Bike tour – French Castles
This bike tour is designed for medieval castles’ fans , with its mountains’ lanscape and infinite smooth surface of the ocean! In this route you´ll visit the most beautiful corners of the South France, well-known for its medieval castles and vineyards, will get acquainted with medieval architecture and of course with French traditional cuisine!
1st Day. Transfer and arrival to hotel 3-4 stars in Laredo (Bilbao or Santander), then presentation of documents and route planning. Welcome dinner.
2nd Day. Route of 615 km. The day comes over in hotel of 3-4 stars in Poitiers.
Today’s route will pass along the picturesque Atlantic coast. On the route we will cross Cordillera Cantabrica and pass Pyrenean Mountains. On the route there are 4 stops for pictures, snacks and lunch.
3rd Day. 150 km. The day comes over in hotel of 3-4 stars in Amboise.
The first stop of the route in a charming small medieval village of Loches. We´ll visit and dinner , at the Chenonceaux castle, one of the most beautiful in whole France. Then we´ll see Amboise and visit its worldwide famous castle. In its garden there are castle models of all the castles of Loira valley, here assembled. Then we´ll stop in one of Amboise hotels which will be our base for the next few days. On the route there are 3 stops for pictures, snacks and lunch.
4th Day. 120 km. The day comes over in hotel of 3-4 stars in Amboise.
This day we will visit three castles: Chaumount sur Loire, Cheverny and Chateau de Chambord. In the last one we´ll enjoy tasting local cuisine. After lunch we will visit the romantic small town of Blois, we will walk through its small streets and enjoy its terraces. You also have an option to visit a local castle on your own. Return to Amboise along the rivers Loire. On the route there are 4 stops for pictures, snacks and lunch.
5th Day. 120 km. The day comes over in hotel of 3-4 stars in La Rochelle.
Departure from Amboise. The first stop of the day is in Tours where we will take a walk around the city, then go to Saumur known for its castle. Further we´ll visit La Rochelle, see its famous port, further lunch and some rest in hotel. On the route there are 3 stops for pictures, snacks and lunch.
6th Day. 330 km. The day comes over in hotel of 3-4 stars in Mimizan.
Departure from La Rochelle and non stops way to Bordeaux where we will have lunch and visit this beautiful city! After lunch we´ll have an excursion to Arcachon known for its oyster farms, its beautiful bay and local holidays! Further we´ll go to Biscarrosse and Mimizan where we have dinner and some rest in hotel. On the route there are 3 stops for pictures, snacks and lunch.
7th Day. 310 km. The day comes over in hotel of 3-4 stars in Laredo.
Departure from Mimizan the heart of Landes province, on the way we´ll pass through pine woods that remind children’s fairy tales, and the mysterious lake Léon. Further we’ll see small tourist towns: Vieux Boucau, Hossegor and Capbretón, arrival in the romantic Bayona, further bourgeois Biarritz, the city in which bathing in the sea became in fashion in the end of XVIII century and all European nobility gathered here in the local resort. We´ll have lunch in Biarritz and enjoy some sightseeing. Then we´ll visit a small fishing village of San Jean de Luz, further the boundary small town of Hendaya and we are back in Spain! Our route is over in Laredo – the city well-known 6-km sandy beach. The route comes over with a goodbye dinner and some souvenirs detail for participants! On a route there are 4 stops for pictures, snacks and lunch.
8th Day. Breakfast in the hotel, organizational issues and a transfer in the airport, or you might go on your own route.
Information on the route and the services included in its cost:
- Start of the route will be organized from: Cantabria (Laredo or Santander), Bilbao (Basque Country).
- Round duration: 8 days.
- Distance in kilometers: 1.800 km.
In the cost of round it is included:
- Accommodation: 7 nights in the best hotels of category of 3-4 stars.
- Breakfasts: 7.
- Dinners: 6, drinks aren’t included.
- Dinners: 2, day of welcome and goodbye dinner, drinks aren’t included.
- Accompanying van.
- An English-speaking accompanying translator.
- Accompanying guides on motorcycles: 2.
The trip price: €2.325 at two-place placement.