Cognac and La Rochelle Cycling Holiday

The trip from Cognac to La Rochelle will take you on a wonderful journey from the fine aroma of cognac to the scent of the briny ocean. Starting in the town of Cognac this cycling journey will allow you to enjoy the wonderful scenery and quaint villages on your way to the coast and La Rochelle.
  • Grade:
  • Comfort: 2* & 3* Hotels
  • Start/Finish: From Cognac to La Rochelle
  • Distance: 312km / 193m
  • Duration: 7 nights - 8 Days
  • Availability: Arrival every Friday, Sunday & Tuesday from the 26th of April until the 27th of September
  • Altitude: Fairly flat except for a few hilly parts between Cognac and Saintes

Day 1 - Arrival in Cognac: You can fly to La Rochelle, Bordeaux or Paris and take the train to Cognac. You will stay stay overnight at a centrally location hotel a short taxi ride or 10-15 walk from the train station.

Day 2 - Round tour of Cognac: Leave Cognac on the small roads along the Charente River heading for Jarnac. Follow the river on small roads passing hamlets and vineyards. Close to the river in the centre of Jarnac you will be able to visit the head quarters of Courvoisier for a guided tour. Did you know that Jarnac is the home town of the late French president Francois Mitterand. A museum, exposing the many gifts he received during his visits is centrally located for you to browse. Approximate daily distance: 55km/35m long version or 49km/30m short distance

Day 3 - Cognac - Saintes: Today you will leave Cognac towards the west on slight more hilly roads. You will be sure to find a nice place for a picnic on the grass outside the monastery Abbaye de Fontdouce. The abbey is open to visitors and  is a romanesque style which is typical of the region. In the afternoon, you will enjoy pretty downhill roads bringing you back onto the Charente River. A small ferry will take you over to the opposite bank at Chaniers. Approximate daily distance: 44km / 27m

Day 4 - Saintes - Rochefort: Saintes has the only Roman arena and theatre on the west coast of France. Leaving Saintes you will cycle along small, easy roads from village to village. Many of them will be home to quaint churches, local cafes and maybe even a castle. At the end of the day you will reach Rochefort, the French Kings most important naval port on the west coast during the 18th Century. Approximate daily distance: 55km / 34m

Day 5 - Round tour of Rochefort: In Rochefort you can visit a true copy of the frigate 'L'Hermione' which can be discovered docked in the harbour. The is also an old rope factory, La Corderie Royale that has been turned into an interesting museum. After a few kilometres a small ferry takes you across the Charente River. Heading south you will pass the quaint villages of Bourage and Marennes in among the marshlands that are teaming with birdlife. Approximate daily distance: 63km/39m long distance or 49km/30 short distance

Day 6 - Rochefort - La Rochelle: Today's route will bring you north along the coast passing the villages of St. Laurent, Yves and Chatelaillon-Plage. You will also pass several beaches so don't forget to bring your swimwear! You will arrive in La Rochelle along the sea front. Approximate daily distance: 45km / 27m

Day 7 - Rochefort and Ile De Re: Today's round tour will bring you to the most beautiful island of the Atlantic Coast of France, Ile De Re. A long bridge with a cycle lane will take you to discover this popular island. You will pass the stunning coastal villages of La Flotte and St Martin-de-Re with plenty of beaches and restaurants for a refreshing summer lunch. Approximate daily distance: 50km/31m long distance or 40km/24m short distance

Day 8 - Leaving La Rochelle: After breakfast it will be time to either stay some extra days to explore the local area or start your journey home.

Key Details:

  • This is a 7 night, 8 day self-guided cycling tour in France
  • This tour will start in Cognac and end in La Rochelle
  • The maximum distance of this cycling tour is approximately 312km / 193m
  • Suitable clothing will be needed for this tour
  • Bicycle & e-bike hire and extra nights available for an additional cost

 

You will experience many highlights during this cycling tour in France including:

  • The town of Cognac
  • The Charente River
  • The museum of late French President, Francois Mitterand
  • The Abbaye de Fontdouce Monastery
  • Coastal and Countryside Views
  • The La Corderie Royale Rope Museum

Getting to France:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in France.

