La Vélo Francette: cycle tour from Saumur to La Rochelle

from 670 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : VF1
7 days / 5 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour on La Vélo Francette:

A superb route over the water, from Loire Valley to the Atlantic Ocean via the Sèvre Niortaise.

Discover an authentic route and off the beaten track for a road movie “Sweet France”, between pretty villages and charming countryside. From Saumur and its vineyards to the Atlantic and La Rochelle via the “Green Venice” of the Marais Poitevin, this circuit reveals many architectural treasures with many cities of character and a bucolic and preserved landscape.

Day 1 : Arrival in Saumur


Discover this elegant city of Art and History and its vineyards. Ideas for a visit: The Cadre Noir riding school, the imposing Saumur Castle with its exceptional view over the Loire river and an inevitable visit of a cellar to taste a glass of Saumur sparkling wine.

Day 2 : Saumur – Thouars | 45 km


First step along the water, from Loire Valley to the Thouet Valley, which presents beautiful cities of character. The fortified city of Montreuil-Bellay and Thouars on their rocky outcrops are the must-sees. In Taizon, the remarkable bridge of the 13th century is also to be seen.

Day 3 : Thouars – Parthenay | 65 km


Never far from the Thouet river, this bucolic and more rugged route allows to discover some gems of Romanesque Art like Saint Généroux or Airvault. Saint Loup, city of character, is also a must stop. His castle would have inspired the French Writer Charles Perrault. Shortly after, Cebron Lake is perfect for a relaxing break before arriving in the medieval town of Parthenay.

Day 4 : Parthenay – Niort | 55 km


A rural stage that combines remarkable heritage (Champdeniers-Saint-Denis and Collegiate of Saint Marc la Lande) and beautiful landscapes along the Sèvre Niortaise. Arriving in Niort, you are greeted by the 12th century dungeon and the large 19th century covered market, in Baltard style.

Day 5 : Niort – Arçais | 40 km


Between land and sea, discover the charms of “Green Venice” and its small villages, including Coulon “small city of character”. The Regional Natural Park of the Marais Poitevin is a place apart, poetic. A boat trip in this charming green labyrinth is a good time, a relaxing break.

Day 6 : Arçais – La Rochelle | 55 km


Ultimate stage of the “Vélo Francette”, the route stays true to the water. First Sèvre Niortaise to Marans, nice river city with its marina, its historic center and its futuristic bell tower. Continue on bike paths along the canal of Marans to arrive in apotheosis on the ocean and its magnificent beaches. The historic center of La Rochelle is full of architectural treasures.

Day 7 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


  • Private return transfer from La Rochelle to Saumur – optional.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: VF1 STD
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 30th 2019
    from June 3rd to 30th 2019
    from September 1st to November 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
670 € / pers.
Single supplement
240 € / pers.
High season
  • from May 1st to June 2nd 2019
    from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
695 € / pers.
Single supplement
240 € / pers.
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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.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

ARCADE hybrid bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • Double back saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 counter
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

ARCADE e-bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • Double back saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 counter

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 Saumur
> Return

Your journey

> Tour description:

Exclusively cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists.

> GPX files

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we can provide on request the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application.

How to arrive in Saumur

> By car :
From A85 highway > exit n° 3 Saumur – Follow direction « Saumur » on N147.

 > By train :
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by 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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Line 1 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by 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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by 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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by 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 >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angers St Laud train station or St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by 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).
    – La Rochelle Ville train station >> St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Saumur train station (by train).
    – La Rochelle >> Saumur (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).
    – 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 Airports:
– La Rochelle Airport: www.larochelle.aeroport.fr/en
– Nantes Airport: www.nantes.aeroport.fr
– Poitiers Airport: www.poitiers.aeroport.fr/en
– Bordeaux Airport: www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/en