From the Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast
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From the Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast
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Along the exciting 'Vélo Francette'


Bike Tour: From the Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast - 8 days

More than 300 km/185 miles, mainly along rivers

The second stage of the ‘Vélo Francette’: a new, uninterrupted track in West France. The route is completely marked and to a large extent follows rivers and other waterways. Cycling through wonderful towns and picturesque villages in this unspoiled part of France is going to be lovely. You follow no less than 3 different routes. This is ‘slow travel’ in the literal sense of the word.   

Route 1: The Loire valley from Angers to Saumur  (58 km/39 miles)

A beautiful part of the Loire Valley is included in this route. Here you will enjoy the clear, natural light shining on the impressive heritage in this exceptionally beautiful region.

FRSB910 Velo Francette from the Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast
Day 1: Arrival in Angers
Day 2: Angers - Saumur
Day 3: Saumur - Thouars
Day 4: Thouars - Parthenay
Day 5: Parthenay - Niort
Day 6: Niort - Marans
Day 7: Marans - La Rochelle
Day 8: Departure from La Rochelle

Day 1:    Arrival in Angers

You independently travel to Angers. Check in at your hotel. Have you arrived early, take a stroll through the town centre of this historic Anjou town, situated on both sides of the river Maine. 


Day 2:    Angers - Saumur
67 km

You leave Angers through a park alongside the river Maine. Having arrived at Bouchemaine, with its pleasant restaurants, you follow the Loire eastward. After crossing the river a magnificent route close to the royal river lies ahead of you. After Gennes you stay on the south bank of the Loire. Near Saint-Hillaire-Saint-Florent there is a moderate climb across the system of abandoned tufa stone quarries where ‘Champignons de Paris’ are now cultivated. After this you enter Saumur, the pearl of Anjou. 

Challenge : 67.1km, 697 m ascent, 689m descent


Day 3:    Saumur - Thouars
46 km

From Saumur you follow a pleasant track along the river Thouet. Along quiet country roads you cycle among sloping vineyards to Montreuil-Bellay situated somewhat higher. This charming fortified little town rightly figures on the list of ‘most beautiful villages of France’. In a very relaxed way you go via Taizon to Thouars, a ‘Ville d’Art’ where travellers once had to pay toll to cross the bridge. Nowadays nothing stands in your way to enter the town for free and to look for a good (outdoor) café. 

Challenge : 46.4km, 409m ascent, 340m descent


Day 4:    Thouars - Parthenay
67 km

You leave town along the river bank and enjoy the splashing rapids, the closely wooded slopes and the picturesque, monumental buildings. You arrive via quiet tracks at the village of Airvault with its monastery, covered market and subterranean well. Somewhat further on you  are surprised by St-Loup-sur-Thouet with its moated castle. At the Lac du Cébron you can relax comfortably before going on along the river. After a railway viaduct you reach, higher up, the medieval fortified town of Parthenay. 

Challenge : 66.8km, 733m ascent, 669m descent


Day 5:    Parthenay - Niort
54 km

You travel south west through the somewhat hilly Pays Gatine, after many a bend you are rewarded by beautiful views of the original ‘bocage’ (hedgerowed countryside). Via quiet roads you go to the surprising Champdeniers-St-Denis with its beautiful heritage and excellent facilities. You then continue on your way and near Ternanteuil you reach again the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise. There is one big bend before Niort comes into sight dominating the horizon with its donjon and two enormous towers. 

Challenge : 54.1km, 671m ascent, 820m descent


Day 6:    Niort - Marans
64 km

You stay close to the side of the winding Sèvre Niortaise, following alternatively tracks and country roads. On the way Rousille and La Garette offer excellent possibilities to have a break. You could also take a somewhat longer break in the Marais Poitevin in the beautiful riverside village Coulon, where you will find several restaurants. After crossing the vast, surrounding wetlands you rejoin, via Irleau, the canalized river near Damvix. It’s your guide to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Challenge : 63.6km, 577m ascent, 589m descent


Day 7:    Marans - La Rochelle
27 km

Firstly, on the way to the ocean, you follow the canals of Marans and Rompsey. Your destination is La Rochelle, the capital of Charente-Maritime - energetic/vibrant and full of character, well known for its mild climate. This relaxed days ride deserves an appropriate grand finale: a dive into the Atlantic Ocean, and afterwards there is enough time left for a walk to the lively Vieux Port full of outdoor cafés, busy shopping streets and many town monuments. 

