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The Vendee coastal isles for families

Lovely family circuit through the wetlands of the Vendée
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme coast
665€

Information : The Vendee coastal isles for families

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Presentation

Your holiday along the Eurovelo 1 begins at the very heart of the Breton salterns of the Vendée between sea and mainland. The scenery is astonishing, with water meadows and polders cut through by canals and drained by salt channels.
Then it's on to the island of Noirmoutier, and the deepening impression of being in another world as you penetrate further into the isle. Then there are beaches, salterns, visits to little fishing ports, and forward to the third part of the programme as you set foot on the Ile d'Yeu with its wild coastline, fine sandy beaches little white cottages and the sea air to inhale, deeply. You could imagine that you were out to sea!

You'll love

  • the traffic-free itineraries through the salt flats
  • cycling across the Gois (tidal causeway) to get to Noirmoutier
  • the fine sands of the Isle of Yeu
  • trying the seafood
  • a variety of accommodation

Program : The Vendee coastal isles for families

  • D1 Arrival in Notre Dame de Monts

    Arrival late afternoon in Notre Dame de Monts.
    Welcome and settling in.

    Dinner and night in 3 star hotel.

  • D2 Bike ride round Notre Dame de Monts

    27.4km stage, around 3hrs30mins.
    What's nice about this ride is that the sea is never far away, so there are lots of opportunities to pop down to the beach on the return trip to Saint Jean de Monts.
    A really pleasant, shady and varied cycle path takes you right to the sea front at Saint Jean de Monts whose sandy beach stretches for several kilometres!
    This region is known as the Côte de Lumière and is justly famous for the 2300 annual sunny hours (as much as Carcassonne and more than Biarritz).

    Dinner and night at the hotel.

  • D3 From Notre Dame de Monts to Noirmoutier

    35 km stage - between 3hrs30 and 4hrs.
    This is a fairly long stage, taking you from the mainland to the Island of Noirmoutier along the bridge opened in 1971.
    The 'Ile de Noirmoutier' is nicknamed Mimosa Island for its gentle climate favourable to the growth and winter flowering of those heartening little yellow blooms. The landscape is dominated by salt flats, sand dunes and forests of holm oak.

    Dinner in the restaurant and night in a 2 star hotel with pool at the foot of Noirmoutier castle.

  • D4 Ride around Noirmoutier

    19km stage. About 2hrs.
    The history of Noirmoutier is reminiscent of the waters all around it: wild and agitated. Pillage, battles, invasions and combats of every type have marked the history of this indomitable territory. During your ride you'll see both salt and wild marshes within which numerous species of birds make their nests. Salt has been gathered in Noirmoutier since prehistoric times. From the fifth century, Benedictine monks began to organise the wet marshland into exploitable salt flats through a huge programme of systematic drainage. In a good year, salt production today is around 1500 tons.

    Dinner in the restaurant and night in the 2 star hotel with pool at the foot of the castle.

  • D5 Bike ride on the western side of the Ile d'Yeu (say "ealed-yuh")

    Taxi to the quay at Fromentine.
    Crossing by boat to Ile d'Yeu. (30 mins).
    Your hotel is just 300 metres from Port-Joinville. Once you installed you'll be ready for a little exploratory visit of the island.
    Ride in the western part of the Ile d'Yeu: 23 kms (3hrs).
    You'll soon leave the bustle of the port behind you and come to the scenic track which follows the wild coastline. A succession of beaches set in a craggy coast. And a trip back in time with dolmens, menhirs and old castles.

    Dinner where you will at Port-Joinville followed by night at a tourist residence.

  • D6 Ride on the eastern side of the Island of Yeu

    26 km stage. Around 3hrs.
    The first part of the route is typified by beaches and gentle coastal scenery. At the tip of the island, called "les corbeaux" (the crows), it's the wild and austere atmosphere of the island of Yeu that dominates. The route back through the interior of the island, which passes between the neat white houses of the village of St Sauveur, is sheer escapism.

    Dinner as you like it in Port-Joinville and night at a tourist residence.

  • D7 Crossing from Ile d'Yeu to Fromentine

    Taxi ride back to Notre Dame de Monts.

    Departure.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure every 2 days

In family room

Adult : 705 €
Junior (12-17) : 600 €
Child (2-11) : 460 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult : 795 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  795 €
Child (2 - 11) : 755 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

945 €

Solo traveller

1025 €

Tariffs low season

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

In family room

Adult : 665 €
Junior (12-17) : 565 €
Child (2-11) : 430 €
Baby (0-1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult :  755 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 755 €
Child (2 - 11) : 715 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

905 €

Solo traveller

985 €

What's included?

  • Half board and B&B on Ile d'Yeu in 2 or 3 star hotels and tourist residence.
  • Roadbook and routemarked maps provided.
  • Technical and logistical assistance.
  • Baggage transfer by vehicle.
  • Private parking for clients' vehicle.
  • Includes ferry ticket for Fromentine - Ile d'Yeu crossing.
  • Transfer from Fromentine to Notre Dame de Monts.

Optional

  • Bike rental from (compulsory on this circuit because there is no possibility to carry the bike from one island to the other):
    • Bike for adult or junior : 80 €
    • MTB for child : 60 €
    • Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 60 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 140 €

What's not included ?

  • Dinners on days 5 and 6
  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Family cycle tour.
  • Daily stages from 18 to 35 km, about 2hrs to 4hrs per day at your own pace.
  • Very little level change.

Organisation

These holidays are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage between the stages and your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We also provide all necessary logistical and technical assistance.

On longer holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or simply take the time to relax...

Accommodation is in 2 star hotels chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may have to be modified according to availability at the moment when final reservation is confirmed.

Certain stages are programmed without an evening meal but you'll find there are plenty of nearby eating places of various kinds.

Access

By car

Highway at Nantes - 60 km

By air

Nantes Atlantique Airport

By train

Nantes railway station then by bus or taxi to Beauvoir-sur-Mer

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • Exceptional trip! We got an eyeful and lived beautiful moments with family.

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