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Family cycle tour from Royan to Oleron

Follow the Velodyssee along the beautiful Atlantic coast
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday with family
  • Theme coast

Information : Family cycle tour from Royan to Oleron

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This original cycling holiday along the beautiful Atlantic coast has been specially conceived for parents with children. First, you'll enjoy getting to know Royan, a small yet vibrant seaside town with plentiful beaches ideal for taking a dip. Next day, you pedal off along a superb cyclepath that follows the coast to Ronce-les-Bains and a warm welcome to a lovely hotel facing the Ocean. Then aboard a small boat you'll sail round Fort Boyard* and on to the peaceful island of Aix, with the promise of a day in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte! The conclusion of this splendid holiday takes you to the Isle of Oléron with its remarkable bike tracks between land and sea.
*Astonishing sea-locked fort famous in France as the setting for the TV game show subsequently metamorphosed in the UK as "The Crystal Maze".

You'll love

  • routes chosen with care to suit families with children
  • great hotels facing the Atlantic
  • considerable variety of stages and scenery
  • the boat trip and visit to the île d’Aix
  • gorgeous beaches for splashing fun!

Program : Family cycle tour from Royan to Oleron

  • D1 Arrival in Saint Palais

    You can be sure of a warm welcome in a family hotel just a few metres from the beach. And you can't beat a dip in the sea to recover from your journey! In the evening, watch the sun slip down below the horizon...and eat out in one of the little restaurants along the coast.

    Night and breakfast next morning in your 3 star hotel on the ocean coast.

  • D2 Saint Palais, Royan, St Georges de Didonne

    30.4 km round trip (3hrs30mins)

    You spend the whole day on a cycle path exploring numerous ocean bays along the Royan coast. A round trip, this outing leaves you with plenty of time to take a break when and where you fancy, maybe enjoy an ice cream on a shady terrace, (or both!)
    Towards the end of the ride, you could be tempted to go ape in the trees in a secure but nevertheless hairy facility known in France as Accrobranche. Other possibilities include trying your hand at sand-yachting in an exciting vehicle propelled along the beach by the ocean breezes.

    Night and breakfast next morning in your 3 star hotel on the ocean coast.

  • D3 From Saint Palais to Ronce-les-Bains

    32.4 km (3hrs45mins)

    Today, you take one of the loveliest portions of the Vélodyssée. Leaving Royan and the Gironde estuary, you cycle along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean on an itinerary reserved exclusively for cyclists and ramblers. No cars, no noise, unless you count the murmur of conversation, occasional laughter, and the sound of breaking waves. You go through the Forest of La Coubre, vast pinewood reminiscent of the Landes region, and you may like to visit the celebrated lighthouse listed as a historic monument. In the evening, you will be greeted at your ocean-facing hotel.

    Dinner, night and breakfast next morning in your 3 star hotel with its own pool.

  • D4 Visit to the Ile-d’Aix (island)

    12 km return bike ride to get to the boat that takes you there on a 1hr 30mins trip

    Early to rise today! In the morning, you need to get to the port (called La Grève) by bike for an 8.30am sailing time. You leave your bikes at the quay and sail off towards the Ile-d’Aix. You and the kids will love this great little cruise that takes you past oysterbeds, beneath the bridges of Seudre and Oléron, and around the astonishing sea-fortification of Fort Louvois and Fort Boyard*!
    On your arrival at the Ile-d’Aix**, you'll have no less than 6 hours to appreciate the calm of this car-free (carefree?) isle. You may if you wish hire cycles to get about (special rates apply) or just amble round on foot and enjoy the beaches.

    At the end of the day you go back to the mainland and your hotel in Ronce-les Bains.

    Dinner, night and breakfast next morning in your oceanside 3 star hotel with its own pool.

    *Fort Boyard is still used in the French TV programme that metamorphosed into the "Crystal Maze" game show.
    ** Except for the months of July and August, boat departures depend on the number of passengers enrolled. Should your departure remain unconfirmed, we propose an alternative loop itinerary taking you through the pleasant countryside around the attractive little town of Marennes (30.6 km).

