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Chateaux of the Loire Cycling

Chateaux of the Loire Cycling


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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    8 nights
  • Accommodation
  • Activity level
  • From $2649per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 24 Jul '19 to 16 Oct '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 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
  • Tandems available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Paris
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, couples, lake & river routes

For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details

      from 56 reviews

Ms Wheatley says...
We’ve travelled three times with Headwater, cycling on e-bikes in Italy and France and all holidays have been excellent in every respect. The local ...
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France: The Loire

Chateaux of the Loire Cycling

  • Perfect cycling routes: traffic-free lanes, majestic forests, vineyards, poppies and sunflowers
  • Hand-picked hotels in fabulous locations, 3 with swimming pools
  • Splendour of Renaissance Chenonceau - 'jewel in the Loire crown'
  • Masses of history and culture: pretty wine villages, charming towns including royal Blois, more chateaux than you ever knew existed

The Loire Valley is synonymous with chateaux and they are as diverse as they are numerous with over 300 in total to explore. Embark on this eight night holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chateaux look like they've come straight from a fairytale with their turrets, pinnacles, lanterns and moats. There's the beautiful Renaissance chateau at Chenonceau which famously straddles the Cher, the magnificent royal palace of Amboise proudly dominating the riverside and town, and the dramatic chateau at Chaumont, once owned by Catherine de Medici (before being forcibly 'exchanged' for Chenonceau in a bitter love-battle), and occupying one of the most stunning sites of all the river's chateaux.

The route is relaxed and mostly flat, following quiet country lanes and river banks. Cycle through the verdant green forest of Amboise and on to the charming town itself, where Francois I once played host to Leonardo da Vinci at Chateau du Clos Luce. You then cross the river to mediaeval Blois where you can stop at one of the many patisseries. Take time out to walk around the chateau here, and don't miss the nearby Maison de la Magie (Museum of Magic).

Your hotels range from a fabulous chateau, steeped in history and set in private parkland, to a lovingly converted 17th century wine-broker's lodge on the banks of the river. Meals throughout are of a very high standard and, of course, world famous local wines are in abundance too!

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Day-by-day itinerary

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We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive at Chissay

Arrive in Chissay where your fabulous chateau hotel awaits. Time for a swim before dinner.
You stay at the Chateau de Chissay (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 2: Chissay to Chaumont 45km/28mi

Today's route takes you west along a marked cycle route through the Foret d'Amboise and to the bustling and lively town of Amboise. Packed with interest, you have time to explore its narrow cobbled streets, stroll along the quayside and visit the house (Le Clos Luce) where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last four years of his life. Masses of lunch choices await in the popular old quarter before you head north-east through vineyards and poppy fields and on to Chaumont in time for a well-deserved swim before dinner.
You stay at the Hostellerie du Chateau (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 3: At Chaumont

The chateau here once belonged to Catherine de Medici and is quite spectacular. The beautiful park surrounding the chateau was added in the 19th century and, between May and October, it hosts the International Garden Festival, featuring fabulous 'conceptual' gardens created by green-fingered artists and, perhaps unusually, philosophers! Alternatively, cross the river and take the train from Onzain to the bustling university town of Tours, or just relax by the hotel pool.
You stay at the Hostellerie du Chateau (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 4: Chaumont to St-Dye-sur-Loire 36km/22mi

Today's route takes you over the River Loire and on quiet country lanes to Blois where you can ride around the chateau in a horse and cart if you need to give your cycling legs a rest! For the young at heart, Houdini's House of Magic is a must, but everyone will enjoy exploring the warren of cobbled streets and pretty arcaded squares. You have lots of lunch options before you carry on through well-tended vineyards (with plenty of tasting opportunities) and sleepy villages to our elegant riverside hotel in St-Dye-sur-Loire.
You stay at the Manor bel Air (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 5: At St Dye-sur-Loire

Explore the graceful village and its old ramparts then we suggest an easy-paced 7km cycle (route notes provided) through the huge Foret de Boulogne to the fairytale chateau at Chambord. The sheer size (it boasts 440 rooms) of this enormous palace reflects the lavish and flamboyant lifestyle of its original owner, King Francois I. The surrounding park is today a national nature reserve, protecting all sorts of wildlife including deer, boar and eagles.
You stay at the Manor bel Air (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 6: St-Dye-sur-Loire to Chitenay 40km/25mi

