Sunday, May 7 – Friday, May 12, 2020

The Loire Valley is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France.  The area of the Loire Valley comprises about 310 sq miles. It is referred to as the Cradle of the French and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards and artichoke, and asparagus fields, which line the banks of the river. Notable for its historic towns, architecture, and wines, the valley has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.  The Loire Valley wine region is one of the world’s most well-known areas of wine production and includes several French wine regions situated along the river from the Muscadet region on the Atlantic coast to the regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France. Loire wines tend to exhibit a characteristic fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavors.

Sunday

We will meet you at the Tours rail station (easy access from Paris, ticket assistance available) in the afternoon and transport you to your Chateau home for the week. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with homemade hors d’oeuvres and locally produced wines, followed by a tour of the Chateau. Then relax  around the luxurious pool or explore the estate until it is time for an “Opening Night” Gourmet Welcome dinner. Dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton and Artistic Gourmet Adventures.

Monday

After we enjoy a delicious breakfast by Artistic Gourmet Adventures, with Laurent as our guide, we will ride in the western part of the Loire valley between the river Indre and Vienne and see many chateaux (castles) like Azay le Rideau, the medieval town of Chinon, Montsoreau, Saumur or Ussé (the Sleeping beauty castle). You will enjoy all the different landscapes of the region and understand why it has been listed Unesco. *Lunch in a local restaurant with Laurent. Non-Riders will be comfortably driven following the Riders with the same itinerary.

Breakfast and gourmet dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and your Artistic Gourmet Adventures hosts.

Tuesday

Breakfast prepared by Artistic Gourmet Adventures.  After breakfast, following the Loire River to Blois in the east, as Laurent as our guide, we will see on this ride some of the most iconic chateaux (castles) of the Loire Valley : Chambord, Blois, Cheverny and Chenonceau. *Lunch in a local restaurant with Laurent. Non-Riders will be comfortably driven following the Riders with the same itinerary.

After a wonderful day, we will return to our Chateau to relax and enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.

Breakfast and gourmet dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter and your Artistic Gourmet Adventures hosts.

Wednesday

Awake rested and ready to go. After breakfast Laurent will guide us further east to Amboise and the southern part of Touraine region. Through the vine yards we will follow the river Indre, home of Balzac and visit the medieval city of Loches. *Lunch in a local restaurant with Laurent.

Non-Riders will be comfortably driven following the Riders with the same itinerary. Then back to the Chateau for a delicious Gourmet Dinner.

Breakfast and gourmet dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter and your Artistic Gourmet Adventures hosts.

Thursday

After a homemade breakfast, and on this last day of our ride, Laurent will guide us west with the famous Puy du Fou theme park as our destination. You think you are too old for theme parks? You haven’t been to this one! With Laurent as your guide, this park will show you, through live spectacle, the history of France from its early days to present. The park has been elected best entertainment park for several years. *Lunch in a local restaurant with Laurent. Non-Riders will be comfortably driven following the Riders with the same itinerary. Then back to the Chateau for a delicious Gourmet Dinner.

Breakfast and gourmet dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter and your Artistic Gourmet Adventures hosts.

Friday

Early breakfast at the Chateau, then we transport you to Tours train station for your return home (or your next destination).

*These meals not included. Only meals, and wine at our Chateau home are included in your Adventure. 

Itinerary is subject to minor changes. 

Your beautiful home for the week is a magnificent 19th century, privately owned, Château, situated in the heart of the beautiful Loire Valley. We will not be sharing this amazing home with any one else.

Just a short walk from the picturesque town of Langeais, between Tours and Angers, the Château sits on an estate of 22 acres of formal gardens with a vegetable garden, an orchard, a woodland and rolling fields.

Renovated to a 5 star boutique standard and filled with luxurious furnishings chosen by designers in London and Paris, the Chateau boasts individually designed en-suite bedrooms (private bathrooms) over two floors.

Activities at the Château include:

  • A Golf driving range

  • Outdoor heated swimming pool

  • Boules/petanque court

  • Croquet

  • Frisbee/disc golf

  • Table tennis

  • Jogging trail

  • Indoor gym

  • Large trampoline

  • Badminton

Motorcycles Available (First Booked, First Choice)

BMW R 1200 GS LC

BMW R 1200 RT

BMW F 750 GS

BMW F 700 GS (low frame)

BMW F 650 GS

Yamaha MT 07 Tracer

Honda 750 NCX

Royal Enfield 500 Bullet

Moto GUZZI 850 V85

BMW F 800 R

  • Tour cost, guide and all entrance fees mentioned in itinerary are included.

  • Motorcycle rental and motor cycle insurance included. Contract must be signed with Ride in Tours and will be forwarded upon Adventure booking. See rental terms on next page. Security deposit for motorcycle rental not included and will be arranged with RIT.

  • Non-Riders will be comfortably driven following the Riders with the same itinerary.

  • All homemade breakfasts and gourmet dinners prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris alum chef Walter Eagleton, and wine when dining at accommodations. 

