La Rochelle via Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oléron

from 1 080 € / pers.
/ 8 testimonials
Reference : ODYS10
7 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Easy
Round trip
From April to October
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your bike tour between La Rochelle and Rochefort via the islands:

A beautiful route with the Atlantic Ocean in the background, between the Old Port of La Rochelle and the Royal City of Rochefort, famous for its Corderie Royale. The route offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and an exceptional natural setting: beaches, charming villages, salt marshes, pine forests, wild moors. Excursions on the island of Ré and on the island of Oléron are guaranteed favorites. A shallow relief, wild and unspoiled nature and a leading heritage make this route a paradise for bicycles.

Information


Daily departures in July and August.
Please contact us for other months.

Day 1 : Arrival in La Rochelle


Discover the elegant town of La Rochelle. Its historic centre is packed with architectural treasures. Don’t miss the Old Port and its famous towers, a must-see. The La Rochelle Aquarium, ideally located in the city centre, is also well worth a visit

Day 2 : Excursion on Ile de Ré | 55 km


From the centre of La Rochelle, take a shuttle boat to the Ile de Ré! Once you’ve arrived in Saint Martin de Ré, a seaside village of incomparable charm, set off along excellent and safe cycle paths to discover the magic of the Ile de Ré, a true cycling paradise. Cycling through salt marshes and maritime landscapes, you’ll reach Ars-en-Ré, listed as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France“. On the way back, take a look at the ruins of the Abbaye des Châteliers. Rivedoux-Plage, with its white sandy beach, is more inviting. Return to La Rochelle by bike.

Day 3 : La Rochelle – Rochefort | 60 km


From the center of La Rochelle and the Port des Minimes, the ocean is always close on bike paths that join the Belle-Epoque villas of the seaside resort of Châtelaillon- Plage. Then a superb panorama is offered to you at the Pointe des Boucholeurs, before the Nature Reserve of the Marais d’Yves. The route then joins the banks of the Charente to discover the City of Royale de Rochefort, high place of the maritime history with its Corderie Royale, the National Museum of the Navy without forgetting the Hermione, the famous old boat.

Day 4 : Rochefort – Ile d’Oléron | 46 km


After Rochefort, on the Vélodyssée you will ride along a cycling path to the salt pan crossed by several small canals. Enjoy your stop in the fortified city of Brouage. Marennes is the first oyster farming pool in Europe: a perfect stopover to discover regional food! You follow the oyster beds before joining the Ile d’Oleron by the bridge. Do not miss on your right the Fort Louvois, impressive fortification dating from the reign of Louis XIV. You arrive in the charming resort of Ile D’Oléron by bike paths along the forest or in swamps.

Day 5 : Excursion on Ile d’Oléron | 37 km


In the same place, you will discover the Ile d’Oleron and a rich territory of great diversity and perfectly equipped for bicycles: a remarkable architectural heritage (Citadel in Château d’ Oleron), wild nature, charming villages, beaches of fine sand. Enjoy the cycle paths in the oyster farms or in the pine forest and do not hesitate to leave the trail to find your ideal bathing place.

Day 6 : Ile d’Oléron – La Rochelle | 50 km


For this last day by bike, head for the north of the island! Start by cycling along the west coast towards La Cotinière, still the leading fishing port in the Charentes region. Don’t miss the arrival of the boats at high tide. Then on to the oyster-farming site of Fort Royer, a remarkably well-preserved oyster-farming village over a hundred years old!
At the end of the day, board a shuttle boat to La Rochelle.

Day 7 : Departure during the day


Select your category

standard category
Reference: ODYS10 STD
superior category
Reference: ODYS10 SUP
Low season
  • from April 15th to 25th
    from September 1st to October 10th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 080 € / pers.
330 € / pers.*
1 600 € / pers.
610 € / pers.*
High season
  • from April 26th to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 140 € / pers.
370 € / pers.*
1 680 € / pers.
675 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 days and bike repatriation
• Boat transfer La Rochelle > Ile de Ré on Day 2
• Boat transfer Ile d’Oléron > La Rochelle on Day 6
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps
• A personalized navigation app showing points of interest along the route
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (6 nights included)

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages (1 luggage 20kg per person)
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 days and bike repatriation
• Boat transfer La Rochelle > Ile de Ré on Day 2
• Boat transfer Ile d’Oléron > La Rochelle on Day 6
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps
• A personalized navigation app showing points of interest along the route
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (6 nights included)

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : - 90%
from 3 to 11 years old : - 20%
from 12 to 15 years old : - 10%

(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: ODYS10 STD
superior category
Reference: ODYS10 SUP
Extra night in La Rochelle
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom & breakfast)
* Single supplement
Low season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
High season
+ 75 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
Low season
+ 130 € / pers.
+ 105 € / pers.*
High season
+ 145 € / pers.
+ 125 € / pers.*
Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : - 90% / from 3 to 11 years old : - 20% / from 12 to 15 years old : - 10%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

Extras

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-90 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 95 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 120 € / pers.