Much of today's route is along the dedicated cycling paths that link selected chateaux in this region. Highlights include Chateau de Villesavin (an unusual museum of wedding dresses throughout the ages and a huge collection of horse-drawn carriages) and the richly decorated Chateau de Troussay - be sure to take a look at the elaborately painted ceilings. The surrounding parkland is worth a detour too - many of the ancient trees are hundreds of years old. Your final stretch takes you along quiet rural roads to the pretty wine village of Chitenay where the affable Gilles Martinet and his team will be waiting for you. Gilles is a pretty competent wine buff, so feel free to soak up his expertise.
You stay at the Auberge du Centre (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 7: At Chitenay

It's very tempting to stay in Chitenay, enjoy lots of wine degustations in the village, or perhaps just relax by the pool, but it would be a great shame to miss out on a trip to Chateau de Cheverny, just 7km away (we provide cycling route notes). Made of brilliant-white stone, this is arguably the most immaculate of all the Loire chateaux, and is also home to the region's largest collection of fine art. Another option is a 12km round cycling trip to the stunning 16th century Chateau de Beauregard. You'll find a rare kitchen garden (400+ plant species) and the recently restored Galerie des Illustres portrait gallery here.
You stay at the Auberge du Centre (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 8: Chitenay to Chissay 44km/27mi

Head south past well-tended and sleepy hamlets surrounded by fields of sunflowers, stopping off perhaps at the fortified chateau of Fougeres-sur-Bievre. Continue past Sambin 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. After a visit here, it's an easy cycle on to the Chateau de Chissay for a well-earned dip in the pool.
You stay at the Chateau de Chissay (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 9: 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.

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.

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.
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Hotel La Roseraie, Chenonceaux

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Ideally situated in the centre of Chenonceaux and just a 400m from the chateau, the Hotel La Roseraie, built in the 18th century offers comfortable rooms and a wonderful place to relax after a day walking or sightseeing with its garden and pool.

Room upgrades: Charme Room or Superior Room.

Find out more on the hotel website.
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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.

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Hostellerie du Chateau, Chaumont-sur-Loire

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This hotel is situated between the Loire river and the famous chateau itself, the Hostellerie du Chateau is a lovely, quirky hotel, that just oozes charm.

The bedrooms also reflect the theme of times gone by, but they are well- equipped for the demands of the 21st century guest, as they all have telephone, satellite TV and hairdryer.

The dining room, with its wooden beams and grand fireplace, adds to the overall antiquated atmosphere.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Manoir Bel Air, Saint-Dye-Sur-Loire

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The Manoir de Bel Air is run by the Abel family. This imposing house on the banks of the Loire was built in the 17th century for a wine broker. In 1749 it was used as a military hospital for the Marechal de Saxe who was then based at Chambord.

The evening meals are taken in the bright and sunny dining room overlooking the river Loire.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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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 (pool towels are provided; ask at reception), 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.

Access to the Spa area is payable locally at 15€ per person per day. Access is free to those staying in a 'Balneo' room.

Room upgrades: Balneo Room.

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.

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Hotel Le Senat , Paris

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The 4 star 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.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.


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 Wheatley, 15/07/2019

We’ve travelled three times with Headwater, cycling on e-bikes in Italy and France and all holidays have been excellent in every respect. The local reps have always been helpful, very friendly and give that air of security if anything needs their attention. Couldn’t rate these holidays anything less than excellent. There must be a lot of research to provide such good itineraries on uncrowded roads and tracks.

Mrs Rouxeville, 10/07/2019

Wonderful cycling, Chateau visits and food. Interesting hotels all very different. Both the Loire and Cher are beautiful rivers and delightful to cycle by

Mr Higgins, 29/06/2019

June 2019 my wife and I travelled to the Loire Valley with Headwater Holidays to do an 8 day cycling tour of the area. Our second Headwater holiday.

The cycling was predominantly flat, through the glorious French countryside.

Each of the hotels were clean, welcoming and catered for us with good quality and plentiful meals.

The food at Manoir Bel Air and Chateau Chissay was particularly good.

Each of the Chateaux we visited was more beautiful than the last.

We would thoroughly recommend this holiday to anyone considering it.

