From La Rochelle to Bordeaux by bike – Velodyssee & Gironde estuary

Trip Code : Cyclo 03

Trip activity

Self-guided bike tour

Location

La Rochelle - Royan - Bordeaux - France

Duration

8 tp 9 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

35 to 60 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 7 days - 6 nights : 895 €  June 15 to Sept 15 : + 20 €
  • 8 days - 7 nights : 975 €  June 15 to Sept 15 : + 20 €

Including services

  • 6 or 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3*, 4* and charming guesthuses (in double / twin room)
  • 1 dînner (drinks included)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • GPS App for Smartphone with vocal guiding as well.
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Gironde estuary crossing
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Touring bike : 90 to 100 €
  • Electric bike : 150 to 172€
Tour description

From « la Rochelle » your cycling tour takes you along the Atlantic coast to discover the Charente Maritime area. You will cycle along the Velodyssey to discover then island « Ile de Ré », wide sandy beaches, marshes, oyster farms and visit the town of Rochefort and Royan. You will continue your cycling holidayBike tour onto little roads going through the Haute-Saintonge and Haute Gironde. You will meet the wine-makers of the famous “Cognac” and “Pineau” of Charentes. You will also cycle by superb Romanic churches, caves and some unique Gallo-Romanic sites. You will discover small ports on the estuary like Meschers sur Gironde, will stroll in city and charming villages like Talmont sur Gironde. This journey with various landscapes alternates bicycle paths trough forests and flat roads alongside streams of vineyards and cliffs, will allow you to discover the exceptional natural surrounding which will fulfil yourself with its diversity. the last cycling day will lead you from the Citadel of Blaye, the famous Margaux vineyard down to Bordeaux. You will be warmly welcomed every evening in 3 or 4 stars hotels and charming guest houses.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to “La Rochelle”

Arrive at your 4-star hotel in La Rochelle, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you. “La Rochelle” is a tourist and lively city, remarkable for its history. You can appreciate the old harbor and its towers which kept it the entrance from XIIIth century to XVth century. You can also enjoy the city centre and its arches as well as the town hall from the XVh century.

Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 2 : Optional Loop around the « Ré » Island - 30 à 60 km

Loop tour to the island of “Ré”, passing through the villages of “Flotte en Ré” (dating from the XVIIIth century) and its fishing boats, “Saint-Martin” with its fortifications and its fortress. You will walk along the oyster beds, salt marshes and the nature reserve of the “illeau Niges”. Back by “La Couarde” and “Bois plage”.

Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 2 or 3 : From La Rochelle to Marennes. 59-70 km

Today’s cycle takes you alongside the coast and through the lively cities of “Chatelaillon” and “Fouras”. Your itinerary then continues by the nature reserve of the Yve’s Bay. In Fouras, possibility to take the ferry to the Island Aix and to visit this small island which welcomed the last pension of Napoleon 1st. Before arriving in “Marennes” the path takes you through “Rochefort”. This city founded in the seventeenth century around shipbuilding shares with you the original and unique transporter bridge “Eiffel”. The route continues on the bike paths of the most beautiful coast of western France.

Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 3 or 4 : From Marennes to Royan - 48 km

You itinerary takes you on the cycle path to go through the pine forest of the wild coast, the “Palmyre” where you can visit the zoo. It is easy to observe the animals. You will arrive to “Royan” by “Saint Palais”, the beaches of “Vaux sur Mer”, “Pontaillac”, and the marina. It is a stage marked by the intoxicating smell of maritime pines.

Royan is a modern resort city that hides some beautiful villas of time, an original covered market and a festive and lively waterfront.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 4 or 5 : The cliffs’ trail - 35 km

You will leave Royan by taking the “boulevard Garnier” and its beautiful villas from the XIX century. You will continue at the tof of the cliffs with a super view over the estuary. Here are hidden charming little wide ports. Discover Talmont-sur-Gironde, its church and blooming streets, the artisanal village of cave dweller dug in the limestone cliffs of Meshers-sur-Gironde. You will stop at the Park of the estuary, « pole nature » de la Charente Maritime, you will cross a forest overlooking the ocean and the estuary of the Gironde, but also you will cross Saint-Seurin-d’Uzet, the old capital of Caviar, with its port almost located in the centre of the village.  More south, you will visit the wine-maker of Mortagne to discover all about the Pineau, Cognac and Charentais wine. Mortagne-sur-Gironde, lays on the with cliffs, its fishing and sailing port make it a unique site in the area.

Overnight in a charming guesthouse. Dinner and Breakfast included.

Day 5 or 6 : From Mortagne to Blaye between Estuary and Marshes - 60 km

Go on along the Estuary on a very nice cycling path between marshes and dykes until Vitrezay, the gateway to Gironde. After a visit to the «Terres d’Oiseaux» bird sanctuary, a beautiful «Voie Verte» cycle track leads to the Blaye Citadel, built by Vauban and listed by UNESCO (alongside Fort Pâté and Fort Médoc) as the Vauban lock”. A ferry crosses the estuary from Blaye to Lamarque the next day.

Overnight and breakfast in hotel 3* or Charming guesthouse.

Day 6 or 7 : Towards Bordeaux 50 km

Discover Blaye and its famous citadel built by Vauban and take the ferry ! Your cycling day continue on the Médoc side in the heart of the Margaux and Haut Médoc vineyards. The Garonne River and the estuary of the Gironde mark profoundly the landscapes, through swamps, banks and small ports. There are so many spaces of discovery of the fauna and flora, the islands and the plaices. Through little roads continue towards Bordeaux, Unesco World Heritage.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 7 or 8 : Departure

After your breakfast.

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