Poitevin Marsh by bike: from Niort to La Rochelle

from 460 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : VF2
5 days / 3 days riding
Difficulty : Easy
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour on the Vélo Françette

It is hard to resist to the charming power of the “Green Venice”!

Starting from Niort, ride your bike along the little shady canals of the Poitevin Marsh (Regional Nature Reserve), and go with the flow, listening to the babbling water, and the chirping birds.
Discover Coulon, the Green Venice capital village, and follow the interlacing of bicycle paths in the midst of the “Marais Mouillés”, to the ancient abbey of Maillezais and the charming village of Arçais.
The large sea canals safely lead you to the grand finale, the Towers of the Vieux-Port in La Rochelle.

Day 1 : Arrival in Niort


Less than two hours away from Paris in TGV, Niort is the perfect starting point. The overwhelming middle-aged Donjon watches over the old city. At the bottom of the old keeper, the “Sèvre Niortaiseriver is already suggesting you to start the journey.

Day 2 : Niort – Arçais | 33 km + option 4 km


The landscaped banks of the « Sèvre Niortaise » offer a cooling pathway along the river, the “Coulée Verte”, peppered with footbridges, locks and fishermen. Pretty fast, Coulon, capital of the “Marais Poitevin” shapes in the distance; the nickname “Green Venice” then suddenly takes on its full meaning. Time seems to stand still in this village bordered with canals. Then, continue until Arçais, beautiful and typical village of the marsh housing.

Day 3 : Excursion to Maillezais abbey | 46 km


Meander within the maze made by the canals and the shady lanes of the “Marais Mouillés”, and take a break in the bird sanctuary of St-Hilaire-La Palud to observe more than 75 bird species.
Then, just a short spin on the bike, and you will be in the middle of an oasis of greenery, where tower the ruins of the majestic abbey of Saint-Pierre de Maillezais. It is a must-see visit! Back to Arçais, through the canals, along the bicycling paths and quaint villages.

Day 4 : Arçais – la Rochelle | 57 km


The Sèvre Niortaise leads you out of the marshes. Beyond Damvix jetties, towpaths follow the large sea canals to reach peacefully Marans. Enjoy the pleasant marina, right in the center of the city, then allow yourself to be led serenely by the Vélodyssée bike trails, along Rompsay canal, to the “Vieux Port” de La Rochelle.

Day 5 : Departure during the day


Take some time to walk under the typical arch streets of the city, or to visit the Towers of the “Vieux Port”, loyal guards of the city since the 13th century!

It is possible to add one more night in La Rochelle, for an additional gateway on Ile de Ré!

All you have to do is cross the bridge of “Ile de Ré” to discover freely this genuine island abounding in bicycle paths, among the oyster beds, salt marshes and wild beaches.

The little extra with Biking France:


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

Select your category

standard category
Reference: VF2 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)
460 € / pers.
Single supplement
160 € / 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)
490 € / pers.
Single supplement
160 € / pers.

Category's details

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 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 (4 nights included)
• Transfer from La Rochelle to Niort 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.
-50 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 40 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 35 € / pers.

According to the category

standard category
Reference: VF2 STD
Extra night in Niort
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.
Extra night in La Rochelle
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
Single supplement
Any season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 50 € / 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

• Private return transfer La Rochelle > Niort
(up to 5 persons)
+ 150 € (package)

• Extra day / classic VTC bike

Classic VTC bike / Price per extra day

+ 15 € / pers.

• Extra day / e-bike

Electric assistance bike / Price per extra day

+ 30 € / 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

  • 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 Niort
> 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 Niort

> By car:
From A10 highway > Follow A83 to Nantes > exit 11 « Niort – Centre ».

> By train :
From Paris Montparnasse train station >> Niort train station (by TGV 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 >> Poitiers train station >> Niort train station (by TGV train).

– RER B to Denfert-Rochereau > Metro Line 4 direction ‘Porte de Clignancourt’ >> stop ‘Montparnasse-Bienvenue’ train station >> Niort train station (by TGV train).
www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

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

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

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

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Niort 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).
    – La Rochelle Ville train station >> Niort train station (by train or TGV train).
    – La Rochelle >> Niort (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