Chateau de Chenonceau. Photo courtesy of LVT.

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French Art de Vivre

France Bike Tours

A Loire Valley bike tour filled with culture, heritage, cuisine, and climate

Around the globe, French Art de Vivre is beloved, sought after, and envied. What is it? Is it culture, heritage, or cuisine? It is all of this and more. It is the joie de vivre and this Loire Valley bike tour offers you the experience. The French have raised the enjoyment of the small things in life to the level of art and know how to slow down and savor each moment. There is no better region to experience this Art of Living than in the region of the Loire Valley. Often called the "Garden of France", the Loire Valley is an enchanted land of vineyards, flowers, and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand chateaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle paced life that has, for centuries, made it a sought-after location for poets and writers. Discover its wonderful treasures of art and architecture as you cycle Loire and taste the delectable regional cuisine as well as its world famous wines. In taking this bike tour, you will live the French "art de vivre" and bring this appreciation back with you from your vacation, understanding, as the French do, that it is a way of life.

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 4 and 5 star hotels.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 3 nights in 4-star and 1 night in 5-star chateau-hotels
  • Breakfasts and dinners (excluding drinks)
  • 1 transfers by taxi (bikes included) on day 3
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps, itineraries, and tourist information
  • All taxes and services
  • 21 speed bike equipped with two pannier bags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, map holder, helmet and repair kit

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length5 days
From1347 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily from March 1 to October 31, 2016

Skill Level

Easy to moderate self-guided hotel to hotel bike tour with daily distances ranging from 20 miles to 33 miles. Electric bicycles available upon request.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

French Art de Vivre Map

Day 1: Arrival in Amboise
Day 2: Amboise - Luynes, 26 or 30 mi. (44 or 50 km)
Day 3: Transfer by taxi to Villandry; Villandry - Montbazon, 24 mi. (37 km)
Day 4: Montbazon - Amboise, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 5: Departure from Montbazon

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Amboise
The nice town of Amboise, built at the edge of the Loire River, is overlooked by its Royal Chateau where the most important kings of France lived. Do not forget to visit the Manoir du Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci, invited by his friend Francis the 1st, lived the last 3 years of his life.

Day 2: Amboise - Luynes, 26 or 30 mi. (44 or 50 km)
Depart for a ‘country’ stage through the vineyards of Vouvray to reach the Château de Valmer that offers a beautiful illustration of the Italian Gardens style. Continue through the peaceful ‘Tourangelle’ countryside to join your château-hotel.

Or follow the ‘Loire à Vélo’ cycling path through the vineyards of Montlouis to reach the Tours, a town steeped in art and history. Then proceed to your next château-hotel.

Day 3: Transfer by taxi to Villandry; Villandry - Montbazon, 24 mi. (37 km)
Do not hesitate to visit Villandry and its famous Gardens ‘à la française’, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed terraces! This stage will bring you to the Indre Valley passing via Azay le Rideau and its Renaissance chateau: a jewel in a wonderful setting of water and green! Then, following the meandering Indre River, you will reach your château-hotel overlooking the Indre river

Day 4: Montbazon - Amboise, 34 mi. (55 km)
Ride along the Indre river to reach the Cher Valley by crossing vineyards and typical small Touraine villages. Then, you will discover Chenonceaux, famous for its Renaissance château spanning the Cher river still steeped in memories of the famous ladies in French History : Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. Continue through the forest to the royal city of Amboise for a last night in château country.

Day 5: Departure from Montbazon

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