Great Explorations

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“The trip was better than expected. The people on the tour and the guide made the dinners something to look forward to. If I do another biking tour, I would you choose Great Explorations. Trip was awesome.”  

- Sarah C., Bernardsville, NJ

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Trip Dates:

May 21-27

June 11-17

June 17-23

August 13-19

Aug 27-Sep 2

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day.Call or email for details.

May 20-26

June 10-16

June 16-22

August 12-18

Aug 26-Sep 1

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights


Tours / Chinon


Maison Jules, Tours

Manoir des Minimes

Domaine de la Tortiniere

Chateau de Marcay

Activity Level:

30-55 km daily

(20-40 miles)

van supported


3 days flat, 2 days are gently rolling


Land Cost (current year):
US $3050
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $760

Bike Rental:
US $180

Loire Valley, Biking Luxe

Chateaux of the Loire

Only 1 hour south of Paris lies a region that since the Renaissance has been a favorite of kings and the aristocracy; the Loire River valley is dotted with fine chateaux, vineyards, and some of the most beautiful (and gentle) cycling routes in France. Our tour visits the most magnificent chateaux, the extraordinary gardens of Villandry, but also leaves time to explore the subtler aspects of a region that has much to offer

Only Great Explorations:


  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A ride you will never forget: our bike path along the Loire River.
  • A sumptuous picnic on the grounds of one of the grand chateau.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.



Getting there :
Tours: Located just one hour south of Paris there are frequent train connections.

DAY 1:

Your hotel is included on arrival day on this tour; we have a walking tour of the historical district planned at 4:00 and then dinner at a favourite bistrot at 7:00.

DAYS 2+3:
Amboise - Cycling from Tours, we'll ride east along a quiet road winding through vineyards to Amboise, with its impressive castle and charming village. Leonardo da Vinci lived here and we'll visit the museum in his former home. On our second day we'll cycle to Chenanceaux where we'll enjoy a guided visit of one of the most magnificent chateaux in France.

DAY 4:
Montbazon - Riding west we'll stop for lunch at a curious castle whose owner has a passion for growing tomatoes (his garden has 500 varieties); we'll enjoy lunch here before continuing on through forests and sun-flower fields, making our way to Montbazon. Here we'll stay at the luxurious Domaine de la Tortiniere. A long option on this day will offer a chance to ride to the gardens of Villandry.

DAYS 5+6:
Chinon - Following one of the tributaries of the Loire, we'll enjoy some of the best riding in the region, stopping to visit Château de Sache, where the writer Balzac resided. In Azay-le-Rideau we'll visit the impressive chateaux that are the 'jewel of the Loire Valley' followed by a sumptuous picnic nearby. In Chinon, we'll stay in the medieval center at a hotel that is warm and welcoming. On our last day of cycling there are options to cycle past popular vineyards along quiet cycling roads or a longer option to Richelieu. As on all of our trips, we'll have a celebratory feast at a distinctive restaurant near our hotel for final night.

DAY 7: Depart at your leisure from Chinon train station.


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Map of the Area

Ride Info

Tours Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 6 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

    Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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