  • Chateau accommodations with private en-suite bathroom are included.

  • We will pick you up at the local train station in Tours where we will transfer you to our Chateau home from Tours TGV station and transfer you back to Tours TGV station at the end of the tour.

Airfare not included, Rail fare to and from Tours TGV station is not included and will be added to your balance. Artistic Gourmet Adventures can arrange rail travel. 

Extras: Gasoline supply for Motorcycle, approximately 25/day.  Rental for helmet, gloves and jacket (if needed) 10 €/day not included,

Travel Insurance is required and can be bought on line from Travelguard.com/ or Allianz Travel Insurance.com. Appropriate driving license necessary.

We pay a particular attention to women riders and we offer several rental bikes with lower frame version and low seat. There’s nothing like having both feet on the ground when renting a bike…

In order to allow you to carry as many of your belongings with you for your bike trip, all our motorbikes are equipped with lockable side panniers and top case box.

You don’t want to travel with all your riding equipment, we can offer our equipment for rent : jackets, gloves, helmets, boots.

All our rentals include insurance and a variable deductible in case or responsible damages. Depending on models it varies from 900 to 3 500 €. We also offer a low deductible extra insurance (500 €) that you can ask when make your booking.

$3950 pp Rider, Passenger, Non-Rider single occupancy 

$3750 pp double occupancy Rider   

$3550 pp double occupancy Passenger, Non Rider

Nonrefundable deposit of $750 pp due upon booking.

Rental terms and Conditions for Motorcycle Rental Only

Here are the terms and conditions that apply to all rentals by Ride in Tours.

THE APPLICANT

The rental company : RIDE IN TOURS, 196 avenue George Sand, 37700 LA VILLE AUX DAMES, FRANCE registered at the Chamber of Commerce of Tours n° 808 458 895
with the travel agent license n° IM037140002

THE CUSTOMER

The person that fills the rental booking form and ticks the acceptance of the terms and conditions.
Any rental booking made by any other form that the one available on our website will not be consider valid until a sales conditions has been signed and printed by customer and return to us and a confirmation email has been received from RIT.
By executing the rental agreement the renter acknowledges that :
• the motorcycles or scooter and accessories are in good working order
• the motorcycle or scooter is in the condition as described in the rental agreement, any reservations are noted in the appropriate section of the rental agreement
• they have been supplied with a photocopy of the vehicles registration details and insurance certificate by Ride in Tours which must be presented to authorities upon request.

DURATION OF RENTAL

The term of the lease is calculated per 24 hours not split, from the time of provision provided the vehicle, as shown at the time of booking.
Regarding the date and time of return of the vehicle, the renter has a tolerance of 30 minutes, beyond which an additional day will be charged. If the customer wishes to keep the vehicle beyond the period originally specified in the rental agreement, it must obtain the prior consent of the renter.
Regarding the date and time support in case of no show to take over the vehicle within one hour of the time of appointment, the rental will be due.
Except in cases of force majeure, the customer must notify the renter of the delay.
The duration of the lease shall be provided under the contract, from the time and date set.
The renter reserves the right to refuse the extension of the lease, without compensation to the customer, with obligation for it to return the vehicle at the date and time originally planned.
Without agreement from Ride in Tours any additional day will be double charged for the vehicle in question.
If modified, it is free but does not give right to a refund of the difference if the client shorten the duration or if the customer removes an option. Cancellations and modifications are made by email only.

DEPOSIT & PAYMENT

The booking will be consider valid until a full payment has been made through our payment link that will be send to you by email.

SAFETY DEPOSIT IN CASE OF BIKE DAMAGE:

A deposit is required for all rentals :
BMW 1200 GS/YAMAHA 1300 FJR : 2 500 €
BMW 650 GS/HONDA 700 NTV Deauville : 1 500 €
SCOOTER LML 125 cc : 600 €
It is intended to cover the damage which may be suffered by the renter because of non- payment of the total rental price of the occurrence of an incident involving the liability of the customer or a theft. The latter will acquire the Lessor in case of theft.
The amount of deposit is included in the terms and conditions of the lease. All or part of the deposit will be retained in case of damage to the vehicle and / or accessories (depending on the current price of parts and accessories) and will be retained in full in the event of failure to return the vehicle.
Deductible : This is payable by you at a loss covered by the insurance amount.
If the amount of damage caused to the rented vehicle is less than the deductible amount, the refund of the difference will be made to the customer within a maximum period of 15 days.
In the absence of damage or theft, the deposit will be refunded to the customer at the end of the contract, and within a maximum period of 15 days after the end of the lease evidenced by the return of the vehicle to the renter.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The customer has the legal withdrawal period of 7 days from the date of booking, unless the rental begins within 7 days of booking date.
In addition, Ride in Tours customer may cancel the booking right.
In this case, the deposit on booking will be retained.
The client will made its cancellation by mail or email stating his booking number.
Any other means of contact will not be considered for cancellations.
Cancellations must be received within 48 hours before the date and time of departure of the vehicle (date of postmark for mail) after this time no refund will be made even if the subscription cancellation insurance.
No request will be taken into account in the case of a confirmation of the rental before the date and time of departure of the vehicle.
RIT customer must ensure before taking his vehicle that he has received confirmation.
RIT disclaims any liability for inaccurate information on personal customer data (email address, phone etc…).

