From La Rochelle to Bordeaux Cycle tour- 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  Difficulty of your cycling trips 1/5

35 to 60 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 7 days - 6 nights : 810 €  July & August : + 20 €
  • 8 days - 7 nights : 885 €  July & August : + 20 €

Including services

  • 6 or 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3*, 4* and charming guesthouses (in double / twin room)
  • 1 dînner (drinks included)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • 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 to Bordeaux Cycle tour- Velodyssee & Gironde estuary

The Velodyssee from La Rochelle to Bordeaux cycle tour. From « la Rochelle » ancient fortified harbor, your cycling tour takes you along the Atlantic coast to discover the Charente Maritime area and at the end to Médoc vineyards through a great diversity of landscapes.

You will cycle along the Velodyssee to discover the island « Ile de Ré »! Wide sandy beaches, marshes, oyster farms or pine forests. You will continue your cycling holiday into backroads going through the Haute-Saintonge and Haute Gironde. Meeting with winemakers of the famous “Cognac” and “Pineau” of Charente will be an Highlight!

Then, you will cycle by superb Romanic churches, caves and some unique Gallo-Romanic sites. On your two wheels 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.

In the Royal city of Rochefort you’ll discover the “Corderie Royale”! Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban, the marshes of Marennes, the oyster-farming port of La Tremblade and Royan.
You cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry to Lamarque and continue your bike trip across Médoc. Cycle along the seashore then through the vineyards where they grow numerous “Grands Crus” such as Château Margaux. You reach Margaux before getting to Bordeaux on your ride to discover this historic and lively city.
All in all, The Velodyssee La Rochelle cycle tour is a great cycling holiday!

You will be warmly welcomed every evening in 3 or 4 stars hotels and charming guest houses. To be more confortable during your cycling tours, we can Bike hire or an E-bike as you prefer

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 towns of “Flotte en Ré” (dating from the XVIIIth century) and its fishing barges, “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” on the coastline. Take a leisurely moment in the countryside.

Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included.

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

Today’s cycling routes 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 bike paths continues on the most beautiful coast of Atlantic ocean in France.

Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Breakfast included.

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

Your itineraries take you on the road cycling  go through the pine forest of the wild coast, the “Palmyre” where you can visit the zoo. For each cyclist  it's easy to observe the wildlife. 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 aromtic  flavors 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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