2020
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.

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 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 

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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Season times and prices 2020

Arrival daily from Mon, 06/15/2020 - 00:00 to Wed, 09/23/2020 - 00:00

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

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Basic Price

Season A

01.04. - 30.06.
01.09. - 31.10.

Season B

01.07. - 31.08.

Single room supplement 349

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
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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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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All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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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 bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

349 €

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

75 €

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

145 €

Return transfer incl. bike

205 €

Rental Bikes

Free child seat. All prices per person in double bike, except Rental Bikes Rental Bikes
Rental Bike
Rental Bike
135 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
185 €

Insurance

The GuteFahrt protection includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at www.allianz-assistance.de/pib or call: +49 89 - 624 24 - 460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!

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Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
135 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
185 €

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

135 €

E-bike

185 €

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.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • 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