Challenge : 26.6km, 127m ascent, 130m descent


Day 8:    Departure from La Rochelle

After breakfast, end of your cycling trip. Some time left? We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful Île de Ré.


All accommodations are carefully selected because for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. 

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathrooms and each morning breakfast is included. 

For this trip you can choose between Comfort and Comfort +. The accommodations for a Comfort+ trip, will be in 3*/4 * hotels wherever possible (supplement applied).

Hotel Le Progrès Angers
Hotel Le Progrès***(Angers)
Ibis Styles Saumur Gare Centre*** (Saumur)
Hotellerie Saint Jean** (Saint Jean de Thouars)
B&B Les 5 Escales (Parthenay)
B&B Les 5 Escales (Parthenay)
Moka Hotel Niort
Moka Hotel*** (Niort)
B&B Le Clos de Beauregard (Marans)
B&B Le Clos de Beauregard (Marans)
Hôtel Saint Nicolas*** (La Rochelle)
Bike rental

If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle (hybrid or ebike) from us. You will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks.  The frame and saddle height are set to your height, although you might want to adjust your saddle to be in the most comfortable position. We also recommend doing a first small test drive of couple of hundred meters to be comfortable with gears, brakes etc. If you have an issue with your bike, you can contact the service provider (name of bike rental in your reservation) directly. Or you can always call us on our emergency phone number.  

Our hybrid touring bikes are at least 21-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

Experience the advantages of an electric bike on your cycling holiday, particularly when there's a significant gap in ability and experience among cyclists. An e-bike provides a gentle boost up hills, allowing you to easily keep pace with your companions. With a small electric motor and battery, e-bikes make bike trips more achievable, and their batteries can be conveniently charged at hotels. While you still need to pedal, the e-bike significantly reduces the effort required. Familiarity with e-bikes is advised due to their quicker acceleration and heavier build compared to regular bikes, attributed to the electric motor.

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike

Please note: Depending on the trip, different models apply


Our hybrid bikes have at least 21-gears with hand brakes. 

The hybrid bikes are very good quality. Depending the trip, different model apply: Scott, Giant, Trek, Koga, ...


Whenever there is a big difference in level of ability, experience the many benefits of an electric bike on your cycling holiday. An e-bike will help you keep up with your fellow cyclists and give you a gentle boost up hills. An e-bike makes a bike trip more achievable. The e-bikes have a small electric motor and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric motor.

The E-bikes are very good quality. Depending on the trip, different models apply: Scott, Giant, Trek, Koga, ...


For some trips, we can give you the possibility to rent a Racing bike, more details on request.

For some trips, we can give you the possibility to rent a Tandem bike, suitable for two adults only. More details on request.

For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm). The child bikes come with at least 7-gears and hand brakes. The maximum body height for a child’s bike is 155 cm. 

Please note: for some tours, different models apply.

A tag-along bike is a good option for children between approx. 100 cm and 125 cm, as they can pedal themselves and at their own pace but don’t have to worry about other traffic.

The tag-along bikes cannot be rented for all our tours

Please note: depending the trip, different models apply.

Child trailers can be rented for a maximum of two children who are up to 100 cm (max. 35 KG in total).

Please note: for some tours, different models apply.




All our rental bikes come with a bell.


All our adult bikes come with hand brakes. 


For children older than 30 months (max. 22 kg) it is possible to rent a rear child seat. This is also possible with e-bikes.


For some tours, it is possible to rent a GPS device, more details on request.


Helmets are not mandatory in France (if the cyclist is over 12 years old) but strongly recommended. The helmet is mandatory for children under 12 years. If you rent a bike with us, helmets are included. Please advise us, if you bring along your own.


All our rental bikes come with lights.


All our rental bikes come with a lock.


All our rental bikes come with at least a rear pannier and a front card holder to put the roadbook/maps.


The rental bikes come with regular pedals, so no click-in/SPD pedals. On request we are able to supply these pedals on certain trips. 
If you wish to bring your own click-in/SPD pedals, please let us know prior to booking too.


