Loire Valley Cycling Tour and Wine Tour Itineray

digngo.com/destinations/loire-valley-bike-tours.html

This site is dedicated to helping you choose from a collection of Loire bike tours that are sure to invigorate your sense of wonder with amazing interactions of the French countryside and Loire wine country.  The site makes sure to point out that one of the special attractions of this tour is the fact that you get to spend the first day of your vacation going over the history of Loire wines, and you even get to taste some of these wines so you can get the full experience of the bike tour through the Loire Valley.

The description on the site includes the highlights of the tour, as well as a thorough explanation of what you will be doing and of the hotels you will be staying in along the way.  The description is actually very involved, and you can take this opportunity to learn as much as possible about where you will be staying and the interesting history that is tied to the area.  If you are a history buff you can take a little extra time and use the information on this site to fully immerse yourself in the countryside.



On the left hand side of the description is a bar that relays all of the pertinent information like length, price, and activity level involved.  You can use the information on these different Loire tours to help you decide if this is a good option for you and the vacation across the Loire Valley that you have in mind.  Besides offering you a very detailed look at the Loire countryside, the website also offers you some interesting options as well, like riding in a hot air balloon over the Loire Chateaux.  If you are interested you can also get a very detailed map of your planned itinerary.

Also on the left hand side is a link, “What’s Included,” and you can go to this site to find out what the price of the Loire bike tour covers.  This way you can make sure that you plan ahead of time for what extra money you may need as well as the kind of provisions will be provided during your tour.  This is a very helpful option.

Loire Valley Online

www.lvo.com

Visiting the Loire Valley section of France does require some research, especially since many people are not familiar with the area.  Loire Valley Online contains a number of different types of information about the area.  It should be noted, however, that the website contains a copyright of 1998-1999.  While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the page was last updated on those dates, it does mean you should collaborate any information from the site with a site that you know is up-to-date just in case the content is old.

The accommodations section of the site is very informative and lists a number of Loire chateaux, Loire castles, and restaurants.  The site breaks these down by cities, so you can see only hotels in Cher or in Indre-et-Loire, for example.  Each entry lists the address, phone number, and webpage of the establishment if one is available.  The site also has comments on some of the hotels and restaurants.  There are even some listings for campgrounds, furnished apartments, and bed and breakfasts.

The site also has a good bit of information on Loire wine and viticulturists.  Just like the setup for accommodations, you’ll find contact information for each winery plus a description of what type of wine is produced there.  To round out a great picnic with your wine, the Loire Valley Specialties section includes listings of many different special meats, fruits, vegetables, desserts, and other foods you can find in the area. 



The website includes several other interesting sections.  They have information about the Gien Faience Factory, an art factory, information on gardens in Loire, and some information on the Acadian line, a museum detailing the history of the Acadians.  Links to emergency services, maps of the area, and a weather report are also very useful. 

New Renaissance Magazine is published by the website, and you’ll find their latest features online.  This includes information on Loire castles, gardens, genealogy, and the art of living, which highlights artwork and other goods.  Again, it’s uncertain how recent this information is.  It does, however, make for fascinating reading.  The site overall is good, but double-check any information that appears to be time-sensitive or outdated.

A guide to the Loire Valley and its Chateaux

www.experienceloire.com

Want to stay in a great Loire chateaux when you visit Loire Valley?  If you do, you’ll want to do some research on the chateaux.  This site has a number of different sections about Loire chateaux and Loire Valley in general.  The site is separated into five main content sections—places to visit, kids in Loire, activities, getting there, and places to stay.

Under places to visit, you’ll find a good number of chateaux.  Each has its own profile page that includes a lot of good, detailed information about the chateaux, what you will find there, and plenty of images.  Unfortunately, there is no address, contact information or website link for any of these chateaux, so once you find one you really like, you’ll have to do another search to find out how to contact the chateaux.  The same is true with the other places to visit, such as the parks, gardens, abbeys, and cathedrals.  The profiles are full of great information otherwise.

If you’re planning on visiting Loire with your children, the kids section gives you some great ideas as to what to do and where to stay.  This section is somewhat more complete, and many of the events and activity profiles do include addresses, websites, and phone numbers as well as admission fees and hours of operation.



The same is true for the activities section, which is split into land (bicycling), water (canoeing and kayaking), and air (ballooning).  While there is only one activity in each section, the information for each activity is pretty detailed with the exception of ballooning. 

If you’re wondering how to get to Loire Valley, the getting there section is very detailed.  You’ll find driving directions and distances for land travel, a list of ferries, a train schedule, and airline information.  You can follow up this information with a look through the places to stay section, which details many different accommodations (including a few chateaux, and in this section, contact information is provided). 

In addition to this main content section, the site also includes information on tours, the River Loire, dining, living, and Loire wine.  You can also watch some great videos, study a map of the Loire Valley, and shop the site’s online bookshop.