Each summer, the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. But on our cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary. Hop on a bike and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards, and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, fine wines, and remote country tracks – ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.
You know you want to do this, right? Of course you do! Riding from château to winery, to small quaint village, to vineyard. Stopping for a picnic, or at a local market. It'll be great!
We're not camping--we stay in hotels. You don't need to bring your own bike from home (unless you really, really want to deal with that). Your luggage will be taken care of--it'll meet you at the next stop.
Though the bike ride is described as challenging, the longest day of cycling is a smidge more than 37 miles. There are a couple of 31 mile days, and the rest are much shorter rides. You can practically do that in your sleep, right? (We don't recommend sleeping while cycling -- you miss the scenery. Also, it's not safe.)
Huckleberry Travel is hosting this trip in late August, 2018--the week before Labor Day in the US, in case you want us to build in a couple of extra days in Paris. It's operated by our preferred travel partner G Adventures--a company that specializes in authentic, responsible travel.
We know this is a bucket-list trip for a lot of people we're talking to, and space is extremely limited--no more than 12 people can do this with us. So check out our awesome flier for details or get in touch with us, today, if you want more information. Or, if those dates don't work for you, if you've got your own small group looking for a private trip like this, or you were hoping for something similar, only in, oh-let's-say, Spain? We can help with that too! Just let us know!
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