Ile d'Oléron and Ile de Ré by bike

A seaside stay discovering the famous cycling islands of Charente Maritime

Highlights

La Rochelle, a real open-air museum
Rochefort and the Corderie royale
The charm of the Ile de Ré and the Ile d'Oléron by bike
Marennes oysters
The Vélodyssée cycle paths, a fully marked route
The beaches of the Atlantic Ocean
The sea crossing between the island of Oléron and La Rochelle

A bicycle trip on land and sea, along the Charentaise coasts

During this bike-touring stay - on a loop starting from La Rochelle - you will discover the authenticity and tranquility of the Charentais coast where the sea is always close to you.

The White City, nickname given to La Rochelle, offers you precious moments to stroll through its narrow streets, walk along its old port or to taste a delicious Italian gelato passing by the impressive watchtowers.

On your path, you stop at Rochefort. This town of Art and History is the home base for the famous recent reconstruction of La Fayette’s frigate (18th century): the Hermione. If the ship is not sailing, we recommend that you visit this wooden monument. Not far from there, the Corderie Royale is a very interesting museum on shipbuilding.

The island regions of Charente are favorable to relaxation. By bicycle on the Ile de Ré, you stroll between the immaculate white houses, through the vineyards and the salt marshes. You can also easily sunbathe on a white sandy beach. The Ile d’Oléron has nothing to envy its neighbor. With a strong military and religious heritage and an untamed coast that faces the Atlantic, its charms are many. Do not forget to take a few pictures of the famous Fort Boyard, when you reach La Rochelle by boat.

Every evening, you will enjoy the return of fishermen to the ports. Food lovers are delighted with seafood platters. Many restaurants promise you a gourmet table of fresh seafood.

This itinerary recalls the salty scents of the seaside holidays of our childhood. The warm sand, the scent of the sea breeze, the pine forests, surround you throughout your journey on the Vélodyssée cycle paths. This stay in Charente Maritime promises you sun, savoring, contemplation and relaxation!

Carte L'île d'Oléron et l'île de Ré à vélo
Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

LA ROCHELLE

Arrive on your own to La Rochelle and check-in at your hotel. Enjoy your evening to discover this city anchored on the Atlantic coast. La Rochelle is experienced and discovered through its various ports and its rich and preserved heritage.

Day 2

La Rochelle, Ile de Ré Loop 56km 107m Niveau Loisir

A day on the island of Ré. More than 120km of bikepaths make this island a paradise for cycling. Beautiful beaches await you, but also some of the most beautiful villages in France.

Day 3

From LA ROCHELLE to ROCHEFORT 48km 45m Niveau Loisir

After a first part on the coast, the route continues inland up until Rochefort. You arrive on a city of the seventeenth century entirely turned towards the sea. Rochefort benefits from a remarkable architectural heritage with the famous royal ropery, entirely restored. It is from this city in April 2015 that the Hermione sailed, a reconstitution of the frigate of La Fayette to join the American Revolution in 1780.

Day 4

From ROCHEFORT to ILE D’OLERON 55km 65m Niveau Loisir

You then follow the Charente to the ferry bridge. A unique experience to cross the river set yourself up on this “suspension bridge”. Built in 1900, it works like a ferry, but literally hangs over the water, pulled by cables to go from one bank to another. There are only 7 left in the world! You reach further down the route of the Vélodyssée which continues on the channel of the Charente. In Marennes, follow the direction to Oléron to take the bridge that passes over the sea. You reach a tourist rich island in the summer but it reveals more of its secrets if you venture on the small roads and paths that we recommend ! Night on the island.

Day 5

From Oléron Island to La Rochelle 15km Niveau Facile

Make the most of this peaceful ride on the small roads and paths of the Ile d’Oléron. You will embark in the afternoon for a sea cruise which will take you to the port of La Rochelle.

Sea cruise from the Ile d'Oléron to La Rochelle

From Boyardville, you reach La Rochelle passing near the famous Fort Boyard. This building was built in order to protect the Charente estuary, Aixe and Rochefort island from attacks by enemy ships. Boat arrival in the heart of the city, at the foot of the famous towers.

Day 6

LA ROCHELLE

End of your stay after breakfast.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Hôtel Roca Fortis

Starting from 585€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel François 1er Hôtel Roca Fortis

Starting from 625€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Façade côté rue Hotel la monnaie La Rochelle Hôtel Restaurant Les Jardins d'Aliénor

Starting from 1105€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Hiking Bike (man)

ARCADE ESCAPE

28″ wheels
Two frame sizes
21 gears
Aluminium frame
Luggage rack

The lightweight, practical and comfortable travel bike.

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Two luggage carrier bags (capacity 20L per bag)
  • Lock
  • A handlebar bag
  • A repair kit (pump, light tools, puncture kit)

Hiking Bike (woman)

ARCADE ESCAPE

28″ wheels
Two frame sizes
21 gears
Aluminium frame
Luggage rack

The lightweight, practical and comfortable travel bike.

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Two luggage carrier bags (capacity 20L per bag)
  • Lock
  • A handlebar bag
  • A repair kit (pump, light tools, puncture kit)

Ebike

Several models of ebikes available with :

28″ wheels
At least 3 levels of assistance
Minimum range of 50 km
Maximum range 90-100 km
7 gears at least
Central motor in the bottom bracket
Aluminium frame
Luggage rack

A great alternative to travel more kilometers a day and support your efforts.

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Two luggage carrier bags (capacity 20L per bag)
  • Lock
  • A handlebar bag
  • A repair kit (pump, light tools, puncture kit)

Children Bike

6 gears
20″ or 24″ wheels
Aluminium frame
Mountain bike or Hybrid bike model

Recommended for children from 6-7 years old for a maximum height of 145 cm.

 

 

 

Follow me

Intermediate solution
No obligation to pedal for the child
Attached to the saddle of a man or woman bike

Recommended for children between 5 and 7 years old.

 

Children trailer

Two places
Maximum charge : 40 kg

 

Getting here

Meeting point

La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime (17)

Coming by car

From Paris by the A10 (469km 4h45)
From Bordeaux by the A10 and A837 (184km 2h)
From Nantes by the A83 and D137, D10A, D9 (136km 1h50)

Parking in La Rochelle: Consult us depending on the chosen accommodation

Coming by train*

TGV station in La Rochelle (from Paris: 4h)

Coming by plane*

La Rochelle Airport

 

*Abicyclette Voyages offers transportation services in your trip upon request.

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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