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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1450USD

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Overview

Trip Code: NLR

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through stunning and diverse landscapes
  • Visiting walled towns and pretty villages en route
  • Cycling along the Atlantic route of La Vélodyssée

The EuroVelo1 is a 9,100km cycling route beginning in Scandinavia and following the coastline all the way to the south west tip of Portugal and passing through six countries. It joins France as La Vélodyssée and follows the Atlantic coast for 1,200km from Roscoff in Brittany to Hendaye near the Spanish border. This section of this epic route begins from Nantes, resplendently situated on the Loire River, a city filled with historic sights including the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived. Leaving the city by bike and following the Loire river as it spills out into the Atlantic Ocean sets the tone for this special cycle journey. Along the coast discover diverse landscapes of rocky coastline, marshes, forests, dunes and wide sandy beaches. There are numerous picturesque locations during the day for a picnic lunch or a dip in the ocean. Stopping at charming seaside villages brimming with character is one of the many highlights of the trip. The trip ends in La Rochelle, a city that has long been a centre of fishing and is home to a historic harbour, Vieux Port, once the largest on the French Atlantic coast.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Arrive to Nantes and check in to your hotel. Nantes is considered one of the most beautiful towns on the Loire. If you have time, take a walk through the charming town centre to view Saint Pierre et Saint Pauls Cathedral, the castle of the dukes of Brittany and the magnificent passage de la Pommeraye (a famous shopping centre built in the 1840s)

Meals:  Nil

As you commence your cycle this morning along the mouth of the Loire you will encounter surprising works of art at unusual places. Passing Le Pellerin you will follow the Martinière canal along small, quiet roads on the cycling route of La Loire à Vélo. From Paimboeuf, your itinerary on the coastal route “Velodysée” starts and you will notice the strong influence of tides and currents on the Loire. The end of the day is in St-Brevin, a lively seaside resort on the Atlantic.

Meals:  B

As you continue south of the Loire, La Vélodyssée has a maritime feel with sandy coves, jagged coastlines and small seaside resorts. Pass by Pornic, the gem of La Côte de Jade nestling in an inlet. The Marais Breton Marshlands form the border between the departments of Loire-Atlantique and Vendée. Overnight in Bouin.

Meals:  B

Today, your ride will focus entirely on the sea, the beach, the forest and the dunes. You will cycle 18km along winding paths through the National forest of Pays de Monts, after which you will reach the seaside resort of St Jean de Monts. The highlight of today will be crossing the famous Gois causeway to the island of Noirmoutier, if the tides permit.

Meals:  B

Before reaching the Vendéenne Cove and its famous boulders at Sion-sur-l’Océan, 'La Vélodyssée' heads towards an old fishing village in the commune of St-Hilaire-de-Riez. St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, a working port and seaside resort is located on a river in an unforgettable location! Take some time to stroll around before continuing the route which heads towards Brétignolles-sur-Mer, Brem-sur-Mer and finally Les Sables-d’Olonne via the Port de Plaisance. A superb cycling day, this is an idyllic location for family seaside holidays.

Meals:  B

A dream ride for this part of 'La Vélodyssée' you will cycle close to the sea, beaches and rocky coves. A beautiful trail and a real pleasure to ride along whilst breathing in the fresh sea air before turning back inland. After passing St-Vincent you will wind your way into the National Park of Longeville, meandering back towards the ocean on 2 occasions where the beach can be accessed easily. This is a good opportunity for a swim.

Meals:  B

Cycle along the La Belle-Henriette Lagoon, which is separated from the ocean by a small stretch of sand, continuing to St-Michel-en-l’Herm through the marshes of Marais Poitevin. This landscape is dotted with farms, after which you will cross the Pont du Brault to reach the department of Charente-Maritime. Continue through the town of Marans to reach La Rochelle with its old towers and ruins from its past as a maritime harbour famous for trading with wine, salt and cheese. NOTE: This stage will be the longest. You can split these days and stay in Marans, then the route will be La Tranche-sur-Mer / Marans (47km/29mi) and Marans / La Rochelle (26km/16mi) - supplement applies, and must be requested at time of booking.

Meals:  B

Your trip concludes this morning after breakfast. Please let us know if you would like to extend your stay.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 7 nights in a combination of B&Bs and 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (option to upgrade to comfort hotels - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of max 20kgs per person)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked, GPS tracks available on request
  • Hybrid rental bike including lock, repair kit, helmet, handlebar bag and pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Nantes and from La Rochelle
  • Lunches and dinners daily and all beverages
  • Entrance fees to museums, chateaux, parks and archaeological sites, wine tastings
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Option to split day 7 into two days - La Tranche-sur-Mer / Marans (47 km/29mi) and Marans / La Rochelle (26 km/16mi) - supplement applies

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The route follows the 'La Vélodyssée cycle route along dedicated cycleways and quiet roads that give easy access to historic towns and cities along the way. Overall, the cycling is moderate (3) grade with daily cycling distances from 45 to 73km/28 to 45mi. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos and perhaps a swim. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a good level of fitness.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
option to split day 7 into two days - La Tranche-sur-Mer / Marans (47 km/29mi) and Marans / La Rochelle (26 km/16mi) - supplement applies
DN2
High season is 11 Jul to 11 Sep - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$1450USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Optional upgrade to comfort plus hotels - supplementUSD$80
  • e-bike supplementUSD$120
  • single supplement - standard hotelsUSD$430
  • single supplement - upgrade hotelsUSD$480
*Prices listed are per person

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