Early on, fortress-castles were built in strategic locations, while later grand ch√¢teaux were designed to display wealth and power. Its proximity to Paris — today only an hour’s ride away by train — and its romantic setting proved an ideal retreat for royals to escape the crowds. Nowadays, it’s an ideal retreat for cyclists, with particular thanks to the fairly flat Loire à Vélo cycling route that stretches from central France to the Atlantic.
The best introduction to the Valley of the Kings is the strikingly handsome Orléans, one of France’s most prosperous medieval cities. Here you’ll find many nods to Joan of Arc in the form of statues, religious art, etc., for it was she who ended the siege of Orléans and captured residents’ hearts forever. Many of the towns along the route look as though they haven’t changed since the “Maid of Orléans” set foot in the region!
Starts any day from March 28th through October 27th 2020
7 nights' accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties
Meeting with our local representative
1 wine cellar visit & tasting on Day 7
Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep's mobile number)
All tax and service charges
Expenses of a personal nature
Adult hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 125 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 245 euros per bike. These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike's return to Orléans.
Shoulder and high season supplements €25-€55pp
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