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La Velodyssée - From La Rochelle to Royan

A beautiful bike tour of 7 days through the Charente Maritime and the beautiful Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oleron.

Highlights

La Rochelle, a true open-air museum
Rochefort and the Royal Ropery
The charm of the Ile de Ré and the Ile d'Oléron traveled by bike
The oysters of Marennes
The bike paths of the Vélodyssée, a fully marked route
The beaches of the Atlantic Ocean

La Vélodyssée, coasting on the Charentes!

A beautiful bike tour of 7 days through the Charente Maritime and the beautiful Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oleron.

As a family, a couple, between friends or solo, we invite you through this stay to discover all facets of the Charentes. From the Ile de Ré to the Ile d’Oleron. From the history of La Rochelle to that of Rochefort, Belle Epoque villas of Chatelaillon-Plage to the 50’s architecture of Royan, Marennes oyster beds in the Seudre marshes … you will see it all!

Your cycling routes along the Atlantic coast will take you through a mosaic of unspoilt natural areas and charming cities. Since they use a lot of Vélodyssée greenways, you will travel in peace!

Get a sneak peak of La Vélodyssée:

Séjour à vélo - De La Rochelle à Royan
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 160m 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 135m Niveau Loisir

You follow 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

ILE D’OLERON 60km 29m Niveau Loisir

After a first part of route along the west coast of the island you reach St Pierre d’Oléron and the Forêt des Saumonards, a fantastic pine forest on the east coast of the island of Oléron, overlooking the island of Aix and Fort Boyard. Then you cross the oyster beds and walk along the beaches to the Château d’Oleron and its citadel which Richelieu ordered the construction of in 1630 on the remains of the old medieval castle.

Day 6

From ILE D’OLERON to ROYAN 60km 182m Niveau Loisir

You leave the island early in the morning to continue your descent to the south. You cross the river of La Seudre. The landscape then changes. The forest takes more space and allows you to ride in the shelter of pines and holm oaks. You go to Palmyra known in France for its big zoo. Then, still along the coast, you glimpse the Gironde estuary and Royan where you will enjoy a night on the port.

Day 7

ROYAN

End of stay in Royan after your 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 600€/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 Villa des Demoiselles Hôtel Restaurant Les Jardins d'Aliénor Family Golf Hôtel

Starting from 765€/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
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Day 1 : Orientation by phone
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

Price does not include

  • bike rental (see option)
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

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 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 whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service from 09:00 am and with a delivery before 06:00 pm. (one lugage 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.


Ebike

Supplied equipment per bike

– 2 VAUDE waterproof rear bags of 28L each,
– 1 6L VAUDE handlebar bag with card holder,
– 1 helmet
– 1 lock
– 1 pump
– 1 repair kit with puncture-proof bomb

La gamme Électrique de Voyage France Vélo

Touring bike

durable, comfortable, light, with a suspension fork, they are suitable for roaming.

Supplied equipment per bike

– 2 VAUDE waterproof rear bags of 28L each,
– 1 6L VAUDE handlebar bag with card holder,
– 1 helmet
– 1 lock
– 1 pump
– 1 repair kit with puncture-proof bomb

La gamme supérieur de Voyage France Vélo

Children's trailer

Children bike

La gamme vélo junior de chez France Voyage vélo

Getting here

Ville de départ : LA ROCHELLE

Venir en voiture

  • à 4h45 de PARIS
  • à 2h de BORDEAUX
  • à 6h de LYON

Venir en train*

  • La Rochelle train station - 3h15 depuis Paris

Venir en avion

  • La Rochelle airport

Ville d'arrivée : ROYAN

Venir en voiture

  • à 5h de PARIS
  • à 1h45 de BORDEAUX
  • à 6h de LYON

Venir en train*

  • Royan train station - 4h30 depuis Paris
  • Bordeaux train station - 2h30 depuis Paris

Venir en avion

  • Bordeaux airport
  • La Rochelle airport

* Abicyclette Voyages vous accompagne à la demande, en incluant des solutions de transport.

Comment revenir au point de départ ?

  • Navette privée : voir les tarifs détaillés ou nous consulter
  • En train de Royan à La Rochelle en 1h30

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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