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

VTC ARCADE bike - 21 speed gears

OPEN or CLOSED frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock (for 2 bikes)

Helmet not provided.

Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :
ARCADE or EXS ebike
E-bike

UNIVERSAL frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock (for 2 bikes)

Helmet not provided.

Practical details
  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive to La Rochelle
> Return

Your journey

The boat crossing between Boyardville (Ile d’Oléron) and La Rochelle is not daily scheduled in low season (Day 6).
We will only confirm your booking if this boat crossing is available.

Tour description

Mix of cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists  and small traffic roads.

Bike stages trip profiles
(click below to see the trip profile of each stage)

Excursion to Ile de Ré : 54km / elevation gain : 173m / elevation loss : 164m
La Rochelle – Rochefort : 60km / elevation gain : 220m / elevation loss : 214m
Rochefort – Ile d’Oléron : 46km / elevation gain : 111m / elevation loss : 113m
Excursion to Ile d’Oléron : 38km / elevation gain : 87m / elevation loss : 87m
Ile d’Oléron – La Rochelle : 51km / elevation gain : 145m / elevation loss : 145m

Navigation app

Besides the maps, we also provide a personalized navigation app showing points of interest along the route.

How to arrive to La Rochelle

By train:
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (about 3h by TGV train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Line 1 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (by TGV train).
www.lebusdirect.com/en/lines-and-schedules/orly-airport-paris-etoile-champs-elysees-line.html

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud or Ouest > > Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 4 >> Montparnasse train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (by TGV train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro): from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 4 >> Montparnasse train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (by TGV train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (by TGV train).
www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/

Return

If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France (please contact us).
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – La Rochelle Ville train station >>  Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).
    – La Rochelle Ville train station >> St Pierre des Corps train station  or Poitiers train station (by TGV train) >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

Nearby Airport:
– Bordeaux Airport: www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/en


Trip overall rating : / 8 testimonials

Odile
France
travel date: 19 August 2023.
" A refaire avec plaisir ! "

Très belle semaine, beaux parcours et très bonne organisation.

Sandrine
France
travel date: 22 July 2023.
" Très belle randonnée "

Très belle randonnée, tant par le choix des itinéraires que par la qualité des vélos et des services

Mikaël
France
travel date: 18 July 2023.
" Très beau circuit avec une belle diversité de paysage. "

On a apprécié de séjourner 2 nuits de suite dans le même hôtel.

Marie Andrée
France
travel date: 31 May 2023.
" Superbe parcours "

Superbe parcours, le passage sur les deux îles était une belle découverte, la Traversee des ponts impressionnante. La variété des paysages était intéressante entre forêt, mer et marais.

Marion
France
travel date: 13 August 2022.
" Nous recommencerons volontiers ! "

Velodyssée mère/fille qui s’est très bien déroulée grâce à Randovélo ! Les vélos sont de qualité, les hébergements sont bien choisis et bien situés, ils se sont adaptés à nos impératifs et ont trouvé des alternatives lorsque tous les logements étaient complets (île d’oleron) merci encore nous avons passé une super semaine et nous recommencerons volontiers !

Rosalie
France
travel date: 26 July 2022.
" Je recommande fortement rando vélo "

Excellente expérience : les vélos sont supers, les étapes sont bien pensées, les hôtels sont de qualité et les paysages de la Charente Maritime vallent le détour.

Emeline
France
travel date: 25 July 2022.
" Merci à toute l’équipe ! A bientôt "

Un deuxième excellent voyage à vélo en famille grâce à l’équipe de Rando Vélo ! Très à l’écoute et disponibles, ils ont su modifier notre itinéraire à la dernière minute à cause des incendies en Gironde. Ils ont également été de bons conseils dans le choix des vélos de toute la famille. Rdv est pris pour poursuivre la Vélodyssée l’été prochain !

Stéphanie
France
travel date: 20 July 2022.
" Première expérience très réussie "

Première expérience très réussie qui nous donne envie de recourir à nouveau à l’avenir à la même agence. Un grand merci aux collaborateurs-trices de Randovélo pour l’organisation, pour leur amabilité, leur disponibilité et leur capacité à trouver des solutions lorsqu’il a fallu trouver un autre hébergement ou écourter un trajet trop long pour notre fille.