La Velo Francette Cycle Route from Saumur to La Rochelle

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Bike Tours, E-bike tours

Duration

7 days

Duration

258Km

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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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3/5 Medium

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 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: Saumur
Individual arrival in Saumur: discover this elegant city of Art and History and its vineyards. Ideas for a visit are The Cadre Noir riding school, the imposing Saumur Castle with its exceptional view over the Loire river and an inevitable visit of a cellar to taste a glass of Saumur sparkling wine.

Day 2: Saumur – Thouars (43 km/27 mi)
First step along the water, from Loire Valley to the Thouet Valley, which presents beautiful cities of character. The fortified city of Montreuil-Bellay and Thouars on their rocky outcrops are the must-sees. In Taizon, the remarkable bridge of the 13th century is also to be seen.

Day 3: Thouars – Parthenay (67 km/42 mi)
Never far from the Thouet river, this bucolic and more rugged route allows to discover some gems of Romanesque Art like Saint Généroux or Airvault. Saint Loup, city of character, is also a must stop. His castle would have inspired the French Writer Charles Perrault. Shortly after, Cebron Lake is perfect for a relaxing break before arriving in the medieval town of Parthenay.

Day 4: Parthenay – Niort (54 km/33 mi)
A rural stage that combines remarkable heritage (Champdeniers-Saint-Denis and Collegiate of Saint Marc la Lande) and beautiful landscapes along the Sèvre Niortaise. Arriving in Niort, you are greeted by the 12th century dungeon and the large 19th century covered market, in Baltard style.

Day 5: Niort – Arçais/Damvix (35 or 39 km/22 or 24 mi)
Between land and sea, discover the charms of La Venise Verte (the Green Venice) and its small villages, including Coulon, Petite Ville de Caractère (small city of character). The Regional Natural Park of the Marais Poitevin is a place apart, poetic. A boat trip in this charming green labyrinth is a good time, a relaxing break.

Day 6: Arçais/Damvix – La Rochelle (55 km/34 mi)
During this last cycling day, the route stays true to the water. First Sèvre Niortaise to Marans, nice river city with its marina, its historic center and its futuristic bell tower. Continue on bike paths along the canal of Marans to arrive in apotheosis on the ocean and its magnificent beaches. The historic center of La Rochelle is full of architectural treasures.

Day 7: La Rochelle
End of services after breakfast. Individual departure or extension of your saty
This itinerary can be combines with The Vélodyssée Atlantic Coast Route from La Rochelle to Royan

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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

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

Minimum non-refundable rate: 50

La Velo Francette Cycle Route from Saumur to La Rochelle

  • To plunge in the sweet atmosphere of La Douce France, cycling along water streams, crossing charming cities and picturesque villages, immersed in the tranquillity of the French countryside
  • To visit the city of Saumur, in the Loire Valley, enjoy the view over the river from the imposing castle and taste the famous wines of the area directly at the producers’ cellars
  • To cycle from one Petite Cité de Caractère to another, travelling through the history of France, among perched medieval castles and ancient bridges
  • To cross by bike the medieval bridge and the city gate of medieval Parthenay that once pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago used to cross on foot
  • To discover the many local products of the bucolic Deux Sèvres department in the covered market of Niort, built in the Baltard style, like Les Halles in Paris
  • To be conquered by the poetic charm of La Venise Verte, a maze of canals surrounded by greenery and overlooked by countless villages
  • To relax in the the sun on a beach and have a final evening stroll in the streets of La Rochelle, che charming White City of the French Atlantic Coast
  • To travel slowly across France by bike offe the usual tourist routes, pedaling from the Loire Valley to the Ocean

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