A secured and signpost itinerary, mostly flat
Cycling along the Loire river and the city of Nantes
Beaches in Vendée
Islands of Noirmoutier, Yeu, Ré (optional)
Fishing ports and fresh seafood
La Rochelle, an artistic and historical city
From one port to the next, discover the ones which made France’s naval power in modern times.
After the English and Brittany part of the Vélodyssée here you are for the Atlantic section. Only a few dozen kilometers by bike along the Loire and you reach the Atlantic beaches which you will follow for 6 days!
For those who had the chance to go to the sea in your early years this trip will remind you of your childhood holidays. The smell of warm sand, salty air, sea breeze and pine tree forests surround you on this recent greenway.
You cycle through authentic and unique landscapes, like the Breton marshlands in Vendée. You also stop in some colorful ports enlightened by their houses and fishing boats. Oyster and mussel farming are important activities and their products have earned a solid reputation.
The “Côte de Lumière”, named Coast of Light for its long beaches lined with dunes, offers infinite possibilities during the day for cycling and a swim in the ocean. In the evening enjoy a seafood platter or potatoes from Noirmoutier to name only a few local delicacies.
la Vélodyssée is a 80% flat and fully signpost route, mostly on secured greenways. You can cycle it from top to bottom or in small portions, from 2 days to 3 weeks. Share your project with us. We can tailor a cycling trip on this great itinerary.
Get a sneak peak of the Vélodyssée :
Arrival in Nantes. You meet with our guide at 6PM at your hotel for an orientation meeting.
You leave Nantes by its island in the middle of the Loire. After crossing the second arm of the river, you reach the old neighborhood of Trentemoult. We recommend a first halt to explore the maze of alleys that allow you to enjoy beautiful colorful houses which is uncommon in the north west of France. You then cycle along the Loire river and reach Paimbœuf through the Canal de la Martinière. Flat roads make it easy to cycle to the ocean. You reach Saint- Brevin -les-Pins and the South Loire beaches. Breathe in the sea breeze!
Your route finally takes you on the Atlantic coast. You can opt for a ride to the Pointe Saint-Gildas, an alternative to the official Vélodyssée route we recommend.
Between marshlands and the ocean your route passes by oyster farms and through charming ports. The opportunity to discover the oyster trade and maybe ask for a tasting! When tides are low you can reach the island of Noirmoutier by the Passage du Gois.If not continue further and take the bridge.
You continue your journey south ! Sea resorts succeed themselves, each time with the opportunity for a good swim! You can reach the more secluded beaches easily by bike.
Along the Vendée beaches you will ride to the Sables d'Olonne on beautiful green paths in the middle of the pines.
Closer to the sea, between beaches and rocky coves, you ride on a pleasant bike path to the Guittière port where you can enjoy fresh oysters. You reach La-Tranche-sur-Mer through the Longeville forest.
In the Marin Poitevin, you cycle around l'Anse de l'Aiguillon, a beautiful natural reserve, made infamous by the storm Xynthia which passed through in 2009. At the Brault bridge you start on the Canal Maritime of the Sevre Niortaise river that takes you up to Marans. La Rochelle is only a few kilometers away. there you have an easy ride along the "Marans La Rochelle" canal which presents no difficulty. The city of la Rochelle deserves a large tour.
End of stay after breakfast. The charm of the island is worth the extra effort at the end of this trip! With more than 120km of cycling paths, this island a cycling paradise. Beautiful beaches await and some villages labeled as "most beautiful in France".
You can also continue your journey on the Velodyssée heading South.
Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.
Available on this tour starting from : 1150€
High season supplement
Self Guided Tour :
– Accommodation: 8 nights in a double room
– 8 breakfasts
– 1 diner
– Luggage transfer between each hotel
– Loan of GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Cycling practical guide with recommended restaurants for lunch & diner
– Orientation meeting with one of our guides upon arrival
– Emergency assistance 24/7
– Application fees
Self Guided Tour :
– Lunches, breakfast on the first day and diners (except if mentionned above)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare part and corresponding mileage allowance
– Parking fee
Nantes, Loire Atlantique (44)
From Rennes by the national road N137 (110km 1h30)
From Paris by the A11 highway (380km 3h40)
From Lyon by the A71 and A85 highways (700km 6h10)
From Bordeaux by the A10 highway (350km 3h20)
TGV train station in Nantes
TGV train station in La Rochelle
Check schedules and book your train at en.voyages-sncf.com/en
Airport in Nantes
* Transportation to your starting point can be included as an option.
Hello new friends, I wish to say "thank you for a great time and good-bye for now". I missed saying so to most of you yesterday. all the best (05/2013)
Dear Caroline, I just wanted to say a big Thank you to you and all involved in helping to make my husband and friends birthday trip so good. They came back full of delight and great stories and I know they all had a fantastic time. We would definitely recommend you and your company, Thank you again Kind regards xxx (07/2015)
Hi Fabien, Overall, we liked the experience very much and will recommend your company and service to other friends. with best regards, we had a great time (09/2015)
Dear Fabien, All the tour was very good and amusing. Beautiful landscape, nice people, good hotels and food. I do not really have one particular moment to remenber (a part from my accident) ... and then I will remember always all tour with homesickness. I take this occasion to give you my congratulation for the very well organized tour we had. Was e real pleasure to bike in Bretagne. I would also like to thank you for the support and assistance you provided me for my incident Thank you for your professional and human attitude you have in doing your job and I hope to bike again with your organization. Please say hallo to your colleague, monsieur ….. (I don’t remember his name) that accompanied me with the car to St-Brieuc. Best regards (07/2012)
Hi Fabien, Thank you for a most lovely organised trip on the Brest Canal last week with Annick. We live in Somerset UK near Exmoor and we welcome you to visit and stay anytime to cycle our hills!!! We all had a great time and good Hotels food and wine. Yours sincerely. (05/2015)
Hello Natalie, We are now back in Sweden from our bicycle tour in Normandy. I would just like to give you some feed back from the tour: We were all very satisfied with the trip. When planning the trip, we found it very easy to work with you, quick answers and good flexibility for our ideas. Excellent choice of roads, which took us through the fantastic landscapes of Normandy, and also along the fashinating see shores ending with the first D-day shore. Most roads with very little traffic. We also appreciated the kindness of all french drivers who never complained although we sometimes were in the middle of the small narrow roads. The distances was OK for all of us. When there was a choice of long or short distances, we always selected the long ones. Easy to find the roads with the excellent GPS and the very good Road Book. We also appreciated the very good choice of B&B, places where we felt wellcome and with good standard. A trip we will recommend to our friends. We also had good luck with the weather, lots of sun, not to strong winds, just one or two showers in daytime. (Was the weather also organised by you??) With Best Regards (05/2017)