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Vendée

6-day cycle tour in the Vendee country along the Atlantic

Enjoy the seaside in the Vendee country on this 6-day cycling holiday. You ride mostly on dedicated bike lanes on the Atlantic cycle route between Pornic and Les Sables d’Olonne. You will also appreciate to cycle on the island of Noirmoutier.

Reviews (3) :
4.67 / 5
Reference VO0401
  • Itinerant trip
  • 6 days
  • Easy
  • From April 1st to Sept 30, 2021
  • Minimum age 12 years old
GPSGPS application available
659€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Cycle 6 days along the Atlantic between Pornic and Les Sables d’Olonne and enjoy the charms of the Vendee coast. As you ride out of Pornic, you will be impressed by the landscape of the seaside from the corniche. The cycle route continues further along the Bourgneuf bay and then meanders through marshland. You overnight in the cute little village of Bouin and ride the next day to the island of Noirmoutier. Enjoy a unique experience riding to the island across the bay on a submersible road, the "passage du Gois" (only at low tide) or ride a longer route to take the bridge. You cycle further down the Atlantic coast through the pine forest to Saint-Jean-de-Monts. Your cycle holiday ends up in Les Sables d’Olonne, after a magnificent ride along the rocky coastline and through Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie port and the Olonne marshland.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Pornic

    Pornic is a charming port with a flair from Brittany. The town center is spreading on the hills surrounding the moorage, where boats are lying protected from the winds. Take time to stroll around the old town.

    Day 2

     
     

    Pornic - Bouin

    Bike
    32km
    You cycle from the Loire Atlantique region to the Vendee country. The Velodyssey route is going on the corniche and provides nice views on early 20th century houses on the sea front. You meander through residential neighborhoods and after Les Moutiers-en-Retz, cycle an open landscape named "Marais breton", literally Breton marshland. On one side, you will see the pastureland and on the other side, the shore dotted with fishing nets or osyter ports. You overnight in Bouin, a village in the middle of marshland which was formerly an island!

    Day 3

     
     

    Bouin - Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile

    Bike
    37/60km
    Cycle the polders to the "passage du Gois", a submersible road which connects the island of Noirmoutier to mainland. At low tide, you can cycle across the bay on this road and get directly to Barbâtre. If you arrive there at high tide, you need to ride a longer route on mainland to take the bridge more South. The route is then going all the way through marshland to the Northern part of the island, to the village of Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile.

    Day 4

     
     

    Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile - Saint-Jean-de-Monts

    Bike
    41km
    Today’s route is along the West coast of Noirmoutier island, facing the ocean. You cycle through salt marshes to L’Epine and follow the route of the ancient mills along the beaches. Enjoy the view on the long beaches and pine forests before crossing the bridge. You ride afterwards into the forest of Pays de Monts. The cycle path goes up and down along the dunes and takes you peacefully to the sea resort of Saint-Jean-de-Monts.

    Day 5

     
     

    Saint-Jean-de-Monts - Les Sables d’Olonne

    Bike
    55km
    Not long after Saint-Jean-de-Monts, sandy beaches are followed by a spectacular rocky coastline called "corniche vendéenne". You’ll be fascinated by the movement of waves crashing into the shore. You ride further through Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, which is well-known for sardines fishing. Your route continues along the coast and then meanders between marshland and forests in the Olonne country. View the nice panorama on "La Chaume" old village entering Les Sables and admire the famous bay.

    Day 6

     
     

    Departure from Les Sables d’Olonne

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

    You stay in 2* or 3* hotels where you will be hosted with a warm welcome. Some of the accommodations have a swimming pool. 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


    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 Nantes-Atlantique airport. To get to Pornic, the easiest is to take a taxi (about 45min ride). To return, you can take a flight in La Rochelle-Ile de Ré airport if your destination is served.

    Parking:

    If you drive to Pornic, you can park for free in the parking of Pornic train station, using the white painted spots located at the back of the car park. Spots cannot be booked in advance. It is an outdoor parking with no surveillance system.

    All details will be given in your travel documents.


    To return to the departure point:

    You can take the regional trains back to Pornic, with a connection in Nantes. The travel will take between 2.30 and 3.30 hours depending on the duration of the connection in Nantes. You buy your ticket yourself. You will find the timetable of the day 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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  • Reviews
  • 3 bike travelers reviews 4.67 / 5

    “ Séjour parfait!!! ”

    On the 2020-09-21 by Sylvie & Jérôme
    Nous sommes enchantés de notre séjour à vélo de Pornic aux Sables-d'Olonne!! L'itinéraire est riche, varié, reposant et dépaysant! Très bons hôtels avec un excellent accueil! Tout était parfait dans l'organisation, nous n'avons rien à redire, nous avons juste hâte de repartir, c'est notre 4ème voyage!!! :)

    “ Superbe sejour en Vendée ”

    On the 2020-08-15 by cecile
    Nous avons passé un trés beau sejour en Vendée en famille ou nous avons pris le temps d'apprecier ce paysage unique!

    “ Sympathique ”

    On the 2020-07-26 by BENJAMIN
    Séjour dépaysant malgré le contexte difficile du Covid. Parcours super varié, bien balisé et facile. La majorité des hôtels respecte les mesures covid, ou tente de le faire. Par contre le label Accueil Vélo est galvaudé dans l'ensemble des établissements.
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