Mr Hodges, 24/06/2019

Cycling is the best way to get a real feel of a country because you travel slow enough to see everything properly, but cover a reasonable amount of territory.

Mrs Bergin, 08/10/2018

Cycling in France is one of the best ways of experiencing the lovely regions with all they have to offer

Miss Williams, 28/08/2018

Great variety of hotels, wonderful food, nice quiet routes through beautiful scenery, very relaxing as the thinking has already been done so we don't have to .

Mrs Van Der Merwe, 17/08/2018

Nice to know that you can just sit back and everything has been well researched and taken care of - accommodation, bicycles and other transport, routes etc. Also assuring to know that there is back-up when needed.

Ms Yeo, 20/07/2018

We loved every minute and are especially grateful to Marc and Sharon for going the extra mile to help mum and dad with transport after they had given up on their bikes! Food was magnificent and we loved cycling through forests, sunflower fields, vineyards - a wonderful and unforgettable holiday. Well done headwater for getting everything right.

Mr Furlong, 05/07/2018

Cycling through lovely countryside with the opportunity to visit many places of interest including chateaux

Dr Monte, 27/06/2018

We had such a wonderful holiday cycling through the country lanes and vineyards. Coupled with fabulous food and wine, what else could one ask for.

Mrs Allen, 24/06/2018

Fun group activity with lovely food, wine and poppies

Mrs Mcginn, 02/10/2017

The extremely quiet roads, beautiful chateaux and wonderful food made this a thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Mr Dowse, 01/10/2017

A very well thought out cycling tour of a most interesting area. Good to have alternate days of cycling and sightseeing. The distances on the cycling days were, for us, just right. The route guidance app was invaluable.

Mr Newberry, 01/10/2017

Excellent choices for cycling of all grades with good routes calculated to give relaxing distances between comfortable cycle friendly hotels, and plenty of time to go sightseeing.

Mr Dunn, 22/09/2017

Overall, a lovely holiday with great cycling, accommodation and food - everything we have come to expect from a Headwater holiday.

Mr Curtis, 22/09/2017

A challenge rewarded by every dining experience

Mr Cook, 18/09/2017

France takes a lot of beating. Eurostar to Paris is quick and easy, so too the transfer across Paris and the TGV to Tours. Very different hotels, so typical of Headwater, some with swimming pools which we all sampled, bit cold but good fun for a dip before an evening meal. Easy cycling along the two main rivers and lots of opportunities to deviate along other green routes particularly on your days off. Great food with dreadful temptation to eat far too much!

Ms Moxon, 27/07/2017

Our first cycling holiday and we absolutely loved it. Easy routes to follow, wonderful scenery and amazing food. Wonderful. We were very glad that we travelled by Eurostar.

Mr Druett, 04/07/2017

Perfect cycling holiday.

Mr Hill, 15/06/2017

Good holiday. But do check with Headwater the timings of connections with arrival by air and transfer across Paris. You would be better spending more on the TGV which would leave later.

Mr Francies, 05/06/2017

Quoting half the actual price is poor otherwise a well-organised holiday

Mr Bennett, 13/09/2016

An excellent first bike trip to the Loire, with 8 nights seeming just about right. We could not have eaten much more of the multiple courses of excellent food. Lovely experience to visit so many interesting towns, villages and chateaux en route, without having to drag the luggage around. Some beautiful countryside and riverside landscapes to explore. Comprehensive maps, directions and travel tips - as well as very helpful and professional Reps - were very useful to help us get the most out of the trip.

Mrs Selby, 05/09/2016

Fabulous - BUT - need to address both your reps in the Loire and one of your hotels in particular (Manoir Bel Air) - welcome and service was not good - and very old fashioned and uncomfortable beds. That one hotel really let you down.

Mrs Riviere, 26/08/2016

This is a great family holiday: the cycling was pretty easy for all of us (the children were 15, 13 and 10), but there was enough challenge for us to feel proud of ourselves by the end of the week. The routes were incredibly easy to follow, and took us through wonderfully varied terrain - through beautiful fields of sunflowers, past vineyards, through shady forests and along the rivers Cher and Loir. Every day brought something new to see or do. The roads were all quiet and there were lots of well-maintained cycle paths. The hotels were well-chosen and welcoming, and the only downside of the week was that we ate far too much delicious food! The back-up from James and Hazel, the local reps, was fantastic, and the bikes themselves were excellent. We're looking forward to another cycling holiday soon!

