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Vélo Francette, From Niort to La Rochelle by bike

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5 days and 4 nights bike trip in a hotel in standard or comfort version. Circuit from Niort, at the gates of the Marais Poitevin to La Rochelle.

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The South of Vendée and Charente-Maritime by bike, between Niort and La Rochelle


This cycling holiday invites you to discover part of the Vélo Francette from the city of Niort, at the gateway to the Marais Poitevin. Discover the Marais Poitevin regional natural park and the south of the Vendée by bike to the Atlantic Coast in La Rochelle, a port city. You will have the opportunity to explore the cycle paths of the Île de Ré, nicknamed Ré la blanche, one of the most beautiful islands in the Atlantic.


Highlights of the stay:

  • The regional natural park of the Poitevin marsh, its fauna, flora and local specialties
  • the Vélo Francette cycle paths
  • Fontenay le Comte and La Rochelle
  • re island
  • The beach.

Day 1 - Arrival in Niort


Niort is the gateway to the Marais Poitevin, created in Roman times around the Sèvre that you will have the opportunity to cycle along.
City of departure, served by a TGV direct from Paris and by the A10 motorway.

Night in Niort hotel.


Day 2 - Niort - Fontenay le Comte - 52 km

Departure from the hotel for a circuit through the Marais Poitevin.
Crossing of the famous regional natural park of the Marais Poitevin by the villages of Arçais, Damvix and the unmissable Coulon along the canals and the edges of Sèvre. Possibility to visit the Maison de la Meunerie in Nieul Sur l'Autize (house in the regional park), one of the last remaining water mills. Arrival at Fontenay le Comte and possible visit of the 16th century Newfoundland castle.
Night at Fontenay le Comte hotel.


Day 3 - Fontenay le Comte - La Rochelle - 67 km

Circuit in the Vendée marshes along the Autize river. Change of landscape, the colors change from green to blue. You can contemplate the small low houses that line your path and reach the small port of Marans, the last village before the sea. You are back on the Vélo Francette.
Your stage ends in La Rochelle, a city remarkable for its history, lively and touristic. Discover its old port, the towers which guard the entrance from the 13th to the 15th century, the town center and its arcades, not to mention the 15th century town hall.
Night in La Rochelle.


Day 4 - La Rochelle loop to the Ile de Ré - 30 to 90 km

Circuit in a loop towards the island of Ré through the villages of Flotte en Ré, Saint Martin with its fortifications and its fort then passing through the oyster beds, the salt marshes and the Lilleau des Niges nature reserve. Return suggested by La Couarde and Bois Plage. The more athletic can continue to the Whale Lighthouse.
Return and overnight in La Rochelle.


Day 5 - End of the tour

After breakfast, return to Niort by minibus.

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General informations :

  • 5 days and 4 nights
  • Standard version accommodation comfort level: 2 and 3 * (local standards)
  • Comfort level of the comfort version accommodation: 3 and 4 * (local standards)
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :


Achievable between April and October 2021.


Included :

  • Self-guided online tour
  • Luggages transport
  • Roadbook : we provide you with information on the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary for confirming your reservation, subject to change.
  • 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
  • Boat trip from La Rochelle to Ile de Ré
  • Transfer back to the starting point
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour
  • BicyPack
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • cancellation insurance

Levels :

1 2 3 4 5 6


Ground :

Flat circuit.


Weather :

Soft sun, a little wind, pleasant temperatures.


Technicality :

- Cycling: 25 to 67 km per day or 2 to 5 hours of cycling.
- Partly marked itinerary, useful roadbook and map reading.

Bibliography :

- Guide on the Francette Bike
- The Marais Poitevin


Extra nights:

Two additional nights are offered at the beginning and at the end of the tour.


Food :

- Breakfasts: generous (coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, butter, bread, jam, orange juice)
- Lunch: not included
- Dinner: half-board option, dinners in restaurants near the accommodation

The bike :

- Rental bicycle: If you rent a bicycle, it will be given to you on the day of your arrival at the 1st hotel. A security deposit will be requested. At the end of the tour, you will have to leave this bike at the last hotel and notify reception. We will take care of his return.
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 tour, you will need to take care of your own bicycle.


Assistance :

- Assistance in the event of breakdown (except punctures for which we do not intervene)
- In case of bad weather or if you cannot ride a bike for a day, possibility of a direct journey to the next stage.


Boat :

Crossing from La Rochelle to Île de Ré, can be booked with your tour, we will put the tickets in your documentation, The departure will be from the port of La Rochelle and bicycles are accepted on board.

Return :


By minibus: We will give you the timetables. Support for luggage and bicycles.



They are transported by a courier or by our team and limited to one piece of luggage per person (max. 20 kg).


Roadbook :

We will provide you with detailed maps and a description of the routes when you arrive at the first hotel. We will also give you vouchers for hotels and restaurants as well as luggage tags.


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.
- By plane: Airport in Poitiers and La Rochelle, and international, Nantes or Bordeaux.


Parking :

Parking possible at the first hotel, payable locally.

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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Extra dinners

(+ 125.00 €)



BicyPack (+ 70.00 €)

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