Cycling Western France - Nantes to La Rochelle

 


 

Following a stunning bike route, experience the wild beauty of seaside landscapes: huge beaches, giant dunes, large salt marshlands and pine forests with the Atlantic ocean as the backdrop.

Charming fishing ports and sweet seaside resorts will punctuate your journey as you cycling from Nantes to La Rochelle.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from March to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £890

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

Single room supplement - £315

Single Traveller supplement - £230

Half Board Supplement - on request

Bike hire - £115

E-bike hire - £165

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

in Nantes - from £65/£115

in La Rochelle - from £60/£105

Transfers

Return Transfers (min. 2 people, max 8 people, to be requested when booking the tour):

La Rochelle-Nantes - £150

Trip Code

BIKELVT03

Rob's Highlights

  • The Art & History of Nantes

  • The Loire River

  • Noirmoutier Island

  • Cinq-Pinteaux and Trou du Diable

  • Sandy beaches along the coastline

  • Voies Vertes cycling paths

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nantes

Discover the charms and secrets of this Art & History city settled on the Loire river banks: its magnificent houses in the old districts, its cathedral and its Ducs de Bretagne chateau.

Day 2: Nantes - Saint-Brevin les Pins (58 km / 36 miles)

This first bike stage will allow you to reach the Loire river estuary with its calm and wild landscapes, between marshlands and countryside ... before breathing salty and fresh sea air in Saint Brévin les Pins. Enjoy the beautiful beaches.

Day 3: Saint-Brevin les Pins - Bouin (53 km / 33 miles)

Discover the "oyster capital" of the Vendée area , former island now protected by dikes and polders, and unique in France. Observe the salt marshland workers and don't forget to taste some oysters at Port du Bec, enjoying the view over Noirmoutier island.

Day 4: Bouin - Saint Jean de Monts (55 km / 34 miles)

Follow the cycling paths through dunes and forests, and admire the 20th century villas all along the way. After the small loop on the Noirmoutier island, a beautiful fine white sand beach is waiting for you at Saint Jean de Monts.

Day 5: Saint Jean de Monts - Les Sables d'Olonne (54 km / 33 miles)

Between Sion and St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, ride along the picturesque rocks of 'Cinq-Pinteaux' and 'Trou du Diable'.Discover the old fishing port of St-Hilaire-de-Riez before reaching the famous 'Vendée Globe' race departure town: Les Sables d’Olonne. There you can taste seafood products such as the well-known 'sablaise' sardine.

Day 6: Les Sables d'Olonne - La Tranche sur Mer (47 km / 29 miles)

On the first part of this stage, you will ride close to the sea, from beaches to rocky creeks... before riding along the Payré estuary with its astonishing and contrasting colours. Leave your bike for a while to have a swim on one of the nice beaches such as Conche beach, before reaching La Tranche sur Mer, a famous seaside resort dedicated to board sports.

Day 7: La Tranche sur Mer - La Rochelle (73 km / 45 miles)

Cycle through the dry part of the 'marais Poitevin' and follow the ‘voies vertes’ cycling paths to enter the village of Marans. Have a look at the church and its surprising bell tower made of glass and metal. Continue to La Rochelle with its old towers, remains from the old defensive walls. You will enjoy the charms of the old city bathed with warm and sweet lights.

Day 8: La Rochelle

Departure after breakfast.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

1 evening meal

Local taxes

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & 6 evening meals

Drinks

Transfers to the start and return

Ferries and admissions to museums

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

1 evening meal

Local taxes

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & 6 evening meals

Drinks

Transfers to the start and return

Ferries and admissions to museums

Testimonial 

We would recommend this cycling holiday without hesitation. - Marielle

 

 

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