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CDG | Charles de Gaulle






JUNE 22-28, 2025 NOW OPEN
JUNE 15-21, 2025  SOLD OUT



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An Enchanting Journey Through Time

Explore the heart of France in the most immersive and intimate way possible - by taking a breathtaking bike tour through the stunning Loire Valley. This enchanting region, often referred to as the "Garden of France," is famous for its picturesque landscapes, historic châteaux, and lush vineyards. Our bike tour through the Loire Valley provides an unforgettable journey through this captivating corner of France.




Your Arrival in Chambord

When you arrive, our friendly team members will greet you and give you a briefing before fitting you for a bike. At your leisure, take a stroll around the largest castle in the Loire Valley. After your walk, head back to the hotel terrace, where you can relax and take in the breathtaking view of the main façade of the Chambord castle. Finally, enjoy a delectable dinner at the Relais de Chambord hotel.

MEALS Lunch/Dinner

ACTIVITIES Check in; Visit Chambord Castle

ACCOMMODATIONS Relais de Chambord

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Cheverny - 25 Miles

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the sprawling Domaine de Chambord forest, which is home to the most famous and majestic château in the Loire Valley. As you cycle through the forest, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and stunning wildlife.

After your exhilarating ride, you'll enjoy a guided visit of the Château of Chambord, where you'll be transported back in time to the Renaissance era. Marvel at the ornate architecture, intricate details, and fascinating history of this iconic landmark.

Next, head to a charming vineyard in Cheverny, where you'll indulge in a delightful wine tasting and savor a delicious lunch featuring local specialties. You'll have the chance to learn about the vineyard's winemaking process and take in the picturesque scenery.

Finally, cap off your day of adventure with a relaxing dinner at the Relais de Chambord hotel. This luxurious hotel boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as delicious cuisine made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

MEALS Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACTIVITIES Guided Tour Chambord Castle; Visit Domaine de Chambord forest; Wine tasting

DAILY MILEAGE 25 miles/40 km

ACCOMMODATIONS Relais de Chambord



Chambord to Amboise - 37 miles

We will be checking out of the Relais de Chambord hotel and heading to the beautiful city of Blois. We will take a stroll through its old neighborhoods where we can admire its magnificent chateau, which perfectly illustrates the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

Next, we will find the route of the "Loire à Vélo" to reach the Chaumont-sur-Loire where the International Garden Festival takes place! We will visit the Castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire and its international garden festival, however, the tour will not be guided.

Finally, we will cycle along the paths between the Loire river banks and vineyards to reach the royal city of Amboise. We will have a picnic along the Loire before we continue with a guided visit of the Castle of Clos Lucé. To end our journey, we will have dinner at the restaurant of Clos d’Amboise hotel.

MEALS Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACTIVITIES Tour Blois; Visit Castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire Estate; Picnic along the Loire River; Guided Tour Castle of Clos Lucé

DAILY MILEAGE 37 miles/60 km




Chenonceaux - 28 Miles

Our bike ride today will take us through the beautiful forest of Amboise and we will eventually reach the famous Château de Chenonceau, which is a stunning castle that straddles the Cher river. The castle has a fascinating history and was the site of a historic rivalry between two powerful women, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.

During our visit to the castle, we will have the opportunity to engage in various activities. We'll enjoy a relaxing canoe trip on the Cher River and later have a pleasant picnic on its banks, surrounded by the beautiful scenery. We will also take a guided tour of the Castle of Chenonceau to learn more about its rich history, including the various owners and the many significant events that took place there.

In the evening, we will have dinner at the Arpent restaurant, which is known for its delicious food and cozy atmosphere. It will be the perfect end to a wonderful day filled with adventure and exploration.

MEALS Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACTIVITIES Canoe the Cher; Guided Tour Château de Chenonceau; Picnic along the Cher River; Dine at Arpent

DAILY MILEAGE 28 miles/45 km




Amboise to Tours - 22 Miles

Take a break from the Loire banks and head towards the charming Vouvray vineyards, surrounded by troglodyte houses and famous for their exquisite white wines!

Along the way, you can feast your eyes on exquisite Renaissance private châteaux such as Château de Valmer, which is known for its beautiful Italian and vegetable gardens, and the stunning Château de Jallanges. We'll also stop to enjoy a wine tasting and have lunch at an authentic cave dwelling at Maison Bredif.

Once you reach the city of Tours, explore the old neighborhood with its typical half-timbered houses. Finally, we'll dine at the Hotel Chateau Belmont in Tours.

MEALS Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACTIVITIES Tour Vouvray Vineyards; Visit Château de Jallanges; Wine tastings; Lunch in a cave

DAILY MILEAGE 22 miles/37 km

ACCOMMODATIONS Château Belmont Tours



Villandry - 24 Miles

Embark on an unforgettable adventure by following the 'Loire à vélo' cycling path, which will take you to the charming town of Villandry. There, you will have the opportunity to explore the world-renowned 'French style' Renaissance gardens.

Be amazed by the 'Ornamental Kitchen Garden', where a variety of vegetables and herbs are beautifully arranged in intricate patterns. Stroll through the 'Garden of Love', which features a heart-shaped pond surrounded by fragrant roses and other flowers. Take in the tranquil beauty of the 'Water Garden', where fountains and waterfalls create a serene atmosphere. Finally, bask in the sun while you explore the 'Sun Garden', where you'll find a variety of colorful blooms and exotic plants.

While in Villandry, take the time to visit the Castle of Villandry, a magnificent structure that boasts a stunning 'A la Française' garden. Please note that the visit is non-guided, allowing you to explore at your own pace and take in all the details of this breathtaking place.

