2021
Cycling Holiday to La Rochelle on the Atlantic

Cycling Holiday to La Rochelle

Fine cognacs, white villages and wild coastline

 Cognac – Rochefort – La Rochelle

  • Vineyards, old monasteries and churches, impressive fortresses
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○

days
8

km / day avg.
50

From the small town with its internationally-known cognac, this cycling holiday takes you along the Charente River to La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast. On the way you'll pass expansive vineyards, old monasteries, churches and proud fortresses. Keep your swimming gear handy - as soon as you get to the coast. From La Rochelle, the town of four harbours, you can go on a trip to Ȋle de Ré, a popular holiday island with white limestone houses and long sandy beaches.

Itinerary

Cycling Holiday to La Rochelle on the Atlantic
  • Booking code
    FR-COG7
  • Start / Destination
    Cognac / La Rochelle
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 290 – 300 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Cognac

You'll known when you get to Cognac as the brandy of the same name is omnipresent. You also soon see that this little town is just as fine as its brandy: the historic quarter and Château de Valois with its Saint-Jacques gate right on the river bank of the Charente are excellent examples. Thanks to its agility, this beautiful river will accompany you on your cycling holiday from La Rochelle almost the entire way to the Atlantic.

Day 2: Trip to Jarnac, approx. 55 km

On small roads along the river, you cycle through vineyards and villages to Jarnac. The place is known for its Cognac distilleries, for example the Courvoisier distillery. The house where François Mitterand was born is a monument now to the former French president.

Day 3: Cognac – Saintes, approx. 45 km + ferry crossing

Today you cycle in a westerly direction. The route is hillier here. The cycle paths are also more uphill. On the way you'll see the former Benedictine monastery Fontdouce from the 12th century - and its pretty herb garden. Next, you have an easy cycle downhill to the familiar Charente. A ferry (not included) takes you to the other side of the river and you cycle on to Saintes. In this little town you can follow in many Roman footsteps and see, for example, the amphitheatre or the Arch of Germanicus.

Day 4: Saintes – Rochefort, approx. 55  km

Cycle at a leisurely pace on small country roads from village to village. On your cycling holiday from La Rochelle, you gradually get closer to the Atlantic. Today's destination is Rochefort, the most important harbour town on the French west coast in the 18th century. The royal ropeworks and the reconstructed frigate Hermione takes us back to the huge marine arsenals of former times.

Day 5: Tour round Rochefort, approx. 50 km + ferry crossing

You're never far from the Charente River today. After cycling a few kilometres, a ferry (not included) takes you across the river whereupon you cycle to the south-lying villages of Brouage and Marennes. Here you'll find a wonderful habitat for birds, marshland and oyster farmland. You'll see the typical huts of the oyster farmers, the so-called cabanes.

Day 6: Rochefort  – La Rochelle, approx. 45 km

Your cycling holiday to La Rochelle takes you along the Atlantic coastline today. Pack your swimming gear, as you'll be cycling past quite a few great beaches. On the way you'll see the pretty villages of St. Laurent, Yves and Châtelaillon-Plage. You continue on to La Rochelle, the former stronghold of the Huguenots. Enjoy the promenade along the strand in this lively town, with its old harbour and impressive defence towers. The wild coast and many arcades give this town its special flair.

Day 7: Trip to Ile de Ré, approx. 40 / 50 km

From La Rochelle, you cycle to Ȋle de Ré, the white island of the Atlantic. Light sandy beaches, white picturesque houses are characteristic of this area. You reach the narrow charming island via a three-kilometre-long bridge. Be inspired by the idyllic capital town of St. Martin-de-Ré or the wonderful coastal village of La Flotte. Tomorrow your cycling holiday in La Rochelle and along the Atlantic coastline comes to an end.

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast you start your journey home. Make sure you take home rich impressions of your cycling holiday, from La Rochelle and along the Atlantic coastline! 

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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival daily from 01.06.2021 to 30.09.2021

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
01.04. - 30.06.
01.09. - 30.09.
ab779 €
Season B
01.07. - 31.08.

ab849 €
All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel until La Rochelle, 1 piece of luggage per person, max. 20kg / piece
  • City or visitor`s tax
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline

Minimum number of participants per booking: 2 people

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Not included are the ferry rides on the 3rd and 5th day, approx. 3 euros per person per trip incl. bike.

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the altitude profile we don't recommend this tour for children.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

349 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Cognac

79 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, La Rochelle

95 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Cognac

105 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, La Rochelle

155 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
199 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
249 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 21-gear women's and men's bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
  • Electric Bike
Fittings

Pannier, bike lock, pump, repair kit

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Rental Bike

21-gear Rental Bike

199 €

E-bike

249 €

Brief Information

Cycling Holiday to La Rochelle on the Atlantic
  • Booking code
    FR-COG7
  • Start / Destination
    Cognac / La Rochelle
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 290 – 300 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Route condition
    Mostly level ground with a few hilly stretches on country roads either inland or along the Atlantic coast.
  • Travel information
    By plane to La Rochelle, Bordeaux or Paris, continue on by train to Cognac.
  • Note
    In France bicycle helmets are mandatory for children under 12 years of age. However, for safety reasons we generally recommend wearing a helmet.
  • Minimum number of participants
    2 people
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
50