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South Vendée and Marais Poitevin by bike - 4 days

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Bike trip in 4 days and 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in the heart of the Poitevin marsh. Loop circuit with visit to Maillezais abbey and boat trip.

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South Vendée and Marais Poitevin by bike - 4 days
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Cycling stay in the heart of the Marais Poitevin Natural Park between Arçais and Fontenay le Comte



Take a trip to the heart of nature during a stay in the Marais Poitevin. It is a magical and wild place, between conches and canals and charming villages. You can enjoy the calm and the sound of the wind in the poplars during a boat trip.


Highlights of the stay:

  • the wild beauty of the swamp
  • Maillezais abbey
  • the guided boat trip
  • small charming villages
  • Marans

Day 1 - Arrival in Arçais

Arrival in Arçais expected around noon. Installation, handling of the bicycles and departure for a first loop of 15 km in the marsh. Night in a *** hotel.
Day 2 - Coulon loop or signposted circuit n ° 1 - 21 or 30 km

After your breakfast, head to the pier next to your hotel to enjoy your guided boat trip. Possibility of a 4 hour canoe trip (optional).


A choice :

  • Marked circuit n ° 1 which alternates between villages and cycle paths in the wet marsh
  • Coulon and La Garette circuit.

Return to Arçais and end of the tour scheduled around 5:00 p.m.
Night in a *** hotel.


Day 3 - Arçais - Fontenay le Comte - 38 Km 

Departure from Arçais for a circuit through the Marais Poitevin, possibility of visiting the 11th century Maillezais Abbey, one of the starting points in the history of the Marais Poitevin.
Night in Fontenay le Comte in a hotel ***.


Day 4 - Fontenay Le Comte - Arçais - 57 Km

The Sèvre Niortaise, from Marans to Niort, experienced heavy traffic. Boats of fifteen to twenty tons, pulled by men from the towpath. In the port of Marans you will find one of the last maritime carpenters.
La Sèvre will guide you to Arçais.

End of stay and departure.

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General informations :

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

The dates :


Achievable between April and October 2021.


Included :

  • Star circuit in freedom
  • Half-board stay
  • Travel diary: we will provide you with the information relating to the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary to confirm your reservation, subject to change.
  • 1 hour of guided boat
  • Visit of the Maillezais abbey
  • 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
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour
  • Transfer by minibus from Niort station to accommodation in Arçais
  • BicyPack
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • cancellation insurance

Level :
1 2 3 4 5 6


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.


Technicality :


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

Bibliography :

Meals :

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 bike: if you hire a bike (see Our bikes), 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.


  • By train: SNCF TGV to Niort (about 2h30 from Gare Montparnasse in Paris).
  • 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: Poitiers or La Rochelle airports, or Nantes or Bordeaux international airports.

Your vehicle :
Free and possible on-site parking, closed unguarded car park.


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

(+ 88.00 €)

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1/2 day of canoé (+ 10.00 €)


BicyPack (+ 30.00 €)

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Theft insurance *

Bike the helmet

(+ 4.00 €)

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