  • D5 From Ronce-Les Bains to the Island of Oléron

    24.8 km (3hrs)

    A taxi will come and take you from your hotel to the Ile d'Oléron over the 3 km bridge across the sea that in our view is frankly dangerous for pedalers and pedestrians. Once on the island, you can mount up and enjoy discovering this lovely place along cycle paths that take you past forests, oyster farms and pretty villages. En route you could visit the "Marais des Oiseaux" (Bird Marsh) an educational park that gives you a deeper understanding of the island's fauna.
    At day's end, you can enjoy the beaches of La Cotinière, a few steps from your hotel.

    Night and breakfast next morning in your 3 star hotel on the ocean coast.

  • D6 Around the Ile d’Oléron

    30.2 km (3hrs30mins)

    A day to discover the north of the island. A cycle path takes you through vineyards to its largest village, Saint Georges d’Oléron. Then you make your way along the Atlantic coast with its tempting broad beaches...anyone for a dip?
    In the evening you'll love the bustling port of La Cotinière. You might even enjoy an ice cream, created by a local "marchand de crème glacée", whilst contemplating the setting sun...tough programme!

    Night and breakfast next morning in your 3 star hotel on the ocean coast.

  • D7 Departure

    After breakfast, a taxi will come to the hotel and take you back to your vehicle at Saint-Palais.
    All good things...but what an adventure!


Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure every 2 days

In family room

Adult : 785 €
Junior (12-17) : 665 €
Child (2-11) : 550 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult : 895 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  895 €
Child (2 - 11) : 855 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

1185 €

Solo traveller

1290 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 710 €
Junior (12-17) : 605 €
Child (2-11) : 495 €
Baby (0-1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult :  820 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 820 €
Child (2 - 11) : 780 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

1110 €

Solo traveller

1215 €

What's included?

  • 4 nights B&B in 3-star hotel
  • 2 half-board stays in 3-star hotel
  • for July and August bookings boat trip to Ile d'Aix included
  • Return taxi to ile d'Oléron
  • Baggage transfers
  • Road book and waymarked maps provided
  • Technical and logistical assistance


  • Bike rental from :

    • Bike rental for adult or junior : 115 €

    • MTB for child : 50 €

    • Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 50 €

    • Child seat : €

    • Electric power bike for adult or junior : 160 €

What's not included ?

  • Parking for your vehicle throughout the stay
  • Dinners on days 1, 2, 5 and 6
  • Beverage and extra
  • Boat trip to Ile d'Aix except for July-August
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • A family journey.
  • Routes: cycle paths and narrow roads shared with other users.
  • Bicycle type recommended: country bike, also known as hydrid


  • These holidays are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage and a detailed roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We also provide the logistical and technical support necessary.
  • On longer holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or simply take your time and relax...
  • B&B accommodation is in either 3 starhotels chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.
  • For technical reasons, we do not propose midday or evening meals everyday. However at each stage, you'll find there are plenty of different places to eat.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.


By car

Paris – highway A10, exit 35 Saintes (4h50) Poitiers – Highway A10, exit 35 Saintes (1h50) Bordeaux – Highway A10, exit 37 Mirambeau (1h30) La Rochelle – from Rochefort D77 (1h00)

By air

Royan-Médis Aerodrome La Rochelle Airport (1hr15mins from Royan) Bordeaux Mérignac Aérodrome airport (1hr45mins fromRoyan) + train to Royan + taxi to the hotel

By train

Royan railway station + taxi to the hotel


Global note
  • Bonne expérience pour une première randonnée à vélo avec notre fille de 6 ans: circuit adapté aux jeunes enfants, à suivre !

  • Le tour était très joli, très bien organisé, beaucoup de bons endroits à voir, les gens sont très polis.

  • Très satisfait de l'organisation en général. Continuez avec la même qualité !

  • Séjour très apprécié par toute la famille, enfants comme adultes. De très bons souvenirs et des bons moments partagés.

  • C'est notre 2ème voyage avec vous et nous avons eu toujours autant de plaisir tant dans le circuit, les hébergements, l'organisation super adaptée aux familles avec enfants. Merci Safrantours !

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