4.8/5 (11)
7 nights | 32 miles/day
Guided from USD $ 2175
Rider Level: Recreational
4.8/5 (11)

7 nights | 32 miles/day
Guided from USD $ 2175

Rider Level: Recreational

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  • Loire Valley Chateaux and Gardens Tour

    7 night guided bike tour in France

    Between the 13th and the 16th Centuries, French royalty built an amazing collection of beautiful renaissance chateaux.

    On the Loire Valley cycling tour we visit Chateau Chambord, the largest of the Loire chateaux, built by Francois I as a hunting lodge and containing a spectacular staircase by Leonardo Da Vinci. We visit Chenonceau, once the home of Henry II's mistress, Diane of Poitiers, evicted by his widow, Catherine de Medici, who then went on to build the iconic ballroom across the River Cher.

    The Chateaux are stunning, and we’ve put together a great itinerary of visits. But of course we’ve got great food, interesting wines, and the path less trodden.

    Highlights

    • Chateau Chambord, with a staircase designed by da Vinci
    • Chenonceau, the former home of Henry II's mistress
    • Montreuil Bellay, a walled village
    • Chateau Breze, a wine-making estate
    • The Royal Abbey at Fontevraud, once home to many French queens
    • Chateau Usse
    • Villandry and it's beautiful gardens
    • The Indre Valley, with its charming villages
    • A visit to a traditional distillery
    • Mushroom caves at Bourre
    • Chateau Cheverny, among vineyards and winemakers
    • The last home of Leonardo da Vinci at Clos-Luce

    Learn More

    Not sure whether to book a guided or self-guided tour? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours.

  • Traveler photos

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  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival in Montreuil Bellay
    You arrive at your hotel in Montreuil Bellay in the late afternoon. You'll have time to set your bikes up and go for a spin, but you may prefer to lounge by the pool and enjoy a cold pastis.

    Montreuil Bellay is an interesting village, perched inside its wall, on top of a hill overlooking the river Thouet. Your host tonight, Jean-Francois, is one of the characters of the week, and without too much arm twisting you may get to explore the cellars that wind deep underground to a not-very-secret wine tasting room.
    Overnight in Montreuil Bellay

    Day 2: Montreuil Bellay – Chinon (30 miles/48 km)
    Between Montreuil Bellay and your first sight of the Loire lies the vineyard of Saumur-Champigny, rated by many as the finest red wines of the Loire Valley.

    Your first stop is at Château Brézé, a wine-making estate, but most famous for its amazing underground château. Dating back to the 7th century, these troglodyte homes and villages are a feature of this area. The limestone is so easily worked that it was easier to carve out a new bedroom than to build one!

    One of the reasons behind the underground Château at Brézé was to avoid the attention of invaders such as Vikings, and the whole château is geared toward defense, including the deepest dry moat in Europe. There are fascinating defensive structures here, but most interestingly, it was never attacked, let alone defeated.

    If time permits you can also stop for a wine tasting with the Comte de Colbert, still resident at the château. Afterward, you make your way to the Royal Abbey at Fontevraud. This huge Abbey was traditionally the home of many French Queens and other royalty, but is most famous as the resting place of Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their son Richard the Lionheart.

    Today you can choose to pass through Montsoreau where the Vienne flows into the Loire. The Loire is very wide here, and Montsoreau looks beautiful stretching along the south bank. You end the day in Chinon.

    In the 12th Century, Chinon was effectively the English capital as successive kings made their home in the château. It is much older than most Loire château, and its military purpose is obvious from its commanding position along the ridge that overlooks the medieval town of Chinon.
    Overnight in Chinon

    Day 3: Chinon – Azay-le-Rideau (25 miles/40 km)
    Today is fairly light cycling as you have a lot of château-action to fit in. We can start with a tour of the castle of Chinon. As well as home to English Kings, the castle contains the tower where Joan of Arc heard the voices telling her she would be granted an army to relieve the siege of Orléans.

    You leave the Vienne and continue your cycling tour back towards the Indre and the Loire. Overlooking the Indre is the first of the big-league château, Château Ussé, reputedly the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty.

    Next on your list is Villandry, an unexceptional château, but with gardens that Michelin rate as a 3-star attraction, "worth a journey in their own right." There are three gardens: a vegetable garden, a flower garden, and a water garden. Each year the gardening team chooses a theme and tells a story in flowers. Villandry is really something, and not to be missed.

