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La Vélodyssée from Nantes to La Rochelle

The Atlantic Coast by bike

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750€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Nantes to La Rochelle, discover the Loire, its estuary and La Vélodyssée by bike. Set off on your  mountain bike, initially accompanied by the Atlantic Ocean and the marshlands, you head south towards the Pointe St Gildas and its corniche, the beautiful village of Pornic and the Vendée beaches. Ride at your own pace along pretty and quiet cycle paths, between wild coves, dunes, fine sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, forests, salt marshes, canals and polders. Don’t miss the opportunity to regain your strength with crepes, fish from the Loire, biscuits, oysters…there is something for everyone ! Finally, as the towers of the port of La Rochelle come into view you conclude your beautiful trip from the Loire to the Ocean ! 

  • DestinationFrance, Atlantic Coast
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip8 days and 7 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Cycling along the longest cycle route in France: La Vélodyssée.
  • Varied landscapes reaching out to the horizon: the corniche, beaches, pine forests, marshes, canals.
  • Renowned seaside resorts of the Atlantic coast
  • Gastronomic specialities
  • Beautiful arrival in La Rochelle

Complementary informations

  • Accommodation in hotels with ‘Selected’ or ‘High-end’ option
  • 8 days 7 nights including 6 days of cycling

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Nantes

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Free day in the city. As you are welcomed into the City of Dukes, be seduced by its many architectural, cultural and historical relics… Don’t miss the opportunity to get lost in its ports, go and say hello to the famous Elephant de l’Ile des Machines, take a stroll through the covered passages and the medieval district of Bouffas. The Château des Ducs de Bretagne and the cathedral are also well worth a look…
    Night in a hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis, in Nantes.

  • Day 2

    From Nantes to St Brévin

    • Distance : 59 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    And we’re off! Hop on your bike and keep the Loire as your reference point throughout this stage, letting it lead you to the Atlantic. On the right bank, ride along the quays and take in the beautiful views of the Ile de Nantes and its port on the Loire.  In Couëron, board the Pellerin ferry to cross over to the other bank and reach the pretty Canal de la Martinière. With the St Nazaire bridge in sight, you rejoin the Loire estuary and turn south towards the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. 
    Night in a hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis, in St Brévin.

  • Day 3

    From St Brévin to Bouin

    • Distance : 67 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Possibility to take an inland shortcut for a reduction of 13km.

    This pretty stage, initially following the coast, gives pride of place to the beautiful beaches and wild coves of the Jade Coast. Do not miss a stop off at St Michel Chef-Chef’s ‘biscuiterie’  to taste their renowned galettes. The fisheries, Pointe St Gildas, Préfailles and the delightful Port de Pornic punctuate your journey. You then leave the Pays de Retz and enter the Vendée. Ride through the marshes and polders of the Baie de Bourgneuf.
    Night in a hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis, in Bouin.

  • Day 4

    From Bouin to St Jean de Monts

    • Distance : 53 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    The route weaves between marshes and polders, in the heart of the Marais Breton Vendéen. Don’t miss out on a little detour to the Passage du Gois (+6km there and back) with a visit to the Ile de Noirmoutier, which is accessible from the mainland only at low tide via a normally submerged track. You then join the ‘Cote de Lumière’ and its Vendée beaches, via a lovely cycle path behind the dune and passing through the pine forest for a smooth arrival into St Jean de Monts.
    Night in a hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 5

    From St Jean de Monts to Sables d’Olonne

    • Distance : 54 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    This is a very pretty stage, where you will alternate between cycle paths in the forest and the Corniche Vendéenne. Between Sion and St Gilles Croix de Vie, the views are spectacular and well worth a stop for a photo: Trou du Diable, les Rochers des Cinq Pineaux, the Feu de Grosse Terre… Next, moving between the Vendée groves and the coast, you head to the Sables D’Olonne, the starting point of the famous Vendée Globe transatlantic race. 
    Night in a hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 6

    From Sables d’Olonne to L’Aiguillon

    • Distance : 53 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Leave behind the charming villas on the Sablais seafront to ride along the twisting coastline before sinking into the marshes and on to the pretty forest of Longeville. Here, the beaches are known for their waves and you can take a well-deserved break to admire the surfers’ talents. 
    Night in a hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis, in L’Aguillon.

