From Cognac to the Atlantic Ocean by bike

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Tour

Bike Tours, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Distance

309Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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2/5 Medium-Easy

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.

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Linear

The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Cognac
Individual arrival in Cognac, which can be reached by train from La Rochelle, Bordeaux or Paris. Overnight in a central hotel, which can be reached with a short taxi ride or a 10-15 minute walk from the train station. It is possible to park the car in the hotel garage (supplement) or park for free on the street.

Day 2: Circular tour around Cognac (49 or 55 km)
You will leave Cognac on small roads along the Charente River, heading towards Jarnac. You will follow the river through villages and vineyards, until you reach Jarnac, where you can visit the headquarters of Courvoisier. Jarnac is also the birthplace of the late former French president, Francois Mitterrand, who is also buried here. A museum displays the many gifts he received on official visits.

Day 3: Cognac – Saintes (44 km)
Today you will leave Cognac heading West, on slightly hillier roads than the previous stage. You will find a nice spot for a picnic on the grass, outside the Abbey of Fontdouce. The abbey is open to visitors and is in Romanesque style, typical of the region. In the afternoon, a pleasant descent will take you to the Charente River, where a small ferry will take you to the opposite bank, at Chaniers. Overnight stay in Saintes.

Day 4: Saintes – Rochefort (55 km)
Saintes hosts the only arena and Roman theater on the west coast of France. Leaving Saintes, you will cycle on small and easy roads from one village to another, almost all beautified by at least one church, a castle and a cafe, to take a short break. At the end of the day you will reach Rochefort, an important 18th century naval port on the west coast, where you will spend the night.

Day 5: Circular tour around Rochefort (49 or 60 km)
In Rochefort you can visit a true replica of the frigate Hermione, anchored in the harbor. There is also an old rope factory (La Corderia Royale) turned into a museum. After a few kilometers, a small ferry will take you across the Charente River. Heading South, you will pass in front of the villages of Brouage and Marennes, among the marshes, and then, through a large stretch dedicated to oyster farming, where you can admire the typical small boats and the so-called cabanes, the huts used by oyster farmers.

Day 6: Rochefort – La Rochelle (43 km)
Today's route will take you North, along the coast, passing through the villages of St. Laurent, Yves and Châtelaillon-Plage. You will also pass through several beaches, so make sure to have your swimsuit with you! You will arrive at La Rochelle on the seafront and your hotel will be in the city center.

Day 7: La Rochelle and Ré Island (42 or 52 km)
Today's tour will take you to the most beautiful island on the French Atlantic coast, the Isle of Ré. A long bridge with a lane for bikes and one for pedestrians, will lead you to this popular summer destination, where you will cross the splendid coastal villages of La Flotte and St. Martin-de-Ré, with beautiful beaches and restaurants for an outdoor lunch.

Day 8: La Rochelle
After breakfast, end of services and individual departure or extension of the trip.
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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • City tax
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • GPS or navigation APP

❌ What is not included?

  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

💸 Cancellation fees

  • Time Range
  • Full refund
  • More 30 days of departure
  • 90%
  • From 29 to 30 days before departure
  • 75%
  • From 13 to 29 days before departure
  • 50%
  • Up to 7 days before departure
  • Not refundable

From Cognac to the Atlantic Ocean by bike

  • Because this itinerary from Cognac to La Rochelle will make you travel in the aroma of cognac, accompanied by the authentic smells of nature and the briny scent of the ocean
  • To reach Saintes, which hosts the only arena and Roman theater on the west coast of France, and ride on small and easy country roads and cycle paths, passing through villages and small towns
  • To discover Rochefort, City of Art and History, which guards various relics of its maritime past such as the copy of the frigate Hermione and the museum of the Royal Rope factory
  • To discover the charm of the Île de Ré, the most beautiful island on the French Atlantic coast, where a long bridge will lead you to the splendid coastal villages of La Flotte and St. Martin-de-Ré
  • To enjoy a tour of France by bike that is truly amazing and unique

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