Loire cycling holiday, France
Description of Loire cycling holiday, France
This Loire Valley cycling holiday takes a relaxed approach to two-wheeled tripping. Over the course of a week, you’ll follow a triangular trail through the region’s bucolic landscape, winding your way along riverbanks and passing through peaceful traditional villages, vineyards and fields of sunflowers.
The Loire is famed for its diverse wines, so it’s unsurprising that food and drink are a real highlight of this trip. You’ll stop at vineyards as you wind your way across the countryside, and all of your hotels and guesthouses have been chosen for their dedication to fine food and wine, as well as their stunning settings. Each one of them has a beautiful garden with a swimming pool, but particularly special is the Chateau de Chissay. A former royal residence, it serves elegant four course dinners accompanied by first-rate local wines.
The region’s fascinating history will also feature heavily during your trip, with visits to the magnificent chateaux of Amboise, Chambord and Chenonceau all on the cards.
Planet and peopleUK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
Leaders & local suppliers:
The Loire is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest wine producing regions, with many of the separate wine areas producing red, white, rose and sparkling wines. In our pre-departure booklet, we provide information on both the larger “caves” and also the smaller, family-run wineries. And, should you wish to purchase any bottles from anywhere you visit whilst cycling, simply choose and pay, then leave your wines for our rep to collect when he passes the following day. He will then take the wines to your last hotel for you, so that they are ready for you to put in the car and take home with you. In order that as many people as possible take us up on this, thus giving local vignerons custom they might not otherwise have, we don’t make a charge for our pick up service.
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.
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