At our hotel, we ran into a group of bicyclists who were riding from town to town through the Loire visiting vineyards and chateaux along the way. While we truly admired their healthy mode of transportation and their incredible stamina, Jim and I both knew this would never be a tour we would consider doing. Too much work!
We liked the fact that our luxury car would convey us speedily along the countryside with ease accompanied by French music on the satellite radio, while allowing us to stop as we pleased whenever something caught our fancy. The only exercise we would be getting would be climbing the steep (and sometimes endless seeming) stone and wood steps of the ancient chateaux and wandering their formal gardens.
So if you are looking for biking tour info, stop here.
If like us, you like to tour in comfort, Chinon is a beautiful old city with several lovely hotels and most importantly, a few even have parking available for your car. We chose to stay at the Best Western Hotel de France, Chinon, which is one of the most charming hotels we have ever stayed in. Be sure to check out Jim’s review Charming Hotel in a Great Location in Chinon.