    Finally, you will travel to Azay-le-Rideau, another member of the Premier League of Loire Châteaux. Azay-le-Rideau is surrounded on three sides by the River Indre, which has been carefully landscaped to provide a beautiful reflective setting for this ornate château. There was no military purpose to Azay-le-Rideau, it was simply designed to be beautiful, and it is. Tonight we stay at the Hotel des Chateaux on the outskirts of Azay-le-Rideau. You'll enjoy a short stroll down into the town for perhaps our finest dinner of the week.
    Overnight in Azay-le-Rideau

    Day 4: Azay-le-Rideau – Loches (35 miles/56 km)
    We start the day with a visit to the purely decorative château of Azay-le-Rideau on the river Indre and finish in the medieval Cité Royale of Loches, on the Indre, where sits the Donjon of Loches. A donjon is a fortress and this one was very obviously built for function rather than form.

    In between, we cycle over the beautiful rolling farmland of the river Indre, acclaimed as the most beautiful landscape of all the rivers of the Loire Valley.

    Depending on timing and inclination, we may be able to visit the Donjon in Loches upon our arrival into town, or, if you prefer, a stroll around the royal residence, home of many French Kings, not to mention their wives and mistresses. There will also be more opportunity for these visits tomorrow morning as both are just a stroll (okay, a steep stroll) away from tonight’s hotel, the George Sands.
    Overnight in Loches.

    Day 5: Loches – Montrichard (30 miles/48 km)
    Before leaving Loches, we will attempt to fill any gaps left in your knowledge of its medieval royal buildings. After this, we will head to the most visited of all Loire Châteaux, Chenonceau. Built as a bridge over the Cher and surrounded by ornamental gardens and manmade moats, this château manages to live up to the usual French hyperbole. It truly is unforgettable.

    Most of the rooms are open, and this is a chance to see original floors, tapestries, and furniture. In general, French Châteaux don't have all the furnishings and interior detail that we often see in British castles. Chenonceau is a pleasant exception, and Louise of Lorraine's room, painted entirely in black with silver motifs of tears and crowns of thorns to mourn her dead husband, is especially memorable.

    The ballroom, built by Catherine de Medici, spans the Cher in spectacular fashion, and although the Château had no military value, it took on a gloomy historical role in the 20th century. First, it served as an army hospital in the First World War. In the Second World War, when the Cher formed the boundary between Nazi-occupied France and Vichy France, Château Chenonceau was a border post, each end of the ballroom opening into a different country.

    Our hotel tonight is the Hotel Bellevue in Montrichard, a few kilometers upstream from Chenonceau, overlooking the Cher.
    Overnight in Montrichard

    Day 6: Montrichard – Chambord (35 miles/56 km)
    A short ride beyond Montrichard are the fascinating mushroom caves of Bourré where Blue Foot, Shitake, Oyster, and Paris mushrooms grow. Mushroom mycelia need a stimulus to prompt growth. European mushrooms tend to need a light or heat stimulus, but the shitake mushroom from Japan grows naturally on trees and responds to earth tremors common in that neck of the woods. Earthquakes are simulated in the caves using the state-of-the-art device of slapping the bin-liner that contains the mushroom compost. Result? Lots of 'shrooms. You'll find this stop fascinating! Bring something warm for a visit of around an hour underground. As well as mushrooms, there are a few spectacular galleries where you can see fantastic sculptures of local village scenes through the ages carved from solid rock. If you’ve never seen a sheet of paper carved in limestone before, complete with curled up corners and the heads of the nails pinning it to a wooden notice board (also carved in limestone, complete with wood grain), then you’re in for a treat.

    The end of today is a favorite part of the whole week, the enormous Château Chambord. This is by far the largest of all the Loire château and was originally built by Francois 1 as a hunting lodge. It lies inside a huge park contained by the largest wall in Europe, all 32 km of it. The château itself contains a famous double-helix staircase designed by Leonardo da Vinci, where two people can ascend or descend at the same time without meeting.

    Our hotel tonight is the Hotel St Florent, 10km further on from the château in Mont-pres-Chambord.
    Overnight in Chambord

    Day 7: Chambord – Amboise (35 miles/56 km)
    The Loire cycle path into Amboise features a few hills, so be prepared for this. However, before that, we will visit and taste the wines at Vignoble Tevenot, a very traditional family winemaker in Cellettes, just on the edge of the enormous forests that surround Chambord.

