Cycle tour Loire Atlantic - Guided - 7D/6N
Along the Loire until the Atlantic
Type of JourneyGuided
Characteristics of this journey/holiday
Day by day
Arrival by train or by car in Challans. Reception in the early evening and you will have your first French diner.
Day 2 Noirmoutier 52 km
We begin our trip from our castle hotel to Noirmoutier Island. The bridge will lead you through the intertidal mudflats to Noirmoutier. A visit of an oyster-park with a tasting are scheduled. During the exploration of the island, you will enjoy the 12th century Saint Philibert abbatial church and the 11th century tower block « le Donjon ».
Day 3 Vélodyssée – Talmont St Hilaire 60 km
From the hotel, we’ll head directly towards the splendid Vélodyssée who always go along the Atlantic coast. The Vélodyssée is a new cycling path that covers the coast in its entirety. During today’s trip, small fisher houses will alternate with magnificent villas and beautiful beaches. The picnic on the beach can go along with an enjoyable swimming. The day ends with the historical castle of Talmon St Hilaire and then we reach the hotel.
Day 4 Nantes – Pointe St Brévin 64 km
The transfer to Nantes is organised. The city was already under Welsh occupation before the romans invaded it. Nantes will be later designated hometown of the Dukes of Brittany.Thanks to its favourable geographical position, next to the Loire estuary, the city had known an economic boom in the 18th century and became one of the most important port town in France. In Quai de la Fosse, the landing place where boats were taking slaves is now replaced with a memorial of the Abolition of the Slavery. Our Tour leads us along a nice side of the Loire.
Day 5 Ile d’Yeu 48 km
Today, we head towards the sea and once we reach the coast, we take a boat to the Yeu Island. The sight of dolmens and menhirs will remind you of the Prehistory. You will also enjoy the old castle with its remains and the Saint-Sauveur romantic church of the Middle Age. To conclude this little cycling paradise, you will explore beautiful villages with colourful shutters, dream creeks and wild coasts.
Day 6 Loire river estuary– Vélodyssée until Bouin 59 km
After a quick transfer, we reach the Loire estuary area in the Atlantic. Our bike odyssey starts here along the Vélodyssée, a very nice tour overlooking the sea. Beautiful landscapes dunes escort us to the little city of Pornic, an idyllic place to fish or swim. Then, we cycle further until the Bourgneuf bay.The main salt trade centre took place here until the end of the 16th century. The salt production in the bay exists since the Carolingians. Countless salt manufacturing, salt lakes and salt marshs have been invested during the past centuries, which has help Bourgneuf to arise in the coast.A visit of a salt manufacturing is planned before we head towards Bouin. You will learn a lot in this city about the « Guerre de Vendée », which takes place after the French Revolution.
Departure after breakfast, but you still have the possibility to extend your stay in this beautiful region.
5 Picnics including regional specialties and drinks.
Boat tickets to the Yeu Island
All mentioned transfers
Oyster degustation with withe wine
Easy tracks along cycling paths and side roads.