La Rochelle to Bordeaux: La Vélodyssée Aquitaine
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.
- 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
Itinerary & Hotels
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
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
- En suite facilities
Continental breakfast included
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
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.
Continental breakfast is served in the laid-back dining room, and there's a cozy bar, a vintage-inspired lounge and a patio.
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
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.
- En -suite facilites
- Free WiFi
A breakfast buffet is served in a bright, casual dining room.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
- Room Service
- Laundry service