By Car – France can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to France to a number of airports including Charles De Gaulle, Nice and Lyon.

For more information on getting to France please visit the France Tourism website.

Included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage Transportation
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Hotline Service
Excluded
  • Transport to and from France
  • Other meals
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Bicycle & E-Bike Hire
  • Ferry Transfers on Day 5 of itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Cognac: You can fly to La Rochelle, Bordeaux or Paris and take the train to Cognac. You will stay stay overnight at a centrally location hotel a short taxi ride or 10-15 walk from the train station.

Day 2 - Round tour of Cognac: Leave Cognac on the small roads along the Charente River heading for Jarnac. Follow the river on small roads passing hamlets and vineyards. Close to the river in the centre of Jarnac you will be able to visit the head quarters of Courvoisier for a guided tour. Did you know that Jarnac is the home town of the late French president Francois Mitterand. A museum, exposing the many gifts he received during his visits is centrally located for you to browse. Approximate daily distance: 55km/35m long version or 49km/30m short distance

Day 3 - Cognac - Saintes: Today you will leave Cognac towards the west on slight more hilly roads. You will be sure to find a nice place for a picnic on the grass outside the monastery Abbaye de Fontdouce. The abbey is open to visitors and  is a romanesque style which is typical of the region. In the afternoon, you will enjoy pretty downhill roads bringing you back onto the Charente River. A small ferry will take you over to the opposite bank at Chaniers. Approximate daily distance: 44km / 27m

Day 4 - Saintes - Rochefort: Saintes has the only Roman arena and theatre on the west coast of France. Leaving Saintes you will cycle along small, easy roads from village to village. Many of them will be home to quaint churches, local cafes and maybe even a castle. At the end of the day you will reach Rochefort, the French Kings most important naval port on the west coast during the 18th Century. Approximate daily distance: 55km / 34m

Day 5 - Round tour of Rochefort: In Rochefort you can visit a true copy of the frigate 'L'Hermione' which can be discovered docked in the harbour. The is also an old rope factory, La Corderie Royale that has been turned into an interesting museum. After a few kilometres a small ferry takes you across the Charente River. Heading south you will pass the quaint villages of Bourage and Marennes in among the marshlands that are teaming with birdlife. Approximate daily distance: 63km/39m long distance or 49km/30 short distance

Day 6 - Rochefort - La Rochelle: Today's route will bring you north along the coast passing the villages of St. Laurent, Yves and Chatelaillon-Plage. You will also pass several beaches so don't forget to bring your swimwear! You will arrive in La Rochelle along the sea front. Approximate daily distance: 45km / 27m

Day 7 - Rochefort and Ile De Re: Today's round tour will bring you to the most beautiful island of the Atlantic Coast of France, Ile De Re. A long bridge with a cycle lane will take you to discover this popular island. You will pass the stunning coastal villages of La Flotte and St Martin-de-Re with plenty of beaches and restaurants for a refreshing summer lunch. Approximate daily distance: 50km/31m long distance or 40km/24m short distance

Day 8 - Leaving La Rochelle: After breakfast it will be time to either stay some extra days to explore the local area or start your journey home.

Key Details:

  • This is a 7 night, 8 day self-guided cycling tour in France
  • This tour will start in Cognac and end in La Rochelle
  • The maximum distance of this cycling tour is approximately 312km / 193m
  • Suitable clothing will be needed for this tour
  • Bicycle & e-bike hire and extra nights available for an additional cost

 

You will experience many highlights during this cycling tour in France including:

  • The town of Cognac
  • The Charente River
  • The museum of late French President, Francois Mitterand
  • The Abbaye de Fontdouce Monastery
  • Coastal and Countryside Views
  • The La Corderie Royale Rope Museum

Getting to France:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in France.

By Car – France can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to France to a number of airports including Charles De Gaulle, Nice and Lyon.

For more information on getting to France please visit the France Tourism website.

Included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage Transportation
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Hotline Service
Excluded
  • Transport to and from France
  • Other meals
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Bicycle & E-Bike Hire
  • Ferry Transfers on Day 5 of itinerary
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