  • Day 7

    From L’Aiguillon to La Rochelle

    • Distance : 63 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    The final stop on this beautiful trip, you leave the Vendée to head into the Charente Maritime. The Marais Poitevin is close by and should be seen. You have two choices today - either you take a fantastic route overlooking the cliffs of Perthuis Breton, before skirting around the Baie de l’Aiguillon to reach La Rochelle, or you follow the Canal de Marans to arrive in the ‘White City’. The towers of the port of La Rochelle are in sight, as well as the cafe terraces where a refreshing, well-deserved drink awaits you. 
    Night in La Rochelle in a hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 8

    La Rochelle

      End of trip after breakfast. Don’t hesitate to extend your trip with an excursion to the Ile de Ré, a true paradise for cyclists!

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Food

      Picnics and dinners are not planned.

      For each step, we offer a non-exhaustive list of restaurants of different categories with their contact details.

    • Accompanying

      Free Ride:
      Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

    • Luggage

      You only carry the items of the day and the picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle.

      1 piece/person and limited to 15kg/piece.

    • Accommodation

      Nights in double rooms in hotels and/ or guest rooms.

      Bed and Breakfast (night and breakfast included)

      We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

      You can choose your accommodation category:

      - Select hotel version: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 to 3 people in hotels or guest rooms, of category ** or ***.  Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you. (Single room option - See rates on our website)

      Extra night in B&B, selection version in Nantes or La Rochelle: contact us

      - Upscale hotel version: we have selected our accommodations for the quality of their welcome and comfort in the category charm and upscale character *** or **** or **** or ***** according to availability. Places are very limited, in order to enjoy it we invite you to book as soon as possible. You sleep in rooms of 2 people upscale hotels with bathroom and private bathroom. Sheets and towels are provided.

      At l'Aiguillon, few accommodation options: we will book a 2* hotel (or 3* depending on availability), in a superior room if possible.

      Extra night in B&B, upscale version in Nantes or La Rochelle: contact us

    • Formalities

      • A valid official ID.
      • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
         
    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Free departure from 2 people.

      DEPARTURE AND APPOINTMENT: Arrival in Nantes (44)

      How to get there:

      By car: A11 or A83 motorways
      By train: Gare SNCF De Nantes
      By plane: Nantes Atlantique airport and airport shuttle to the city center.

      From April to October. With supplement for departures in July – August.

    • Difficulty level

      LEVEL: 2.5/3

      You have a good physical condition and regularly practice cycling over long distances. Stages from 51.5 to 63 km per day.
      Very good pavement of bike paths, roads with low traffic. No elevation gain.

    • Options

      • Bike rental + equipment,
      • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
      • Extend the stay on the Ile de Ré.

      See rates on the website or consult us.

    Dates and price

    Information

    Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
    For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Version hotels Sélection
    Registration at 2 people830
    Registration at 3 people810
    Registration at 4 people795
    Registration at 6 people750
    Premium hotel version
    Registration at 2 people1150
    Registration at 3 people1130
    Registration at 4 people1095
    Registration at 6 people1050

    Options

    Supplement departure high season (July August) formula Selection:  70€
    Supplement departure high season (July August) formula Upscale: 230 €

    Supplement single room formula Low season selection: 100 €
    Supplement single room formula High season selection July and August: 145 €

    Supplement single room formula Upscale low season  : 230 €
    Supplement single room Premium High Season formula: 350 €

    The price includes

    • The reservation of accommodation according to the chosen formula (Selection or High End) by the customer, in B&B formula (night and breakfast provided, free dinner not included)
    • The topoguide with extracts of official maps The Vélodyssée
    • Daily luggage transport: 1 bag per person, maximum 15 kg
    • Organization and logistics costs
    • LaRébenne Emergency Hotline

    The price does not include

    • Dinners and picnics,
    • Drinks,
    • Personal expenses,
    • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
    • Bicycles,
    • Transportation to the meeting point,
    • The return to Nantes from La Rochelle (hwww.sncf-connect.com),
    • Entries in the tourist sites,
    • The parking lot,
    • Insurance.

    The destination

    • Atlantic Coast

      Take a map of the region, put your index finger on Pointe de Grave, where the Gironde estuary melts into the Atlantic Ocean and draw a straight line 270 kilometers long to Spain! Under your fingers, the fine sand, the oyats, the steep cliffs of the Basque coast, protected nature, space…

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