France - Velodyssey - Cycling tour from Nantes to La Rochelle

France - Velodyssey - Cycling tour from Nantes to La Rochelle

A few dozen kilometers by bike along the Loire and you reach the Atlantic beaches for 6 riding days!

 The smell of warm sand, salty air, sea breeze and pine tree forests surround you on this recent greenway.

This self-guided cycling tour takes you through authentic  landscapes, like the  marshlands in Vendée. You also stop in some colorful ports enlightened by their houses and fishing boats. Oyster and mussel farming are important activities and their products have earned a solid reputation.

The Côte de Lumière (Coast of Light), its long beaches lined with dunes, offers infinite possibilities during the day for cycling and a swim in the ocean. In the evening enjoy a seafood platter or potatoes from Noirmoutier.

la Vélodyssée is a 80% flat and fully signpost route, mostly on secured greenways. You can customize your trip and cycle it from top to bottom or in small portions, from 8 days to 3 weeks. 

Day 1

NANTES Meeting at 6PM at your hotel for an orientation meeting.

Day 2

FROM NANTES TO SAINT BREVIN - 70km You leave Nantes by its island in the middle of the Loire River. After crossing the river, you reach the old neighborhood of Trentemoult. We recommend a first stop to explore the maze of alleys that allow you to enjoy beautiful colorful houses which is uncommon in the North West of France. You then cycle along the Loire river and reach Paimbœuf through the Canal de la Martinière. Flat roads make it easy to cycle to the ocean. You reach Saint- Brevin -les-Pins and the South Loire beaches. Breathe in the sea breeze!

Day 3

FROM SAINT BREVIN TO BOUIN - 58km Your route finally takes you on the Atlantic coast. You can opt for a ride to the Pointe Saint-Gildas, an alternative to the official Vélodyssée route we recommend.

Day 4

FROM BOUIN TO NOIRMOUTIER - 46km Between marshlands and the ocean your route passes by oyster farms and through charming ports. The opportunity to discover the oyster trade and maybe ask for a tasting! When tides are low you can reach the island of Noirmoutier by the Passage du Gois.If not continue further and take the bridge.

Day 5

FROM NOIRMOUTIER TO SAINT GILLES CROIX DE VIE - 58km You continue your journey south ! Sea resorts succeed themselves, each time with the opportunity for a good swim! You can reach the more secluded beaches easily by bike.

Day 6

FROM SAINT GILLES CROIX DE VIE LES SABLES D'OLONNE - 38km Along the Vendée beaches you will ride to the Sables d'Olonne on beautiful green paths in the middle of the pines.

Day 7

FROM LES SABLES-D'OLONNE TO LA-TRANCHE-SUR-MER - 43km Closer to the sea, between beaches and rocky coves, you ride on a pleasant bike path to the Guittière port where you can enjoy fresh oysters. You reach La-Tranche-sur-Mer through the Longeville forest.

Day 8

FROM LA-TRANCHE-SUR-MER TO LA ROCHELLE - 69km In the Marin Poitevin, you cycle around l'Anse de l'Aiguillon, a beautiful natural reserve, made infamous by the storm Xynthia which passed through in 2009. At the Brault bridge you start on the Canal Maritime of the Sevre Niortaise river that takes you up to Marans. La Rochelle is only a few kilometers away. there you have an easy ride along the "Marans La Rochelle" canal which presents no difficulty. The city of la Rochelle deserves a large tour.

Day 9

LA ROCHELLE, LOOP TO L'ILE DE RE - 55km End of stay after breakfast. Or continue to l'Ile de Ré The charm of the island is worth the extra effort at the end of this trip! With more than 120km of cycling paths, this island a cycling paradise. Beautiful beaches await and some villages labeled as "most beautiful in France". You can also continue your journey on the Velodyssée heading South.

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Duration :
9 Days
From :
1150 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 and 3 star hotels and Guest Houses- BB

2 dinners

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.


English speaking email or phone assistance




Starts in : Nantes     

Ends in : La Rochelle


Access :  train station.(TGV) airport in Nantes



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 tour


See also :

The Velodyssey from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

The Velodyssey from Bordeaux to Biarritz


Cycling tour mosttly flat

Loire river and  Nantes

Beaches in Vendée

La Rochelle, an artistic and historical city