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Cognac and La Rochelle

8 day(s) / 7 night(s) | from 740.00 €

Easy to Moderate


Food & Wine


Not included: Ferry on day 5 


  • Train from : Paris, Bordeaux, La Rochelle to Cognac. 
  • 10-15 minutes walk from Cognac Train station to the Hotel
  • Car Park available


Every Friday, Sunday and Tuesday from the 28th of April until the 29th of September 2017


  • Description
  • The trip from Cognac to La Rochelle takes you on a journey from the fine aroma of cognac, via honest farm odors to the scent of briny ocean.
    Starting in the town of Cognac and biking towards La Rochelle and the coast, partly along the Charente river. Overnight in nice 3 star hotels, centrally located in small towns, with plenty of shops and restaurants. A detailed road description and map will help you to find your way. The terrain is easy and moderate with distances from 40 to 60 km a day. The route goes along small countryside roads and bicycle lanes, passing many picturesque villages and hamlets.


Bike tour itinerary : Cognac and La Rochelle

  • D1 
  • Arriving in Cognac
  • Bed & Breakfast
    • You can fly to La Rochelle, Bordeaux or Paris and take the train to Cognac.
      Overnight at a centrally located hotel, a short taxi ride or 10-15 minutes walk from the train station. You may park your car in the hotel garage (supplement), or park for free in the street.

  • D2 
  • Cognac Loop
  • 49 or 55 km / Bed & Breakfast
    • You are leaving Cognac on 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 center of Jarnac, you can go to the head quarters of Courvoisier for a guided visit. Jarnac is the home town of the late French president François Mitterrand, who is also buried here. A museum, exposing the many gifts he received on official visits, is centrally located.

  • D3 
  • Cognac to Saintes
  • 44 km / Bed & Breakfast
    • Today you are leaving Cognac towards the west on slightly more hilly roads than yesterday. You may find a nice place for a picnic on the grass outside the monastery Abbaye de Fontdouce. The abbey is open for visitors. It is in
      romanesque style, typical of the region. In the afternoon, pretty down hill roads will bring you to the Charente river, where a small ferry will take you over to the opposite bank at Chaniers. Hotel centrally located in Saintes.

  • D4 
  • Saintes to Rochefort
  • 55 km / Bed & Breakfast
    • Saintes has the only Roman arena and theatre on the west coast of France. 

      Leaving Saintes you will cycle on small, easy roads from village to village, most of them with a nice looking church, a castle and a café for refreshments. At the end of the day you will reach Rochefort, the French kings'
      most important naval port on the west coast in the 18th century.

      Hotel centrally located.

  • D5 
  • Rochefort Loop
  • 49 pr 63 km / Bed & Breakfast
    • 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. After a few kilometers a small ferry takes you across the Charente river. Heading south, you will pass the villages of Brouage and Marennes, among marshlands teaming with birdlife and onwards to a large tract devoted to oyster farming, small boats and the distinctive ‟cabanes”: the little huts used by the oyster farmers.

  • D6 
  • Rochefort to La Rochelle
  • 45 km / Bed & Breakfast
    • 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! You will arrive in La Rochelle along the sea front and your hotel is in the city center.

  • D7 
  • La Rochelle and Ile de Ré
  • 40 or 50 km / Bed & Breakfast
    • 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 La Flotte and St. Martin-de-Ré, with beaches and restaurants for a summer lunch.

  • D8 
  • Trip ends in La Rochelle
  • Bed & Breakfast
    • Trip ends in La Rochelle after your Breakfast 

Prices 2020

  • Comfort Accommodation740 €
  • Comfort Single room sup.290 €
  • Hybrid Bike90 €
  • E-Bike180 €

All prices are per person. Accommodation price is on a 2-person basis.
The list of hotels included in this trip or details about your bikes are available upon request via our Contact Page.


  • Cognac Heritage **Standard
  • La Rochelle Yachtman ***Comfort
  • Saintes Souvenirs de famille ***Comfort

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