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The Atlantic Coast by bike

La Vélodyssée from La Rochelle to Arcachon

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760€/person

Presentation of your trip

Setting off from the famous port of La Rochelle, you follow the superb route of La Vélodyssée. Discover the royal city of Rochefort, situated in the bend of the River Charente, then on through the oyster parks of the Marennes. Cycle paths weave through pine forests to lead you to Royan and the Médoc. Having crossed the Gironde Estuary, you reach the beaches, pine forests and charming seaside resorts of the Aquitaine region. Awaiting you at the end of your trip is the Bassin d’Arcachon, where you will have time to fully enjoy all it has to offer.

  • DestinationAtlantic Coast
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

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

Trip details

Highlights

  • Cycling along the longest cycle route in France: la Vélodyssée.
  • Discover the maritime cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort.
  • The Bassin d’Arcachon : its ports, small villages and Teich Bird Reserve.

Complementary informations

  • Accommodation in hotels with ‘Selected’ option
  • 8 days 7 nights including 7 days of cycling

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in La Rochelle

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Free day in the city. Take the opportunity to explore this pretty maritime city, with its medieval relics and the surviving fortifications (remparts that surround the city destroyed by Richelieu in 1628). La Rochelle is also home to the largest marina on the Atlantic Coast, with a total of 3600 moorings at the Port des Minimes.
    Settle in to your hotel.

  • Day 2

    La Rochelle – Rochefort

    • Distance : 55 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    You set off from the famous 14th century medieval towers of the Port of La Rochelle. Ride along the seafront to reach Chatellaillon - Plage with its pretty Belle Epoque villas. A rival town to La Rochelle during the Middle Ages, its castle disappeared into the ocean in the 13th century. Continue along the railway before turning off towards Fouras (from where Napoléon set sail for St Helena) to take in the Pointe de la Fumée, facing the Ile d’Aix. You then head on to Rochefort, a city of art and history. Take a look at the Arsenal neighbourhood, where the frigate Hermione was rebuilt. You may have a chance to see her if she has not sailed off into the Atlantic ?
    Night in Rochefort.

  • Day 3

    Rochefort – Marennes

    • Distance : 40 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    As the transporter bridge is currently undergoing a makeover, you’ll follow the banks of the Charente, crossing over further upstream in order to reach an old railway line, before joining the canal towpath.You then ride through the marshlands where you will be able to spot a wide variety of birds. Finally you arrive in Marennes, the oyster capital! 
    Night in Marennes.

  • Day 4

    Marennes – Royan

    • Distance : 47 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Ride through the oyster parks and saltwater marshes towards the Seudre Estuary. The landscape gradually changes and opens up to dunes and pine forests. You are welcomed by the lighthouse, standing on the Pointe de la Coubre, before arriving in La Palmyre. Continue your ride along the seafront and coastline to reach Royan. Here, you will see more beautiful villas from the Belle Epoque.
    Night in Royan.

  • Day 5

    Royan – crossing of the Gironde Estuary

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

    Take advantage of the morning to visit Royan which was largely rebuilt in the 1950s, notably by Niemeyer and Le Corbusier. Take the ferry (no advance reservation possible, crossing at your own expense on the day - around €3.60/person (in 2021) with bike (free) - plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance with the crossing taking a further 30 minutes), to cross the Gironde and reach the Pointe de la Grave. In Soulac, do not miss the 12th century Roman Basilica, Notre Dame de la Fin des Terres. 
    Find your top gear to arrive in Hourtin - Plage- it’s straight on (almost) ! 
    Night in Hourtin.

  • Day 6

    Hourtin – Lacanau Océan

    • Distance : 48 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Follow the route of the lighthouses, with some sections of coastline thrown in to keep up the pace. Stick close to the sea to reach Lacanau - Océan, a seaside resort built in 1905. This is a highly-reputed surfing spot, home to a stage of the World Championships and the oldest surf school in Europe - why not give it a try? 
    Night in Lacanau - Océan.

  • Day 7

    Lacanau Océan – Arès/Lège Cap Ferret

    • Distance : 48 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Initially staying next to the ocean, you then turn east at the Grand Crohot. The landscape opens up progressively, giving pride of place to the oyster farms. If your legs are still in good shape, you can opt to head on towards Cap Ferret or, alternatively, pass through the Lège Nature Reserve to arrive in Arès, which has been home to a runway for UFOs since 1976!
    Night in Arès or Lège. 

  • Day 8

    Arès/Lège Cap Ferret – Arcachon

    • Distance : 49 km

    As you cross through the towns of the Bassin d’Arcachon, don’t hesitate to dismount and explore the oyster-farming ports, take time to enjoy some oysters or simply stretch your legs in Andernos by walking along the longest pier in France (232m). You will follow the former Lacanau to Arcachon railway before passing through the very pleasant Teich Bird Reserve (cyclists should dismount) and arriving in the oyster-farming port of Gujan - Mestras, oyster capital of the Bassin d’Arcachon…Take a gentle ride around the Bassin and the saltflats before reaching Arcachon with its cosy atmosphere. 
    End of trip in Arcachon.

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
       
  • 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.

  • Food

    For each step, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their contact details. We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen, of course, but also the quality of service, the quality/ price ratio and the atmosphere.
    For reservations, there are two options:

    You select and make the reservation yourself in the restaurant of your choice.
    You send us this list with the restaurants you have chosen and we make the reservations for you free of charge.

    Picnics and dinners are not planned.

  • Options

    • Bike rental + equipment,
    • Free restaurant reservation (if requested),
    • Extra night accommodation before or after the stay.
  • Accommodation

    Nights in double room in hotels, in Bed and Breakfast formula (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.

    Hotels Selection: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms, category ** or ***. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.

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

  • Difficulty level

    You have a good physical condition and regularly practice cycling or other sports activity. Stages from 41 to 68 km per day.

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Departure from La Rochelle (17)

    How to get there:
    By car: Highway of the south of France.
    By train: La Rochelle train station.
    By plane: Bordeaux airport then train to La Rochelle.

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 people850
Registration at 3 people840
Registration at 4 people795
Registration at 6 people760

Options

Select version:
Supp. single room: +145€/pers
Supp. July/August: +70€/pers

Rental of standard bikes and bikes with electric assistance.

The price includes

  • Accommodation in bed and breakfast formula in hotel,
  • GPS electronic trace in format. gpx,
  • The extracts of the official topoguide La Vélodyssée, with the plans of the stages,
  • The transport of luggage,
  • Delivery and repatriation of rental bikes by LaRébenne.

The price does not include

  • Dinners and picnics,
  • Accommodation on return to Arcachon or La Rochelle,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • Tickets (pedestrian + bike) for the crossing of the Gironde estuary,
  • The return to La Rochelle by train with your luggage and your bikes (www.voyages-sncf.com),
  • Entries in the tourist sites,
  • Parking in La Rochelle,
  • 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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