All our bikes come with a quick release system, which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the saddle and the handle bars. 


There is one small puncture kit included, which can be found in the pannier. If a rental bike has another problem, we always advise you to go to a bike repair shop.


Saddles can be adjusted in height.
Our saddles don’t come with a gel cover. If you usually cycle with this, we recommend you bring them with you.

Water bottles

French Bike Tours does not provide water bottles. We can also not guarantee that there are bottle holders on the bikes. You will always receive at least 1x pannier, so you can always store your water bottle in your pannier.

Article 1 Bike Rental Price

The bike rental price is determined by the rates mentioned on the French Bike Tours website at the time of the booking; or as subsequently agreed.

Article 2 Payment

a. The rental price and any other due sums regarding the rental agreement must be paid before the bike is handed over to you.

b. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make use of the bike(s) you have rented, French Bike Tours will not be held responsible for any resulting expenses or damage.

c. In the case of the article 2b, the client remains obliged to pay the full rental price and any other amounts mentioned in the invoice, in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions of Booking, unless the client can prove that his not being able to use the bike was the consequence of a defect that was already present at the beginning of the rental period.

Article 3 Rental Period

a. The rental period runs from the morning of the first cycling day (day 2) to the end of the holiday (last cycling day), as stated in the booking confirmation.

b. Extension of the rental period is possible only after approval by us and according to the (extension) rates as mentioned in article 1.

c. No refunds are possible after the rental period begins. If you return the bike(s) to us before the end of your holiday, the rental agreement will automatically be terminated and you will not get any of your money back.

d. At the end of the last cycling day of your holiday, the bike(s) must be returned to the hotel from where it was/they were issued, no later than the time stated in the booking confirmation.
If you book a one way tour tour you can leave the bike at the last hotel of the trip. 

e. If the bike(s) is /are not returned by the return time stated in the booking confirmation, we will continue to charge you rent until such time as the bike(s) is/are returned to us or is/are received by us. In the event of late return, the rates as mentioned in article 1 will continue to apply, plus a fine of €25 per day. We also reserve the right to demand payment for any costs and/or damages suffered by us due to late return of our rental bike(s).

f. Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of late return of our rental bikes, we reserve the right to dissolve the rental agreement without judicial intervention and immediately claim back our bicycles where ever they may be and from whomever has them. French Bike Tours also holds this right in the event that the client does not comply with any of the other conditions stated in this rental agreement.

Article 4 Improper Use

a. The bicycle(s) may only be used for its/their intended purpose and only by the cyclists listed in the rental agreement.

b. The bike(s) must be returned to us in the same (clean!) state in which you received it/them.

c. You must take excellent care of the bicycle(s), as if it/they were your own. You must take every precaution against damage, loss or theft.

d. The bicycle may not be used on the beach; or on sandy paths in the dunes unless a paved path is unavailable.

Article 5 Damage, Loss and Theft

The renter will be held responsible for damages to or loss of the bicycle(s) or parts of it, as well as bicycle keys and chains and locks, for such an amount as is determined by us according to standard market prices. You must understand that you are not insured for damage to the bicycle(s) or for any damages to third parties.

Article 6 Costs During the Rental Period

Any charges and taxes regarding the rental bicycle(s), such as fines and ferry tickets, are to be paid by you. You will also be required to pay all costs ensuing from the use of the bicycle(s) such as parking fees, maintenance and repairs. 

Practical info

7 Nights included

2/3 Star Hotels or 3/4 Star Hotels (supplement applied)

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next accommodations. Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (15 kg maximum)

For time tables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

We strongly advise you to download the sncf mobile app prior to departure.

If you want to travel on a train with your bike, you can find more information via this link.

Parking informations on request

We will supply the directions of this trip with a personalized code which gives you access to our travel App.

Arrival info

The international Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the North and Orly in the South are served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines.They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Angers, see below.

Also, possibility of arrival in Nantes Airport (NTE)Rennes Airport or Tours Val de Loire Airport (TUF)

You can get to Angers by train. On the end of your trip you can take a train from La Rochelle. 

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

From Paris to Angers (approx. 3h10 - 300 km/185 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.





It was beautiful ride through the country side and along rivers. A couple days were challenging due to a lot of hills (constant up and down). Riding through all the villages was great ! Shawn H.

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