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 Nathalie, We are back in Australia now and wish to thank you for organising our wonderful cycling trip Brest to Bordeaux. We finished the cycling part of our travels feeling very positive about Abicyclette and would recommend you highly to other travellers. We were impressed with the professionalism of your company and attention to detail. We felt confident in the ‘back up’ service and really appreciated your help with a few matters. In light of assisting you re future clients we would like to make the following comments: - the equipment (bikes, panniers, helmets etc) was excellent, being of very good quality - reliable and well maintained - our introductory session in Brest was excellent: Sebastian gave us his undivided attention and time, ensuring we were comfortable with the equipment, the route, etc - the GPS was great (...) - the accommodation was generally very good (...) We loved Brittany!! and would love to return!! Brittany is beautiful & perfect for a cycling holiday. (...) Cheers Deb (& Michael) (10/2017)
It has been an excellent experience. Totally raw with the bicycles, everything was organized so well (bicycles, housings, local information to eating) that we enjoy every moment of the tour. The explanations of the first day on the part of the guide us turned out to be very useful and to know that always you could rely on the organization it allowed us to enjoy the trip. The tour, on there having no been rolled traffic, is most indicated for people that as us it cannot circulate in road with the bicycle. The way of sirga that accompanies on the channel of Nantes Brest is of a spectacular beauty. It seems of another time, to admire the flowers that adorn the exclusas of the Channel, the villages that you are, a marvel. What more we estimate : All the explanations the day of delivery of the bicycles and of the documentation. The transport of suitcases and last day the taxi up to the village where we had to catch the bus. We come to France without having anything organized absolutely. (09/2017)
Hi David Just wanted to mention again what a wonderful trip we had along the Loire in Brittany . We loved the food, and the itineraries were just right (...) Cheers Trevor (11/2018)
Hi David, Geoff and I are now back in Canada having thoroughly enjoyed our cycling trip. The bikes were excellent and we did not have any mechanical issues with them. They were a joy to ride. The daily distance was perfect for us as well. The paniers were also great and provided enough room for our daily needs. The accommodation was excellent and our bags were always ready when we arrived. We also took in many of your suggestions for places to eat and they were great recommendations. We ate well over the week with wonderful seafood. Thanks also for your assistance in getting us to Saint Malo and for assisting us retrieve our passports !! (...) Thanks again for a great week and all the best. I would recommend Abicyclette to others. Prudence (08/2018)
That was really the best vacation we ever had! Where should we go this summer? I would love to do another trip this year. Do you have any great itinerary ideas for us? We have 7 inches of snow here right now, and the temperature is MINUS 5 degree F. with a windchill of MINUS 19! Chilly!! xxx (07/2009)
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)