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Poitevin Marsh by bike: from Niort to La Rochelle Ref. : VF2

  • Coulon

    Coulon La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • Poitevin marsh

    Poitevin marsh LVT

  • La Rochelle

    La Rochelle La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • Arçais

    Arçais LVT

  • La Rochelle harbour

    La Rochelle harbour LVT

  • Maillezais  abbey

    Maillezais abbey LVT

  • Coulon

    Coulon LVT

  • Marans

    Marans La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • La Rochelle - Towers of the Vieux Port

    La Rochelle - Towers of the Vieux Port LVT

  • Niort - market

    Niort - market La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • Sèvre Niortaise  river

    Sèvre Niortaise river La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

  • Maillezais abbey

    Maillezais abbey LVT

  • Poitevin marsh

    Poitevin marsh La Vélo Francette - J. Damase

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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.

NEW TOUR 2018

Your cycling tour on the Vélo Françette

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 + 4 km option

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.

Rates
Prices per person :
  • From June 1st 2018 to November 15th 2019 420,00 €
    Single room supplement : 200,00 €
    Bike discount : - 50,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +35,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in 2-star & 3-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 4 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist documentation
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle hire for 3 days with helmet
This price does not include :
  • Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Multirisk Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (4 nights inclusive)
  • Return transfer from La Rochelle to Niort
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Extra day / classic VTC bike

    Classic VTC bike / Price per extra day

    Supplement : 
    + 15.00 €
  • Extra day / e-bike

    Electric assistance bike / Price per extra day

    Supplement : 
    + 40.00 €
  • Extra night in Niort

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    50.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 45.00 €
  • Extra night in La Rochelle

    2-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    65.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 50.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +40 €
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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 Niort from La Rochelle by train : La Rochelle train station > Niort 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 NIORT:

 

CAR:
From A10 then A83 highways > exit n°11. Follow direction « Niort / Chauray » on D611 and D648.

 

TRAIN:

From Paris : Montparnasse train station > Niort train station.


Possibility of taxi transfer to the hotel from Niort train station.

 

PLANE:

. From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > Poitiers train station > Niort train station.

 

. From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Montparnasse train station > Niort train station.

 

. From La Rochelle airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : La Rochelle train station > Niort train station.