Velodyssée, from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

Discover the Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Bordeaux. Start in La Rochelle, the famous fortified port and continue on to Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be taking part of the Velodyssée, passing through marshes, the Ile d'Oléron, the Gironde Estuary by boat and finishing in the vineyards of Grands Crus like Margaux. This stay is rich in diverse and varied landscapes that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and help you discover this magnificent region.

Price from : 1470 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Charente-Maritime
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Hobby
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :  

Arrive in La Rochelle

Arrival in La Rochelle, famous for its old fortified port, and take advantage of your day and stroll through the streets of the town center and explore Vieux Port.

Day 2 :  

La Rochelle to Rochefort

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 115 Meters 

Ride along the Atlantic Coast through sandy beaches and marshes. You will pass through villages like Châtelaillon Plage and Saint Laurent de la Prée, where you can stop for a snack or a visit.

Day 3 :  

Rochefort to St Trojan les Bains

Distance 1 : 36 Miles - 58 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 146 Meters 

Leave Rochefort for the Ile d'Oleron. Follow the Velodyssée cycle path through marshes and oyster farms to reach the Ile d'Oleron bridge. You will cross it to reach the island famous for its forests, its preserved nature and its numerous cycle paths. It’s highly recommended to take a bike ride in this preserved place If you have time.

Day 4 :  

St Trojan les Bains to Royan

Distance 1 : 40 Miles - 64 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 172 Meters 

Cross the pine forest of La Tremblade and follow the coastline on the Velodyssée around the magnificent Baie des Anses to reach La Palmyre, a small village on the Atlantic Coast. The coast becomes more and more rocky as you reach the Gironde Estuary and Royan.

Day 5 :  

Royan to Mortagne sur Gironde

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 321 Meters 

You will stay on the edge of the Gironde Estuary all day. Crossing marshes, preserved landscapes, untouched nature, and passing some small villages on your way that you can stop in and enjoy. Plan for lunch in Meschers as there will be no more shops afterwards. You will reach Mortagne sur Gironde which is divided between the upper and lower towns. Discover the village from the top. Its belvedere with its orientation table is one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Gironde, the largest estuary in Europe.

Day 6 :  

Mortagne sur Gironde to Blaye

Distance 1 : 40 Miles - 65 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 196 Meters 

Continue to follow the Estuary, which narrows over the miles to change scenery and switch to the world of vineyards. Enter the Blayais, the famous Grand Cru Classé de Bordeaux. Once in Blaye, take time to visit the Vauban de Blaye Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7 :  

Blaye to Bordeaux

Distance 1 : 33 Miles - 53 Km 
Elevation gain 2 : 172 Meters 

Meet at the Port de Blaye in the morning to embark with your bike on the Bac de Gironde. This boat will take you to the other side of the estuary (ticket is per person & not included). Arriving in Lamarque, disembark and get on your bike for a beautiful last day through the world famous vineyards. Enter Bordeaux, a city classified by UNESCO, take advantage of this late afternoon to visit this sumptuous place, its quays, the wine city, its famous squares and historic streets.

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Departure after breakfast, trains from Bordeaux connect to nearby towns and on to Paris all day long. We can help with extra nights, car rentals, or other extensions to your tour.

Average / Day : Distance : 53.33 Km / 33.17 Miles - Elevation gain : 187.00 Meters

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Day : 1

Neat decoration in the most residential area, just 200 yards from the beach of La Concurrence.


Day : 2

The Hôtel Caravelle is located in the centre of Rochefort, next to the convention centre. It is also just located 15 minutes' drive from Fouras beach. Guests at the Caravelle can enjoy a buffet breakfast served every morning. It includes sweet and savoury items and homemade jam and yoghurts. There is a bar available to discover local specialties such as Pineau des Charentes. The hotel is well-located for visiting L’Hermine, la Corderie Royale and le Musée Maritime.


Day : 3

In the heart of Saint Trojan, on the Ile d'Oléron, the hotel** Le Coureau, is recommended by the Guide du Routard. In a personalised setting, it offers a friendly welcome near the sea, the forest and the port. In the heart of this listed seaside resort in the south of Ile d'Oléron, the hotel, created in the 1950s and taken over in 2015, offers 12 recently renovated rooms. In the summer, the hotel** Le Coureau is accessible by the pedestrian way.


Day : 4

Located 200 meters from the Grande Conche beach, a few steps from the bus and SNCF train stations, 800 meters from the hyper center, the Hotel Bar restaurant La Croisette welcomes you all year round in a friendly and family atmosphere. We invite you to push the doors of this establishment which building, central staircase and decoration will undeniably plunge you in the Royan of the 50’s.


