- Visit the finest chateaux in France
- Stay in superb hotels, including the Chateau de Chissay
- Sample outstanding local cuisine and local wine
This gentle and unhurried gastronomic cycling holiday follows a triangular route through the heart of the great Loire Valley. En route we visit the majestic chateaux of Amboise and Chambord, and the rich Renaissance splendour of Chenonceaux.
We'll come across many hidden delights as we pedal gently along picturesque riverbanks and through open countryside abundant with wildlife. On each cycling day we have the opportunity to taste dozens of different wines - stopping at big wineries or village vineyards as the mood takes us - in a wine region more varied and diverse than any other in the world. The places we stay in are pretty special too and all offer extensive gardens and fine dining.
Regional menus are refined and delicate, relying largely on freshwater fish from the rivers, and game - supplemented with rich wine and cream sauces - from the great hunting forests.
What makes this trip responsible?
Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company.
As a self-guided trip you will be pedalling under your own steam and at your own pace. You will not be part of a group so the impact of your visit on the landscape and communities you pass will be absolutely minimal. Our local operator works with local suppliers and hoteliers to ensure that we support the communities we visit, maximising the benefit to them and also our enjoyment of the region. We will stay in characterful, locally run hotels and the route notes will often give you hints and tips of local restaurants you can try, giving you a taste of the local cuisine while helping to support these establishments. Moreover, we encourage you to journey by train to minimise your carbon footprint.
Chateau Chenonceaux, Loire Valley