Gardens of the Loire by Bike
Known throughout Europe as the 'Garden of France', the Loire Valley with its royal heritage is home to numerous botanical wonders. From the chateau of Chenonceau where the rival gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici are proudly displayed, to the magnificent Renaissance gardens of Villandry and many more in between, this cycle tour is designed to inspire gardening and cycling enthusiasts. Whilst the focus is on the gardens, the many other attractions of the area complement the experience, including the Sunday markets in Amboise, the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci at Close de Luce and the vineyards of Montlouis, known for their sweet white wines.
|DAY 1||Arrive Blois|
|DAY 2||Cycle via the chateau and gardens of Chaumont to Amboise (42km)|
|DAY 3||Round cycle to Chenonceau (41km + optional 8km)|
|DAY 4||Circular cycle to the Italian inspired Chateau de Valmer (40km)|
|DAY 5||Cycle to Tours via the vineyards of Montlouis and the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere (27/35km)|
|DAY 6||Round cycle from Tours to the gardens of Villandry Chateau (39km)|
|DAY 7||Trip concludes|
This was a wonderful trip. Definitely worth the upgrade to 3 star hotels from 2 stars. The material was generally good, and we only got off track a couple of times, mainly due to lack of signage. Some of the routes I think could be improved, but overall this was a great experience.