Day : 5

Ideally located 2 minutes from the magnificent port of Mortagne sur Gironde, the hotel Le Logis de La Garenne will be an ideal place to put down your suitcases and discover the richness of our region. The setting is pleasant, the place is calm and restful. You will be able to have breakfast in the room or on the terrace... The rooms with soft colors, located on the ground floor with individual access, will make you appreciate the rest in this magnificent shady park.


Day : 6

Beautifully restored with its 1860's charm. The spacious rooms are furnished in the period style and there are lots of collector’s items that give the chambres d’hôte a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. A traditional French breakfast is offered each morning in the house dining room.


Day : 7

The hotel is located in the historic heart of Bordeaux, a stone’s throw from the Marché des Grands Hommes, the Grand Théâtre, Théâtre Fémina… An ideal location for holidays. Our hotel is in ideal base from which to discover Bordeaux’s wonderful architectural heritage, as well as its pedestrianised streets and quays. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Day : 1

In a beautiful and picturesque XVIIIth century residence, 50m from the Old Port and the city centre, we welcome you in one of the most beautiful areas of La Rochelle. The rooms have all the necessary comfort to make your stay as pleasant as possible.


Day : 2

The Roca Fortis is a 3 stars charming hotel, is located in the historical and cultural heart of Rochefort. In spite of close proximity to the “Place Colbert” the main place of the town, you will be surprise by calm and tranquility of the hotel.


Day : 3

Boat-style decorated atmosphere, high tides waves lapping at the terraces, L'Albatros Hotel*** - Restaurant warmly welcomes you in an exceptional setting. The 12 charming rooms and the beautiful family suite ocean-inspired design beckons for quiet relaxation and wellbeing. From the terraces stepping down to the "Plage du Soleil", you will savour our Chef's coloured and gourmet cuisine and enjoy the fabulous and stunning ocean scene.


Day : 4

Overlooking the sea, the Grand Hôtel de la Plage, is a charming 1930s apartment hotel. Situated on a magical site in Royan, the hotel offers outstanding views over Pontaillac Bay with the Cordouan lighthouse on the horizon. The Grand Hôtel de la Plage has 39 rooms, all of which are spacious and comfortable, some with a sea view. All the rooms are equipped with flat-screen television and there is free access to the Canal + television channels.


Day : 5

Situated in one of the 18th century residences bordering the port, the house has 3 guest rooms, each with its own shower room and toilet. They also offer the living room, with its breathtaking view of the port and the estuary. Breakfast is served in the living room or in the garden when the weather permits, knowing that the sunshine is comparable to that of the French Riviera.


Day : 6

Located inside the citadel, in the heart of this surprising and remarkable natural and architectural heritage, the charming hotel La Citadelle stands at the gateway to the Bordeaux region, in Blaye on the banks of the Gironde. This hotel has everything to please: an exceptional location, quality services and a friendly and professional welcome. Your hosts will welcome you in their home of character nestled above the river and overlooking the ramparts. Here, 21 rooms with all comfort, a private car park, a swimming pool, a very pleasant terrace, a bar and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the Gironde estuary await you.


Day : 7

The Hotel de Normandie is located in the center of 18th century Bordeaux now classed as a World Heritage site.The quay side of the Garonne, the Grand Theatre and the principal monuments are within easy walking distance.From the hotel you can enjoy the beautiful vistas over the Esplanade des Quinconces to the Port de la Lune.


Day : 1

The Central Park Hotel & Spa is distinguished by its commitment to being accessible to all. To ensure this we offer reasonable rates, customised services and high quality facilities such as our spa and wellness area (gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, personalised care treatments and massages), conference rooms, room service, lounge bar and concierge services.Contemporary in its design and calm in its style, the Central Park is a very inviting place where a superior standard of service is a top priority and guests are offered a warm and personalised welcome.


Day : 2

Located in the center of Rochefort on the banks of the Charente River and fully renovated in 2018, the 4-star Mercure Rochefort La Corderie Royale hotel welcomes you into its historic 17th century building. Enjoy the contemporary and spacious rooms with breathtaking views of the Charente, the Corderie Royale and the Hermione, or of the tree-lined garden with swimming pool. You can also enjoy meticulously prepared local produce amid the unique style of the restaurant.


