The Marais Poitevin by bike

Explore Niort and the Green Venice in a star shaped tour

Highlights

The Natural Regional Parc of the Marais Poitevin
The "Green Venice" in Coulon and Arçais
A rich architectural heritage
Boat trips in the middle of the canals
The towpaths with the secure route
St-Hilaire-La-Palud, the capital of the "Wild Marsh"

Good living along the Sèvre Niortaise

From Niort, getaway in the enchanting setting of the Marais Poitevin.

Along the canals and the Sèvre Niortaise, you will discover the beauty of the Marais Poitevin and Green Venice by bike while enjoying the calm and the good living characteristic of these bucolic and authentic places.

A rich historical heritage is waiting to be discovered. In Niort, you can particularly visit the emblematic dungeon of the city. Further in Maillezais,the Abbey of Saint-Pierre opens its doors.

Through the villages of D’Arçais, Coulon, Maillé, Saint-Hilaire-La-Palud or Maillezais, you can enjoy the peacefulness and charm of these cities of character. For the more curious, admire the omnipresent nature and wildlife and explore the numerous dungeons and abbeys.

Hop on your bike and let yourself be guided along the water in the heart of the Marais Poitevin!

Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

NIORT

Free arrival in Niort.

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

NIORT, BOUCLE DÉCOUVERTE DE NIORT ET DE SA CAMPAGNE 52km 395m Niveau Loisir

Start your day by bike by exploring the donjon of Aliénor of Aquitaine in Niort and enjoy the view on the old town. Then go for a ride to discover the surroundings of Niort.

Day 3

From NIORT to COULON 18km 49m Niveau Loisir

Follow the Vélo Francette to Coulon, the capital of the Green Venice and the highlight of the Poitevin Marsh. Stroll around the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise and the harbour. Make a pause at the House of the Marsh (Maison du Marais) to discover the history of the Marais Poitevin. Try to find the numerous landing stages of the village and go on a boat ride to enjoy a peaceful moment of the water.

Day 4

COULON, BOUCLE DU MARAIS SAUVAGE 58km 117m Niveau Loisir

Ride towards St-Hilaire-La-Palud: the capital of the wild Marsh of the department of Deux Sèvres. Take the opportunity of being in this village to visit the ornithological park Les Oiseaux du Marais Poitevin. Then, head towards Courçon, located at the southern edge of the Marais Poitevin and visit its unusual Church: the fortified church of Notre-Dame.

Day 5

COULON, BOUCLE DE LA VENISE VERTE ET DE L'ABBAYE DE MAILLEZAIS 49km 93m Niveau Loisir

Leave Coulon towards Damvix and follow the 19th century floodgates of Bourdettes. Ride your bike towards Maillé and visit this emblematic village of the Green Venice. The place is the symbol of the former lifestyle in the Marais Poitevin. Here, witness the famous transport of cows on the boats and admire the rich hydraulic heritage and wildlife. Then head to Maillezais and its famous benedictin Abbey of Saint-Pierre. The loop eventually lead you to the wild Marsh between St-Sigismond and Le Mazeau to end back in Coulon.

Day 6

From COULON to NIORT 18km 59m Niveau Facile

Follow the Vélo Francette to Niort. This short stage allows you to stroll along the Sèvre Niortaise.

Day 7

NIORT

End of your bike trip after the 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
Point de vue sur la Chambre d'hôte L'Horizon à NIORT

Starting from 670€/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 Mercure - Niort Marais Poitevin Hôtel Au Marais - Coulon

Starting from 780€/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.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a Double room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including topo maps, restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    Close assistance
    • One of our guides greets you by phone on your first day. He present you all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide)
    • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team 7 days a week
    • A Luggage transfer service from 09:00 and with a delivery before 18:00 (one luggage and one bagback per person maximum)

    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)

     


    You can also

     

    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 (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

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

    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

    • One luggage carrier bag (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

    • One luggage carrier bag (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
    Note: this model is not convertible into a stroller.

     

    Getting here

    Departure city : NIORT

    Coming by car

    • at 4h15 from PARIS
    • at 2h from BORDEAUX
    • at 6h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Niort train station - 2h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Poitiers airport
    • La Rochelle airport
    • Bordeaux airport

    Arrival city : NIORT

    Coming by car

    • at 4h15 from PARIS
    • at 2h from BORDEAUX
    • at 6h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Niort train station - 2h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Poitiers airport
    • La Rochelle airport
    • Bordeaux airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • Hybrid Bike or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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