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Discover our destinations The Charentes and the Marais Poitevin

In a few words... The Charentes and the Marais Poitevin

Season

from Easter to Halloween

Difficulty

from easy to moderate

Themes

historical patrimony, gastronomy, viniculture, family

Bike ride in the Charentes and the Marais Poitevin regions

You will ride gently through natural unspoilt areas. From the Marais Poitevin to the hills and vineyards of Charente and then on along the Atlantic coast and its off shore islands. Discover, at your own pace, the diversity of this pleasant region.

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

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A perfect marriage of nature, oceans and vines

The Marais Poitevin : the green Venice

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.

 

The Atlantic coast and its islands

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 hills and vines of the river Charente

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

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Simple and direct access to customized products at an affordable price

For all profiles

For all profiles

Whether you go alone, with a partner or with friends, our trips are suitable for everyone, whatever the age and level.

Authentic regions

Authentic regions

You will discover the authenticity and originality of the regions proposed on carefully chosen small roads

Modular services

Modular services

You benefit from real flexibility in your choice of services: duration, accommodation, activities...

The choice of themes

The choice of themes

You focus your circuit around the themes that truly interest you: historical heritage, viticulture, gastronomy, arts and crafts

Some examples of trips

Family cycling holidays in the Medoc and the Arcachon bay area

A couple would like to spend a cycling holiday with their two children aged 4 and 14. Évasion à vélo created a fully customized 8-day trip for this family, balancing fun activities around the Arcachon Bay and discovery of the wines of Médoc.

Family cycling holidays in the Charentes and the Marais Poitevin

A couple wanted a cycling holiday with their fifteen-year old son. EAV put together an eight-day package totally personalised for this family with a balance of nature, ocean and vines.

Family cycling holidays in the Perigord

A young retired couple wanted to spend a week on a bike vacation with their daughter and her husband. Évasion à vélo created a trip adapted to their pace, allowing them to explore the most beautiful historical sites and vineyards in the Périgord.