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La Rochelle and coast

4 days along the Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Oléron Island

Your bike trip takes you along the scenic Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Rochefort. From there, you ride over the last transporter bridge of France to reach the Oléron Island, savour the oysters of Marennes, with their distinctive taste, and discover the island’s long, sandy beaches.

Reviews (6) :
4.83 / 5
Reference PC0401
  • Loop trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • From March to October
  • Minimum age 1 year
299€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This round-trip provides a variety of scenery and attractions. You’ll leave the beautiful city of La Rochelle and take the Velodyssee bike trail along the Atlantic Coast. Enjoy the fresh salt air while pedaling through small fishing villages and along tranquil sandy beacher. You’ll probably spot storks and herons flying overhead as you make your way to Rochefort.

    Explore the city of Rochefort with its distinctive naval atmosphere and architecture. Admire the Hermione, the three-masted ship rebuilt with traditional 17th century techniques. A highlight of this tour is using the last transporter bridge in France as you continue your ride to Olern Island.

    Take time to dangle your feet in the water while savoring a dish of Marenne’s oyster. Each day gives you the opportunity to enjoy beaches, discover traditional fishing villages on the island and also take a boat ride back to La Rochelle

    DAY 1

     
     

    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 2

     
     

    Rochefort-sur-Mer - Saint-Trojan-les-Bains

    Bike
    47km
    Start the day by admiring France’s last transporter bridge. Classified as a national monument, the bridge gets walkers, runners and bikers cross the river safely. A moveable section of the bridge carries a segment of the roadway across a river. It is currently under construction, so you’ll take a ferry to cross the river.
    Meander on the bike path along the marsh area. Originally this marsh was covered with water, making it a valuable site for the salt trade. The city of Brouage was built in the 16th century as a fortified port. The sea receded but part of Brouage remained. Explore the over 2km hike on the ramparts as well the many buildings still towering over the marsh.
    The route continues through the marshes of the estuary to the island of Oleron. From the bridge you’ll see the magnificent silhouette of Fort Boyard. End your day with a delicious bowl of Marennes oyster. These oysters grow in oysters beds all their life, so they are less bitter than oysters caught in the sea.

    DAY 3

     
     

    Saint-Trojan-les-Bains

    Bike
    31km
    Today is designed for relaxation and fun. Don’t miss enjoying beautiful Gatseau beach, hidden behind a pine forest. It is accessible only by walking, biking or taking a small train but worth the extra effort!

    If you like, take a day bike trip and discover the island of Oleron with its quaint villages, oyster ports and of course, beaches and forests.

    DAY 4

     
     

    Saint-Trojan-les-Bains - La Rochelle

    Bike
    21km
    Boat ride between Boyardville and La Rochelle
    Begin the day with a short ride to Boyardville, where you can fish, shop or look at the oyster farms. You could even try to surf! From here, take a boat ride back to La Rochelle. This small cruise lets you admire the coastline without pedaling. Keep you eyes open to see Fort Boyard, visible on clear days.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * 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).



    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 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


    GPS tracks


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

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to La Rochelle.
    • By train: from Paris Montparnasse station, you can take a direct TGV (fast trains) to La Rochelle. The duration of the trip is about 3h15. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to La Rochelle, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center: parking Saint-Nicolas (rue de la Sardinerie) or parking Verdun (place Verdun). The weekly rate is about 45€.


    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.

     
  • Reviews
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    6 bike travelers reviews 4.83 / 5

    “ Parcours La Rochelle / Ile d'oléron à vélo : un goût de liberté ”

    On the 2018-08-09 by HERVE
    Nous sommes vraiment très satisfaits du parcours à vélo que nous venons de réaliser de La Rochelle à l'île d'Oléron. Grand merci au Vélo voyageur qui a réuni tous les ingrédients pour nous assurer des vacances réussies : le matériel et l'organisation étaient top, le parcours proposé judicieusement choisi, varié au niveau des paysages et le plus souvent tracé en dehors de la circulation automobile, les hôtels confortables, les petits déjeuners vraiment copieux et les hôteliers particulièrement sympas. Que demander de plus ! Nous garderons de ces vacances le souvenir de moments empreints d'un goût de bien-être et de liberté.

    “ Vélodyssée 4 jours ”

    On the 2017-08-18 by Gweneguy
    Très belle expérience à 2 roues entre La Rochelle et l'île d'Oléron ! De beaux paysages, souvent sur une piste cyclable loin des voitures, les étapes ne sont ni trop courtes ni trop longues, hôtels sympathiques avec des petits déjeuners copieux. A refaire !

    “ Un joli périple au milieu des marais et d une nature sauvage ”

    On the 2017-07-29 by justine
    Tout était presque parfait si le road book était conçu pour résister à la pluie et au vent. Sinon séjour très agréable, parcours bien choisi, et service de bagage et vélo au top! Merci pour votre professionnalisme et votre sens de l adaptation. A refaire

    “ Vélo plaisir ”

    On the 2016-08-15 by Christophe
    Sport, détente, visites historiques, beaux paysages, gens accueillants, région adaptée aux vélos, en résumé, un très beau séjour.

    “ Magnifique circuit à vélo ! ”

    On the 2016-05-08 by Delphine
    Ces 4 jours à vélo entre La Rochelle et l'île d'Oléron nous ont bien dépaysés ! Un temps parfait pendant les ponts de mai, le parcours est bien équilibré dans ses étapes et passe par les endroits stratégiques à voir. Aucun souci, les bagages étaient transportés, on n'avait qu'à suivre les cartes, admirer les paysages et profiter ! Nous vous le recommandons !

    “ Balade oléronaise ”

    On the 2015-09-06 by Didier
    Superbe rando entre La Rochelle et l'Ïle d'Oléron accompagné d'un beau soleil de septembre. Très bonnes organisation et logistique, hébergement de qualité, de beaux paysages....que du bon.
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