delicious farmhouse breakfast with home made ingredients including muesli and jams.

Special diets such as vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose free, vegan  can easily be catered for.

(Beauty treatments are an optional extra)

Don’t Delay – Book Now

‘Le Gourmet’ Loire Valley Bike Tour

from 1,395€ per person

What’s Included

  • 6 days of planned bike touring
  • Daily route briefing
  • Hybrid bike and all equipment
  • Backup support
  • 5 gourmet evening meals with aperitifs, wine & coffee
  • 1 evening meal at a local restaurant
  • Afternoon cakes
  • 1 picnic in the vines of a Chateau
  • 2 wine tastings with cellar tours
  • Underground bike ride through wine caves on vintage bikes
  • 5* Trip Advisor rated location
  • King size beds, heated pool, WiFi
  • English speakers on hand to support you
  • Wine purchase pickup service

Optional Extras

      • Beauty treatments at hotel
      • Massage therapies at hotel
      • Transfers to/from Saumur station

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Bike Tour Dates 2017

Start Date (Saturday to Saturday)

      • 17 June 2017 – Sold Out
      • 9 September 2017 – 4 spaces

Contact us for special promotional offers.

Check Latest Availability

Ask us anything about our Loire Valley Bike Tours in France

     info@loirelifecycling.com

     00 33 6 25 81 98 51

 

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Loire Bike Tour Food

Sample Evening Menu

      • Warm Confit of Duck Salad with a Masala Sauce
      • Roast Loin of Pork filled with Apples & Prunes on a Cider & Caraway Jus
      • Trio of Lemon Desserts

Afternoon tea and cake is available when you return after a day of bike touring!


Gourmet Loire Valley Bike Tour – The Itinerary

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Day 1   Saturday – Welcome!

Arrive by car or let us transfer you by minibus from Saumur railway station.  Unpack, settle in and meet the team and your fellow cyclists over aperitifs.

At the same time we’ll equip you with your bike, take you through the equipment and explain how the cycle routes work.

Then there’s plenty of time to chat and make new friends over your first Gourmet meal of the week!

Day 2 Sunday – Chinon  (50 kms)

A flat start to the week as you cycle along the banks of the Loire and Vienne rivers to Chinon.   An imposing hilltop fortress sits atop the medieval town, associated with Kings of France and England and Joan of Arc.

Day 3 Monday – Picnic in the Vines (25 or 45 kms)

Pass the riverside chateau of Montsoreau and explore the beautiful riverside village of Candes St Martin (designated a Les Plus Beaux Villages de France).  Grab a coffee outside the  majestic Priory before taking a cycle route along the plateau of the Touraine & Chinon vineyards.

We’ve arranged for you to be a guest of a local winemaking Count, and at the ancestral Chateau he will provide a guided tour of the vineyard and provide a picnic to be taken with his wine, amongst his vines.

If you’ve still the energy you can return via the huge Abbey Royale at Fontevraud – the largest in Europe and the eerie resting place of Henry II & Richard the Lionheart.  If you’ve indulged in too much picnic then you’ve another chance  to see the Abbey later in the week!

Day 4 – Tuesday – Bourgueil Market (33 or 45 kms)

Stay on the northern side of the Loire river on this stunning bike ride through the Cabernet Franc vineyards of Bourgueil.  Take coffee and enjoy the weekly market at Bourgueil while picking up a baguette for lunch.  Ride out further east, seeing the Chateaux of the wine domains, before eating your picnic at one of the most progressive Chateau wineries in the Loire Valley.  Take time to explore the Chateau and try some wine, before turning for home and enjoying more big skies and magnificent vistas.  A flat, biking paradise!

Day 5 – Wednesday – Chateau de Brezé (40kms)

Cycle through the Saumur Champigny vineyards to the Chateau at Brezé, with Europe’s deepest dry moat and a network of underground tunnels – there’s more Chateau underground than above!

En-route you can head across to the Abbey Royale at Fontevraud if you missed it earlier in the week

The route takes you right past the Cave de Vignerons de Saumur, where you can try the entire range of Saumur wines and enjoy a guided tour of the winery.

Day 6 – Thursday – Underground Saumur!  (40 kms)

Follow the Loire river to white stoned Saumur – the equestrian centre of France, home to the Cadre Noir riding school, the french cavalry and a producer of superb white sparkling wines – Crement de Loire.

Take in an underground cycle tour of the vast wine caverns on a vintage bike, before sampling the sparkling wines.  Head back to base through one of the best segments of the Loire a Velo cycleway – stunning!

Day 7 – Friday – Chateau Ussé  (45 kms)

Cross the Loire and the Vienne rivers and take a flat route to meet the Loire a Velo cycleway, arriving at Chateau Rigny d’Ussé to be rewarded with a stunning view on arrival.  The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty, Ussé is a dreamy mix of turrets and battlements – all you imagine the Loire Chateaux to be!

Day 8 – Saturday – Departure

After breakfast we take you to Saumur railway station before saying farewell and bonne route!

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Contact Us

Email us on info@loirelifecycling.com or for further contact details click here.

Tell us the dates you are interested in and we’ll get straight back in touch regarding availability.  Before you know it you can be enjoying the amazing cycling on offer here in the Loire Valley, France!

We look forward to welcoming you on this unique cycling experience!

 

Almost beyond words, what can we say?  One of the best weeks of our life.  Excellent week, excellent food, excellent company.

Robert & Madelyn, MO, USA

Accommodation

A specially selected location close to the river Loire and Saumur.  The owners, Mike and Tracy will provide you with the warmest of welcomes!

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Cuisine

Mike, a professional chef will provide fantastic gourmet evening meals, amuse-bouches and more!

Dietary requirements catered for.

Bikes & Support

Hybrid bikes with all accessories, fully supported during the cycling tour.

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Getting to the Loire

We are easily accessible by plane and train from anywhere in the world.  If travelling from the UK we are 3 hours from the nearest french channel port.

See more on how to get to the Loire Valley