France - Velodyssey Cycling from La Rochelle to Royan and Bordeaux

France - Velodyssey Cycling from La Rochelle to Royan and Bordeaux

From la Rochelle this cycling tour takes you along the Atlantic coast to discover the Charente Maritime area.

You will ride along the Velodyssey to discover many islands as Ile de Ré or  Ile d’Aix but also wide sandy beaches, marshes, oyster farms... small roads through the Haute-Saintonge and Haute Gironde to meet the wine-makers of the famous “Cognac” and “Pineau” of Charentes, by superb Romanic churches, caves and some unique Gallo-Romanic sites. Discover small ports on the estuary, stroll in  charming villages. This tour combines bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside streams, vineyards and cliffs. This is a discovery of the exceptional natural surroundings which will fulfil yourself with its diversity. Everyday your hosts will warmly welcome you in 3 or 4 stars hotels and charming guest houses.

Day 1

Welcome to “La Rochelle” Arrive at your 4-star hotel in La Rochelle, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you. “La Rochelle” is a tourist and lively city, remarkable for its history. You can appreciate the old harbor and its towers which kept it the entrance from XIIIth century to XVth century. You can also enjoy the city centre and its arches as well as the town hall from the XVh century. Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 2

Loop around the « Ré » Island - 30 à 90 km Loop tour to the island of “Ré”, passing through the villages of “Flotte en Ré” (dating from the 18th century) and its fortress.Walk along the oyster beds, salt marshes and the nature reserve of the “illeau Niges”. Back by “La Couarde” and “Bois plage”. Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included

Day 3

From La Rochelle to Marennes. 59-70 km Today’s cycle takes you alongside the coast and through the lively cities of “Chatelaillon” and “Fouras”. Your itinerary then continues by the natural reserve of the Yve’s Bay. In Fouras,you can take the ferry to the Island of Aix which was the last pension of Napoleon 1st. Before arriving in “Marennes” the path takes you through “Rochefort”. This city founded in the 17th century around shipbuilding where you will discover the original and unique Eiffel transporter bridge. The route continues on bike paths of the most beautiful coast of Western France. Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 4

From Marennes to Royan - 48 km You itinerary takes you on the cycle path to go through the pine forest of the wild coast called the “Palmyre” where you can visit the zoo. It is easy to observe the animals. Arrive into “Royan” by Saint Palais, the beaches of Vaux sur Mer, Pontaillac, and the marina. It is a stage marked by the strong perfume of maritime pines. Royan is a modern resort city that hides some beautiful villas, an original covered market and a festive and lively waterfront. Overnight in a 3-star hotel on the seafront. Breakfast included

Day 5

The cliffs’ trail - 35 km Leave Royan by taking the boulevard Garnier and its beautiful villas from the 19th century. Continue at the top of the cliffs with an amazing view over the estuary. The place hides charming little wild ports. Discover Talmont-sur-Gironde, its church and blooming streets, the craftmen village of cave dwelling dug in the limestone cliffs of Meshers-sur-Gironde. The Park of the estuary is the Nature Area of Charente Maritime. Ride across a forest overlooking the ocean and the estuary , but also the old capital of Caviar, with its port almost located in the centre of the village. Continue by Mortagne-sur-Gironde, its fishing and sailing port make it a unique site in the area.Overnight in a charming guesthouse. Dinner and Breakfast included.

Day 6

Charente « land of cultivation » - Pineau and Cognac 35 to 45 km Ride away from the banks of the estuary and pedal inside the land to discover the chateaux wine-making of Cognac and Pineau.The winding roads take you to old windmills, sunflower fields, fountains, posh houses and sumptuous Châteaux. The small roads in the marsh lead to the banks of the estuary, before reaching the Bordeaux vineyards. First you will approach Côtes de Blaye then Côtes de Bourg by following the hills covered with wheat and vineyards. Overnight in a charming Guesthouse or in a mansion with a blooming park in the heart of the vineyard... Dinner and Breakfast included.

Day 7

The marsh and the corniche road 50 to 60 km You will keep going along the banks of the estuary and discover Blaye and its famous citadel built by Vauban. Massive and majestic, the citadel dominates the estuary with 33 acres in the heart of the city, then offering a magnificent view on the Gironde. Then you will go towards Bourg-sur-Gironde, alongside the “corniche Fleurie”, where many palm trees, pink laurels and green oaks participate to this mild climate. Stones amateurs will visit the village of Bourg sur Gironde, a jewel of architecture. On a roc, surrounded by walls, the village is among the most beautiful and preserved of the Estuary. Your journey will lead you to one of the oldest ornate caves in the world. Those caves are a remarkable evidence of the artistic skill of the Prehistoric man. Overnight in a charming guesthouse in the heart of the vineyards of the Cotes de Bourg or in the village of Bourg sur Gironde in beautiful domains and magnificent houses. Dinner and Breakfast included.

Day 8

Departure After your breakfast, the landlord of your guest house will drive you to the train station of Saint-André de Cubzac BEFORE 10AM

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Self guided BIKING-CYCLING
Level
THE VELODYSSEY
Duration :
8 Days
From :
960 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

3 and 4 star hotels and guest houses-

Dinners

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance for your reservation

 

 

Starts in : La Rochelle.

Ends in : Bordeaux.

Access : La Rochelle train station (TGV from Paris)

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more, combine with another ride

 

 

See also :

The Velodyssey from Bordeaux to Biarritz

Cycling tour around Cognac 

Cycling tour around Bordeaux

 

 

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Highlights

The protected cycle track

A mix of islands, coasts and countryside

Charming accommodation