    The final destination of your tour is Amboise, where the setting of the château overlooking the Loire is one of the most used images of the Loire valley.

    The town has a medieval center, largely pedestrianized and full of bustle. There are a number of bars and cafes sitting directly beneath the huge château walls, and you've earned a sit-down and a glass of the local Touraine or Vouvray.

    For anyone who hasn't visited Leonardo's place at the Clos-Lucé, it's well worth it. Many of the original furnishings are still in place, including the great man's bed, and there is a permanent exhibition of his inventions and writings including several exquisite scale models. There are touching examples of his philosophy, and wonderful models of inventions that worked, like an ingenious water pump. Definitely worth visiting.
    Tonight we are staying at the Hotel Vinci and we eat at the Lion d’Or.
    Overnight in Amboise

    Day 8: Departure
    The most civilized finish to any of our tours. You're only 20 minutes from the TGV station at St Pierre des Corps, and if you booked the optional transfer, a gentle departure time of 10:30am gets us back into Paris for late morning, for travel to London and places onward.

    Surface and terrain

    This tour is relatively flat, and with average daily distances of 30 miles. You will cycle on quiet country roads for the most part.


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

    The accommodations on this tour are 2- and 3-star hotels. Hotels have been personally selected by the tour operator based on long-standing relationships and local charm and ambience.

    Relais du Bellay, Montreuil Bellay
    www.hotelrelaisdubellay.com

    Hotel de France, Chinon

    Hotel des Chateaux, Azay-le-Rideau
    www.hoteldeschateaux.com

    George Sand, Loches
    www.hotelrestaurant-georgesand.com

    Hotel Bellevue, Montrichard

    Hotel St Florent, Chambord

    Hotel le Vinci, Amboise
    www.vinciloirevalley.com

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Tours, France
    Nearest train station: Angers, France

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Tours, France
    Nearest train station: St. Pierre des Corps, France

    Most participants prefer to travel from London or Paris via the TGV or high speed train.

    Optional Transfers
    For an extra cost, you can book various optional transfers to the tour start and back from the tour end. Transfers include, as necessary: Eurostar, TGV, and/or local transfers and are priced per person for the round-trip, which means it includes transfer to the tour start on day 1 and from the tour end on day 8.

    Please take careful note of the train times below. Our local transfers are scheduled to meet these designated trains; if these train times are inconvenient, please contact us so that we can be sure of arranging appropriate transfers.

    From London
    If you book the 'From London' transfer, it includes both Eurostar and TGV tickets and local transfers. Please note, there is a change of trains in Lille Europe. Local transfers are from Angers station to the first hotel and from the last hotel to St Pierre Des Corps station.

    Day 1
    Depart London Pancras International: 10:57 am
    Arrive Angers: 17:12 (5:12 pm)

    Day 8
    Depart St Pierre Des Corp: 11:01 am
    Arrive London Pancras International: 16:03 (4:03 pm)

    From Paris, Montparnasse
    This transfer includes TGV tickets and local transfers. Local transfers are from Angers station to the first hotel and from the last hotel to St Pierre Des Corps station.

    Day 1
    Depart Paris Montparnasse: 15:52 (3:52 pm)
    Arrive Angers: 17:25 (5:25 pm)

    Day 8
    Depart St Pierre Des Corps: 11:19 am
    Arrive Paris Montparnasse: 12:24 pm

    From Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport
    This transfer includes TGV tickets and local transfers. Local transfers are from Angers station to the first hotel and from the last hotel to St Pierre Des Corps station.

    Day 1
    Depart Charles de Gaulle: 14:48 (2:48 pm)
    Arrive Angers: 17:12 (5:12 pm)

    Day 8
    Depart St Pierre Des Corps: 11:01 am
    Arrive Charles de Gaulle: 12:39 pm

    Local Transfers
    Local transfers are from Angers station to the first hotel and from the last hotel to St Pierre des Corps station. Please note that the arrival and departure stations are different.

