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Tour Overview

This gentle and unhurried gastronomic cycling holiday follows a triangular route through the heart of the great Loire Valley. Highlights include the majestic chateaux of Amboise and Chambord, and the rich Renaissance splendour of Chenonceau. You'll pass vineyards, sunflowers and pretty, sleepy villages, before pedalling gently along shady riverbanks and out through open countryside abundant with wildlife. On each cycling day, you'll have the opportunity to taste dozens of different wines - stopping at big wineries or village vineyards as the mood takes you - in a wine region more varied and diverse than any other in the world.

Highlights

  • iconShady riverside cycling paths, lush forest trails, quiet country lanes
  • iconBased on our popular 6 night, Loire">https://www.headwater.com/holidays/cycling/france/C06LR.htm">Loire Gastronomic Cycling
  • iconSuperb hotels, all with pools, including a bijou waterfront hotel and a luxurious chateau
  • iconTruly outstanding gastronomic menus and world-famous wines - tasting opportunities galore
  • iconFrance's finest chateaux: Amboise, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau
  • iconEasy, flat cycling and short distances - perfect if you've not cycled for years

Places You'll See

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icon Day 1 : Arrive at Chissay

Meals: dinner

Arrive at Chissay and take some time to enjoy a swim before dinner. *(Staying at Chateau de Chissay, Half board)*

icon Day 2 : Chissay to St-Ouen-les-Vignes

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Gentle pedalling along the banks of the Cher will bring you first to the superb Chateau de Chenonceau with its famous arches majestically spanning the river. Described by Flaubert as floating 'on air and water', it's arguably the most beautiful of all the Loire landmarks. Lunch here perhaps on the terrace of the Orangerie restaurant before heading off through the shady Amboise forest and on to Amboise. Don't worry if you don't have time to explore properly today as you can easily come back tomorrow. Your final stretch leads to the elegant village of St Ouen-les-Vignes and Jacques and Odile Arrayet's bijou hotel beside the river. Odile is a professional sommelier, and Jacques artistic chef de cuisine, so you're in for some treats here! *(Staying at Hotel L'Aubiniere, Half board)*

icon Day 3 : St-Ouen-les-Vignes to Chitenay 37km/23.5mi or 43km/27mi

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Lovely peaceful cycling today with a choice of routes depending on how energetic you're feeling! The shorter option takes you via the sleepy village of Limeray (with a lovely white church with an impressive collection of statues) or you can head north through open countryside to Autreche - there's masses of wildlife so keep the binoculars handy! All cyclists then go on to Chaumont - the chateau here once belonged to Catherine de Medici and is quite spectacular. Between May and October, it hosts the International Garden Festival with a different theme each year. A final, shady riverside stretch takes you via the pretty villages of Les Montils and Seur and on to Chitenay. *(Staying at Auberge du Centre, Half board)*

icon Day 4 : Chitenay to Chissay

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Head south past well-tended vines and sleepy hamlets surrounded by fields of sunflowers Perhaps enjoy lunch on the terrace beside the fortified chateau of Fougeres-sur-Bievre, before free-wheeling downhill to the River Cher. Here you'll find the charming old quarter of mediaeval Montrichard, huddled beneath the 11th century keep, with lots of open air cafes and splendid half-timbered houses. A final flat cycle follows the Cher back to Chateau de Chissay for a well-earned dip in the pool! *(Staying at Chateau de Chissay, Half board)*

icon Day 5 : Leave Chissay

Meals: breakfast

*Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.*

What's Included

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    Meals

    4 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners.

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    /RideWithGPS/ navigation app

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    Luggage transfers between hotels

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    GPS route directions and maps

What's Not Included

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    Arrival & departure transfers (for land only bookings)

Food

The Loire prides itself on it's cuisine. It is refined country cooking, not heavy but rich in flavours and textures, drawing on the great garden of the Loire valley. Fruit and vegetables abound. Asparagus, artichokes, button mushrooms, cherries and strawberries from the Loire are transported to kitchens throughout France, which demonstrates the quality of the produce. These all provide delicious accompaniments to the duck, venison and wild boar dishes (all hunted locally) and served in sauces using wines from the local vineyards. Fish also features in abundance. With three wide, gently flowing rivers passing through the region, freshwater fish appear on most menus. 'Sandre' (pikeperch) and breme (bream) are especially popular and are usually served in a beurre blanc sauce - made with shallots, butter, dry white wine and vinegar. The majority of the cheese found in the region is goat's cheese. We suggest trying Selles-sur-Cher from the neighbouring Blesois region. Desserts are often based on the fruit from the local orchards. They include 'tarte tatin', a yummy caramelised upside-down apple pie - the invention of two absent-minded sisters in their attempt to salvage a dessert they had dropped on the floor. The Loire is undoubtedly one of Europe's finest wine producing regions with many of the separate wine areas producing red, white, rose and sparkling wines. Distinctive whites include Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Vouvray and Muscadet; for reds, try Chinin, Bourgueil and Saumur. Anjou is by far the most popular rose.

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