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French Atlantic Coast

Cycle from La Rochelle to Royan

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Route

Tour profile / level 1-2

Mainly on cycle paths and quiet secondary roads, always asphalted, less traffic and mostly flat.

Day 1: La Rochelle

Individual arrival. Your accommodation is in a nice hotel in the heart of the town center. Take the time to enjoy the city. 

Day 2: Roundtrip Baie de l’Aiguillon, approx. 44 km

Situated North from La Rochelle, the Baie de l’Aiguillon is a graceful link between continent and ocean. Your itinerary, along the white coast is easy and beautiful. Baie de l’Aiguillon is famous for its mussel farms. You will have the opportunity to visit one of them: the interesting Maison de la Myticulture.

Day 3: Roundtrip Baie de Chatelaillon, approx. 42 km

You leave La Rochelle towards south on a pleasant cycling path along the coast. Enjoy the wonderful sceneries from Chatelaillon Plage. After a little walk in the charming town center and its tiny streets, why not swimming or lying on the beach. Back to La Rochelle by small country roads and De Buzay’ Castle.

Day 4: Roundtrip Ile de Ré, approx. 57 km

Cross the impressive bridge to reach the island: Ile de Ré. Discover the lively fisherman’s village called Rivedoux then La Flotte with their colourful markets. Cycle along charming white villages on the coast line with many possibilities to stop for a swim on the way.

Day 5: La Rochelle – Rochefort, approx. 52 km

It’s time to leave La Rochelle for another great town: Rochefort, where, in 1666, Louis XIV chose to settle a powerful naval arsenal on the Atlantic. Today, you ride along the coast you will see former prison Fort Boyard, and the island Ile d’Oléron.

Day 6: Rochefort – Bourcefranc (Cat B) 37 km or Ronce les B. (Cat A) 39 km

Idyllic cycling on the way from Rochefort to your next accommodation in Bourcefranc or La Tremblade/Ronce les Bains (depending on your choice of
by your choice of category). Possibility in Marennes - center of oyster production, surrounded by a tranquil nature reserve, which is home to many migratory birds and continue your journey afterwards.

Day 7: Bourcefranc/Ronce les Bains – Royan, approx. 37 - 47 km

Wonderful cycle path first through a nature reserve, nesting place for many bird species and finally through the extensive pine forests with wonderful views of the sea. Make sure you bring your swimwear on your bike on this day! The last section of the cycle path leads along the rocky coast to the hotel in Royan.

Day 8: Royan – La Rochelle

Use the included bus transfer at 9 am after breakfast to get back to La Rochelle. Individual departure or extend your stay in La Rochelle.

Services

  • 7 nights in chosen category, rooms with private facilities

  • Daily breakfast

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel 

  • Transfer Royan – La Rochelle

  • GPS tracks

  • Maps and information material per room

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   16.03. - 30.06.24
    Category A
    S2   01.07. - 31.08.24
    Category A
    S1   01.09. - 26.10.24
    Category A
    S1   16.03. - 30.06.24
    Category B
    S2   01.07. - 31.08.24
    Category B
    S1   01.09. - 26.10.24
    Category B

    Extras

    Discount extra bed in room with 2 full payers
    Children 0-1,99 yrs -100%
    Children 2-10,99 yrs -50%
    Children 11-17,99 yrs -10%
       
    Bikes and equipment
    21-speed 135
    E-Bike* 235
    Rental helmet 9
    Phone attachement 9
       
    Extra nights
    La Rochelle Cat. A (dbl/sgl) Season 1+2 92/166
    La Rochelle Cat. B (dbl/sgl) Season 1 73/132
    La Rochelle Cat. B (dbl/sgl) Season 2 76/137
    Royan Cat. A (dbl/sgl) Season 1 +Sea view 121/203
    Royan Cat. A (dbl/sgl) Season 2 +Sea view 145/210
    Royan Cat. B (dbl/sgl) Season 1 102/165
    Royan Cat. B (dbl/sgl) Season 1 +Sea view 140/190
    Royan Cat. B (dbl/sgl) Season 2 123/195
    Royan Cat. B (dbl/sgl) Season 2 +Sea view 140/217

     

    *For e-bike rental, a deposit of € 250 must be paid on site by credit card


    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel samples

    Category A
    Well-chosen, modern 3-4 star hotels with all conceivable comfort.

    La Rochelle: Hôtel St Nicolas***
    Rochefort: Hôtel La Corderie Royale****
    Ronce les Bains/La Tremblade: Hotel de la Plage***
    Royan-Pontaillac: Hôtel Miramar*** (sea view)


    Category B
    Predominantly well-chosen 2-3 star hotels with comfort and a private and family atmosphere and the quite personal care.

    La Rochelle: Hôtel de Paris**
    Rochefort: Hôtel Roca Fortis***
    Bourcefranc: Hotel Terminus**
    Royan-Pontaillac: Hôtel Miramar***


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    You can choose between the following bikes with 28" tires in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.

    • 21-speed bikes
    • E-bikes

    All bikes are equipped with a rear rack pannier (saddle bag) and a handlebar bag/room.


    E-bikes | Pedelecs

    With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... Acclivity can be handled easily.
    Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.


    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen even with new wheels and by best servicing. Should a repair not be possible, please contact our service number! In a few hotels/guest houses we have some bikes on stock if you need to change them during the trip.


    Private bicycles

    You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. It is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, spare tube and lock. Please check all functions of your bicycle carefully upon arrival.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by train

    The nearest international airport is in BORDEAUX
    From Bordeaux airport, there is a shuttle to Bordeaux train station (about € 10,- about 30min). From Bordeaux Saint Jean train station there are connections to " La Rochelle Ville " train station (approx. 35,00 € - 2h20)


    Arrival by car

    Parking: In Cat. A you can use the hotel own parking garage approx. for € 15,- /day. In Cat. B you need to use the public parking lots next to your starting hotel. This parking lots will cost as well approx. € 15,- /day.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: La Rochelle
    From the train station in La Rochelle you can use the taxi for approx. € 10,- to get to the hotel or you can walk 20 minutes. The hotels are situated in the city center (La Rochelle old port).

    Current train connections and prices you will find >>here

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    Travel stories

    4,7 of 6 Stars | 1
    4.5 07.10.2019 | Janet Gayle H. French Atlantic Coast

    A good tour with a few problems.

    We loved the suggested cycling routes but reading the directions and finding our way was arduous at times made more difficult by errors in the material. We always used common sense and figured out the errors but it was time consuming. Our hotels in La ...
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    • Booking handling 6
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    • Accomodation 4
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