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From Marais Poitevin to Atlantic coast - 9 days

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Cycling trip in 9 days and 8 nights in a hotel in the Marais Poitevin from Niort to the Atlantic coast in Marennes. Discovery of the Ile de Ré and the Ile d'Aix.

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From Marais Poitevin to Atlantic coast - 9 days
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Marais Poitevin and Atlantic islands by bike

 

This cycling trip guides you through the Marais Poitevin on the Vélo Francette to the Atlantic coast and the Vélodyssée to La Rochelle. You start from Niort to follow the Sèvre and join the wild marsh to La Rochelle by the Vélo Francette. The seaside invites you on marked routes accessible to all for an exceptional cycling route.

 

Main areas of interest during the stay :

  • La Rochelle, Rochefort, Niort and Fontenay le Comte
  • Ile de Ré and Ile d'Aix
  • Mervent and Vouvant
  • the Marais Poitevin
  • the wild coast

Day 1 : Arrival in Niort


First day in Niort, the door of the Marais Poitevin, discover its halls and its keep. Pick up bikes at the hotel.
Night at Niort Hôtel **** with swimming pool.

 

Day 2 : Niort - Fontenay le Comte - 45 km

 

Crossing the Marais Poitevin and the market gardening villages of Arçais, Damvix and Coulon, in the heart of the wild marsh. You can visit the Maison de la Meunerie in Nieul Sur l'Autize, one of the last water mills still in condition. Travel to Fontenay le Comte and possible visit of the 16th century Newfoundland castle.
Night at Fontenay le Comte Hotel *** with swimming pool.

 

Day 3 : Mervent loop circuit 38 km


Circuit of Mervent and discovery of its national forest, a superb green massif. With the visit of the village of Vouvant, one of the most beautiful villages in France in the land of Mélusine, a village bringing together Romanesque and Gothic styles from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Night at Fontenay le Comte Hôtel ***.

 

Day 4 : Fontenay le Comte - La Rochelle - 67 km


Cycling route in the Vendée marshes along the Autize. You change the landscape during this hike, you can in particular observe the small low houses that line your road to the small port of Marans, the last village before the sea.
Arrival in La Rochelle, a city remarkable for its history. Discover the old port, its famous towers, the city center and its arcades as well as the 15th century town hall.
Night in La Rochelle, Hotel ** in the city center near the port.

 

Day 5 : Ile de Ré loop circuit - 25 to 90 km

 

Circuit in a loop towards the island of Ré through the villages of Flotte en Ré and Saint Martin with its fortifications and its fort, then drive through the oyster beds, the salt marshes and the Lilleau des Niges nature reserve. You can return via Couarde and Bois Plage or continue to the Whale Lighthouse for the more athletic. Adapt your itinerary as you wish.
Night at La Rochelle Hôtel **.

 

Day 6 : La Rochelle - Rochefort - 55 km

 

This cycling route on the Vélodyssée runs along the coast and crosses Chatelaillon and Fouras, then the Yves Bay nature reserve. In Fouras, you can cross by ferry to the Ile d'Aix and visit this small island which was the last retreat of Napoleon I. You continue to Rochefort, a 17th century town with the possibility of visiting the royal rope factory and gazing at the Hermione.
Night at Rochefort Hôtel ***.

 

Day 7 : Rochefort to Marennes - 35 km


Cycle route along the coast to the ports of Marennes and La Tremblade, the most typical of Charente Maritime, known for their oyster beds, tasting possible.
Night at Marennes Hotel ***

 

Day 8 : Marennes en Boucle - 35 km to 70 km


Take the cycle path through the pine forests of the "wild coast" to La Palmyre where you can visit the Zoo. This route can take you to Royan via Saint Palais, the beaches of Vaux sur Mer, Pontaillac, and the marina.
Night at Marennes Hôtel ***.

 

Day 9 : End of the tour


Your stay ends after breakfast (option return to Niort by train or minibus).

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General informations :

  • 9 days and 8 nights
  • Standard version accommodation comfort level: 2 or 3 * (local standards)
  • Comfort level of the comfort version accommodation: 3 or 4 * (local standards)
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :

 

Can be done every day between April and October 2021.

 

Included :

  • Self-guided online tour
  • 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
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour
  • back to the starting point
  • Boat trip from La Rochelle to Ile de Ré
  • BicyPack
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • cancellation insurance

Levels :


1 2 3 4 5 6

 

Ground :


Flat terrain. Only the stage around Fontenay le Comte (Mervent) is hilly.

 

Weather :


Soft sun, little wind and pleasant temperatures.

 

Technicality :


Cycling: 35 to 70 km per day or 3 to 5 hours of cycling.
Partly marked itinerary, roadbook and map reading necessary on certain stages.

 

Bibliography :

 

La Vélo Francette - West France guide
The Atlantic Coast by bike - Chamina guide

 

Additional nights :


An additional night is offered to you at the start and end of the tour.

 

Meals :


- 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 a breakdown (except for punctures for which we do not intervene).
- In case of bad weather or if you cannot cycle 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, tickets available in your documentation, departure from the port of La Rochelle. Bicycles accepted on board.

 

Return :


By train: We can book your return by train. In this case, your ticket is in the file given to you upon arrival. You come back with your luggage. If you are traveling with your own bicycle, this train accepts bicycles. If you have rented a bicycle, we will take care of it.

By minibus: We will give you the timetables. We take care of luggage and bikes.

 

Luggage :


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

 

Roadbook :


A travel diary will be sent to you in dematerialized or paper version before your departure. You receive detailed maps and a description of the routes as well as vouchers for hotels and restaurants and labels for luggage. Documents can also be handed over to the first hotel on site.

 

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.

 

Your car :


A parking space is available 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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