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La Rochelle to Bordeaux: La Vélodyssée Aquitaine

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La Rochelle to Bordeaux: La Vélodyssée

Cycle from La Rochelle along the Atlantic Coast, through wetlands, pretty seaside villages and pine forests through to the Médoc Vineyards

La Rochelle to Bordeaux: La Vélodyssée

Need a breath of sea air? This cycle trip has all you are looking for: adventure, the open sea, and a sense of exhilaration. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, you will follow the Vélodyssée cycle route along the Atlantic coastline, through pine forests and marshlands. Visit the city of Rochefort, famous for its 'Corderie Royale', the citadelle in Brouage, the oyster farms in La Tremblade and the seaside resort of Royan. A short ferry ride will take you over to Le Verdon and on to the Médoc peninsular, where you will continue your ride through the vineyards and on to Bordeaux.

Holiday Highlights

  • Almost exclusively cycle tracks
  • Wetlands and nature reserves, home to a huge variety of birds
  • Pine forest fringed sandy beaches
  • Fortified village of Brouage
  • Famous vineyards of Médoc
  • Historic harbour town of La Rochelle

What's Included

  • 6 days moderate cycling
  • 7 nights, half board
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 evening meals
  • Fully serviced hybrid bikes with bike map cases
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Belle France 24hr Support
  • GPS on Demand

Starting Days

Saturdays only

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive La Rochelle day 1


    Arrival La Rochelle. This historic city is very well equipped with cycling paths, which makes it perfect getting around by bike.

    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle
    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle
    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle  - Reception
    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle  - Reception
    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle - Double Room
    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle Family Triple
    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle Bar
    • Hotel Francois Premier La Rochelle Double

    Hotel Francois Premier - La Rochelle
    La Rochelle

    Part of the Citotel Urban Style chain, this hotel is located in the centre of La Rochelle, and boasts a quirky. contemporary style.


    • Citotel Urban Style Hotel
    • Boutique hotel
    • Contemporary decor
    • WiFi
    • En suite facilities



    Continental breakfast included

  • 2

    La Rochelle to Rochefort-sure-Mer day 2


    Ride on the cycle path along the coastline through small seaside villages like Les Boucholeurs or Châtelaillon-Plage and through the wetlands, home to a great variety of birds such as storks and herons.

    • Hotel de France - Rochefort
    • Hotel de France - Rochefort
    • Hotel de France - Rochefort
    • Rochefort Post Office
    • Hotel de France - Rochefort

    Hotel de France - Rochefort

    A warm and friendly hotel situated in the centre of Rochefort. Found opposite the ornate post office building, this relaxed hotel is an 11-minute walk from le Musee National de la Marine and a 14-minute walk from Gare de Rochefort station.

    Colourful, modern rooms and suites have en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi.


    • Air-conditioning
    • Hairdresser
    • Bar



    Continental breakfast is served in the laid-back dining room, and there's a cozy bar, a vintage-inspired lounge and a patio.

    26 mi
    (42 km)

  • 3

    Rochefort-sur-Mer to La Tremblade day 3


    Cross the Charente River on France’s last transporter bridge, classified as an Historic Monument and dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. Continue cycling along the canals then through the marshes. Discover Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban and bike through the oyster farms along the coast of Marennes along to La Tremblade.

    • Hotel le Heron Cendré
    • Hotel Le Heron Cendré

    Hotel le Heron Cendré
    La Tremblade

    This casual, low-rise hotel features country-chic rooms which come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and desks.

    Other amenities include a simple bar and a garden terrace with seating.


    • TV
    • En -suite facilites
    • Free WiFi



    A breakfast buffet is served in a bright, casual dining room.

    25 mi
    (40 km)

  • 4

    La Tremblade to Royan day 4


    Cycle through La Tremblade forest to the lighthouse “Phare de la Coubre”. Take in the sea breeze as you cycle along the superb “Baie des Anses” and reach La Palmyre. You’ll notice the coastline getting rockier with beautiful coves, as you approach Royan.

    • Hôtel Foncillon
    • Hôtel Foncillon
    • Hôtel Foncillon

    Hôtel Foncillon

    Facing the bay of Royan, in the heart of the seaside town, the Hotel Foncillon awaits. Its 3 stars shine due to a professional and dynamic team in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

    The hotel is just 50 metres from Foncillon beach with a seawater swimming pool and is on the doorstep of the Palais des Congres.

