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Loire Gastronomic Cycling - Short Break

Loire Gastronomic Cycling - Short Break

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Loire Gastronomic Cycling - Short Break

  • Based on our popular 6 night, Loire Gastronomic Cycling
  • Easy, flat cycling and short distances - perfect if you've not cycled for years
  • Superb hotels, all with pools, including a bijou waterfront hotel and a luxurious chateau
  • France's finest chateaux: Amboise, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau
  • Truly outstanding gastronomic menus and world-famous wines - tasting opportunities galore
  • Shady riverside cycling paths, lush forest trails, quiet country lanes
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • Please call for prices per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 4 Jul '17 to 8 Oct '17
  • All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 77%
  • Headwater wine service
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email info@breakaway-adventures.com

This gentle and unhurried gastronomic cycling holiday follows a triangular route through the heart of the great Loire Valley. Highlights include the majestic chateaux of Amboise and Chambord, and the rich Renaissance splendour of Chenonceau. You'll pass vineyards, sunflowers and pretty, sleepy villages, before pedalling gently along shady riverbanks and out through open countryside abundant with wildlife.

On each cycling day, you'll have the opportunity to taste dozens of different wines - stopping at big wineries or village vineyards as the mood takes you - in a wine region more varied and diverse than any other in the world.

The places you'll be staying in have been hand-picked for their elegant cuisine, extensive wines and beautiful settings. All have picturesque gardens and private swimming pools, and the Chateau de Chissay (where you spend 2 nights) is a former royal residence! Headwater's specially created gastronomic menus (typically 4 courses) include dishes such as sandre en croute d'escargots, selle d'agneau a l'ail nouveau and le moelleux au chocolat Valrhona, all washed down with a glass or two of the many fine local wines.

Read more about this holiday in The Telegraph.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Chissay

Arrive at Chissay and take some time to enjoy a swim before dinner.(Staying at Chateau de Chissay, Half board)

Day 2- Chissay to St-Ouen-les-Vignes 28km/17.5mi

Gentle pedalling along the banks of the Cher will bring you first to the superb Chateau de Chenonceau with its famous arches majestically spanning the river. Described by Flaubert as floating 'on air and water', it's arguably the most beautiful of all the Loire landmarks. Lunch here perhaps on the terrace of the Orangerie restaurant before heading off through the shady Amboise forest and on to Amboise. Don't worry if you don't have time to explore properly today as you can easily come back tomorrow. Your final stretch leads to the elegant village of St Ouen-les-Vignes and Jacques and Odile Arrayet's bijou hotel beside the river. Odile is a professional sommelier, and Jacques artistic chef de cuisine, so you're in for some treats here! (Staying at Hotel L'Aubiniere, Half board)

Day 3 St-Ouen-les-Vignes to Chitenay 37km/23.5mi or 43km/27mi

Lovely peaceful cycling today with a choice of routes depending on how energetic you're feeling! The shorter option takes you via the sleepy village of Limeray (with a lovely white church with an impressive collection of statues) or you can head north through open countryside to Autreche - there's masses of wildlife so keep the binoculars handy! All cyclists then go on to Chaumont - the chateau here once belonged to Catherine de Medici and is quite spectacular. Between May and October, it hosts the International Garden Festival with a different theme each year. A final, shady riverside stretch takes you via the pretty villages of Les Montils and Seur and on to Chitenay. (Staying at Auberge du Centre, Half board)

Day 4 Chitenay to Chissay 31km/19.5mi

Head south past well-tended vines and sleepy hamlets surrounded by fields of sunflowers Perhaps enjoy lunch on the terrace beside the fortified chateau of Fougeres-sur-Bievre, before free-wheeling downhill to the River Cher. Here you'll find the charming old quarter of mediaeval Montrichard, huddled beneath the C11 keep, with lots of open air cafes and splendid half-timbered houses. A final flat cycle follows the Cher back to Chateau de Chissay for a well-earned dip in the pool! (Staying at Chateau de Chissay, Half board)

Day 5 Leave Chissay

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.


If you'd prefer a slightly longer holiday, take a look at our 6 night Loire Gastronomic Cycling.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Chateau de Chissay , Chissay (3 Acorn)

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The Château de Chissay is a château hotel steeped in history, set in 25 ha of parkland overlooking the Cher. Lovingly restored back in 1986, it's said that both Charles VII and Louis XI stayed here.

In the stately dining room, once the guard room, you'll be treated to delicious cuisine inspired by local produce and also a comprehensive wine list.

The rooms have been tastefully decorated and their bathrooms each feature mosaic designs representing famous people from French history who marked the different periods in time.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior room Apartment Suite
11/05/2017 - 08/10/2017 £24 £40 £72

All prices shown above are valid from 01/06/2017. Superior rooms are larger rooms overlooking the Cher Valley. Apartments are either overlooking the swimming pool or the Cher Valley. They have a separate lounge with a sofa bed. Prices for Suites are based on either a Troglodyte room or a Duplex room (on 2 floors) in the Tower.

