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Adventure of the Week - Luxury Loire Cycling

We all love great accommodation.  After a day on the bike or a tough walk, it is always a pleasure to reach your accommodation for the evening and explore its delights. Here at Macs Adventure, we pride ourselves on finding the ultimate in accommodation, sourcing the perfect places to stay to compliment your trip. However, our Luxury Loire Cycling trip takes this to the next level.

In a Nutshell

This cycling holiday takes in all the Loire Valley has to offer, with a focus on its stunning accommodation. Distance: You will cycle 30-45km per day on this trip, on a mixture of quiet country lanes and riverside paths. Grade: Easy.  Hardly a hill in sight on this trip as you glide along the mainly flat Loire Valley.  The focus here is on relaxation, gourmet food and of course, tasting the greatest Sauvignon Blanc in the world. [caption id="attachment_23736" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Château in Loire Breathtaking châteaux are a regular feature of the Loire countryside.[/caption]

Where?

The Loire Valley is nestled in West Central France about two hours from Paris by train. The region was once of immense strategic importance. Kings, queens, dukes and nobles came here to establish feudal castles and, intricately designed palaces. These châteaux, and the villages and vineyards that surround them showcase the design, passion and craftsmanship employed to create the most beautiful region possible.
[caption id="attachment_23737" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Gardens of the Loire Intricate garden designs are a feature of most château.[/caption]

Why Cycle Here?

The Loire Valley is an easy place to cycle. The network of quiet country roads means you can relax and be absorbed by the verdant scenery surrounding you.  It is naturally a very beautiful area however, it is what humanity has done here that is the real draw. There are over 300 châteaux in the Loire Valley, each one with its own personality, architecture and stunning gardens. They are generally so well preserved that they seem to exist in some kind of fairytale, their perfect facades standing out against the green of the surrounding area. On our Luxury Loire Cycling trip, you will stay in lovingly converted châteaux every night and become part of this fairytale experience. The other reason to cycle here is the gastronomy.  The food in Loire is excellent and every night on our trip, dinner is provided at your château, so you can dine on the locally-sourced, lovingly-cooked French cuisine.  The region is peppered with Michelin Star restaurants and the first night of our trip sees you dining at the 1-star Château De Pray. The wines of Loire have long been regarded as some of the finest in the world.  While many grapes are grown here, it is their Sauvignon Blanc which truly excels. Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are big names, with their mineral freshness and light delicate flavours, but there are a wealth of other Sauvignons to tantalise your taste buds.
[caption id="attachment_23733" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Wines of the Loire Cycle through endless vineyards before sampling their goods.[/caption]

Planning & Preparation

This 6 Day & 7 Night French Adventure begins in Amboise and finishes up in Marcay. It includes bed, breakfast and dinner in a converted château, including one Michelin Star meal. To get to Amboise, the closest airport is Tours Val de Loire which is serviced by Ryanair from both the UK and European airports. Journey time to Tours is approx 30mins by airport bus, with onward train services connecting to Amboise (approx 20min journey time). Contact a destination specialist on info@macsadventure.com if you’d like any more information.  
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