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La Vélo Francette: cycle tour from Saumur to La Rochelle Ref. : VF1

  • Coulon

    Coulon La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • Airvault

    Airvault La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • La Rochelle

    La Rochelle La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • Montreuil Bellay

    Montreuil Bellay France Vélo Tourisme

  • Sèvre Niortaise river

    Sèvre Niortaise river La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • chateau de Saumur

    chateau de Saumur LVT

  • Parthenay

    Parthenay La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • Natural Park of the Marais Poitevin

    Natural Park of the Marais Poitevin LVT

  • Parthenay

    Parthenay LVT

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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.

NEW TOUR 2018

Your cycling tour on La Vélo Francette:

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

Rates
Prices per person :
  • From May 15th 2018 to November 15th 2018 690,00 €
    Single room supplement : 210,00 €
    Bike discount : - 65,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +105,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 2 and 3-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle rental for 5 days (with helmet) and repatriation
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist brochures
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • 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 La Rochelle to Saumur
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Extra night in Saumur

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    50.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 30.00 €
  • Extra night in La Rochelle

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    75.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 60.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +60 €
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> At the end of the tour:

 

. Leave your rented bike at the last hotel. We take care of its repatriation.

. Possibility to come back to Saumur from La Rochelle by train : La Rochelle train station > St Pierre des Corps station > Saumur train station.

 


 

> Your rental bike:

ARCADE "Cambridge" VTC bike - 18 speed gears
   

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebag), 1 front pannier, 1 pump, 1 lock and 1 antipuncture spray.
Helmet included.

 

> You can rent an electric assistance bike!

ARCADE « E-Colors » VTC bike - 7 speed gears

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebag), 1 front pannier, 1 pump, 1 lock and 1 antipuncture spray.
Helmet included.

 

 

See the FAQ for more information on the rental bikes.

 


 

How to arrive in SAUMUR:

 

CAR:
From A85 highway > Exit n°3 « Saumur ». Follow direction « Saumur » on N147.

 

TRAIN:

From Paris : Austerlitz train station > Saumur train station
Or Montparnasse train station > St Pierre des Corps train station > Saumur train station


Possibility of taxi transfer to the hotel from Saumur train station: about €10 during the week and about €15 on Sunday.

 

PLANE:

. From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > Angers-St-Laud train station > Saumur train station

 

. From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Austerlitz or Montparnasse train station > St Pierre des Corps train station or  Angers St Laud train station or Tours train station > Saumur train station

 

. From Tours airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Tours train station > Saumur train station

 

. From Nantes airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Nantes train station > Angers St Laud train station > Saumur train station