    A short walk from the hotel, the bars, cafés, restaurants and entertainment of Royan will ensure a relaxing and enjoyable stay.


    • Bar
    • Breakfast room
    • En suite rooms
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking



    Breakfast has a great array of fresh, local produce and there are many fine restaurants to choose from in the town centre, something for every appetite.

    28 mi
    (45 km)

  • 5

    Royan to Hourtin day 5


    Start the day off with a ferry trip across the Gironde, taking you to the tip of the Medoc peninsular. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views from Verdon-sur-mer before continuing your trip along the beaches up to Hourtin.

    • Hotel les Pins, Hourtin
    • Hotel les Pins, Hourtin

    Hotel les Pins

    This unassuming hotel is just 2.1 km from the village of Hourtin, offering straightforward rooms with exterior entrances with en suite bathrooms, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs.

    There's a seasonal outdoor pool and a patio with seating.


    • TV in rooms
    • En - suite faciliities
    • Outdoor pool



    30 mi
    (48 km)

  • 6

    Hourtin to Margaux day 6


    You ride today on small country roads in the heart of the most prestigious vineyards like Saint-Esthèphe, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild among others. Your route passes Pauillac at the edge of the estuary, where you can see the square fishing nets typical to this region, and ends in Margaux, in the heart of the prestigious Medoc region.

    • Le Pavillon de Margaux
    • Le Pavillon de Margaux
    • Le Pavillon de Margaux
    • Le Pavillon de Margaux

    Le Pavillon de Margaux

    In a stately building overlooking vineyards, this upmarket, old-school hotel is a short walk from Château Margaux, a 19th-century villa on a wine estate, and 2 km from Margaux railway station.

    The unassuming rooms come with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibars. Some have air-conditioning.

    Breakfast is served in a bright restaurant that has a sunroom and offers wine tastings. A tearoom has a garden terrace with views of the vineyards and there's an outdoor pool.


    • En suite Bedrooms
    • Minibar
    • Telephone
    • Conservatory restaurant with view over vineyards


    • Terrine de fois gras avec pain d’épice aux fruits rouges et chutney pommes
    • Entrecôte grillée pommes de terre et salade avec sauce bordelaise
    • Lamproie à la bordelaise
    • Café gourmand

    39 mi
    (63 km)

  • 7

    Margaux to Bordeaux day 7


    You ride through the prestigious vineyards on your way to the dynamic city of Bordeaux. Discover the banks of the Garonne river, the medieval streets and the buildings with chiseled white stones.

    • Best Western Gare St Jean
    • Best Western Gare St Jean
    • Best Western Gare St Jean
    • Best Western Gare St Jean

    Best Western Gare St Jean

    A 3-minute walk from TGV trains at Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean, this townhouse hotel is 1.6 miles from the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux and 1.8 miles from the modern art exhibits at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux.

    The cozy air-conditioned rooms offer free WiFi, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, plus minifridges and Nespresso coffeemakers.

    Amenities include a breakfast buffet,, a courtyard, a library and a chic lobby wine bar.


    • En-suite bedrooms
    • WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Laundry service
    • Library



    21 mi
    (34 km)

Route & Location

Customer Reviews Customer ratings via Feefo

4 out of 5 rating based on 2 reviews

  • Service (5/5): Over the years we have had at least 5 cycling holidays with them

    5 out of 5

    Belle France: Thank you for your positive feedback. We hope that you shall continue to book with us for many years to come. Kind Regards, Kate
    7th October 2019

    Product (5/5): We thoroughly enjoyed it the holiday

    Belle France: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you for your positive comments. Kind regards, Kate
    7th October 2019

  • Service (3/5): Vaude sacoches had 2 clips which required great force to attach to the porte baggage

    Gears not properly adjusted, height of seats ~8 cm too high

    Yoann did not show up at 18h00 on Saturday 2 June for the arranged appointment nor at any other time.

    3 out of 5

    Belle France: We are so sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the bike set up and delivery, we had arranged for our bike rep to meet you at 18:00 and are very disappointed to hear that this did not happen, we do have a 24 hour support number and we do encourage clients to call should there be any issues so that we can resolve matters quickly and to the clients satisfaction.
    7th August 2018

    Product (4/5): Good value, especially with all breakasts and dinners included.

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  • From£1655per person

  • Outward: Depart London St Pancras International, change trains at Paris, arrive La Rochelle in the afternoon

    Return: Depart Bordeaux in the morning, change stations in Paris, arrive St Pancras in the late afternoon

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