Mr Hutchison, 12/08/2016

I can't imagine any other type of holiday that is so satisfying in terms of exercise combined with relaxation, visiting new places, and truly excellent food & drink.

Mr Brown, 27/07/2016

Advise customers that municipal pools in France only allow tight fitting swimming trunks not baggy shorts. We could not use the pool on the way to St Die

Mr Bruce, 16/07/2016

Easy cycling, great countryside and good accommodation but take protection against mosquitoes.

Mrs Cant, 14/07/2016

all in all - good trip, excellent gear - too much food!

Mr Dunn, 27/06/2016

An exciting and demanding adventure with the reward of wonderful food in beautiful surroundings.

Dr Brech, 23/10/2015

Another excellent Headwater holiday. This was one of the flattest ones we have done with some undulation only on the first and last days. Most of the route was on tracks through the forest, cycle paths and minor roads - it was only crossing the river in Amboise that we encountered alarming traffic. The hotels were all good, the food excellent. Along with other Headwater guests, we found the meals at the Manoir Bel Air too overwhelming - but it was easy to ask to drop a course. Lots of different chateaux to visit and we spent an additional two days in Chitenay which enabled us to go back and spend a complete day in Blois (an easy cycle ride through the forest and on cycle-tracks) and to further explore the area.

Mrs Iron, 05/10/2015

In one word.....relaxing......because of the fantastic accommodation in great locations, simplicity of directions and easy routes with plenty of see and do along the way, topped off with superb food every evening! Hassle free holiday, thank you.

Mr Coombs, 02/10/2015

We really enjoyed the holiday which was very well organised. The only slight downsides were that the route notes were ambiguous on occasion and we got lost on a few occasions meaning that the distances were somewhat longer than they should have been and it would have been really appreciated if all 4 hotels had carried our luggage up to our room. Two hotels did this but it was no fun after a long day's cycling having to carry all our bags up 2 flights of stairs.

Mrs Sanderson, 30/09/2015

We have done many Headwater cycling holidays, and this was very good. The routes were relatively easy, but there were plenty of options to do your own thing too. Accommodation and food great.

Mr Higgins, 04/08/2015

Excellent all round except for the dreadful welcome at Bel Air (the lady is a bit hit and miss we understand) of which we made light hearted remarks!

The highlight hotel was the Auiberge du Centre at Chittenay where FOUR people took our bags to our room when we arrived.

We have been many many times with Headwater and find the routes marvellous and varied with fantastic food and hotels. All the arrangements were excellent.

Mrs Fowler, 30/07/2015

Excellent way to enjoy an area. Taste the food and visit the local areas of interest.

Mr Wignall, 11/07/2015

Chateaux of the Loire is an excellent intro to Headwaters cycling holidays, excellent bicycles with professional support, gently rolling hills, routes on quiet country lanes through golden fields of ripening crops, and welcome warming sunshine . With ample opportunity to visit the numerous Chateaux on route, whilst staying in a variety of outstanding Hotels/Chateaux all with superb menues to choose from, and most with swimming pools what more is there to wish for ?. This was out 8th holiday with Headwater and it is definitely in the top 3.

Mr Baker, 23/06/2015

Apart from the excellent food and accommodation, the cycling was about as perfect as it can get: smooth, quiet gently undulating roads, considerate drivers, friendly people and good weather but not too hot. Plenty to see and visit.

Mrs Henderson, 30/05/2015

Most enjoyable. Well planned and varied routes with excellent dining in the evening. Something for everyone.

Mr Henderson, 06/10/2014

Easy cycling. Good hotels with excellent food and accommodation in the main. Weather in late September was brilliant which made visits to chateaus etc more spectacular. All in all we had a really good holiday.

Mr Hickman, 04/10/2014

The holiday met all our expectations, as the description in your brochure proved to be accurate in all respects. The level of accommodation, in fact, exceeded expectations as did the dining experiences. Whilst not a budget holiday, you provided excellent value for money.

Mr Smith, 27/09/2014

Compared to other companies, our view is that 'Headwater', is at the top of the tree.

Ms McVeigh, 16/09/2014

Great holiday with plenty of exercise. Beautiful châteaux to visit and lovely hotels to stay with lots of fabulous food. Good idea to have a 'sat nav' or map on your mobile phone as route directions not totally accurate!

