CYCLING IN THE LOIRE VALLEY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The friendly and very helpful hotel staff; Riding through forests on "no-cars" tracks; The sheer magnificence of some of the chateaux. 

What did you think of your group leader?

Ours was a self-guided tour. We encountered two issues: Only one set of maps and one guide book and one pannier for a couple made navigation "interesting" when, as we inevitably did, ride apart. The guidebook itself was quite challenging to follow and not as useful as one we saw being used by cyclists with another tour operator. The local company did provide us with additional panniers so we could both carry our own gear The bicycle mechanic was on holidays when we started and our tools were inadequate to change the pedals to suit our clip-in shoes - a bike shop was located on day three and we got the change done then.   

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

For anyone who has done some cycling, this is a very relaxing holiday and provides plenty of time to see and do things along the way. We enjoyed cycling into the old city of Blois on our rest day, and to the chateau in Amboise where Da Vinvci lived for three years.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotels used for this trip. Although they were rated as 2-star we found them ideally informal for a cycling holiday.