Tapestries & Tapas

Tapestries & Tapas - 2 weeks
France (Loire Valley, the Basque Country) & also the Spanish Basque Country

On this page, you will find...

 


This trip is a study in contrast.  French civilization’s heart:  ghosts of nobility, the grandeur of royal castles, great art work, refined cuisine, delicately tended wines which you nurse in your glass....

Added to the ultimate popular culture:  noisy fishing ports, town squares thronged with families, bars hopping until the wee hours, and wines characterized by abundance & affordability rather than barrel age.

A scenic smorgasbord matches the cultural one:  pastoral farmlands, national forests and the sweep of majestic rivers in the Loire; the sharp green hills and dramatic proximity of mountains and ocean in the Basque Country.  And the biking changes as much as the views:  the rolling countryside of the Loire builds your strength for Basque climbs leading to dramatic views.

       

Our Cycle Trips

Overview Map
of the places we stage trips


Departure Calendar
of our scheduled trips


Trips by Length / Title


 
 
 
 
 
or...
Short Trips from Paris
 

What's Included
...
...in the Trip Cost


Additional Services...
...which you can add to your trip.


Other Trips We Offer

 
Thumbnail view of the trip’s itinerary
For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days
Days of the Week
Region Visited
Details
1
Sa
Meet in Blois
1 - 7
Sa, Su
Blois, Chambord
Mo & Tu
Châteaux, Trogs
We - Fr
Tours, Chinon, the Villandry Gardens
Sa
Morning train to
St-Jean-de-Luz
8 - 15
Sa - Mo
French Basque Country, Biarritz
Mo - We
The Pyrenees, San Sebastian
Th - Sa
Costa Vasca, Gernika
Sa
Bilbao
Trip disbands Saturday, upon arrival in Bilbao.
Saturday night is included in the post-trip Bilbao Access Package to get you in place for ongoing travel on Sunday.
16
Su
Access Package travel date

Tapestries & Tapas — Facts & Figures
2017 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
(optional)
Not currently scheduled
Follow this link
to schedule a charter or guest-initiated trip

$3,295 US
$4,295 C
2,795 €

Daily, Half, Lite
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.  Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
Currency
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate.  The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question.  Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).
Daily
Half
Lite
$US
$498
$198
$99
$575
$C
$660
$270
$135
$750
€uros
440€
180€
90€

498€

220€

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Blois
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Bilbao