Mrs Rawcliffe, 22/08/2014

Our Rep John was very helpful and we were aware that if we needed assistance he was only a phone call away

Also very friendly welcome

The hotels and food were great especially after a long day cycling

Will use you again next year!

Mr Curtis, 23/07/2014

A taste of the Loire, in more ways than one. The meal at Manoir Bel Air is possible the best you will ever encounter

Mrs Griffiths, 03/07/2014

Another amazing Headwater holiday - everything excellent as usual! John, our Rep, was really enthusiastic and informative - he was keen to find out what we were particularly interested in and then suggested relevant ideas which made the holiday extra memorable. He also gave a very professional demonstration of repairing a puncture.

Mrs Thorp, 27/06/2014

A great holiday, well organized.

Dr Whittington, 31/10/2013

I really enjoyed this area of France and to cycle around made it that much more special.

Mr Valentine, 24/09/2013

This is an excellent holiday for those that can afford it. Loads to see and do if the weather isn't wonderful. Easy cycling. Good food all the way around the trip.

Mrs Lythell, 24/09/2013

Very well organised holiday. Quality reliable reps. Food and accommodation was good.

Mr Wall, 20/09/2013

Cycling in the Loire is a great way to see the area, with the opportunity to visit at least one Chateau a day (so that by the end one is 'chattered'!). The accommodation arranged by Headwater, amazing food, and efficient back-up, all provide for a memorable holiday.

Mrs Russell, 12/09/2013

We thought the food was at times too good, we were not expecting either the standard or quantity - which was at times off putting. The cycling distances were far enough and at our age, with the quality of bikes (could be better) not sure if we will do it again. This was I think our sixth cycling holiday with you, but the first for five years: age is catching up with us, it was sometimes a slog. We have electric bikes at home and we would definitely go on another Headwater holiday if you could organise them.

We were supposedly not on the Gourmet Menu, however it felt as if we were and to be honest, while lovely, the food was just over the top at times. There was a mix up with our arrival, totally my fault, however if Marg had just called or texted me from the station when we weren't there, (she had my number), then we would have saved ourselves a very expensive taxi ride. The reps were helpful when a bike chain jammed, although it took them an hour to reach us, and at times we thought they were very 'stretched': it seemed to be a very busy time. Hotel accommodation was generally a little lower than expected for the cost and Room 28 at the Hostellrie du Chateau was the worst: very cramped and smelt due to the sewage pipe outside the bedroom window. However, that was the friendliest hotel owner by a mile: Madame was delightful. Generally, we felt the standard of accommodation offered to Headwater guests was that of getting the poorer rooms in the hotels, but I do appreciate that often rural French hotels of this type are like that. We did have a major, irreparable puncture, fortunately discovered in the early evening of an 'off' day - when we were just planning to go for a short ride to the next village. The bikes are 'okay' but I am sure there are better ones. John was contacted and came as soon as he could, but it clearly added to the pressure the couple were under. John did ask us for money for the return transfers, claiming we were not on their list, however when I checked our invoice it definitely stated that they were included in our costs.

Nothing major to complain about, I guess we're getting a bit pickier as we get older.

Mr Alden, 28/08/2013

great fun holiday adventure

Mr Godsall, 26/08/2013

This was our first cycling package holiday and we very much enjoyed it; just the right level of route for reasonably fit beginners. Carefully planned holiday with excellent information and service from Headwater.

Mr Davey, 26/07/2013

Holiday very good and food very good but level of accommodation was poor.

Mrs Mackenzie, 11/07/2013

Overall experience excellent, weather fabulous, scenery beautiful - all-in-all our holiday came up to our expectations as with previous Headwater Cycling holidays.

Mrs Rodely, 24/06/2013

A wonderful holiday for food lovers with excellent accommodation and super cycling for 'softies' - the routes were nice and flat, passing through some lovely countryside with many interesting places to visit on the way.

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 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.

This 8 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels

All continental breakfasts and 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

How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 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 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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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

Please contact us for child prices.

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

Every two days from 24th Jul 2019 to 16th Oct 2020, for 8 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

All continental breakfasts and 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.

It is possible to hire tandem bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £175 per bike. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

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.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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