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New for 2017

Nantes to La Rochelle: La Vélodyssée

Cycle along the Atlantic Coast past stunning beaches,wetlands, pine forests and pretty villages

New for 2017

Nantes to La Rochelle: La Vélodyssée

Enjoy the sea breeze as you cycle along this section of the Velodyssée, taking in the scent of the pine forests, the Breton wetlands, colourful ports and fishing villages, ending up in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle

Holiday Highlights

  • Part of the Velodyssey cycle track
  • Stunning Atlantic Coastline
  • Beaches in Vendée
  • Islands of Noirmoutier 
  • Fishing ports and fresh seafood
  • Historic harbour town of La Rochelle

What's Included

  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Bike hire
  • 7 days cycling
  • Local agent
  • 2 nights half board

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive in Nantesday 1

    Summary

    Arrival in Nantes, capital of the Loire region, on the mouth of the estuary of the longest river in France. It boasts the magnificent Duc de Bretagne Castle and 15th Century ramparts. You’ll find the road book and bikes waiting for you.

    Hotel
    • Hotel Belfort
    • Hotel Belfort Standard Room
    • Hotel Belfort Restaurant

    Hotel Belfort Nantes

    This modern 3 star hotel is centrally located in Nantes and is a short walk from the railway station.

    Facilities

    • WiFi
    • Flat screen TV
    • En suite bathrooms 
    • Hair driers

    Board

    Cuisine

    Continental breakfast included

  • 2

    Nantes to St Brevin les Pinsday 2

    Summary

    As you leave Nantes, cross the River Loire and pass through the through colourful houses of the Trentemoult district. Follow the river out to the coast. Flat roads make it easy to cycle to the ocean. Breathe in the sea breeze as you approach Brevin -les-Pins and the South Loire beaches.

    Hotel
    • Hotel Spa du Beryl
    • Hotel Spa de Beryl pool
    • Hotel Spa de Beryl Spa
    • Hotel Spa de Beryl Terrace
    • Hotel Spa de Beryl beach

    Hotel Spa du Béryl St Brevin des Pins

    Overlooking the waterfront promenade this polished spa hotel overlooks the sandy beach.

    Facilities

    • Free Wi - Fi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Air-conditioning
    • Laundry Service

    Board

    Cuisine

    Continental breakfast included

    42 mi
    (68km)

  • 3

    St Brevin les Pins to Bouinday 3

    Summary

    A great day to take in the sea air. Take in the wonderful panoramic views as you cycle along the coastline today. We recommend that you take the optional loop on the St Gildas point. Cycle through the pretty port of Pornic as you start your descent between the marshes and the sea, before arriving in your hotel in Bouin.

    Hotel
    • Domianecde de Martinet
    • Domaine de Martinet pool
    • Domaine de Martinet room

    Domaine de Martinet Bouin

    This cosy 18th Century hotel belongs to the Relais de Silence chain. A peaceful hotel, with contemporary styles room, set in the heart of the Marais - Breton - Vendeen Salt Marshes, it has a small outdoor pool in a lovely garden.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Parking
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Bar
    • Restaurant

    Board

    Cuisine

    Be seduced by the on site restaurant 'Le Martinet'.Chrystèle & Emmanuel offer you fine and traditional cuisine with seasonal flavors fresh from their garden. A selection of regional products with a touch of originality.

    Restaurant offers fine French dining and has been awarded an Assiette Michelin

    21 mi
    (34km)

  • 4

    Bouin to Noirmoutier en L'Ileday 4

    Summary

    The day starts with a morning cycle through the oyster farms. Why not stop and try some for lunch. In the afternoon, you can cycle over to the Noirmoutier Island either via the Passage de Gois causeway if the tide is low or over the bridge if the tide is high. You’ll spend the night in a hotel on the island

    Hotel
    • Hotel Les Prateaux
    • Hotel Les Prateaux
    • Hotel Les Prateaux
    • Hotel Les Prateaux
    • Hotel les Prateaux

    Hotel Les Prateaux Noirmoutier-en-L'Ile

    A short walk from the beach, this charming  chalet-style hotel is set in lovely gardens and offers fine dining, it's speciality being the locally caught lobster.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Parking
    • Room service

    Board

    Cuisine

    Install yourself and be tempted by the flavours of the menu. The chef passionately prepares dishes made with local seafood and seasonal products.