Day : 3

Enjoy a relaxing break at the Novotel Thalassa Île d'Oléron hotel. Its exceptional setting on the beach and rooms with sea or forest views welcome you for your family vacation or a romantic weekend of thalassotherapy. Enjoy wellness and seawater treatment s at the spa or take a bike ride. For team building activities, the meeting rooms overlooking the ocean will help you to discover new horizons. For a revitalizing stay or week of relaxation, reap the benefits of the ocean at Novotel.


Day : 4

A professional and dynamic team welcomes you in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. The rooms on the ocean side overlook the bay of Royan. The hotel is ideally located 50m from the beach of Foncillon, and 100m from the marina, restaurants and shops of the city center.


Day : 5

Situated in one of the 18th century residences bordering the port, the house has 3 guest rooms, each with its own shower room and toilet. They also offer the living room, with its breathtaking view of the port and the estuary. Breakfast is served in the living room or in the garden when the weather permits, knowing that the sunshine is comparable to that of the French Riviera.


Day : 6

5 spacious rooms, single, twin or triple, all overlooking a garden. Bathroom with corner bath and toilet. Free Wifi, breakfast included. For a tourist stay or your business trips, the Villa Prémayac is located in the heart of the pretty little town of Blaye, 50 ms from the first restaurants, 100 ms from the shops and 300 ms from the citadel! Ideal place to stay to discover the vineyards of Bordeaux.


Day : 7

Situated just a short walk from the historic center, the Burdigala Hotel owes its name to the ancient Gallo-Roman city now known as Bordeaux. Completely refurbished in summer 2011, its decor is contemporary and refined. Once over the threshold, forget the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a warm and peaceful atmosphere. The staff are attentive and discrete, and the 83 rooms and suites are decorated with luxurious materials in complementary colors, to inspire calm and tranquility. And of course, being in Bordeaux, the wine cellar next to the restaurant offers an excellent selection of prestigious Bordeaux wines to accompany the exquisite cuisine on offer, featuring regional products.

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.

-Frame: SUB Sport 20 6061 Tig welding

-Fork: SF14 NEX DS HLO PM 700C

-Shifters : Shimano Deore SLM 590

-Chain ring & crank arms: Shimano FC-T3010 Black 48x38x26

-Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34 T Black

-Brakes: Tektro Disc Brake SCH-F15

-Stem: JD-ST103A

-Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5

-Seat post: HL SP-56

-Rims/Spokes: X12 Disc, 32h / Pillar Steel 14G

-Tires: Continental City Ride II or Schwalbe Spicer or Marathon

-Weight: 17 kg / 37.48 lbs

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

-Helmet

-Lock

-Hand pump

-2 spare tubes

-Rear pannier

-Toolkit

-Tire levers

-Patch kit

-1 souvenir water bottle

-Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Accessories


INCLUDED

GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people


INCLUDED

Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


INCLUDED

Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

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Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Daily Elevation Profiles
Average / Day : Distance : 53.33 Km / 33.17 Miles - Elevation gain : 187.00 Meters
Day 2 :   La Rochelle to Rochefort

Option 1: 25 Miles - 40 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 115 Meters 

Day 3 :   Rochefort to St Trojan les Bains

Option 1: 36 Miles - 58 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 146 Meters 

Day 4 :   St Trojan les Bains to Royan

Option 1: 40 Miles - 64 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 172 Meters 

Day 5 :   Royan to Mortagne sur Gironde

Option 1: 25 Miles - 40 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 321 Meters 

Day 6 :   Mortagne sur Gironde to Blaye

Option 1: 40 Miles - 65 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 196 Meters 

Day 7 :   Blaye to Bordeaux

Option 1: 33 Miles - 53 Km 

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in hotels or Guest house with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Bac de Gironde Ticket is about 3€ per person not included .
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

information

Arrival La Rochelle:

La Rochelle train station is located in the heart of the city. La Rochelle - Paris : 6 TGV / day (2h50mn).

Departure Bordeaux:

Train: From Bordeaux St Jean - Paris Montparnasse; 3 hours 20 min TGV in both directions.

Flights from Bordeaux possible to Paris Orly 1 hour 5min.

La Vélodyssée : A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 1470 € 290 € 2420 €
Standard 1660 € 390 € 2690 €
Upgraded 1820 € 420 € 2940 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Activities

Category Activity Price
Wine tasting Chateau du Tertre +12 €/person
Saturday & Sunday (15€/pers)

Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

Accessories

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental
    Standard Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 140 €
    Performance 290 €
    Premium 380 €
Electric assist bike
    Standard 140 €
Tandem Bike Rental
    Standard 40 €



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.
Bot scann is mandatory