Tour de Cognac and Atlantic Coast – France Cycling Tour

Tour de Cognac and Atlantic Coast – France Cycling Tour

Duration:
7 Days

Difficulty:
Easy

From
$4,200

Join this 7 day cycling tour on the Atlantic Coast of France and enjoy a journey through medieval towns with beautifully preserved structures dating back from the 12th – 18th centuries. With our experienced guides on hand, we learn about the fascinating history as we cycle through quiet farmlands, riverside villages and rolling countryside. Graded as easy (2/10 difficulty), this fabulous and diverse tour is suitable for all levels of cycling experience.

Travel in classic French style as we stay in lovely chateau accommodations, soak up the sun in charming terraced cafes and cobbled streets and sample some of the region’s best gourmet offerings.  Being largely coastal, think fresh fish and produce, local lamb and beef, goats cheese and of course the Cognac brandy the region is famous for.

Cycling along the Charente River, experience the quaint, old port city of La Rochelle (know as the White City) on the south west coast of France and as well as historic Rochefort.  The region has a significant naval history and it is on display throughout.  Taste the famous local brandy and local wine including a specialty called Pineau des Charentes (a fortified sweet wine) on this fully guided, small group tour. An experience you won't want to miss!

EXCLUSIVE: Travelling via Paris? Tour de Vines is offering those who book a French cycling holiday before 31st December the preceding year and exclusive day tour in Paris complete with an expert local guide. Visit the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dam and many more highlights. This offer for your French cycling holiday is exclusive to Tour de Vines.

  • Historic Rochefort
  • Riding the bracing Atlantic Coast
  • Guided visit and tasting at a famous distillery
  • Cycling tour along the gently meandering Charente
  • The beautiful old port of La Rochelle
  • Roman ruins in Saintes
  • Flexible collection from local airport or train station & onward transfers
  • Quality Trek bicycles & helmets (if required)
  • Water bottles (to take home as souvenirs)
  • Detailed riding instructions and colour route maps
  • Charming 3* (occasionally 4*) auberges, inns and hotels
  • Gourmet dinners for all 6 nights of your holiday
  • Fine wine (or soft drink alternative) with all evening meals and coffee to follow
  • 2 experience bilingual guides with each tour
  • Delivery of your luggage to your hotel room each day
  • Entry fees to attractions and historical sites
  • An unforgettable experience!

Cognac and Atlantic Coast Tour Date 2021:

  • 30 May - 5 June
  • 5 - 11 September

COVID Practices

COVID Safe Practices apply to this tour, specifically:

  • All guests are provided with face masks to be worn when in common areas and on any bus transfers
  • All guests are provided with personal hand sanitiser for usage during the tour
  • All equipment is sanitised pre and post every use including bikes and bus surfaces
  • Venues visited (eg accommodation) adhere to COVID safe hygiene and social distancing rules (when last checked)

Trusted Operator
Tour de Vines has been running tours in since 2002 and has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 and is now a Hall of Fame inductee. You can be assured we are a quality operator and want nothing more than for you to have an amazing travel experience.

TESTIMONIAL

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Collection from train station and transfer to our hotel in the Charentais countryside. Set up bikes and go for a short ride before having some free time in the afternoon and our first gourmet dinner.

Day 2

Begin our cycling along the Charente River. Visit the Abbaye de Bassac before lunch in the riverside village of Jarnac. A highlight guided visit and tasting at the Courvoisier distillery then stay the night in Cognac.

Cycling 43kms

Day 3

Travel north across the countryside and enjoy a picnic lunch. Ride into Saintes and visit one of the oldest arenas in the province, the Roman Amphitheatre, dating back to 40AD. Spend the night in Saintes.

Cycling 46kms

Day 4

Visit Chateau of La Roche Courbon resorted to reflect the furnishings of the 17th and 18th century, then cycle into Rochefort where we will stay for 2 nights.

Cycling 47kms

Day 5

No need to pack as we stay another night in Rochefort. Experience the 19th century Le Pont Transbordeur (transporter bridge) and visit the village of Hiers-Brouage before heading back to Rochefort.

Cycling 48kms

Day 6

Cycle towards the Atlantic Ocean to the old port of La Rochelle where we spend the night. Take a boat ride from the famous harbour and enjoy a free afternoon the explore before dinner.

Cycling 44kms

Day 7

Enjoy our last breakfast, say goodbye and transfer to the train station for your onward journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the group size for guided tours in France?

Group tour are great for making new friends and sharing an amazing experience. Tours in France have a maximum of 16 guests, a good size to ensure a level of personal service. Minimum 6 guests.

What if I want a break from riding?

We encourage all guests to join in and cycle with the group however a minibus travelling along with the group that is available for anyone at any time during the day. The bus will take you for as long or as little as you wish.

What is the weather like?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the weather however tour dates are selected to be optimal for cycling - not too hot and not too cold! Considering the region and the temperate climate, it would be unlucky to experience more than one wet day.

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