Dates Double Room Single Room
11/05/2017 - 08/10/2017 £122 £148

All prices shown above are valid from 01/06/2017. Prices are per person per night including gastronomic evening meal.
Bike hire is not included in the above prices. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel L'Aubiniere, Saint-Ouen-Les-Vignes (****)

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L'Aubinière is in the centre of an elegant village beside the River Ramberge just 5k north of Amboise. The garden is lovely - willow trees are set in lush lawns full of flowers, you can wander down to the river bank.

Good size swimming pool with views opening on to the garden and its trees.

All the bedrooms are stunning; all are different - imaginative design and high quality fittings.

Owned and run by Jacques and Odile Arrayet, it is the restaurant that truly demonstrates their combined skills - Odile is a wine expert, a trained sommelier. Jacques is an artistic chef whose trained eye finds the best regional produce to conjure up dishes that are full of taste and natural flavours. A culinary treat awaits!

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Suite Privilege Suite Luxe
11/05/2017 - 08/10/2017 £50 £94

All prices shown above are valid from 01/06/2017. Both Suites are in the newer part of the hotel and are both decorated in modern style and are very spacious. Some have got a balcony.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Auberge du Centre , Chitenay (***)

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Tucked away in the elegant little village of Chitenay is the lovely ivy-clad Auberge du Centre, run by the charming Martinet family. Dinner is served either in the pretty dining room, or on the terrace.

The hotel has a pleasant terrace overlooking its pretty gardens and swimming pool, which are a real treat on a summer's day, as well as an attractive sitting area inside, complete with wooden beams and comfy chairs.

There is a car park behind the hotel, or on road parking available at the front of the building. There is also a public car park opposite the hotel. All non-secure.

Access to the Spa area is payable locally at 12€ per person per day. Access is free to those staying in a 'Balneo' room.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Balneo Room
11/05/2017 - 08/10/2017 £19

All prices shown above are valid from 19/07/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. The Balneo room is a larger room with jet bath and free access to hammam and sauna.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Le Senat , Paris (****)

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The 4* Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a five-minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe double
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017 £26

All prices shown above are valid from 21/06/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Deluxe rooms are larger with a sitting area. Some also have a small terrace.

Dates Superior double/twin Superior for single use
09/03/2017 - 03/01/2017 £98 £178
04/04/2017 - 15/05/2017 £106 £196
16/05/2017 - 19/05/2017 £158 £300
20/05/2017 - 18/06/2017 £126 £236
19/06/2017 - 25/06/2017 £158 £300
26/06/2017 - 15/07/2017 £126 £236
16/07/2017 - 04/09/2017 £94 £182
05/09/2017 - 18/09/2017 £126 £236
19/09/2017 - 21/09/2017 £160 £316
22/09/2017 - 25/09/2017 £126 £236
26/09/2017 - 04/10/2017 £160 £316
05/10/2017 - 31/10/2017 £126 £2236

All prices shown above are valid from 21/06/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel St Louis, St Omer (**)

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A traditional hotel in the town centre - very convenient for the channel ports and also for exploring St Omer itself - an aristocratic town that boasts the finest Cathedral in Northern France.

The hotel has two restaurants. One of these has an airy modern feel, the other is more intimate with low lighting and a brick 'cellar' feel. There is also a residents' bar: le Flo.

The rooms are furnished in a simple but appealing style and all have an en suite bathrooms.

The hotel also has private parking for its guests.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates

All prices shown above are valid from 09/06/2017.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 13:21 and back to Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 11:20 Mon-Fri & 10:50 Sat & Sun.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Young
09/06/2014

Excellent especially having the back up of an excellent rep.accom was good but maybe 4 gourmet meals were a bit over the top.


Mrs FraserBallanty
04/06/2014

Met always with courtesy, and once allocated our very good bicycles and paniers /locks etc there were well planned routes which were usually on either quiet roads or on well marked cycle tracks. Never too hilly and plenty of places to pass through or stop for a delicious patisserie. Wonderful to be free of luggage, knowing that the bags would be transferred to the next overnight stop in yet another lovely place.

Breakfasts were fresh and healthy. Dinners were to die for with the most won... read morederful range of local produce intriguingly converted into the most elegant presentations, and delicious flavours. What a great combination with all the daily exercise on our bikes being followed by the reward of such wonderful menus! The wine lists too reflected the local Tourraine grape varieties. We slept soundly every night in great comfort!


Mrs Wickstead
16/09/2013

Great Holiday with excellent support from helpful staff at our destination.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures

Meals
All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals included

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 13:21 and back to Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 11:20 Mon-Fri & 10:50 Sat & Sun.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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