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France - Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour

France - Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour - Pure Adventures
France - Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour - Pure Adventures
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Starts
Amboise
+9 Destinations
Loire Valley
Ends
Chinon
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Start in Amboise and end in Chinon! With the bicycle tour France - Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Amboise, France and 8 other destinations in France. France - Loire Castles & Wine Cycling Tour includes meals and more.

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  • R
    Written on August 25, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Nice adventure. Maps are confusing though and the signage in the towns isn't great
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  • T
    Written on July 15, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    We had a great experience in Loire Valley. Charlotte transported us to the first hotel, delivered our bikes and was very helpful. She was a wonderful greeter. The first 2 chateaus were wonderful, especially the unique Chateau D'Artigny in Montbazon! The third hotel was disappointing - Fontevraud l'Hotel. The rooms were small, with no air-conditioning. The restaurant was booked and unavailable both nights and the town is so small, that there are hardly any other options. We would recommend not using that hotel again. The maps and guide books were well written and helpful, except for the last day. The map book and guide book didn't follow one another, thus we were very confused on where to go. We ended up just using the map to get home. All in all, this is a very good itinerary and France has wonderful biking routes that are well marked and safe. Of course, this is what we expected for the high price of this trip. This bike tour costs about twice as much as most self-guided tours.
    Pure Adventures commented on this review
    Terri, Thank you for your feedback and we will look into Fontevraud l'Hotel. We appreciate the comments and take them seriously. Glad to hear that you had a lovely trip. Thank you for sharing.
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  • EK
    Written on July 13, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Overall: great experience. Everything went smoothly (apart from the weather, which, of course, is nobody's fault). Didn't really want to go home when we were done. Routes were on lovely, traffic-free, tiny roads, including designated bike paths, which we never would have found on our own. There was only one stretch we had a problem with: along the route from Tours to Azay-le-Rideau there was a trail through woods that really would have been more suitable for mountain biking. We had to find a paved road as soon as possible and take a slightly longer route around. It was also more or less essential to have downloaded the routes onto a phone in order to navigate that way, instead of trying to follow the directions in the booklet. Luckily, one of us had brought a gizmo that attached his phone to his bike, so he could easily see the turns (one consequence of having such lovely tiny routes is that there were a lot of turns to deal with). Occasionally, I tried to follow a route from the booklet and I found that they often diverged from the digital routes, and the directions were in any case very confusingly written and the accompanying maps were not detailed enough to follow directly. Yay Strava (or whatever). Hotels ran from adequate to really lovely, and the staff at all of them were friendly and helpful. Breakfasts were all great. Best hotel ambience hands-down the Hotel Biencourt in Azay-le-Rideau (this is the one that gets the 'really lovely'). The Hotel Plantagenet in Chinon (on the other hand) needs a facelift. It was the least comfortable hotel, so it was a bit unfortunate that it was the one we spent three nights in. Decor was beat-up and unattractive, and the beds were old and sagging. As with all of them, though, the staff were wonderful and breakfast was great; and our kids loved the hotel pets. Bikes and gear were fine. Only one tiny problem: the key for one of the locks they supplied broke off in the lock. I brought the lock to the branch of the rental company in Tours (it is very close to the hotel) and expected them to just swap it out for a new one. They insisted I pay for a new one. I was a bit miffed as I would have expected them to suck it up as ordinary wear and tear (I wasn't, after all, laying the lock on railway lines and watching trains run over it). They were having none of it. The 20 euros didn't break my budget but they left a bad taste in my mouth. Overall, once again, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I can't wait to do another one. The fact that I've written so much for an online review attests to how strongly I feel about it! (Usually I really can't be bothered.)
    Pure Adventures commented on this review
    Awesome Erica! We are so glad you had such a wonderful time as well as the kids! Please keep us posted how we can help on your next one. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience.
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  • A
    Written on August 29, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Ryan emailed us the GPS cycle tracks which was a huge help - much better to use than the maps. The bikes were great - I think you should also offer ebikes as I think many people are nervous to cycle so far but on such an easy route as this one could be encouraged to ride if offered an ebike. Alison was adequate - sweet but thought there were 3 of us instead of 5 of us and had not booked dinner for us - but all worked out well in the end.

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Amboise
  2. Day 2: Loop ride to Chenonceau to explore - 28 or 40km
  3. Day 3: Ride to Tours - 30 or 45 km
  4. Day 4: Ride To Azay le Rideau: 34 km
  5. Day 5: Ride to Chinon - 38 km
  6. Day 6: Loop ride to Saumur and Fontevraud - 44 km
  7. Day 7: Loop ride through Chinon vineyards - 28 or 45 km
  8. Day 8: Departure Day

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 156 km.
  • Amboise (France)
  • 11 km
  • Chenonceaux (France)
  • 30 km
  • Tours (France)
  • 9 km
  • Vouvray (France)
  • 9 km
  • Tours (France)
  • 14 km
  • Villandry (France)
  • 9 km
  • Azay-le-Rideau (France)
  • 20 km
  • Chinon (France)
  • 26 km
  • Saumur (France)
  • 13 km
  • Fontevraud-l'Abbaye (France)
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