Day 1: Arrival Tour
After arriving at Le Vieux Moulin Monday afternoon and unpacking, your bicycle having been set-up we will begin a short tour to the local village and discover its centuries-old chateaux, churches and the recently restored 15th Century Abbaye de Fontmorigny. In the evening we'll have an orientation to fill you in on what's in store for the week. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 2: Pouilly sur Loire
We will bicycle to this famous wine village after a short van trip from the Moulin. Famous for several small wine communes we will bicycle near the Loire River to the Chateaux de Tracy where a fine Pouilly Fume' wine is produced. We will continue our tour through the wine vineyards of Pouilly to arrive in the enchanting village of Donzy for lunch.Populated by many half-timbered buildings Donzy is the home of an ancient walnut oil mill which we will visit. We will return to the village of Pouilly after a visit to the Chateaux Nozet where one of the finest Pouilly Fume' wines is produced for the better restaurants of England and America. Thirty-one miles moderate. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 3: Sancerre
We will travel North to the village of Sancerre-a Protestant stronghold in the 16th Century, and the site of many religious wars. It is now famous for its fine white wine and we'll explore the local vineyards and wine cellars. On our tour we will travel through some of the small winemaking communes of the Sancerrois and view their charming churches and chateaux. The tour to Sancerre can be routed for distance and difficulty to suit our guest's capabilities. Thirty Miles moderate with hill climb into the village. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 4: Sancoins/Sagonne
We leave the Vieux Moulin cycling South through the villages of Germigny L'Exempt and Vereaux to our first destination the village of Sancoins famous for its outside Wednesday marketplace, one of the largest in France. After a lunch along the banks of the Canal Berry we continue on to the fortress Chateaux of Sagonne, once owned by the Count of Bourges. After a visit to the chateaux we return through the canopied forest of Apremont, and may choose to stop for a swim in Lake Robinson. Flat to moderate terrain Total miles forty-two or less with van support. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 5: Apremont sur Allier
This tour includes a visit to the medieval flower village of the same name, which has belonged to the same family since 1722. This village features one of the most beautiful Floral Park's of France and an imposing castle overlooking the village and the River Allier. Guests may visit both the castle and Floral Park, and continue bicycling through the Forest of Apremont. Often we will picnic on the banks of the Allier in this most beautiful village of France. Total distance is 21 to 36 miles depending on choice. Includes: (B), (L);
Day 6: Vezelay
The tour to this famous village in Burgundy begins after a van transport East from the Moulin. Starting in the small village of Guipy we travel to the Canal Nivernais where we cycle for several miles along this famous and scenic canal. Traveling through several charming burgundy villages we begin three ascents before arriving for a panoramic view of the village of Vezelay, famous for its cathedral and the burial place of Saint Mary Magdeline of biblical history. We return by a different route to the West through several small villages and the rolling hills of Burgundy. This tour is for the more energetic cyclists. Fifty miles plus. Includes: (B), (D).
The comfortable millhouse and guesthouse are nestled in seclusion near the River L’Aubois, France on the banks of the tiny Canal Berry. The guesthouses feature 12 bedrooms with private baths, two salons with wood burning fireplaces and an intimate dining room with bar.
Prices vary based on level of room chosen. Prices for the six night/seven day tours are $1,195 to $1,750 per person, including accommodations, train station pickup and returns, 21 speed bicycle, helmets, guides, van support and some of the finest French cuisine prepared by our private chef.
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