from Easter to Halloween
from easy to moderate
historical patrimony, gastronomy, viniculture, family
The Marais Poitevin almost demands that you keep to a gentle pace and thus is ideal for a family holiday. You can enjoy the wildlife and whether by boat or canoe, explore the many canals crossing the marshes.
Finding our way, we reached La Rochelle by following the cycle track named “la Velo Francette” and once on the island of Ile de Ré profited from their many cycle tracks to discover their charming villages, salt marshes and vineyards.
Back on the mainland, you can then follow another track called “la Velodyssée” going through Rochefort and Marennes . While on your way, you may be inclined to take a detour or two to visit the pretty villages that are dotted around your route
The land is relatively flat on the island of Oleron and with its cycle paths ideal for a short getaway. Beautiful country and coastline with plenty of places to stop and enjoy oysters and local wine … taking care to avoid the very high season (!)
Inland, the Charentais bike route will take you through a mosaic of unspoilt parts of the country and charming towns and cities. Along the river Charente we follow the “Flow Velo” which takes you into the Perigord. This route consists of quiet country lanes winding through hills, colourful vineyards and charming villages.
To discover this region and its charms take a look at our exemple of cycling à vélo in the Charentes and the Marais Poitevin.
Examples of indicative prices:
Circuit for 2 persons for 4 days and 3 nights half-board: € 470 / per person
Circuit for 4 persons for 7 days and 6 nights half-board: € 760 / per person
By coming to this unspoilt part of France life will run at a slower pace. Time is dictated by the running streams, just relax and enjoy it. Discover the many canals, lentil-covered waterways amongst the ash and poplar trees. The marshlands have been shaped by man for more than a thousand years. Give rein to your curiosity and explore its coves and channels, admire the wildlife and breathe deeply in this special and protected landscape.
You will find the mild climate pleasurable. There is much to enjoy: the beautiful sandy beaches, the Marennes-Oleron oyster basin, the islands of the river Charente, the cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort: their architectural richness, the villages of Brouage and Fouras…
The islands of Ré and Orelon are most welcoming. They have much in common, their villages, forests and vines. But their differences are also clear, salt marshes for Ré and oyster basins for Oleron.
The river Charente takes you to pretty villages, chateaux and Roman churches, and to the rich heritage of cities such as Saintes, Cognac and Angoulême. You will also, of course, discover the making of cognac and pineau by visiting distilleries.
Albeit a little hilly, you will thoroughly enjoy this tranquille part of France, partly covered in vines, with its superb sites whether natural or historical
Simple and direct access to customized products at an affordable price
Whether you go alone, with a partner or with friends, our trips are suitable for everyone, whatever the age and level.
You will discover the authenticity and originality of the regions proposed on carefully chosen small roads
You benefit from real flexibility in your choice of services: duration, accommodation, activities...
You focus your circuit around the themes that truly interest you: historical heritage, viticulture, gastronomy, arts and crafts
For example, a retired couple, still young and active, decided on a six-day tour working through our “Evasion à Velo” site. Our local representative put together a tailor-made programme for them including vineyards, cities, charming villages and…. beaches.
Two couples of friends want to explore the Drôme Provençale by bike. Evasion à vélo built a tailor-made 8-day trip between vineyards, historical monuments and high-perched villages.
A couple in their thirties would like to explore the Alpilles and the Luberon by bike. Evasion à vélo built a tailor-made 6-day trip to include vineyards, historical monuments and perched villages.