We hope that you and your families will all keep safe and well in these difficult times and as we move into the warmer months the situation will improve and we will welcome you here to the Loire Valley.
We will continue to monitor the situation and any impact it may have on our cycling holidays and weekend breaks here in rural France.
We remain committed to running our holidays as conditions and the French authorities allow.
We will continue to post any major updates in the weeks ahead.
We are delighted to announce that this year Stage 11 (8th July) of the Tour de France starts in Chatelaillon~Plage and finishes in Poitiers and then starts at Chauvigny and continuing out of the region on the 9th (Stage 12). This means the race passes within an hour of La Voyette our Chambre d’hote in the Loire Valley.
We have created a holiday package available for a group of up to five people for this wonderful event.
You will be required to book and pay for your own flights and we have based this package on flights arriving to and leaving from Poitiers Airport which Ryanair fly into from London Stanstead. There are three twin bedrooms with en suite facilities available in our delightful B & B and prices are based on two people sharing a room. Evening Meals with wine are included where stated as is a Picnic Hamper lunch on Day 3 of your stay. All other meals (light lunches) and drinks while out and about are payable by yourselves. While here at La Voyette as guests you will have the use of our large sitting room and a further reception room in which you can relax along with many places to sit in the garden. You will also have the use of our hybrid bikes and above ground swimming pool as you require.
Day 1 – Monday 6th July
You will be collected from Poitiers airport (arrival time 16.45) and driven to our delightful Chambre D’hote. You will be welcomed and shown to your room followed by a four-course evening meal with drinks when you can get to know us, your hosts, and the house and garden.
Day 2 – Tuesday 7th July
After your continental breakfast we will take you into Chinon, our local town, where you can stroll around the medieval streets, visit the Fortresse and then maybe sit and have yourself some lunch and a glass of beer or wine (not included). After your break we will take you on a wine tour at a local vineyard or two where you will get the opportunity to taste the produce.
You will return to la Voyette for a relaxing evening and a four-course evening meal with drinks..
Day 3 – Wednesday 8th July
After a continental breakfast we will head off to our chosen location in plenty of time to settle ourselves into position on the route of the Tour de France. As is very traditional with the French, we will have a delightful picnic hamper and drinks while we soak up the atmosphere and hopefully the sun while we await the arrival of the ‘Caravan’ followed by the competitors themselves. At this stage of the day there could be a lone rider or two before the main peloton reaches us and its always fun to look out for the cyclists in their high-profile jerseys.
Once the cyclists and the long stream of supporting cars with spare bikes on roof racks have disappeared into the distance, we will make our way back to la Voyette for an evening of food and wine.
Day 4 – Thursday 9th July
Potentially an early start so we can take ‘breakfast’ with us to eat en route as we head down to our vantage point for Stage 12 of the race. We will be able to enjoy the difference atmosphere as we experience the beginning phase of a Stage and again watch the Caravan, competitors and support teams whiz past! We will meander back to la Voyette taking in views and stopping off for some lunch in a local town (not included in our price).
The rest of the day will be relaxing at la Voyette with an evening meal with drinks to look forward to at the end of a busy day!
Day 5 – Friday 10th July
You will start your final day with a relaxed Continental breakfast. You will then have the option of either enjoying your last morning relaxing at la Voyette or to be taken into Richelieu a wonderful walled town just fifteen minutes from us. Either way we will depart at 14.00 to make the journey to Poitier Airport where you will catch your 17.10 flight back to Stanstead (arriving back in England at 17.35!)
This holiday package, based on five people booking at the same time and sharing three twin bedrooms, is available at 480 euros per person.
Our two bedroom, detached gite is also currently available for a rent of 650 euros for the week commencing 4th July 2020.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and to book.
Tour caves and visit the supermarket, this will give you an understanding of what to look for when back home.
The weekend typically will be if collected from Tours airport.
Arrive at Tours airport late afternoon on Friday where we will take you to a vineyard in Vouvray, there you can taste the special sparkling and still white wine of this small area.
On to your accommodation at La Voyette where a 4 course meal will be waiting for you.
Saturday morning after breakfast we will whisk you off to a vineyard. Here, weather permitting, we will go in to the vines to explore the wine making process then taste the wine in the cave. Afterwards back home for a light lunch.
In the afternoon a trip in to Chinon for sightseeing then on to the supermarket to explore the wine of the wider region.
Saturday evening will be a 4 course meal matched to the wines bought that day.
The vines of Couly-Dutheil Chinon
Sunday is more chilled – first brunch then in the afternoon we will go to a cave in the Saumur-Champigny appellation where the wine cave is an old troglodyte palace. After buying the wine, head home for the evening meal via Candes-St-Martin to catch the view of the confluence of the mighty Loire and the Vienne rivers.
Vines of the area
Monday it is time to say goodbye so, after brunch, we will meander back to the airport via a sightseeing tour of the area. If time allows, possibly another vineyard tour on the way.
The group size is 4/6 people
Chinon fortress in autumn
Winter in the Loire Valley
How to book.
Simply let us know which weekend you would like, follow the link to Ryanair to book your flight or train line for rail costs (these costs are not included in the advertised price for the weekend) and we will pick you up.
We use TransferWise to receive monies into our bank account. When you are ready we will send the link.