Cycle Loire Valley of France - Aug 27 - Sep 5, 2011

This 10-day trip to France will take us on a five day bike tour to the Best-of-The-Best of the Loire Valley!  We'll bike by glamorous orchards,  mesmerizing châteaux, several historic towns and best of all, we'll bike through numerous vineyards.   Before the bike tour, we will start the trip with two fabulous days in Paris, giving us time to enjoy the sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral.  We won't forget The Louvre to see some of the world’s largest and most diverse collection of sculptures and paintings, such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. 

Then we start our bike tour, from the town of Tours, after a short train ride from Paris.  From there, we will bike to the town of Amboise, the burial-place of Leonardo da Vinci and the mansion where he spend the last years of his life close to the castle.  We will tour the Château d'Amboise in a town of the same name.  Then we are off to the towns of Villandry, Chinon, and Azay-le-Rideau.  We will leave time to visit the  famous and absolutely gorgeous Château de Chenonceau, which is built on the river Cher.  After riding past Châteaux de Chinon and Azay-le-Rideau, we will head back to in Tours, where we return our bikes and stay overnight before catching our train ride back to Paris. 

This is light biking of 25-42 miles per day on flat terrain, which give us time to take pictures, mozy around and enjoy the fruits of the land.... wine!

Walk Paris in One Day

Please register early because plane tickets can be expensive.

Included in Cost of Trip
•    Lodging and all meals as on itinerary
•    Land transport as on itinerary (taxi service to transfer luggage)
•    Round-trip Train ticket from Paris to Tours
•    Hybrid bike, pump, repair kit, lock, rear rack, water bottle cage and helmet to use for tour
•    Entrance Fees to two châteaux (Ambois and Chenonceau)

Not Included in Cost of Trip
•    Round-trip plane ticket from home to Paris
•    Transportation from France airport to hotel and back to France airport
•    Travel insurance (recommend to have your own travel insurance)
•    Personal expenses (telephone, laundry, alcoholic drinks)
•    Passport with room entry/exit stamps (at least 3 pages) and at least 6 months validity remaining
•    Anything else not mentioned on itinerary



Camp Mohawk State Park - Aug 5 - 7, 2011

It's that time of year, ready for another camping trip,this time it's in Western Massachusetts, where we can bike the moderately hilly area, hike Mount Greylock, tubing the Deerfield River, watch the extreme kayakers or hang out at the campfire, which is indeed a sport!

I am not sure how many of us will be this crazy to kayak after they let the dam out, but if any of us do, we will be sure to watch you! We may even water tube with the rest of the people out there, but we will definitely hike Mount Greylock and enjoy the fun at the campfire.  $45 includes 2 nights camping, 2 campfire breakfasts and 2 campfire dinners.


 Charlemont, Massachusetts: Frontier Village and Hill Town

A Walking Tour of North Adams, Massachusetts (Look Up, America!)

The Mohawk trail; its history and course 

Planned Vacations, What a Concept !

Sure, there are maps and tour guides and the Chamber of Commerce, but wouldn't it be nice if we had trips already planned and we knew what we wanted to do at those locations by others recommendations. I have been leading vacation trips with OutsideNE and the Appalachian Mountain Club for over ten years.
Hiking the E4 Trail in Crete

Rockland Maine

Hope you are able to go on one of these trips and add some information! Happy Vacations and Weekends!

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