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La Rochelle weekend

La Rochelle weekend

The white town of La Rochelle and its surrounding islands are the French' own vacation paradise on the Atlantic coast. The first cycling tour will lead you from the naval port of Rochefort through coastal villages and along sandy beaches to La Rochelle. The second route brings you to the coast's most beautiful island, Ile-de-Ré.  


Departures every Thursday from the 25th of April until the 3rd of October 
NB! For some departures in July the hotels are already fully booked because of the festival "Francofolies", 10.-14.7.2019 at La Rochelle.


Please note:

  • A booking "on request" is automatically handled as a booking. If you are not firmly decided to book yet, please call us or send us an email instead of using the booking form below.
  • Once we receive a booking request we have to contact the hotels to check their availability on the requested dates. Do not book your flight until you've received an email confirmation from us. This may take from a couple of hours to 3- 4 labour days. 

Itinerary

Day 1  Arrival in La Rochelle
There is a TGV express train (3h) directly from Paris' Gare de Montparnasse to the lovely coastal town of La Rochelle. Your hotel (3*) is located about 500 m. from the train station, and for your dinner tonight you have a vide range of (seafood) restaurants to choose from along the charming harbour promenade.  

Day 2  (La Rochelle) - Rochefort – La Rochelle   43 km
First day of cycling. Train (22 min, not incl.) from La Rochelle to the neighbouring town of Rochefort, and bike delivery close to the train station. In Rochefort you can visit a true copy of the frigate "L'Hermione", docked in the harbour. There is also an old rope factory (La Corderie Royale) turned into a museum. Today´s route will bring you north, along the coast, passing the villages St. Laurent, Yves and the Châtelaillon-Plage. You will also pass several beaches, so bring your swimwear! 

Day 3  La Rochelle and Ile de Ré   52 km (long version) or 42 km (short version)
Last day of cycling. Today´s round tour will bring you to the most beautiful island of the Atlantic coast of France, Ile-de-Ré. A long bridge with a lane for bicycles and pedestrians will take you to this popular summer resort, where you will pass the beautiful coastal villages of La Flotte and St. Martin-de-Ré, with beaches and restaurants for a summer lunch. 

Day 4: Departure from La Rochelle or additional nights
After breakfast it’s time either to stay some extra days in France, or return home. Train to Paris (3 h), train to Bordeaux (2-2,5 h). 
 

 

Prices

Price per person: EUR 450 

Single room supplement: EUR 180

Extra nights: See "Hotels/meals"

Electrical bicycle rent: EUR 45

 

Included in the price: 

  • 3 nights in 3* hotel with breakfast
  • Bicycle (Vélo de Ville, Shimano Nexus 8 speeds with handlebar bag and pannier)
  • Route description and maps (available in English, French, Italian, German and Norwegian)
  • Hotline service
  • GPX-files on request

 

 

Bicycle

Included: 

  • Vélo de Ville Shimano Nexus 7 speeds with two hand breaks, mudguard and carrier
  • Handlebar bag with map holder
  • 1 pannier to be attached to the carrier
  • Bottle holder
  • Water bottle
  • Repair kit (1 kit per group of five) and pump
  • Lock
  • Broad, comfortable seat
     

Not included:

  • Helmet
  • Bike computer
  • Click pedals. Bring your own, if you wish, and the equipment to attach them 
  • Gel saddle for the seat. If you wish to bring your own, remember to pick the biggest size available. 


Ladies' bike 

Men's bike 

Electrical bike

 

Hotels/meals

Your hotel
The hotel is rated 3 stars and is centrally located in La Rochelle. All rooms have en suite bathrooms.  

Meals
3 buffet breakfasts are included in the price. 

Extra nights
If you wish to book extra nights in La Rochelle, Paris or Bordeaux please make a comment about this under the field "Comments to the hotel" in the booking form. 

Prices per room per night with breakfast included:

La Rochelle***
Single room from EUR 125
Double/twin room from EUR 140

Bordeaux Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre***
Single room from EUR 140
Double/twin room from EUR 160

Paris Hotel de l'Orchidée*** (a few minutes walk from the Montparnasse train station, where the train from La Rochelle comes in)
Single room from EUR 
Double/twin room from EUR

 

Route profile

Level of difficulty: 1 out of 3

Route profile: This tour has been rated category 1 (easy). The terrain is almost flat, so if you are in normal shape, we can easily recommend this tour.

How to get there

Meeting point:
Your hotel in La Rochelle

Airports:
La Rochelle Ile de Ré
(LRH) - Web page (direct flights from London Stansted, Southampton, Dublin, Brussels, Lyon and Porto)
Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Web page
Paris Orly (ORY) - Web page
Bordeaux Mérignac (BOD) - Web page


From the airport to the train station: 
Bus, airport train or taxi. For more information, see airport links above. 

 

Train to/from La Rochelle 
Your hotel in La Rochelle is located about 500-600 meters from the train station

Train Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport - La Rochelle  4,5 h
Train Paris Montparnasse - La Rochelle, direct 3 h
Train Bordeaux St Jean - La Rochelle  2,5 h

NB! Our advice: Please make sure you will arrive at Paris Montparnasse train station at least three hours before your return flight.  

Train schedules and prices:
Sncf.com or Bahn.com

(Train tickets available for purchase about 90 days before departure. Merlot Reiser does not book train tickets).

 

 

Information material

Sent by email upon booking:

  • Information sheet
     

Sent by post before departure: 

  • Final information
  • Map book
  • Route descriptions

GPX-files on request before departure.

Departures and prices

DepartureDestinationFree spotsPrice
13/6La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
20/6La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
27/6La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
DepartureDestinationFree spotsPrice
4/7La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
11/7La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
18/7La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
25/7La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
DepartureDestinationFree spotsPrice
1/8La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
8/8La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
15/8La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
22/8La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
DepartureDestinationFree spotsPrice
5/9La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
12/9La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
19/9La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
26/9La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
DepartureDestinationFree spotsPrice
3/10La Rochelle weekend - self guided tourOn request€450Book on request
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