La Vélodyssée: from Nantes to Bordeaux

from 1 540 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 6 pers.)
Reference : ODYS4
14 days / 12 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
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Your bike tour on La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route:

Between Nantes and Bordeaux, it is almost 600 kilometers of marked bike path. This tour follows 3 of the main véloroutes in France: The Loire à Vélo, the Vélodysée, the Canal des deux mers. From the Loire estuary, you will join St Brévin and the coastline. The Vélodysée’ maritime sceneries carry on to Royan and its Belle Epoque villas. Between beaches and steep coves, you will enjoy the numerous ports and seaside resort. In Royan the Canal des 2 mers use the Gironde Estuary to Bordeaux. The Gironde’ banks leads you softly in the heart of Bordeaux, via large marsh area, vineyards and small marinas.

Day 1 : Arrival in Nantes


Discover the charms and secrets of this Art & History city settled on the Loire river banks: its magnificent houses in the old districts, its cathedral and its Ducs de Bretagne castle.

Day 2 : Nantes – Saint-Brévin les Pins | 60 km


This first bike stage will allow you to reach the Loire river estuary with its calm and wild landscapes, between marshlands and countryside … before breathing salty and fresh sea air in Saint Brévin les Pins. Enjoy the beautiful beaches.

Day 3 : Saint-Brévin les Pins – Bouin | 55 / 60 km


Discover the “oyster capital” of the Vendée area, former island now protected by dikes and polders, and unique in France. Observe the salt marshland workers and don’t forget to taste some oysters at Port du Bec, enjoying the view over Noirmoutier island.

Day 4 : Bouin – Saint Jean de Monts | 40 / 45 km


Follow the cycling paths through dunes and forests, and admire the 20th century villas all along the way. After the small loop on the Noirmoutier island, a beautiful fine white sand beach is waiting for you at Saint Jean de Monts.

Day 5 : Saint Jean de Monts – Les Sables d’Olonne | 50 / 55 km


Between Sion and St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, ride along the picturesque rocks of ‘Cinq-Pinteaux’ and ‘Trou du Diable’.Discover the old fishing port of St-Hilaire-de-Riez before reaching the famous ‘Vendée Globe’ race departure town: Les Sables d’Olonne. There you can taste seafood products such as the well-known ‘sablaise’ sardine.

Day 6 : Les Sables d’Olonne – La Tranche sur Mer | 45 / 50 km


On the first part of this stage, you will ride close to the sea, from beaches to rocky creeks… before riding along the Payré estuary with its astonishing and contrasting colours. Leave your bike for a while to have a swim on one of the nice beaches such as Conche beach, before reaching La Tranche sur Mer, a famous seaside resort dedicated to board sports.

Day 7 : La Tranche sur Mer – La Rochelle | 65 / 70 km


Cycle through the dry part of the ‘marais Poitevin’ and follow the ‘voies vertes’ cycling paths to enter the village of Marans. Have a look at the church and its surprising bell tower made of glass and metal. Continue to La Rochelle with its old towers, remains from the old defensive walls. You will enjoy the charms of the old city bathed with warm and sweet lights.

Day 8 : La Rochelle – Rochefort | 42 km


From the famous towers of La Rochelle harbour, ride along the cycling path by the ocean leading to Châtelaillon-Plage, a seaside city. Then you will reach the astonishing city of Rochefort, following the river banks of the Charente.

Day 9 : Rochefort – La Tremblade | 39 km


Then you will ride along a cycling path to the salt pan crossed by several small canals. Marennes is the first oyster farming pool in Europe : a perfect stopover to discover regional food !

Day 10 : La Tremblade – Royan | 45km


Continue your journey between salt pans and the Seudre estuary. After 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 11 : Royan – Mortagne sur Gironde | 38 km


On a nice shaded cycling track along the sea, your journey will take you from paths to small roads before getting to Talmont sur Gironde, known as one of the ‘most beautiful village’ in France. Then you will ride until Mortagne-sur-Gironde harbour.

Day 12 : Mortagne sur Gironde – Blaye | 65 km


The numerous small marinas along the river banks of the Gironde are perfect stopping places. You will join Blaye by a beautiful cycling path and will leave Charente Maritime to continue the route of the channel of 2 seas in Gironde.

Day 13 : Blaye – Bordeaux | 50 km


Cross the Gironde estuary to join Lamarque and the region of the Médoc and its famous wine-making names.You will reach the heart of Bordeaux, riding along small roads in the middle of the vineyard.

Day 14 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


  • Private return transfer from Bordeaux to Nantes – optional.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: ODYS4 STD
superior category
Reference: ODYS4 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th 2019
    from September 1st to November 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
1 760 € / pers.
2 335 € / pers.
4 persons basis :(price per person)
1 630 € / pers.
2 205 € / pers.
6 persons basis :(price per person)
1 540 € / pers.
2 115 € / pers.
Single supplement
690 € / pers.
1 050 € / pers.
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
1 900 € / pers.
2 475 € / pers.
4 persons basis :(price per person)
1 770 € / pers.
2 345 € / pers.
6 persons basis :(price per person)
1 680 € / pers.
2 255 € / pers.
Single supplement
690 € / pers.
1 050 € / 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.
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

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 Nantes
> 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 Nantes

> By car:
– From Paris, A11 highway > exit n°22 « Nantes centre ». Then follow A811 and N23 direction « Nantes centre ».
– Or A83 highway > direction « Nantes centre ».

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

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Line 1 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Nantes 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 >> Nantes 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 >> Nantes 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 >> Nantes train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Nantes 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 >> St Pierre des Corps train station (by TGV train) >> Nantes train station (by train ).
    – Bordeaux >> Nantes (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 : / 1 testimonials

Christian
Suisse
travel date: 31 October 2017.
" Merci! "

Vraiment de belles vacances que l’on a passé en famille . La plus petite avait 14 ans et on a trouvé cela très bien de bouger chaque jour.Des étapes bien choisies, des hôtels de qualité et de bons vélos.