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Valley of the Kings: A bike tour in France's Loire Valley (trip logo)
A bike tour is the best way to enjoy France's historic Loire Valley. And traveling by bike makes it easy to meet others.
For two centuries, French kings outdid one another as they built palaces amidst the meadows and forests of the Loire Valley. There's no better way to visit these castles and chateaux than by bike. This trip takes us to the best of these chateaux, each with its own personality and special appeal.

Blois. We meet in Blois, the capital of France under Louis XII, with an eccentric chateau built in architectural styles spanning from Feudal to Renaissance.

Chenonceau. Photogenic Chenonceau, once home to Catherine de Medici, leapfrogs across stone pillars over the river Cher.

Loches. Well off the beaten tourist track lie the feudal walls of Loches, former stronghold of the warlord known as the Black Falcon.

Azay-le-Rideau. No castle is more romantic than Azay-le-Rideau, reflected in its moat.

Usse. Deep in Chinon Forest, this is the storybook castle that inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty. 

Villandry. The world-famous gardens of Villandry include the most decorative vegetable garden you'll ever see..

Chinon. At Chinon in 1429, Joan of Arc recognized the disguised Charles VII, and went on to change the course of French history. The evocative ruins of this hilltop fortress stand in stark contrast to the palaces we have seen.

Amboise Chateau, in the Loire Valley

Biking around the grounds of Chaumont Chateau

Chenonceau is famous for its gardens, as well as its graceful riverside setting

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