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Loire Gastronomic Cycling - Short Break

Loire Gastronomic Cycling - Short Break

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1935per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 19 Apr '19 to 16 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 4 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Paris
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, art & history, swimming opportunities, couples, lake & river routes
      from 6 reviews

Ms Broom says...
Excellent organisation made it all very easy. Great bikes - 21 gears and gel seats made it a comfortable ride. Routes were very quiet or completely ...
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Loire Gastronomic Cycling - Short Break

  • 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
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Loire Gastronomic Cycling

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.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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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 29km/18mi

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 Ouchamps 45km/28mi

Cycle through the open countryside to Autreche and on to Chaumont and its spectacular chateau, which hosts the International Garden Festival (May-Oct). A riverside stretch takes you via pretty villages to Ouchamps. Enjoy two nights at the Relais des Landes, a 17th century manor house beautifully set in its own private grounds, with evening meals included. (Staying at Relais des Landes, Half Board)

Day 4 Ouchamps to Chissay 32km/20mi

Head south, to the fortifi ed chateau of Fougeres-sur-Bievre. Freewheel down to the River Cher, medieval Montrichard and on to Chateau de Chissay where a gastronomic dinner (included) awaits. (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. 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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Chateau de Chissay , Chissay

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The Chateau de Chissay is a chateau 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.

Please note that the swimming pool at the Chateau is not heated. Pool towels are provided.

Room upgrades: Superior room, Apartment or Suite.
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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel L'Aubiniere, Saint-Ouen-Les-Vignes

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L'Aubiniere 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 heated swimming pool with views opening on to the garden and its trees. Pool towels are provided.

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!

Room upgrades: Superior Room, Privilege Room or Suite Luxe.
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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Relais des Landes, Ouchamps

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Set in the Heart of the Loire Valley, le Relais des Landes is the ideal resting place for visiting the favourite region of Kings and Queens of France, its castles and its vineyards. This 17th-century manor house in the middle of a 14ha park in blossom surroundings and planted with trees, will allow you to appreciate the charm of a house with a lot of character and the pleasure of its covered and heated swimming pool located in the border of a forest.

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.

Find out more on the hotel website.
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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.


Transfers included from Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 12:58 and back to Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 10:15

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange connecting flights.


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 an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Ms Broom, 30/08/2018

Excellent organisation made it all very easy. Great bikes - 21 gears and gel seats made it a comfortable ride. Routes were very quiet or completely off-road, very well chosen. Very nice meals and the Chateau de Chissay in particular was a lovely place to stay.

Mrs Carroll, 26/07/2018

Cycling through the French countryside was a real pleasure and to end the day in a swimming pool of one of the lovely hotels, looking forward to the superb meals was all anyone could ask from a hoilday.

Mr Hendry, 24/10/2017

Provence was disappointing mainly because of parched countryside after an extremely hot dry summer. Spring time would have been a better option.

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 wonderful 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

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Holiday details

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

Every two days from 19th Apr 2019 to 16th Oct 2019, for 4 nights.

All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £120 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 12:58 and back to Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 10:15

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