The Vendée coast and it’s islands

A bike ramble with the ocean in backdrop

8 days / 7 nights

My stay

The « Côte de Lumière » or Light Coast, offers you sun, beaches, dunes, pine and oak forests. A stage in each port, a detour into the marshes, a return journey through the inland countryside. A wild « escapade » in the Vendéen islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier.

THIS PRICE INCLUDES :

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a 2-star or 3-star hotel with half-board *excluding drinks (accommoda-tion in a two-person bedroom, shower/bath and toilet)
  • Taxi transfer to reach the dock from the hotel for the excursion on Ile d’Yeu (both ways)
  • Boat cruise to l’île d’Yeu
  • Cycle hire (1 day) on l’île d’Yeu
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle hire for the week with helmet according to the booking
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist documentation
  • Local Tourist tax

NB: the personal bikes transfer by the sea is impossible, so the bike rental at île d’Yeu remains inclusive.

THIS PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Multirisk Insurance)
  • Single room supplement

CHARACTER OF CYCLING :

Highlights cycling :

  • Seashore, picturesque harbours, oyster farming ports, the Islands of Vendée ideal for cycling, the marshes and bocage in the hinterland.

The nature of the land:

  • The terrain is flat, few tarred road, well-marked bicycle paths, country roads, well-constructed paths.

Accommodation:

  • 2-star hotel or 3-star hotel

Train:

  • Possibility to come with train. From Paris : Montparnasse train station > Nantes train station > Les Sables d’Olonne train station (start of this cycle tour)

Price list :

March to October (hotel **)
Prices per person Off season July and August
Adult 629€ 679€
Child 367€ 389€
Bike rental 70€ 70€

 

March to October (hotel ***)
Prices per personn
Off season
July and August
Adult 756€ 814€
Child 392€ 429€
Bike rental 70€ 70€

Circuit bike

Day 1 – Saturday : Les Sables d’Olonne

The pearl of the Light Coast: three ports, a magnificent fine sandy beach facing due south, and centuries of
maritime traditions.

  • Arrival at the hotel during the afternoon.
  • Collect the bikes from the rental company.
  • Dinner and board at hotel.

Day 2 – Sunday : Les Sables d’Olonne / Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (41 KMS)

  • LA CHAUME Fishing village, forest of d’Olonne. Wine country at Brem. The wild coast of Brétignolles-sur-Mer
  • Saint Gilles Croix de Vie : fishing port and seaside resort. It has retained its maritime charm. The river ‘La Vie’ or the Life, harmoniously crosses the resort.
  • Dinner and board at hotel.

Day 3 – Monday : Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie / Bouin (52 KMS)

  • ST HILAIRE DE RIEZ: Done up coastal circuits, quiet roads, tracks of the wild marsh.
  • SAINT-JEAN DE MONTS, NOTRE-DAME DE MONTS, LA BARRE DE MONTS, BEAUVOIR-SUR-MER, pleasant seaside resorts.
  • Arrival at BOUIN: True natural city, you will find calmness for your vacation, between perfumes io dized of the ocean and the fauna of its unusual marsh. This village is today the centre of a very important oyster activity and enjoys of a special situation between islands of Vendée.
  • Dinner and board at hotel

Day 4 – Tuesday : Circular tour Bouin / île de Noirmoutier (75 KMS)

  • By the bridge or passage unique in Europe, the Gois, (a submerged cobbled road, usable only at low tide).
  • NOIRMOUTIER: nicknamed ‘Little Holland’. To see : the Medieval castle, the salt marshes, the quays bordered by old salt grains, the fishing port, the museum of naval construction, the beach ‘des Dames’, the ladies, at the heart of the superb woods, « Bois de la Chaize » which hide the sumptuous houses from the second half of the 19th century. Discover the most typical of the island’s villages, « LE VIEIL » et « LA MADELEINE.
  • Return by the bridge or the Gois passage, depending on the tide times.
  • Dinner and board at the hotel.

Day 5 – Wednesday : Circular tour Bouin / Ile d’Yeu ( 20 – 35 KMS)

  • Transfer from the hotel to the pier by bus or taxi (20 minutes).
  • FROMENTINE: boarding for a sea crossing of 45 minutes.
  • L’ÎLE D’YEU: the jewel of the Vendée coast.
  • Collect the bikes from the rental company. (IMPORTANT: A form of identity must be left as deposit).
    Circuit of the island. The wild coast with old castle dominating the tidal flow, the natural port of « La Meule », the fishing villages, the cove of golden sandy beaches and PORT-JOINVILLE, with its reputation for tuna fishing. You must take time to try the bars to taste the maritime atmosphere.
  • Boarding in Port-Joinville and return on the continent.
  • Crossing and arrival in «FROMENTINE ».
  • Transfer to the hotel by bus or taxi (20 minutes).
  • Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 6 – Thursday : Bouin / Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (49 KMS)

  • LE MARAIS BRETON VENDÉEN: The lanes lined with canals, the little windmill at Châteauneuf, which still works today, (visit possible).
  • LA BOURRINE DU BOIS JUQUAUD, a traditional house built with earth covered with a thatch style roof (visit possible).
  • Arrival at SAINT-GILLES-CROIX-DE-VIE.
  • Dinner and board at hotel.

Day 7 – Friday : Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie / Les Sables d’Olonne (50 KMS)

The discovery of the low Vendéen countryside, punctuated by mixed farming Maritime pines and other hidden
secrets.

  • The small villages of GIVRAND, L’AIGUILLON-SUR-VIE, la Vallée du Jaunay (reservoir open to visitors), the hamlets and farms, before arriving in Les SABLES D’OLONNE via the wild coast.
  • Dinner and board at the hotel.

Day 8 – Saturday : The end of the trip

  • Departure after breakfast.

Maps

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