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La Rochelle and coast

3-day bike tour along the Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Royan

Discover the Atlantic coast from La Rochelle to Royan on this 3-day cycling tour. You ride mostly on bike paths and enjoy scenic landscapes.

Reference VO0301
  • Itinerant trip
  • 5 days
  • Easy
  • From April 1. to Sept 24, 2020
  • Minimum age 10 years
GPSGPS application available
449€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • **Bike tour not available from 07.30 to 08.15, except with your own bikes (we no longer have rental bikes available)**

    Enjoy a nice 3-day bike tour along the Atlantic coast from La Rochelle to Royan. You start your route in La Rochelle, an ancient fortified harbor, then cycle along the beaches to Rochefort. Take the time to visit the "Corderie Royale" and the Hermione, an impressive replica of the French warship of 1779. Then, you cross the Charente river using the last French transporter bridge to reach the charming citadel of Brouage.Your path continues through the marshes of Marennes and oyster farms to La Tremblade where you spend the night. For your last day, you cycle along the beautiful bay "Baie des Anses" to the seaside resort of La Palmyre. Finally, you arrive at Royan and the Gironde Estuary.

    Day 1

     
     

    La Rochelle

    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.

    Day 2

     
     

    La Rochelle – Rochefort-sur-mer

    Bike
    42km
    Begin by riding on the seaside cycling path through small villages such as Les Boucholeurs or Chatelaillon-Plage. As you pedal along the marshes, try and spy the birds, herons and storks in the area.

    When you reach Rochefort, notice the distinct naval architecture. The city was an active naval base from the time of Louis XIV until 1926. You might want to tour the Corderie Royal, an interesting rope factory where all the ropes for military sailboats were made. Enjoy flowers? The Conservatoire du Begonia houses the world’s largest collection of begonias!

    Day 3

     
     

    Rochefort - La Tremblade

    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

     
     

    La Tremblade - Royan

    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

     
     

    Departure from Royan

    You can decide to extend your stay or start your return travel.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in ** hotels where you will be hosted with a warm welcome. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3-star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty 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 (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tariff tab)


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • 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.(included in your bike rental)

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


    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

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


    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • 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. 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. Change in Saintes. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate ~19€/adult). There are several trains per day. The travel will take between 1.30 and 2 hours. 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.


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