    At the gastronomical restaurant of Les Prateaux, you can taste delicious recipes like asparagus and prawn with orange and lemon or sea bass with spring vegetables and veal juice. You can also taste local products from the coast like the turbot or the Noirmoutier oysters.

    But we highly recommend the speciality of the restaurant, the lobster. Cooked in various ways, the chef prepare it like a carpaccio or flambé with Cognac. A true invitation to gastronomic pleasure! Teh restaurant prides itself on freshness and quality products, with fish tanks located on site in the kitchen.

    The pastry chef prepares his soufflé with Grand Marnier, his chocolate sphere and strawberries with basil, or his raspberry speciality.

    28 mi
    (45km)

  • 5

    Noirmoutier en L'Ile to St Gilles Croix de Vieday 5

    Summary

    You’re heading south again today. You’ll have lots of chances to stop off for a swim in some of the numerous coves on the way. You’ll arrive in the charming town of St Gilles Croix de Vie in the afternoon. Settle in to your hotel

    Hotel
    • Hotel Ibis Styles
    • Hotel IbisStyles Pool
    • Hotel Ibis Styles room
    • Hotel Ibis restaurant

    Hotel Ibis Styles - St Gilles Croix de Vie St Gilles Croix de Vie

    This modern hotel offers comfortable rooms with WiFi and flatscreen TV's, and either a balcony or terrasse.  Additional facilites include an indoor poo, a poolside bar, a restaurant and a children's video game area.

    Facilities

    • WiFi
    • Flatscreen TV's
    • Indoor Pool
    • Bar
    • Air - conditioning
    • Restaurant

    Board

    Cuisine

    Restaurant available on site

    36 mi
    (58km)

  • 6

    St Gilles Croix de Vie to Sables D'Olonneday 6

    Summary

    A days cycling along the coast and through pine forests on to the beach resort of Sables D’Olonne

    Hotel
    • Hotel Calme des Pins
    • Hotel Calmes des Pins room
    • Hotel Calme des Pins

    Hotel Calme des Pins Sables d'Olonne

    In a peaceful location, just a few minutes walk from the beach, this hotel offers the perfect opportunity to relax, offering a well-being spa with sauna, steam rooms, gym and a pool.

    Facilities

    • Comfortable modern rooms
    • WiFi
    • Hairdryers
    • Free Parking
    • Spa room
    • Indoor pool
    • Lovely garden

    Board

    Cuisine

    Continental breakfast included

    23 mi
    (37km)

  • 7

    Sables D'Olonne to La Tranche sur Merday 7

    Summary

    Hugging the coastline, cycle past beaches and rocky coves, following the cycle path to the port of Guittière why not sample some local fresh oysters. A lovely ride through the Longueville forest will bring you out at La Tranche Mer where you are staying for the night

    Hotel
    • Hotel les Dunes
    • Hotel les Dunes
    • Hotel les Dunes

    Hotel Les Dunes La-Tranchce-sur Mer

    This relaxed seaside hotel is a short walk from the beach, with comfortable modern rooms, an indoor pool and a Well-Being Spa, it is the perfect place to unwind after a day's cycling.

    Facilities

    • WiFi
    • Televisions
    • Hair dryers
    • Indoor pool
    • Well-Being Spa

    Board

    Cuisine

    Taking his ispiration from the marine atmosphere, the chef lets you discover the culinary delights of the sea and of the region. He offers a menu featuring a starter and a choice of main dishes, a cheese platter or “fromage blanc” (sort of smooth cottage cheese), and of course a dessert.

    27 mi
    (43km)

  • 8

    La Tranche sur Mer to La Rochelleday 8

    Summary

    The days starts with a cycle round the beautiful nature reserve of Anse de L’Aiguillon, home to a huge variety of birds. The area also boasts a thriving mussel industry. Follow the Sevre Niortaise river along to Brault Bridge, where you’ll pick up the canal at Marans and follow it along to the historic harbour town of La Rochelle where you will stay for the night

    Hotel
    • 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.

    Facilities

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

    Board

    Cuisine

    Continental breakfast included

    42 mi
    (68km)

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  • From £1675 per person

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

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

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