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ORIGINAL VELO TOUR, BALADES A VELO

Guided with explanations and gourmet bike tours in the South Vendée and the Marais Poitevin

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Place de l'abbaye
85580 SAINT-MICHEL-EN-L'HERM
FRANCE

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Presentation of: ORIGINAL VELO TOUR, BALADES A VELO

"Turned towards slow tourism, the Original Vélo Tour (OVT) concept is to offer guided, explained and gourmet bike rides in the South Vendée and the Marais Poitevin.

Nature, culture and terroir are the 3 main ingredients of the OVT walks. Thus, our services are focused on:
-Ecotourism (the discovery and construction of our territory),
-Cultural and heritage tourism (religious, military and hydraulic),
-Culinary tourism (not to be confused with gastronomic tourism around restaurants) through the visit of our local producers and the tasting of their local products... In this last part, we can also talk to you about "cyclo oenotourism" through our vineyards in the South Vendée and our AOC Fiefs Vendée wine estates.


This is what being an ambassador for the South Vendée and the Marais Poitevin is!

Our excursions are done in small groups, often up to 15 people. This is one of the principles of ecotourism, which makes it possible to limit the impact on the environment and Nature, while promoting the friendliness and comfort of the group in the discovery. Our producers that have other activities to do on the side, in order not to hinder their production, oblige us a minimum of 4 people.

During our bike rides, we prefer our Californian "Beachcruiser" bicycles, which are non-electric and comfortable. The land in the Marais is relatively flat and does not require any superhuman effort!

Since 2018, we have been offering bike-boat trips accompanied by a picnic... to discover the Marais Poitevin DIFFERENTLY. This term was the most used word in 2018 based on feedback.

Our trips are not sporty so that our services are accessible to as many people as possible. Families with children (even small ones) can register for our excursions with the use of our children's mountain bikes and trailers or the use of more adapted rides.

Our eco-guide, through its past experiences in many tourism structures in the Marais Poitevin, will be able to offer you a global approach to the area that you will allow you to discover, through nature, geology, history, culture, fauna, flora...

"Individual" walks"
Half-day walk " "Pédestre"": Aiguillon walk
Every Tuesday morning at 10am with a departure from the tourist office of Aiguillon sur Mer in July and August.
We will discover the link between the village of l'Aiguillon and the ocean through its mussel, oyster and fishing activities. We will stop at our cheese maker, Mathilde, who will introduce us to her job and make us taste her goat's cheese.
Rates: 15€/pers. 45€/tribe (2 ad. + 2 children)

Half day ride "Bike": Peninsula ride
Every Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, platinum path to La Faute sur Mer from April to August.
Take a bike ride at La Faute sur Mer and we will help you discover La Faute in 4 ways: marsh, forest, coastline and urban. We will stop at Alain's, our oyster farmer friend to discover the work of the oyster and enjoy a few passing oysters.
Rates: 25€/adult, 15€/child from 5 to 11 years old, 10€/child under 5 years old, 65€/tribe (2 ad. + 2 children)

Strolls under reservation for groups:
A walk in the vineyards of Rosnay
Every Monday morning at 10:00 a. m. parking at the church in Rosnay.
Discover the Mareuil region through the commune of Rosnay. We will explain what happens to vines, but also some historical or legendary facts such as the wars of Vendée or a certain Garguantua. We will finish our walk at Château de Rosnay, an AOC Fiefs Vendéens wine estate where we will visit the cellar before tasting some of the estate's wines.
Rates: 220€ (1 to 10 people) + 20€ per additional person

Stroll at the Abbey of Saint Michel
Every Monday afternoon at 3pm at the abbey square in Saint Michel en l'Herm.
Visit the oldest and richest abbey in the Marais Poitevin. After that, we will go South with our bikes to the island of La Dive. We will go up the coast to our producer who will make you taste his fresh, semi-dry and dry goat cheese.
Rates: 220€ (1 to 10 people) + 20€ per additional person

Other tours on other days:
Special group rides 1/2 day "Bike"":
Cyclo oenotourism tours: Vix and Pissotte
Abbey walks: Maillezais and Nieul on the Autise

Half-day rides "Vélo" from April to All Saints' Day:
Mesh (Thursday afternoon) and Magné (Sunday afternoon)

Day trips "Bicycle Boat"":
Marans (Monday), Magné (Wednesday) and Maillé (Friday)

Half-day walks "Pedestrian"":
Maillezais (Thursday morning) and Magné (Sunday morning)

All rides must be booked in advance and at the latest the day before

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Opening times
from 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00
Monday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Friday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Open all year round
Type of facilities
Travelling packages
Bike Hire
Prices
Basic price adult starting from 25€
Children's price starting from 15€ (Enfant de 5 à 11 ans inclus)
Children's price starting from 10€ (Enfant de moins de 5 ans)
Price for large families starting from 65€ (2 adultes + 2 enfants)
Group price starting from 220€ (Tarif spécial Balades groupes (Rosnay et Saint Michel en l'Herm) : - 220€ de 1 à 10 personnes, - 20€ par personne supplémentaire)
Payment methods
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Visits
Free tours (individuelles): Yes
Guided tours on request (individuelles): Yes
Guided tours (individuelles): Yes
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Free tours (groupes): Yes
Guided tours on request (groupes): Yes
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Visit languages
Visit: French
Access map, location
Sea side: 8,9 Km
Marais Poitevin: 53,1 Km
Puy du Fou: 79,6 Km
Spoken language
French
Services
Bike rental / loan
Further information
Groups accepted
Pets not allowed
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