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Atlantic Coast - Vélodyssée from Nantes to La Rochelle
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Bike Tour: Atlantic Coast - Vélodyssée from Nantes to La Rochelle - 8 days

Follow the Atlantic Ocean coast, between the towns Nantes and La Rochelle: an entertaining/amazing part of the ‘Vélodyssée’.

During this relaxed coastal road you can enjoy the woods, dunes, salt sea air and the sparkling light. Take a break now and then for a refreshing dive into the sea or a nice lunch in this Eldorado for ‘seafood’ lovers

 Highlights :

  • Nantes, a rich city of art and history
  • Fishing ports and fresh seafood
  • Travel through beaches, forests and dunes
  • Discover the Marais Poitevin
  • Enjoy the Old Harbour of La Rochelle
FRSB475 : Vélodyssée from Nantes to La Rochelle
Day 1: Arrival in Nantes
Day 2: Nantes – Saint-Brévin-les-Pins
Day 3: Saint-Brévin-les-Pins - Bouin
Day 4: Bouin - Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Day 5: Saint-Jean-de-Monts - Les Sables d’Olonne
Day 6: Les Sables d’Olonne - La Tranche-sur-Mer
Day 7: La Tranche-sur-Mer - La Rochelle
Day 8: Departure from La Rochelle

Day 1:    Arrival in Nantes

Arrival in Nantes, the biggest and maybe the most attractive town on the Loire. Take a walk through the charming town centre: Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul’s cathedral, the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the magnificent passage de la Pommeraye, …


Day 2:    Nantes – Saint-Brévin-les-Pins
58 km

Surprising works of art at unusual places enliven the start of this trip along the mouth of the Loire. After Le Pellerin, the Martinière canal is your guide. You cycle via small, quiet roads on the cycling route of “La Loire à Vélo” through landscapes belonging to the mouth of a big river: broad swampy areas and vast forelands. From Paimboeuf, your itinerary on the coastal route “Velodysée” starts and you more and more notice the strong influence of tides and currents on the Loire. The end of the day is in St-Brevin, a lively seaside resort on the Atlantic.

Challenge: 58km, flat


Day 3:    Saint-Brévin-les-Pins - Bouin
57 km

South of the Loire, “La Vélodyssée” has a maritime feel: sandy coves, jagged coastline and small seaside resorts. Here you find Pornic, the gem of La Côte de Jade, nestling in an inlet. The Marais Breton Marshlands bridge the Loire-Atlantique and Vendée.

Challenge: 57km, 110m ascent, 106m descent


Day 4:    Bouin - Saint-Jean-de-Monts
42 km

Today, your ride focuses entirely on the sea, the beach, the forest and the dunes. There are 18 km of cycle paths winding through the national forest of Pays de Monts, after which you come to the very lively seaside resort of St-Jean-de-Monts. The highlight of the day will be crossing the famous Gois causeway to the Island of Noirmoutier, tides permitting!

Challenge: 42km, flat


Day 5:    Saint-Jean-de-Monts - Les Sables d’Olonne
55 km

Before reaching the Vendéenne Cove and its famous boulders at Sion-sur-l’Océan, “La Vélodyssée” heads towards an old fishing village in the commune of St-Hilaire-de-Riez, adjoining St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, working port, well-known seaside resort, significantly located on a river whose name means “life” (la vie)… all this and the Grande Plage… altogether an unmissable location! Take time to stroll around before continuing the route which gets closer to the coast towards Brétignolles-sur-Mer, Brem-sur-Mer and finally Les Sables-d’Olonne via the Port de Plaisance. A superb cycling day, this is an idyllic location for family seaside holidays.

Challenge: 55km, 112m ascent, 1113m descent


Day 6:    Les Sables d’Olonne - La Tranche-sur-Mer
46 km

A dream ride for this part of “La Vélodyssée” - close to the sea, beaches and rocky coves. A beautiful trail and a real pleasure to cycle along whilst breathing in the fresh sea air before turning back inland. A little way after St-Vincent, the itinerary winds its way into the large national forest of Longeville, drawing close to the sea on two occasions from where beautiful beaches can easily be accessed, such as Les Conches. A quick dip is a must on this stage!

Challenge: 46km, 102m ascent, 115m descent


Day 7:    La Tranche-sur-Mer - La Rochelle
73 km

La Belle-Henriette Lagoon, separated from the sea by a narrow band of sand, and then your arrival into La Faute-sur-Mer which stretches endlessly towards the point of Arçay, mark this stage of “La Vélodyssée”. The route then heads into St-Michel-en-l’Herm through the dried marshes of Marais Poitevin, a great expanse of marshes and cultivated land dotted with farms and sheds. The crossing of the Pont du Brault takes us into Charente-Maritime in the ancient district of Aunis. Marans, the capital of the dried Marais marshes, was once a very important look-out point. Enjoy the end of the day to the vibrant town of La Rochelle with its old towers, remains from the old defensive walls.

Challenge: 73km, flat
This stage will be the longest, you can split this days and stay in Marans, then the route will be La Tranche-sur-Mer / Marans (47 km) and Marans / La Rochelle (26 km)


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 of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

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

For more comfort, when it's possible we can upgrade the hotels with 3*/4 * category (supplement applied).

Hôtel Amiral*** (Nantes)
Hôtel Le Petit Trianon** (St Brévin les Pins)
B&B La Maison des Anges (Bouin)
Hôtel La Côte Océane** (St Jean de Monts)
Hôtel Arc-en-Ciel*** (Les Sables d'Olonne)
Hôtel les Dunes*** (La Tranche sur Mer)
Hôtel Saint Nicolas*** (La Rochelle)
Bike rental

The bike rental includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return

Arcade Escape 21 Speed

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

Arcade Escape LadyArcade Escape Man

Gitane 400Wh

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

Our rental bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

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

GPS tracks are available on request

Arrival info

The closest airport is Nantes Airport. Also possibility of arrival in 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 Nantes, see below.

You can get to Nantes 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 Nantes (approx. 3h50 - 385 km/240 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.



It was so nice to get away and have everything arranged for us, fantastic communication with the organisers too. The entire trip was stress free and the hotels were just amazing. We had the pleasure of riding through some of the most scenic areas of France. From start to finish it was simply beautiful!

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