Integral Flow Vélo cycling route from Thiviers to Rochefort by Aix Island

from 940 € / pers.

Reference : FLV3
7 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Sustained
Linear trip
From March to September
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling trip on Flow Vélo:

It’s hard to resist the charm of the Charentaise countryside!

From Thiviers, in the heart of the Périgord-Limousin Regional Natural Park, ride along the Charente river and let yourself be carried away by the calm that surrounds you. Between small charming villages and Charentais vineyards, discover the richness of the built and gastronomic heritage. The liquor of Cognac, the vestiges of Antiquity in Saintes, the Corderie Royale de Rochefort are all unmissable. The excursion to ile d’Aix is ​​a highlight of this cycling trip off the beaten track.

Day 1 : Arrival in Thiviers


Official starting point for the “Flow Velo”, Thiviers is located in the heart of the Périgord-Limousin Regional Natural Park. It is the capital of “foie gras” in the Périgord Vert. You can visit the Maison du foie Gras.

Day 2 : Thiviers – Nontron | 31 km


This short, hilly first stage quickly leads you to a major stopover: just 1 km from the route, discover Saint Jean de Côle, a medieval town in the hills of Périgord Vert, classified among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. By a beautiful track on the “Voie verte”, you cross wild landscapes to reach Nontron, classified “City and Crafts”. Built on a hillside, do not miss the stroll through the historic center: fountains, gardens, half-timbered houses and a visit to the castle will reward the efforts of the day.

Day 3 : Nontron – Angoulême | 58 km


The course is always hilly. It crosses the Dordogne and Charente departments in rural landscapes. In the Bandiat Valley, the route follows the “Voie verte”, a secure route for cyclists. After crossing the forest, the landscape changes, the Perigord Vert is behind you. A beautiful downhill and Angoulême is approaching. Before arriving, you cross Ruelle-sur-Touvre. Here is the foundry of Montalembert, where the guns of the royal navy were manufactured.

Day 4 : Angoulême – Cognac | 62 km


The course is now quieter, the relief softer between right bank and left bank of the Charente. At Trois Pâlis, a gourmet stop is required at the “Letuffe Chocolaterie”, the most famous Chocolate factory in Charente. After Châteauneuf-sur-Charente and its charming old streets comes Jarnac, the birthplace of François Mitterrand, a French President. It is worth a visit, especially the historic houses and the Orangerie quay. The route then takes you through the Charente vineyards to the historic town of Cognac, known worldwide for its liquors. The old center and the houses are characteristic. Why not a tasting or a visit to the cellars or the distillery?

Day 5 : Cognac – Saintes | 38 km


By small, quiet roads or good paths, the route is always close to the river. The Port du Lys, in Salignac-sur-Charente, is a restful stopover on the banks of the Charente. You are now in Charente-Maritime! You continue through the countryside, with small villages and a typical charm. You end your stage in Saintes, a “Art and History Town” located on the road to St Jacques de Compostela. Its architectural heritage is rich, especially the Abbaye aux Dames and the Gallo- Roman remains.

Day 6 : Saintes – Rochefort | 58 km


A final stage without relief leads you first to the small village of Port d´Envaux, with its typical charm. An unusual detour? just 1 km from the route is “Les Lapidiales”, a unique open-air art space. Back on the official route, the Château de Panloy built under Louis XV on the banks of the Charente is open to visitors. One last crossing of the Charente and you arrive at Rochefort by the banks of the river to discover the site of the old maritime arsenal.

Day 7 : Excursion to Aix island | 50 km


You follow the Charente to its estuary to arrive at Fouras, a small seaside resort that invites you to take a walk. After the south beach, you pass at the foot of Fort Vauban: take the opportunity to go up there and contemplate the view of the ocean and the islands of Madame, Aix and Oléron.
Departure at the end of the day.

Possitibily to plan an extra night in Rochefort .

Select your category

standard category
Reference: FLV3 STD
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th
    from September 1st to 26th
  • Departure: daily
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
940 € / pers.
340 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
960 € / pers.
340 € / 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 6 days with helmet
• Boat transfer Fourras > Aix Island (both ways – bikes included)
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps and tourist brochures
• GPX files
• 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 Rochefort to Thiviers 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 )

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: FLV3 STD
Half board supplement

(including 6 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 210 € / pers.
Extra night in Thiviers
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*
Extra night in Rochefort
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 40 € / 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 )

Extras

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-85 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 85 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 145 € / 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.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

ARCADE hybrid bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 bottle holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 counter
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :
EXS e-bike- 9 speed gears
E-bike

Universal frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 bottle holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 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 in Thiviers:
> Return

Your journey:

Tour description:

Exclusively cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists.

GPX files:

Besides the maps, 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 in Thiviers:

By train:
– From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Bordeaux train station (2h10 by TGV train) >> Thiviers train station (1h30 by TER train)

– From Paris Austerlitz Train station >> Limoges Train station (3h15 by Intercités train) >> Thiviers train station (40 minutes by TER train)

For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Roissy CDG airport:
    – Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station >> Bordeaux train station (by TGV train) >> Thiviers train station (by TER train).      – RER B >> Denfert-Rochereau > Métro Lige 4 ‘Porte de Clignancourt’ >> Montparnasse train station >> Bordeaux train station (TGV train) >> Thiviers train station(by TER train).
    www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Bordeaux train station (by TGV train) >> Thiviers train station (TER).

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

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 >> Bordeaux train station (by TGV train) >> Thiviers train station (TER)

– 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.)
    – Rochefort  train station >> Bordeaux Saint Jean train station (2h by train) >> Thiviers train station (2h by train)

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.)
    – Rochefort train station >> La Rochelle train station (by TER) >> Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).
    – Rochefort train station >> Bordeaux train station (by TER)>>Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).                                                                                                                                                                           – Rochefort train station >> Bordeaux train station (by TER)>> >> Airport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV train (by TGV train).

Close Airport:
– La Rochelle airport: www.larochelle.aeroport.fr/en
– Poitiers airport:  www.poitiers.aeroport.fr/en
– Nantes airport : www.nantes.aeroport.fr
– Bordeaux airport:www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/en