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

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 of the Week
Region Visited
Meet in Blois
1 - 7
Sa, Su
Blois, Chambord
Mo & Tu
Châteaux, Trogs
We - Fr
Tours, Chinon, the Villandry Gardens
Morning train to
8 - 15
Sa - Mo
French Basque Country, Biarritz
Mo - We
The Pyrenees, San Sebastian
Th - Sa
Costa Vasca, Gernika
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.
Access Package travel date

Tapestries & Tapas — Facts & Figures
2018 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
Schedule Pending
Follow this link to help choose the trip dates

$3,595 US
$4,475 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)
$ 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).



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