Base in atmospheric Azay-le-Rideau, a pleasant village made famous by the picturesque castle that is a favourite in the Loire Valley. Ride through world-famous vineyards to troglodyte houses and breathtaking châteaux dining each night in local restaurants.
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
3 nights lodging
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Start any date between May 1 and October 31
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $795
Single Supplement: US $210
Luxe Accommodation: US $1,200
Single Supplement: US $320
Arrive in Azay-le-Rideau. Stroll through this ancient town, and visit its castle. Perhaps the most beautiful of all Loire Valley chateaux, sitting majestically on a tiny island in the middle of the Indre River, the castle of Azay-le-Rideau is a must see. Our area manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for the tour.
Ride Distance: 21 km, elevation gain 92 m.*
Today ride to Chateau de Villandry and its incomparable gardens, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Renaissance gardens include water features, flower and vegetable gardens that are as impressive as any
in France. Ride along a dedicated cycling path that follows the Loire River, returning to Azay on quiet roads.
Ride Distance: 47 km, elevation gain 235 m.*
Ride west towards Chinon to explore the vineyards or to Crissay-sur-Manse, one of ‘les plus beaux villages en France’. Have lunch here or in Saint-Epain, another beautiful village with lots to see and do.
Ride Distance: 34 km, elevation gain 80 m or 52 km, gain 146 m.*
Take time for more cycling or another stroll through Azay-le-Rideau before departing for your next adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This 18th century property once housed a Napoleonic school and is located close to the castle on a quiet street in the center of Azay. With friendly owners and a charming setting, this is a simple, yet tasteful hotel that is popular with cyclists.
This hotel was once the town post office and is now the smartest hotel in Azay-le-Rideau, surrounded by one hundred year old plane trees. This boutique hotel has a lovely bar and restaurant on site and is just 150 meters from the castle.