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La Rochelle and coast

Velodyssey from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

Reviews (4) :
4.25 / 5
Reference VO0802
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • From April to November
  • Minimum age 9 years
896€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This cycling holiday will take you from the Atlantic coast to Médoc vineyards through a great diversity of landscapes.

    From La Rochelle, ancient fortified harbor, you ride on the Atlantic cycle route "Velodyssey" alternatively along beaches, through marshes or pine forests. You discover the city of Rochefort and its “Corderie Royale”, Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban, the marshes of Marennes, the oyster-farming port of La Tremblade and the costal town of Royan.

    You cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry to Le Verdon and continue your bike trip across Médoc peninsula. You cycle along the seashore then through the vineyards where they grow numerous "Grands Crus” such as Mouton-Rothschild. You reach Pauillac before getting to Bordeaux by train with your bikes to discover this historic and lively city.

    All in all, a great cycling holiday !

    DAY 1

     
     
    La Rochelle prosperous past can be easily noticed thanks to its nice architecture from which the old fortified harbor is remarkable.

    The city offers a wide range of cultural and touristic activities. Do not miss La Rochelle aquarium. The city is very well equipped with cycling paths, which makes it perfect for discovering it on a bicycle.
       

    Visit of the Towers of the Old Port of La Rochelle 2h

    8,50 € / adult

    DAY 2

     
     
    Bike
    42km
    Ride on the cycling path along the coastline through small seaside villages like Les Boucholeurs or Châtelaillon-Plage and through the marshes to Rochefort. Admire the variety of birds such as storks and herons.

    Rochefort, this "new city" desired by Louis XIV to build his dockyard, still exudes an atmosphere of the 17th century.
    You can visit the Corderie Royale, the rope factory where all the ropes for the military sailboats were made and the construction site of the Hermione, a three-masted ship rebuilt with the same techniques as in the 17th century.

    DAY 3

     
     
    Bike
    40km
    Admire France’s last transporter bridge, classified as Historic Monument and dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. It is currently under construction, so you will take a ferry boat to cross.

    Continue biking along the canals then through the marshes populated by storks. Discover Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban and bike along the oyster farms until the coast of Marennes beaches.

    You cross over the Seudre River and end your day in La Tremblade.

    DAY 4

     
     
    Bike
    39km
    You bike through La Tremblade forest till the lighthouse "Phare de la Coubre". You ride on along the superb bay "Baie des Anses" and reach La Palmyre. You keep along the seaside which gradually becomes rockier and offers beautiful little coves before getting to Royan and the Gironde Estuary.

    DAY 5

     
     
    Bike
    64km
    You take the ferry to cross the estuary of the Gironde to reach the wine region Medoc. Cycle through the pin forest along the until Hourtin, stopping at leisure in one of the natural lakes or on a long sand beach.
       

    Ferry from Royan to Le Verdon 0h

    You take the ferry with your bike to cross the Gironde Estuary from Royan to Le Verdon
    Included

    DAY 6

     
     
    Bike
    64km
    You discover the natural diversity of the region Medoc, by starting to cycle through the pine forest to reach the vineyards. Cross the vineyards, ride past the worldwide known wine estates and through the most beautiful villages of France where time seems to have stopped. You cycle along the banks of the Gironde and admire the traditional fishing houses. You finish your day by crossing a wet marsh before arriving in the village of Margaux.

    DAY 7

     
     
    Bike
    34km
    You leave the prestigious village of Margaux and cross the vineyards until you reach the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Enter the old city center by riding along the quays of the Garonne.

    DAY 8

     
     
    You can extend your stay or leave after breakfast.

    Regional trains take you back from Bordeaux to La Rochelle if you wish. They are without reservation and take bicycles without extra charge. The duration of the trip is about 2h20.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Paris or Nantes or La Rochelle.

    • By train: TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse (direct or with a connection in Poitiers). The duration of the trip is estimated between 3h15 and 3h45. Inter-regional trains from Bordeaux and Nantes. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to La Rochelle, you can park your car in a secure car park located in the city center, near your accommodation. The weekly rate is 50€. You can also park for free in the streets in the neighborhood of the university. All details will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 30,70€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.


  • Reviews
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    4 bike travelers reviews 4.25 / 5

    “ Formidable ”

    On the 2017-08-27 by ls
    Une très belle aventure. Voilà comment passer des vacances originales en famille: plein air, découverte de région, belles pistes cyclabes à la portée de tous, du sport et de bons vélos, sans avoir à se soucier de l'organisation (baggages, hébergement, restauration). Au final, un très joli souvenir, grâce à Vélo Voyageur qui a géré efficacement et chaleureusement notre parcours.

    “ La Rochelle - Bordeaux ”

    On the 2015-08-30 by didier
    Cette année parcours plus basé sur la découverte de la nature que sur des lieux culturels. Dommage d'avoir traversé une des plus belles régions viticoles de France et d'avoir eu aussi soif!!!

    “ Charentes ”

    On the 2015-08-30 by Jacques
    Votre formule de vacances nous plait bien. Elle nous permet de faire plaisir à nos enfants et à nous-mêmes en même temps, de découvrir une région et ses aspects culturels, culinaires et d'être pris en charge pour tout les aspects pratiques (réservation, portage des bagages).

    “ Une belle petite aventure ”

    On the 2015-08-24 by Sébastien
    Ce voyage itinérant à vélo était une première pour toute la famille et nous étions à la fois excités et un peu inquiets d'y participer. Et finalement à part la météo trop pluvieuse lors de l'étape Queyrac->Pauillac, tout s'est admirablement bien déroulé, pas d'incident mécanique a déplorer, un itinéraire facile à suivre et adapté à toute la famille, des hôtels confortables et bien situés ainsi que quelques particularités (traversée en pont à transbordeur à Rochefort, traversée de la Gironde en bateau) pour pimenter un peu le voyage. A recommander
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