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Marais poitevin 6 days Family tour

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Bike trip of 6 days and 5 nights. Online circuit from Arçais in Hotels. Explore the Marais Poitevin by bike take the Vélo Francette to reach the ocean. Possible since La Rochelle airport

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 Marais Poitevin - La Vélo Francette

 

Since La Rochelle Airport !

 

Bicycle tour, 6 days and 5 nights
La Vélofrancette

 

Dates

- Departure from Arçais, everyday

- Feasible from April 4  to october 03st 2020

 

 

Options

- Diners (half-board)

- Twin bedroom

- Bike rental (Hybrid or electrical bike)
- Extra night at the beginning and the end of the tour

- Transfer : Niort train station /  1st hotel

   La Rochelle airport / 1st hotel

- Return by van

BicyPack
- The box for your hike with GPS
   prepared for your tour and the essentials
   (see technical sheet and price list)

Bicy+
- ferry since la Rochelle to Ré Island

 

General information
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On-line tour
- individuel tour
- Transport luggages
- B&B tour 
- English Road Book provided
- Gps track
- Visits not included
- Assistance

- Kids prices : contact us

 

Bicy+

- 1h boat in Arçais guided excursion included
 

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Easy tour with short stages and a lot of cycle paths that wind through the biggest marsh of Western France. The main attraction is nature, wildlife and flora. You will also enjoy the Regional Park houses  and the traditional marsh villages such as Coulon, Arçais, Le Vanneau and many more...

To complete this landscape, you will enjoy Maillezais Abbey, the marsh canals and the Sèvre River to end the tour in La Rochelle and Ré Island (the bicycle paradise)

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Arçais

Arrival planned around midday. You will get your bikes and ride the first loop route (15km) in the marsh.

Night in an hotel***
   
Day 2 - Loop route in the marsh  25 Km
Arçais, Ste Sabine, Le Mazeau, Le Vanneau, St Georges de Rex, the wild marsh won(t have anymore secrets for you. You will enjoy a traditional flat boat excursion, to discover the marsh for the canals. (guided excursion included)

Night in an hotel***


Day 3 - From Arçais to Fontenay le Comte - 35 Km

Leaving Arçais for a journey through the Marais Poitevin by Le Mazeau and the charming little village of Taugon.  You will ride on trails and cycle paths, over some bridges that make the area inaccessible to cars and like this up to Marans along the river..

Night in Fontenay le Comte ***


Day 4 - From Fontenay le Comte to La Rochelle - 67 Km

From Marans, you are now on the dike and cycle paths along the canal of Marans to La Rochelle. There is the linking point where we can drop you to shorten the stage. Then you will ride along the coast to La Rochelle.

Night in La Rochelle Hotel**

 

Day 5 - Loop route to Ré Island 25km to 90km
Loop route to the island of Ré through the villages : La Flotte ( from the 18th century) and its fishing boats, Saint Martin with its fort and fortifications. Then you will pass through oyster beds, salt marshes and the nature reserve of L'Illeau des Niges. You will come back by La Couarde and Bois Plage villages.

Night in La Rochelle Hotel**

 

Day 6 - End of the tour after breakfast.

Optional return back by train or minibus to Niort or Arçais

 

 

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Levels  :

1 2 3 4 5 6

Terrain :
Flatland. 95% of cycle paths and low rolling resistance roads. The tours are off main roads, in the heart of the marsh.

Climate
Gentle sun, little wind and comfortable temperatures

Technical nature :
15 to 35 km per day ie 1h30 to 4 hours riding

The stage between Maillezais and La Rochelle (58km) can be divided with a transfer to Marans.

Itinerary slightly marked out, road book and map reading necessary for some stages.

 

BicyPack
Created to help you, assist you, guide you. It is a box that you receive before your departure or that is delivered on the spot. It includes a GPS support, the Gps loaded with the routes of your circuit, an auxiliary battery with its connecting cord, a repair kit, emergency lighting, a knife and the corkscrew...

 

 

Accommodation Standard :
Hotel**  or Bed and Breakfast with toilet and bathroom in the room


Extra nights :
One additional night is available at the beginning and at the end of the tour.

Food :
- Rich breakfast (coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, bread, butter, jam, orange juice)
- Lunch : not included
- Dinner :  optional half board, diners in restaurants nearby the accommodation.

 

Luggage :

We assume its transportation. Limited to one luggage per person (20 kg max).


Road Book :
You will get detailed maps and description of the routes when arriving at the first hotel. You will also get vouchers for the hotels and restaurants as well as tags for your luggage. 

 

The bike :

- Bike rental : If you rent a bike (see our bikes) you will get it when arriving. We will ask you to leave a deposit. 

At the end of the tour, you will have to leave the bike at the last hotel and inform the reception. We will take care of it. 

We can provide you specific equipments for kids such as seats, little bikes hitched and trailers

 

- Own bike : If you travel with your own bike,  we advice against bikes with small tires. Hybrids and Mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to check your bicycle before the tour.

At the end of the tour, you will be in charge of your bike.


Assistance :

- For the bike in case of breakdown (except for punctures)
- In case of inclement weather or if you cannot cycle one day, possible transfer to the next stage.

 

Transfers :

A transfer, outward journey, is available between Niort TGV train station or La Rochelle Airport and the accommodation in the Marais Poitevin. This transfer is optional and its price is understood per transfert (up to 4 persons)


Return transfer, 2 possibilities :

By train : We can book your train ticket. In that case,  the tickets will be in your road book. You will come back  with your luggage. If you travel with your own bike, this train accepts bikes.

By minibus : You will give you the time schedule. We will take care of the luggage and the bikes.

 


Transportation : Location

By train : SNCF TGV to Niort, 2h30 from Paris (Montparnasse train station) To get more information on the time schedules, please contact SNCF on www.sncf.fr

By car : A10 Exit 32 or 33 following Marais Poitevin signs. Paris is 400km far from Niort.

By plane : Poitiers and La Rochelle airports. Nantes and Bordeaux international airports.


Your vehicle :
A outdoor unsupervised parking lot is available (free)

 

Bibliography :

- Cycling maps and guidebooks in Marais Poitevin on cartovelo.fr

- Cycling guide on Vélo Francette

 

Cancelation insurance :

In order to guarantee reimbursement of your fees, you may subscribe to a cancelation insurance. To know more about this insurance, click here

       

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