On this bike tour along the Vendée Coast you'll find everything for some perfect cycling holidays: wonderful beaches and dunes, picturesque fisher’s villages, forests of pine and oaks, and marshland with many canals. The tour starts in Les Sables d’Olonne in France, also called "Pearl of the ‚Côte de Lumière‘, the coast of light. You will there find a wonderful beach and harbor. From there you are riding along the coast, passing by forests, oyster productions and nice spots. Later in the week you pass over to the Island Ile Noirmoutier and Ile d’Yeu. These islands show a long history. You will find dolmens and menhirs, medieval salt production by monks and oyster beds.
Day 1: Arrival in Les Sables d’Olonne
This town is also called "pearl of the ‚Côte de Lumière‘, the coast of light. You will there find a wonderful beach and harbor.
Day 2: Les Sables d’Olonne - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, ~41 km/25 miles
You are cycling along the coast, passing by charming fisher’s villages.
Day 3: Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Bouin, ~50 km/30 miles
The tour leads you on a cycle track through the forest to La Barre-de-Monts and Beauvoir-sur-Mer which is famous for its oyster production.
Day 4: Bouin - Ile de Noirmoutier - Bouin, ~75 km/47 miles
Today you are making a circle on the Island Noirmoutier, so called ‘little Holland’. The medieval Castle, surrounded by marshland and the museum of ship-construction are worth seeing it.
Day 5: Bouin - Ile d’Yeu - Bouin, ~20-35 km/12-22 miles
Take the boat to pass over to Island Ile d’Yeu.
Day 6: Bouin - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, ~49 km/30 miles
You are following smaller roads along canals.
Day 7: Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Les Sables d’Olonne, ~50 km/31 miles
You are returning to Les Sables d’Olonne.
Day 8: Departure or extra nights
7 nights in carefully chosen 3*** hotels in cat. A
7x dinner (3 course menu)
transfer hotel Bouin to port for boat to Île d'Yeu and back
transfer by boat to Île d'Yeu and back
rental bike on Île d'Yeu
detailed documentation, brochures and maps
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival on Saturdays
season I (910 €/person in double in cat. A)
season II (+50 €/person in double and 130 €/person in single)
route (1)-(2): ~285-300 km/180-190 miles
on flat roads that anybody can do
how to get there
by car: motorway to Les Sables d'Olonne
by train: station Les Sables d'Olonne, direct from Paris (3,5h) by TGV
by plane: airport Nantes Atlantique
On day 5 you can't take your bike on the ferry to Yeu Island. You can however rent a bike once on the island leaving your passport as a deposit. If this day is a holiday, supplement taxi 17 €.
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