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La Vélodyssée: from Nantes to Bordeaux Ref. : ODYS4 STD

  • Salt Marshes

    Salt Marshes Pierre-Olivier-Grolleau

  • Nantes Cathedral

    Nantes Cathedral LVT

  • bike through the salt marches

    bike through the salt marches P.Beltrami - OT Les Sables d'Olonne

  • Beach

    Beach Médoc Océan Alain Beguerie

  • St Brévin forest

    St Brévin forest Outremer

  • La Rochelle

    La Rochelle LVT

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux David Remazeilles

  • La Vélodysée

    La Vélodysée Outremer

  • Les Sables d'Olonne

    Les Sables d'Olonne Pascal Beltrami

  • Les Sables d'Olonne beaches

    Les Sables d'Olonne beaches Pascal Beltrami - OT Les Sables d'Olonne

  • from 1895 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
  • Circuit :
    • Linear trips
    • Electric bike
    • Trip on La Vélodyssée cycling paths
  • Difficulty : average
  • Duration : 14 days | 12 days riding
  • Departure : from March 2018 to November 2019
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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.

Your bike tour on La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route:

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 casttle.

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 Remblade | 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 | 45 km

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 Gironfr - 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

Prices per person :
  • From March 1st 2018 to April 30th 2018 1 895,00 €
    Single room supplement : 780,00 €
    Bike discount : - 120,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +420,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From May 1st 2018 to August 31st 2018 1 950,00 €
    Single room supplement : 780,00 €
    Bike discount : - 120,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +420,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From September 1st 2018 to November 30th 2019 1 895,00 €
    Single room supplement : 780,00 €
    Bike discount : - 120,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +420,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 1 dinner (drinks not included)
  • 13 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • 1 travel folder
  • Tourist brochures
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle rental for 12 days with helmet
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • 12 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (7 nights included)
  • Train transfer from Bordeaux to Nantes
  • Boat transfer on Day 9
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Prices per person :
  • Extra night in Nantes

    2-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    Supplement : 
    + 60.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room : 
    + 45.00 €
  • Extra night in Bordeaux

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    Supplement : 
    + 80.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room : 
    + 75.00 €
  • GPS device rental

    Follow your daily bike stages on a GPS device fixed on your bike.

    Supplement : 
    + 95.00 €   per GPS device
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +100 €

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> 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.



  > 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 Nantes from Bordeaux by train : Bordeaux train station > Nantes train station.