    You can also book transfer round-trip from and to the Tours airport.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour

  • Dates

    Self-guided: Check back for 2023 dates and prices
    Guided: Jun 18; Aug 13, 2022 (minimum 4 participants)

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy US$ 2175
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) US$ 480

    Bike Rentals

    E-bike US$ 150

    Transfer

    Traveling from Paris (per person, round trip) US$ 170
    From Angers train station and to Pierre des Corp train station, round-trip per person US$ 90
    Tours airport, round-trip per person US$ 200
    Traveling from London (per person, round trip) US$ 290

    Included services

    • 7 nights accomodation
    • 7 breakfasts and evening meals (dinners)
    • Luggage transfers each day
    • Tour guide
    • Emergency contact number
    • Bike rental, including fitting and setup
    • Basic bicycle repair kit and equipement
    • Waterproof jacket and Chain gang cycling jersey
    • Comprehensive route book, route notes, and maps

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available on this tour, and included in the tour cost (reserved in advance at the time of booking):

    • Hybrid touring bikes, Trek 7.3 FX, Shimano Nexave

    Bikes available on this tour for an additional fee (reserved in advance at the time of booking):

    • Electrically-assisted bikes*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Bikes come equipped with:

    • Helmets
    • Waterproof jackets and cycling jersey
    • Panniers
    • Water bottle
    • Basic repair kit

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you bring your own pedals, be sure to bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are available on this tour. However, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.


    Tour Company

  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    • Lindynw July 15, 2019

      A Wonderful Tour of the Loire Valley Chateaux

      This tour exceeded our expectations. First we wish to extend a huge thank you to Bernard and Lydia for agreeing to guide this tour even though we were the only 2 people who signed up for it. That was most generous and gracious. Bernard is knowledgeable, funny, and very kind. His guide-in-training, Lydia, who accompanied us added an extra amount of fun and was very willing to help with French translations. We feel very fortunate to have been on her first tour and know she will succeed in her future guided trips. Although our group was small we immensely enjoyed the hotels, the wonderful food and wine, the picnics, and the chateau visits. We were sad to have the trip come to an end. We highly recommend this trip and feel it is the best way to experience the chateaux of the Loire Valley.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 29, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Tonzo June 9, 2019

      The Loire Valley Chateau and Garden Tour

      What a wonderful experience and a lovey biking trip. So enjoyed our guide Bernard and his vast knowledge of the area. The accommodations were excellent and the food was great. What more can I say other than my husband and I had a great time.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 18-25
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Rob4056 June 6, 2019

      Just right!

      A wonderful combination of sights, food, friends and fun! Bernard was the consummate host, helping us through the markets to buy group picnic lunches that everyone loved, finding routes that were uncrowded with traffic and scenic, answering all questions and smoothing out any bumps with a smile. The hotels were just right - comfortable and not too fancy given that we were only there to sleep. Bikes and equipment (rain gear, panniers, etc.) were excellent, and Bernard had the skills and carried the tools necessary to fix anything that wasn’t quite right. And the chateaus were stunning, as were the countryside and small villages along the way. May was a perfect time - dealing with summer crowds and heat would have been less fun. Occasionally we felt a bit rushed going through a large chateau, but we saw the highlights, and there were always many more things waiting for us down the road - like the small winery where the owner explained her many challenges and the cave which grows amazing mushrooms. And every day was capped off by a wonderful dinner, good wine and great conversation. Thank you Bernard and tour organizers for a wonderful trip!

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • JaneN June 5, 2019

      The Perfect Bike Tour

      There was no guided Loire Valley Chateaux and Gardens Tour scheduled by the local tour operator in May 2019, which is when our group wanted to go. We asked, and the tour operator was happy to add our requested week since we were a group of 8.

      In summary, the tour and guide exceeded our expectations and hopes.

      May is a fabulous time to do this tour. The high temperatures were generally in the mid-60s (about 18 degrees C), perfect for riding, there were only a couple of times when we had very light rain for a couple of hours. The wild flowers and garden flowers are in full bloom and everything else is fresh and green as it is in mid-spring. This was prior to the start of the heavy tourist season, so traffic is lighter than in July and August.

      Our tour guide was wonderful. He gladly accommodated a couple of special needs. He focused on giving us a local experience in the accommodations, food, sightseeing, and bike paths we never would have found on our own. While we were frequently on roads where cars could go, these were roads used mostly by local farmers or workers and there was almost no traffic. Frequently we were on bike/pedestrian only paths. Almost of the surfaces were paved and the few packed dirt paths easy for bicycles. Bernard gave us loads of information about the villages and sights we saw, the local history, and what is going on in the Loire Valley today.

