The Velodyssée from La Rochelle to Royan with Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron

from 790 € / pers.

Reference : ODYS10
7 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Easy
Linear trip
From March to November
Departure: daily
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Your cycling tour from La Rochelle To Royan

A beautiful route with the Atlantic Ocean in the background, the Old Port of La Rochelle to Royan through the Royal City of Rochefort and its famous 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.

Day 1 : Arrival in La Rochelle


Discover this elegant city of La Rochelle. Its historic center is full of architectural treasures. Do not miss the Old Port and its famous towers, a must. The aquarium of La Rochelle, ideally located in the city center, is also worth a visit.

Day 2 : Excursion to the Ile de Ré | 52 km


In less than 30 minutes from the center of La Rochelle and excellent cycle paths, cross the bridge enjoying a breathtaking view of the bay, and discover the magic of the Ile de Ré, a true paradise by bike. An incredible diversity of landscapes is offered to you with a loop which allows to discover Saint Martin de Ré, a maritime village with incomparable charm. The Citadelle Vauban, the unique panorama from the Bell Tower Observatory and the beach de “la cible” are the must-sees. On your way back, do not miss the Châteliers Abbey and La Prée Fort at La Flotte. Rivedoux-Plage invites more to idleness with its beach of white sand.

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 th the 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 – Royan | 59 km


Back to the “continent”, continue your journey between salt pans and the Seudre estuary. After La Palmyre, “the Coast of Beauty” is a spectacular step thanks to an amazing cycling path with a sea view until Royan and its Belle Epoque villas.

Day 7 : Departure during the day


Select your category

standard category
Reference: ODYS10 STD
superior category
Reference: ODYS10 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th
    from September 1st to November 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
790 € / pers.
345 € / pers.*
1 050 € / pers.
555 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
830 € / pers.
345 € / pers.*
1 220 € / pers.
645 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 days with helmet and bike repatriation
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• 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)
• Transfer from Royan to La Rochelle and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 6 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 5 days with helmet and bike repatriation
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• 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)
• Transfer from Royan to La Rochelle and personal bike repatriation

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free
from 3 to 11 years old : - 50%
from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%

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

'Bike extra' & various

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-60 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 90 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 70 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: ODYS10 STD
superior category
Reference: ODYS10 SUP
Half board supplement
(including 6 dinners – excluding drinks)
+ 235 € / pers.
+ 245 € / pers.
Extra night in La Rochelle
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom & breakfast)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*
Low season
+ 110 € / pers.
+ 90 € / pers.*
High season
+ 135 € / pers.
+ 110 € / pers.*
Extra night in Royan
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom & breakfast)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 100 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.*
Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum)

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 GITANE bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 front pannier with a map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 high visibility jacket
  • 1 bottle cage
  • 1 bottle free of charge, 100% recyclable, BPA free, Made in France
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

VTC SCOTT bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 rear panniers
  • 1 front pannier with map holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 high visibility jacket
  • 1 bottle cage
  • 1 bottle (100% recyclable, BPA free, made in France)
  • Helmet

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

Tour description:

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

GPX files:

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we also provide the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application (if you do not have a bike touring GPS).

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 come back to the start point:

  • 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).
    – Bordeaux St Jean train station >> La Rochelle Ville train station (about 2h15 by train ).
    – Bordeaux >> La Rochelle (by taxi)

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).
    – Bordeaux St Jean train station >>  Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).
    – Bordeaux St Jean train station >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

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


Trip overall rating : / 4 testimonials

Jean
Canada
travel date: 13 August 2020.
" Merci "

Nous avons tellement apprécié notre premier voyage allant de La Rochelle à Royan que nous avons enchaîné immédiatement avec un circuit pour visiter les châteaux de la Loire. Merci à Virginie pour sa rapidité à nous organiser ce deuxième segment.

Wolf
Allemagne
travel date: 13 August 2020.
" magnifique et extraordinaire "

Une expérience magnifique et extraordinaire. C’était la troisième fois pour nous et on est toujours enthousiaste pour le choix du routes, l’organisation parfaite, l’assistance individuelle et attentive. Randovelo est le vrai spécialiste pour ce type de vacances.

Rosalie
France
travel date: 26 July 2020.
" 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.

Martine
France
travel date: 27 July 2019.
" Belle Randovélo "

Belle Randovélo de La Rochelle à Royan par les Îles de Ré et d’Oléron, entre plages, salines et ostréiculteurs. Les pistes cyclables passe dans les marais et anciennes salines avec une belle faune avicole et longe la côte Atlantique aux odeurs de pins. Les petites trouvailles gastronomiques sont nombreuses !