Loire and Cycling

Loire Valley Trip

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At a glance

Region: The Loire Valley
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3/4 Days
Guide Price: from £289 to £419 per person
Number of Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 picnic and 1 dinner (3 Days)
3 Breakfasts, 2 picnics and 1 dinner (4 days)
Number of Winery Visits: 3 Wineries (3 Days)
3 Wineries and 1 Château (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 11 wines (3 Days)
Approximately 12 wines (4 Days)
Tour Transport: Cycling to your visits (19km, 3 Days)
Cycling to your visits (19km on day 1 + 38km on day 2, 4 Days)
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

What better way to explore the beautiful countryside of the Loire than by bike? The Loire Valley offers the largest variety of wines in France and our Loire and cycling break will introduce you to one of the region’s key wine-making regions – Vouvray. This break includes accommodation in a 4* hotel in the city of Tours, and one or two days of relaxed cycling with tastings throughout.

As part of the standard Grape Escapes service, we will organise your bike hire and provide you with the addresses of each visit alongside a link to a European cycling route planner, and you can plan your own specific routes. Alternatively, some guests prefer to have a cycling guide accompany them throughout the tour, and this can be included in your package (for an extra cost) – just let us know when we are planning your trip that you wish to be accompanied by a local guide.

Loire Valley Trip - Credits JD Billaud
Loire Valley Trip -Credits Vendanges BRoumet BIVC (1)

After settling in at your hotel on day one, you may wish to explore the city of Tours, known as the Garden of France because of the many parks located there. Vieux Tours, the original medieval district is also worth a visit, to view the well-preserved half-timbered buildings, bustling squares and gothic-style cathedral. In the evening, a three-course dinner will be served in a premium brasserie with drinks.

Loire Valley Trip - Credits Hotel de la Poste
Loire Valley Trip - Credits JS Evrard

On the morning of day two, pick up your bikes at a central location. The itinerary will go ahead in all weather conditions, and electric bikes are available if preferred. Just contact us for the supplement. Your day of cycling will take you out of the city, following a pretty route along the River Loire and then further into the countryside passing through some pretty villages, into the heart of the vines. You will firstly cycle for around 20 minutes to a premium Vouvray estate. Here, you will enjoy a tour of the domaine and cellars, concluding with tastings of five of the region’s white Chenin Blanc-based wines, including the domaine’s Réserve Spéciale. Time then to set off to the next winery, a short but pleasant cycle of approximately 20 minutes, to reach a highly respected Cave, producing sparkling Vouvray as well as a whole range of still wines. You will be guided through the cellars which have been hollowed out of the cliff face and learn how the wine is made, from vine to glass, concluding with a tasting. Time now to collect your picnic, to relax on the terrace and to sample the regional specialities provided in your basket, including, of course, a bottle of wine!

Loire Valley Trip credits Comte Lafond
Loire Valley Trip Credits Stevens Frémont

After lunch, continue onwards to your next stop, a winery, famous for its troglodytic cellars, dug by hand, which are some of the largest in the region.  An informative tour and tasting of five wines will follow.

After such an enlightening day, time to make your way back to the hotel, at your own pace, where the evening is free for you to do as you please. We would be more than happy to recommend restaurants for your evening meal.

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The Loire Valley is famous for its magnificent historical Châteaux and for those booking the four-day package, you will have the opportunity to discover one of these elegant Châteaux.  Cycling through the beautiful countryside for just over an hour, taking your time to enjoy the scenic route which follows the River Cher, you will arrive at a stunning Renaissance property, lovingly restored in the 19th century. Your entrance ticket will allow you to explore the opulent interior of the Château, and the myriad of gardens, from the kitchen garden to the ornamental garden, to the Sun garden through to the Maze. Linger a little longer and tuck into your picnic, which will be waiting for you at the Château and pick yourself a quiet little spot in which to enjoy it.

After such a relaxing day, turn your bike homeward bound, to your hotel, where the evening is yours to relax and enjoy a well-earned dinner – again, we would be happy to recommend a restaurant.

Loire Valley Trip © 2014 - Stevens Frémont - ADT TouraineInterloire
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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Tours, check into your preferred room at the 4* Hôtel L’Univers
  • After settling in, a three course dinner will be served in a premium brasserie in Tours with drinks.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, pick up your bikes from a central location. Your 19km cycling itinerary will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at a premium winery.
  • A tour and tasting with a picnic at a second winery.
  • A tour and tastings at a third winery.
  • The evening is free for you to do as you please, however we would be happy to reserve you a table for dinner
Loire Valley Trip credits CentreValdeLoire
Loire Valley Trip - credits Nantes Wine Tours

Day Three (Optional)

  • After breakfast, your second day of cycling (39km total) will comprise of:
  • Visit of a historic Château and its gardens, along with a picnic lunch.
  • Free time in the evening to explore the bars and restaurants of Tours.

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

Loire Valley Tour - Credits Stevens Fremont
Wine tasting in France- Credits Stevens Fremont Restaurant La Maison

Accommodation

The hotel very accommodating to ensure we had a good experience

Sue- Alberta, Canada

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March). Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore, if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer, and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Hôtel Oceania L'Univers - Tours Comfort 4* 3 Days £311 Book Now
Hôtel Oceania L'Univers - Tours Comfort 4* 4 Days £419 Book Now
Loire Valley Trip- credits EMangeat_CRTCentreValdeLoire
Loire Valley Trip © JB Leroux.

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary, or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know if you would like to spend any extra nights at the hotel, and we are more than happy to provide the relevant supplements to stay longer.
  • Explore the rest of the Loire Valley: We offer specialist wine tours along the length of the Loire River and you may like to consider spending some time in Sancerre, one of our favourite hubs for tasting the region’s fantastic wines. Details of our Loire Valley tours can be found on our web site or alternatively, please give us a call to discuss the multitude of tailor-made options.
  • Discover Paris. It takes just over an hour to get to central Paris from Tours by train and many of our guests like to spend a night or two experiencing the delights of the City of Love. We would be pleased to put together a bespoke itinerary for you.
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Champagne, we also arrange holidays to Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Provence, Cognac and the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Loire Valley Trip - Eiffel Tower and fountains
Loire Valley Trip

Further Information

Travel

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please contact us or have a look at our travel page for further information.

About Active Breaks

For more information on our Active tours please see our Active Tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form. 

Colmar Wine Tasting - Credits Infra and ADT Alsace

In a word, it was “excellent”. We will definitely travel with you again in the future and are telling all of our friends about how good your holiday was.

Mike - Poole, UK

Groups

From birthday weekends and hen trips to bespoke tours for wine clubs, car clubs and U3A’s, our group trips are always tailor-made.

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