Day 1 Paris There are no planned activities until tonight's welcome meeting (please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2-3pm).
After the meeting, you may choose to join your CEO and travel companions for an optional dinner in a local restaurant.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Paris/Blois (1B) Join your CEO for an orientation walk of Paris followed by some free time before transferring to Blois, in the heart of the Loire Valley.
Paris Orientation Walk
Local train (1.75 hour(s), 185km)
Day 3 Blois/Chenonceaux (1B) First day on your bike today. Cycle onward towards the village of Chenonceau.
Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel.
Chateau de Blois Visit
Day 4 Chenonceaux/Tours (1B, 1L) Cycle through villages and countryside to the town of Tours, via the city of Amboise. Along the way stop at a variety of markets, and pick up some succulent local fare. Find a suitable stopping point, relax with a great picnic and enjoy a lazy afternoon by the river.
Chateau de Chenonceau Visit
Local Market Visit and Picnic Lunch
Day 5 Tours/Chinon (1B) Following the river along through the green fields and flower strewn meadows of the Loire to the medieval citadel of Chinon. The terrain here is known as 'bocage', which refers to rolling hills filled with forests and pastures.
Vineyard Visit and Tasting
Day 6 Chinon/Saumur (1B) Wander around historic Chinon in the morning before taking off once more on our bikes.
After leaving Chinon, the terrain changes and a steep white limestone cliff rises above us, known as 'Tuffeau'. Cycle in the shadow of this cliff along the river, admire the houses built into the cliff face as you pass.
Day 7 Saumur/Angers (1B) After a week of leisurely cycling across the Loire, today is the last opportunity for you to stretch your legs and enjoy the great scenery along the route. The bulk of the route here is on specific cycle paths, but we do spend some time cycling on the main roads as well. It's fairly flat cycling through mostly countryside along the way.
Angers is the final stop, so tonight is a great opportunity for one final taste of the great French cuisine and wine that the Loire is famous for.
Day 8 Angers (1B) Depart at any time.