After enjoying the gardens, take a leisurely ride back to Tours along the peaceful countryside routes. Once you return to Tours, indulge in a relaxing picnic by the Cher River, where you can savor some of the local delicacies while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Finally, cap off your day with a delicious dinner at the Place Plumereau restaurant in Tours, where you can sample some of the finest French cuisine in the region.

MEALS Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACTIVITIES Tour Renaissance Gardens; Visit Villandry Castle; Picnic along the Cher River; Fine dining at Place Plumereau

DAILY MILEAGE 24 miles/39 km

ACCOMMODATIONS Château Belmont Tours



Bid Farewell in Tours

Today marks the end of our journey in Tours, and we must prepare to depart from the tour. As we reflect on the memories we've made, we feel a sense of bittersweet emotion. While we're sad to leave this beautiful place behind, we're also excited for the adventures that await us in the future.

We'll always cherish the moments we spent here, and the people we met along the way. As we say our final goodbyes, we'll carry the spirit of Tours with us wherever we go.

MEALS Breakfast

ACTIVITIES Shuttles to Charles de Gaulle Airport




What's Included?

  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • Snacks for stops on the way
  • Bikes & Accessories for 5 days(Scott brand bikes. Ebikes available. Equipment includes panniers, handlebar bag, & smartphone holder)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Support van Tuesday-Friday
  • 2 local & knowledgeable bike guides, plus BRAG guides
  • Guided tours for castles of Chambord, Clos Lucé and Chenonceau
  • Entrance tickets for castles of Villandry, Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • 2 wine tastings in Chambord and Vouvray
  • Canoe trip on the Cher River under the castle of Chenonceau
  • Travel documents with maps, navigation app
  • City taxes

Not Included

  • flights
  • ground transportation to and from airport
  • alcohol



Relais de Chambord

The only hotel on the 5440 hectare Domaine National de Chambord. In the heart of the French countryside, the former hotel was reborn in 2018 as the Relais de Chambord, a contemporary boutique hotel that retains its charm and authenticity.

Each elegant room, bathed in natural light, are equipped with top-of-the-range comfort. Due to the architectural history of the Relais de Chambord, each room is unique. The Relais de Chambord offers three dining areas to suit your needs.

Hotel chef Rita Silva uses high-quality local and seasonal products to offer you a refined and creative cuisine.

- Le Grand Saint-Michel bistronomic restaurant A bistronomic experience in a cosy interior space or on the terrace facing the Château de Chambord.

- Brasserie Les Armes du Château Our brasserie, located on the village square and facing the castle, offers a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for enjoying a convivial menu.

- Bar du Relais The Bar du Relais is the perfect place to stop for a snack or a drink in a chic French atmosphere.

Check-in: Sunday
Check-out: Tuesday



Clos d’Amboise

Housed in a beautiful mansion in the heart of the old town, Hotel Le Clos d'Amboise is surrounded by a 3000sqm landscaped garden. Totally refurbished in 2011, you will discover the new decoration in its 19 charming rooms and suites designed for your ultimate comfort.

For unique moments of relaxation, a sauna and an outdoor pool are available on site. Discover Touraine's specialty at our bar or at the shadow terrace.

All the individually designed guest rooms at the Clos d'Amboise offer charming decor, perfect for a romantic escapade in Amboise

Check-in: Tuesday
Check-out: Thursday



Château Belmont Tours

Château Belmont Tours is a 4-star hotel is set in a 2.5-hectare park near Tours city center. It features a heated swimming pool, a steam room and sauna as well as a fitness room.

The air-conditioned guest rooms are modern in style, and are located in the renovated 17th-century castle or in the residence. A TV, mini-bar and free WiFi access are provided in each room.

Every morning a breakfast buffet is served at Hôtel Château Belmont. In the evenings, guests can sample traditional French cuisine or enjoy a drink at the bar.

Check-in: Thursday
Check-out: Saturday



While cycling we will split up into 2 - 3 groups depending on the group size and rider speeds. There will be a leader of your group and a sweeper for the entire ride as well as SAG. Please stay with your group and do not deviate from the group's route. We will email you a link to routes on Ride with GPS closer to the trip dates.

There will be vans on the route providing SAG services. They will hopscotch the group and set up rest stops as well. If you have a medical or mechanical issue they can pick you up and transport you to your destination. 



To see what's included, click here

Yes, everyone is welcome to register and participate in the activities outside of riding bikes. We will have transportation for anyone registered who isn't cycling.

Change of Plans? Please see our Refund Policy. After the listed date, No refunds will be given, no exceptions. You can purchase third-party insurance on your trip in the event of an emergency.

We don't speak French either! We have local guides and knowledgeable people who are bi-lingual. An English-speaking native is always close by. Also, the google translate app is great for text and translating. You don't need to know any French to join and will be just fine only knowing English. 

  • A good attitude and appetite for adventure!
  • Passport
  • Helmet
  • Water Bottle
  • Active Clothing for Cycling, Hiking, Sightseeing, ect.
    • Temperatures are warm but mild this time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast!
  • Backpack to carry the items you want to keep with you
  • A phone with an international option or eSim - Check your plan
  • Euros or USD, most places accept Euros or credit card.

We stay in hotels, the cost of which is included in the price of registration. See the list of hotels here.

The best thing about BRAG is the community of riders. Many come alone and leave with riding buddies for life. You will never ride alone on BRAG. The group is small and participates in all activities together so you will get to know everyone by the time you leave.

Absolutely! The miles are flat and few. Plus, you can also hop in the Van if you need to. 

Drop us a line on our contact form or ask the BRAG community on Facebook, or shoot us a line at news@brag.org

We highly recommend using the provided bikes. Flying with a bike is a hassle and you want to be hassle free! If you do fly with your bike, you must be able to assemble and disassemble your bike yourself.