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From Marais poitevin Familly tour

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Cycling trip in 6 days and 5 nights in a hotel from Arçais in the Marais Poitevin to La Rochelle. Discover the Vélo Francette and the Vélodyssée.

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Travel by bike on the many cycle paths that wind through the largest swamp in western France.
Easy route with short stages, ideal for cycling holidays with friends or family.
This cycling trip takes you through the canals of the Marais, the Sèvre NiortaiseMarans and the port city of La Rochelle. You end your bike ride with the discovery of the Ile de Ré, a paradise for bike rides.

Day 1 - Arrival in Arçais

Arrival in Arçais expected around noon. Getting started with bicycles.
Depending on your time of arrival, departure for a first loop of 15 km in the marsh.
Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00 p.m.
Night in a guest room or a *** hotel.

Day 2 - Arçais: Marais loop - 25 km

Arçais, Ste Sabine, Le Mazeau, Le Vanneau, St Georges de Rex, the Wild Marsh will have no more secrets for you. If you wish, enjoy the enchanting calm of exploring the marshes on the canals by taking the boat ride that is included in this stay.
Night in a guest room or a *** hotel.

Day 3 - Arçais - Marans (or nearby) - 35 km

Departure from Arçais for a circuit through the Marais Poitevin via the village of Mazeau. You cross the charming hamlet of Ste Christine by footpaths, cycle paths and some footbridges. Take advantage of these tracks inaccessible to cars to appreciate the calm of the Marais.
Along the Sèvre Niortaise, the landscape changes near Marans.
Night in Marans bed and breakfast **.

Day 4 - Marans (or nearby) in La Rochelle - 39 km

Departing from Marans, you are on the dike and the cycle paths of the Canal de Marans in La Rochelle.
Two options are available to you:
- Cycling route along the Canal de Marans.
- Take the Vélodyssée and follow the beautiful Atlantic coast by bike to enjoy the sea air.
Night in La Rochelle hotel **.

Day 5 - From La Rochelle to Île de Ré by bike from 25 km to 90 km

Immaculate villages, salt marshes and the sweetness of life, discover the little queen of bike rides, the Île de Ré. We offer different routes to make the most of the beauty of the island.
This loop circuit to the Ile de Ré will take you to the villages of La Flotte en Ré (dating from the 18th century) and its fishing boats, Saint Martin with its fortifications and its fort. You will pass through the oyster beds, the salt marshes and the Lilleau des Niges nature reserve. Return suggested by La Couarde and Bois Plage.
Night in La Rochelle hotel **.


Day 6 - End of stay

End of the tour after breakfast.
Optional return to Arçais or possibility of an additional night.

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General informations :

  • 6 days and 5 nights
  • Accommodation comfort level: 2 and 3 * (local standards)
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :


Achievable between April and October 2021.


Included :

  • Self-guided online tour
  • Luggages transport
  • Travel diary: we provide you with information on the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary for confirming your reservation, subject to change.
  • 1 hour of guided boat
  • Assistance in case of breakdown (except puncture)

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits other than those included in the program
  • Tourist tax to be paid on site

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental
  • twin room (2 beds)
  • Transfer by minibus from Niort station to accommodation in Arçais
  • Minibus transfer La Rochelle / Arçais
  • Boat trip from La Rochelle to Ile de Ré
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour
  • BicyPack
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • cancellation insurance


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Ground :

80% of cycle paths and very rolling paths. The circuits pass away from the cars, in the heart of the marsh.


Weather :

Very shaded, mild sun, a little wind, pleasant temperatures.



15 to 35 km per day, or 1h30 to 4 hours of cycling.
Little signposted itinerary, roadbook and map reading necessary on certain stages.



- 23 beautiful walks in the Marais Poitevin
- Map of cycle paths in the Marais Poitevin
- Guide on the Velo Francette




Breakfasts: generous (coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, butter, bread, jams, orange juice)
Lunch: not included
Dinner: included in a restaurant near the accommodation.


The bike :


Rental bicycle: if you rent a bicycle, it will be given to you on the day of your arrival. A security deposit will be requested. At the end of the tour, we will tell you where to leave the bike. We offer specific equipment for children: seats, small hitched bikes and trailers.

Personal bike: we do not recommend bikes with small tires. Hybrid bikes and mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to check your bicycle before setting off. At the end of the circuit, you will have to take care of your bike.


Transport :


- By Train: SNCF TGV to Niort in around 2h30 from Montparnasse station.
For more information on timetables, contact SNCF.
- By Road: A10 exit 32 or 33. Paris is 400 km from Niort and 460 km from La Rochelle
(take the direction of Marais Poitevin).
- By plane: Airport in Poitiers and La Rochelle, and international, Nantes or Bordeaux.


Parking :

Free and possible on-site parking, unguarded parking.

Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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Depature day 2021


Extra night before departure *

Extra night end of the tour

Bike rental *

Theft insurance *

Assurance annulation (conditions)"/>


Bike the helmet

(+ 12.00 €)

Extra dinners

(+ 175.00 €)

Possible variant *

Your transfert


BicyPack (+ 70.00 €)


Ferry boat since La Rochelle to Ré island (+ 20.00 €)

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