RENTAL REQUIREMENTS

– Minimum age of customer : 21 year of age
– Required experience : a driving license issued for more than 3 years. For some models, an experience motorcycle riding may be required. Ride in Tours reserves the right to request a certificate of insurance indicating that the designated driver to the contract has been secured for driving a motorcycle in the last 2 years.
– Vehicle category : customer is entitled to drive categories of vehicles as defined in the license, subject to conditions of age, seniority license and means of payment.
Drivers do not have suspension or withdrawal of driving license in the last 2 years or termination or nullity of contract on the part of an insurer for any type of vehicle.
– Documents required to rent a vehicle : a driver’s license recognized by Ride in Tours, an identity card or passport and a valid credit card (Visa, Mastercard) the name of the main driver, and a proof of address (rent receipt, electricity bill , bill for house phone or internet).

RESPONSIBILITY

The customer is legally responsible of the vehicle from the delivery.
All complaints concerning damages not noticed at delivery will not be accepted. The customer must bring the bike in the same condition as given. The customer will be responsible in case of damage not reported at the time of delivery.
In all cases, the customer remains custodian of the vehicle and therefore responsible for violations of the Highway Code and the damage caused to the vehicle until the keys are returned and a contradictory report on the state of the vehicle is established. Denial of all the contradictory findings in the agreed terms, lead acceptance by the customer billing of any damage noted in his absence.

INSURANCE

The customer is allowed to circulate exclusively in the countries on the International Motor Insurance Card (Green Card) with prior agreement of RIT. If the customer circulates in an unauthorized country with the rental vehicle, no insurance will cover it.

DELIVERY OF THE VEHICLE

We deliver the motorcycle at no charge to your location within the city area of Tours. Delivery can be done outside city limits with extra costs (see booking form for drop-on/drop-off fees).
Every client will receive orientation to the motorcycle/scooter. The client orientation will cover all aspects of safe motorcycle operation, the clients’ maintenance responsibilities, local and state laws.

RETURN OF VEHICLE

Return of the vehicle must be provided at the place, dates and times specified in the rental agreement under penalty of civil and criminal prosecution. In case of impediment, the customer must notify Ride in Tours by any means and in the shortest time.

FUEL

Fuel costs are client’s responsibility. Ride in Tours claims no responsibility for motorcycle fuel consumption and mileage. If prepaid fuel is not purchased and vehicle needs refueling, a € 30 charge will be added.

MAINTENANCE

The customer is responsible for checking engine oil levels at each refueling and reporting mechanical failures immediately. Instructions and procedures for maintenance expense reimbursement are provided at pick-up. Customers may be held responsible for mechanical damage due to negligence in motorcycle operation or failure to provide normal maintenance.
Use, maintain, keep the motorcycle keys in a safe place because in case of loss of keys, Ride in Tours customer may be charged by the renter`s lump sum.

RESTRICTIONS

Violation of listed restrictions voids all VIP Theft & Damage Waivers and client will be held liable for damages. Road Restriction: Rental street motorcycles are not allowed on gravel roads, beaches, logging or other non-public roads. Clients cannot leave the country without written authorization or accompanied by a Ride in tours Guide.
– To let drive the vehicle by licensed drivers on ways to own traffic, without participation in competitions, rallies or sports car racing.
– Do not use the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of drugs or any other substance affecting his consciousness or ability to react.
– Use the rented accordance with customs regulations vehicle, the Highway Code and, more generally, in accordance with legal and regulatory provisions.
– To operate and maintain the vehicle in good father.

DISCLAIMER

Any intentional damage or damage caused by driving while intoxicated or under the influence of a drug or a pipe out of lanes for traffic vehicles.
Any damage due to transport persons for compensation, to transport flammable, explosive, oxidizing or chemical ; participation in motor racing or their tests or driving lessons , the use to push, pull or tow a vehicle to use the vehicle for any illegal purpose or in violation of the Highway Code or any other law or regulation ; driving in countries not permitted by Ride in Tours or insurance.
Also excluded are additional protections traces from use outside of paved roads.
Theft guarantee is granted on the condition that the insured vehicles are systematically protected by the steering lock and an additional anti-theft system prescribed by NF/FFMC certification.
Non-compliance with these obligations will result in forfeiture of the right to guarantee flight.

SCOOTER

Ride in Tours are not licensed to and do not provide lessons for operating a 125cc scooter. However people without license can choose to join our package training/tour with a 7 hours training operated by a certified riding school and then take a scooter for the week end. This formula is not available for motorcycle
The customer is responsible for ensuring they have the necessary experience to operate a Scooter LML.
The customer is responsible for holding the appropriate level of travel and or life insurance.
Riding a scooter or motorcycle can be dangerous and the client should make an informed decision on hiring or taking a tour.

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