Loire Valley cycling vacation, France

“A cycling tour of a wine region with an emphasis on the wine – this relaxed eight day itinerary allows for plenty of sightseeing and sampling.”

Highlights

Chinon | Château du Rivau | Fontevraud Abbey | Montsoreau | Saumur | Château de Brézé | Château d’Azay-le-Rideau | Château Villandry

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We've been delivering vacations by bicycle for over 30 years, encouraging this environmentally-friendly activity is at the absolute core of our business.

Our destination managers in the Loire Valley provide all cyclists with a refillable water bottle and share some top tips on how to support the local environment. Ideas such as turning off lights when leaving a room, considering if you need clean towels and bedding regularly and taking no more than one shower daily when possible.

We also encourage our clients to stick to marked trails and to take away any waste when stopping off for a picnic or to explore the local area.

At our head office in the UK we recycle paper, card, plastic and metal cans and we always try to use fully recyclable materials for our printed travel documents and marketing communications. We encourage all our staff to cycle when they can and are part of the Cycle to Work scheme. We also like to take part in charity bike rides together each year.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Each year when we purchase new equipment we will donate our previous bikes and accessories to local businesses and charities in the Loire Valley. We also work with World Bicycle Relief to support bike-led charity projects in developing nations.

All our tours encourage cyclists to get off the beaten track and discover the lesser-known parts of the Loire Valley, visit small farmers markets and eat in local restaurants. We also work with local suppliers to organise activities that support the local economy wherever possible and offer advice on bartering to offer a fair price for both the client and the vendor.

Our cycle experts and destination managers will also advise our clients to respect local cultures and traditions when visiting the area and its historic or religious sites, including appropriate dress. They will also discuss other ways you can consider your impact on the community such as asking for permission before taking someone’s photograph and learning a few words in the local language – often hello, goodbye and thanks is a good place to start.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Finishing the 54km on the first day having enjoyed all the scenery along the way.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Cycling shorts definitely a must!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic. Enjoyed every minute despite some mixed weather.

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