From the Channel to the Atlantic by bike
Going from one village to another, along the rivers or through the meadows, the Vélo Francette® cycling trip allows you to discover France away from the tourism highways.
With its 617 km of marked trails, the Vélo Francette® bike route takes you from Normandy to the Atlantic.
Picturesque villages follow one another along the water like Orne, Mayenne, Loire, Thouet and Sèvre Niortaise. From the rocky valleys of the Suisse Normande to the wetlands of the Marais Poitevin through the groves of Mayenne, you admire varied landscapes. You alternate between towpaths and shared lanes.
These regions also have a rich and varied heritage. One can admire beautiful medieval cities, ride between castles, vineyards and the mighty untamed river, the Loire. Immerse yourself in history travelling from medieval ages to the landing beaches of the World War II.
Along the way there are many opportunities to enjoy the culinary specialties of each region. On the menu: cheeses from Normandy, cider from the Pays d’Auge, quernons from Ardoise, AOC wines from the Loire Valley, or oysters from Marennes d’Oléron.
In short, the Vélo Francette® is above all a good dose of nature, history and gourmet getaway!
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)
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)
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, We had a fantastic stay. Overall, we are very satisfied and recommend Brittany (...) Eve, Marie, Per-Anders and Ulf What we enjoyed the most: The good weather Pleasant hotel The good food Good equipment, good bicycles (08/2018)
Hello again Nathalie (...) It was wonderful and we so appreciated everything you organized to make it so. (...) The hotel was first class, lovely comfortable room and delicious breakfast......5* (...) Your maps and directions were excellent and we only got lost a couple of times! Don't forget to tell your clients about the beautiful gardens....Le Jardins Botanique de la Boirie at Saint Pierre Ile d'Oleron. They are amazing and not to be missed! Journeys over the bridges were thrilling and we especially liked the Ile de Re....we might have to return there one day! Again our thanks Nathalie. We'll be in touch for next year. Sincerely, Brenda & Michael (09/2018)
Bonjour, Suite au Week-End, un peu pluvieux, passé ensemble autour des Châteaux de la Loire, merci pour tes efforts et ta compagnie. A une prochaine fois, sans doute... (05/2013)