      The accommodations are very nice in that you stay in small 2- or 3-star hotels with character and charm run by independent owners. Breakfast was always varied and hearty enough for a good start to the day. Dinners were very good at selected restaurants that highlighted the wonderful and varied local cuisine. We frequently did picnics for lunch (not included in the tour cost), which is what our group preferred, and our guide steered us to local products which were fresh and excellent.

      The bikes were in great condition, and we had confidence that our tour guide could readily fix anything that might go wrong along the way.

      What was the date of your tour?
      18-25 May 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Rosie1633 June 1, 2019

      Fabulous tour!

      We thoroughly enjoyed our Loire Valley bike trip! We could not have had a better guide! He was attentive, incredibly knowledgeable, kind and funny. He even stopped to help another cyclist along the way who had a broken spoke. There was just the right amount of cycling, touring and eating. Our group is already making plans to do another trip next year in Europe.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 18-26, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was my first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Photo 1 (photo by Rosie1633)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Cornelia July 22, 2018

      Absolutely wonderful trip with a tour guide extraordinaire!

      I base most of my "Excellent" ratings on our guide, Bernard Dugdale, from The Chain Gang Tour Company via Bike Tours. He provided an excellent and problem-free bike trip for all 13 people on this Loire Valley Tour.  He even pulled a rabbit out of a hat and secured train tickets for us while there was a train strike in France. He made sure everyone's bike "fit" them and was comfortable in every way.  He was fluent in French, a lot of fun, and seemed to have his finger on the "pulse" of what was going on with each and everyone of us and made sure we were all looked after, whether ordering in a restaurant or having a minor difficulty with our bike.  The castles were stunning and scenery beautiful. A+  

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 30-July 6, 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Arti July 22, 2018

      Everything expected

      Could not have duplicated the selection of hotels, restaurants, company, explanations, detailed trails, cultural explanations.

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/30/2018 to 7/7/2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Photo 1 (photo by Arti)
      • Photo 2 (photo by Arti)
      • Photo 3 (photo by Arti)
      • Photo 4 (photo by Arti)
      • Photo 5 (photo by Arti)
      • Photo 6 (photo by Arti)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Jack Luther December 12, 2017

      Slow and Easy Cycling the Loire Valley

      In the fall of 2016 my wife and I went on this adventure. This was our second Bike Tours vacation and again it exceeded our expectation in every way. Each day we enjoyed beautiful scenery and toured amazing chateaux followed by an evening relaxing with exceptional wines and cuisine in small French villages. As always the trip ended all too soon but the video I made and posted here helps us relive one of our best vacations ever.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      Three with Bike Tours. com
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      Video: Cycling in the Loire Valley
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Brittany December 13, 2017

        Jack, we're so glad to hear that you and your wife had such a great time on tour! Your video puts me in the valley immediately. We hope to help you with your next tour and thanks for taking the time to review.

      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Coasters September 18, 2017

      A glimpse of the Loire valley

      A fabulous way to experience the countryside around the Loire valley. GPS maps made this trip very pleasurable

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 11-17
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 2/5 Route selection
    • Roadbiker August 9, 2017

      Self guided Loire Valley Ride

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 23-29
      How many tours have you completed?
      First bike tour
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • travelprodtw October 18, 2016

      Lovely week in the Loire Valley

      The perfect time to go on this tour is shoulder season; would be much too hot in the summer months; especially since some hotels did not have A/C. The local operator had great bikes (Treks) but we did experience a wheel problem on day 1 which they were not quick enough to address (we were on a self-guided tour). It was as if they did not believe us when we reported the problem. We had to be insistent they address it on day two rather than them wanting to take care of the problem. In all it cost us about 3 hours delay the first day and 2 hours on Day 2; missed two chateau visits as a result Loved the unusual routing for the tour but since it was off the beaten bike path, could have used more precise directions and maps. It would help if they said something like "After 3.2 miles go right on the gravel road" instead of "then take A32 right" because there was not always a sign for "A32".

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Lindsay Nash October 19, 2016

        Hi, thanks very much for sharing your experience. We're glad you had a lovely week in the Loire Valley. It's truly a beautiful place.
        We're sorry to hear of the trouble with the bikes, especially since you missed out on the chateaux visits. As an apology from us, we'd love to waive your booking fees on your next tour. Please just mention this next time you book!
        Thank you again for sharing your experience, which we will share with the local operator as we continually work to improve our offerings and services.
        Kind regards,
        Lindsay

      • 3/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection