All cycling equipment including bicycle. Cycling through the Loire Valley (6-day). Wine tasting along the route. Entry to Château de Chenonceau and visit to the troglodyte caves. Picnic lunch from local market.
Cycle from one glorious château to the next, appreciate the lush Loire Valley scenery, visit local markets, taste wine in ancient vineyards, pedal through the "Garden of France".
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While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Cycling Grading – Moderate • Some degree of experience required • Mixture of road cycling and off road • Occasional long days in the saddle, multiple ascents and descents • Good fitness and skill level recommended • Cycle usually between 35-70 km per day Equipment provided: • Bike - Arcade, Cottage & Country classic hybrid. . Helmet • Gears - 21 speed • Brakes - V-Brake • Suspension - no • Frame sizes available on request When making your booking, please inform our staff of your height - this will help us get the right size bike for you. • Panniers/bike bag type - Ortleib Back-Roller City • Water bottle holder - yes • Water bottle - not included. Available to purchase from €5 • Adjustable Handlebars - no • Option to fit own pedals: yes (on request) • Female saddles available: yes • Gel saddles available: yes - gel saddle covers • Option to fit own saddle: yes (on request) • Repair kit available: yes - One pump, one repair kit and one lock for every two bikes If you would prefer to bring your own bike with you for this trip, or have some specific equipment that you would prefer to use then please advise us when you book. We recommend that you bring a hybrid or all terrain bike for this trip, with a minimum of 21 gears and suitable for riding along roads and on bike tracks. For this trip it would be best to have semi-slick tyres good for road and light off road use. If you choose to bring your own bike, please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle. Bringing Your Own Bike If you choose to bring your own bike, please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle. Check with your airline about travelling with your bike, as some will charge you to take a bike on board. We would suggest that you pack your bike in a bike box or bag( usually available from your local bike shop). It's also advisable to make sure your bike has been serviced before you travel. Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack, your luggage will be transferred to the hotel for you.
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On this trip, we will be travelling between each destination by bike and you will need to carry your own day packs. There will be a vehicle to carry the bulk of our luggage to the next accommodation for you.
If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (7 nts)
Night 6 Gennes.
It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not build to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities.
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day. GETTING TO HOTEL ANNE de BRETAGNE: Blois is most easily accessible from Paris, to which you can find international flights from virtually any major world city. From Paris Gare Austerlitz, there are several direct trains a day, taking just 1hr 22mins. Upon arrival in Blois: Walk out of the main train station and cross over the zebra crossing to your left. This will take you over the main road parallel to the station entrance and onto Av. Jean Laigret. On the avenue, stay on the pavement to the left hand side and continue on until a smaller zebra crossing where you must cross once again. You will see a little parking bay in front of you. If you look to the left and up, you will see the sign on the hotel front amid the vine.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO. If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.
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This trip finishes on Day 8 in Angers. If you wish to transfer back to Paris, there are trains departing every hour from the Angers train station beginning at 7am. The journey time from Angers to Paris is around 3.5 hrs. We do not recommend you to book a flight that departs Paris before 1pm.
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We highly recommend using a backpack or light sports bag, whichever you find easiest to carry, plus a small daypack. Luggage space on public transport is limited. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels (max. 15-20 mins walking), hopping on and off trains and public buses and up and down stairs.
Passport (with photocopies) Travel insurance (with photocopies) Airline tickets (with photocopies) USD cash and travellers cheques Credit or debit card (see personal spending money) G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required Alarm clock Flashlight Sun-hat, sunblock, sunglasses Insect repellent Water bottle Small towel and swim wear Sleeping bag liner Toiletries (biodegradable) Sturdy walking shoes/sport sandals Moneybelt Shorts Long trousers Hiking pants/track pants Shirts/T-shirts Warm clothes - Hat, gloves, fleece, windproof/waterproof jacket (Nov - Apr) Waterproof clothes for wet season - Umbrella and waterproof jacket (May-Oct) Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry Camera and film Reading/writing material Binoculars Pocketknife First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) Puncture repair kit Cycle tool kit Bike helmet Biking gloves
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your CEO where the closest laundromat is. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements. All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period. For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all. Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement. A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Western Europe. Check with your bank before departure. You should be aware when making purchases or withdrawing cash on a credit card that a fee usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Euros, travellers’ cheques and cards is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
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It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program, and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day, depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €30-40 per person, per week can be used.
Blois Chateau entry - EUR 6 Blois Chateau & Sound & Light Show - EUR 14.50 Blois Chateau & House of Magic - EUR 14.50 Blois Chateau & House of Magic & Sound and Light Show - EUR 19 Chenonceau Castle - EUR 11 (with brochure), EUR 15 (with audio guide) Le Clos Luce - EUR 13.50 Amboise Chateau - EUR 10.50 (with brochure), EUR 14.50 (with audio guide) Villandry Chateau - EUR 9.50 (audio guide Eur 3.50 extra) Usse Chateau - EUR 14 Mushroom Museum - EUR 8 Troglodyte Caves - EUR 6.50
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the physical ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
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More information about the equipment that we use for this trip, and any specifics about the route or itinerary can be found in the 'Important Notes' section of the trip details
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Allow USD295-385 for meals not included.
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities and you may arrive at any time throughout the day (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. Additional Notes: Look out for a message from your CEO at the hotel reception detailing the time and location for an important meeting in the evening, during which meet your CEO and fellow group members, complete some admin and learn more about the trip. If you arrive late, your CEO will leave you a message detailing where they can be contacted and when to meet the following morning. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
First day on your bike today. Cycle onward towards the village of Chenonceau. Additional Notes: Please note while you are cycling you will only be responsible for your day pack. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel. Included Activities: Chateau de Blois Visit Transport: Bicycle (24km) Bicycle (26km)
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. Included Activities: Chateau de Chenonceau Visit Transport: Bicycle (25km) Bicycle (27km)
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. Included Activities: Château d'Ussé Vineyard Visit Transport: Bicycle (60km)
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. Transport: Bicycle (36km)
In 'the garden of France' as the Loire region is known, you might be able to help yourself to some of the delicious roadside fruit along the way. Along the route stop to visit the unusual mushroom caves of the Musée du Champignon. Gennes, as with many of the villages here, is close to a large chateau, that of Milly-le-Meugon. On arrival there will be time to explore the surroundings and see more of the town. Included Activities: Musée du Champignon Visit Transport: Bicycle (20km)
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. Transport: Bicycle (40km)
Depart at any time.. Included Activities: Departure Day
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