What’s new? In celebration of Tour de France’s centenary this year (Grand Départ: 5 July 2014), the boutique hotel, Villa Clarisse, has designed its very own Tour challenge for children aptly titled, Tour de l’Île de Ré.
The four-staged cycling adventure is for guests aged four to 12, with a new stage taking place each day. Each cyclist will be given an easy-read map of Île de Ré with detailed instructions of the stages they must complete each day and, at the end of their Tour de l’Île de Ré, children will be given a bright yellow jersey just like the professional cyclists.
Parents and older siblings are encouraged to get involved in the Tour de l’Île de Ré, by being the 'Support Team' for the young cyclists. Throughout the Tour de l’Île de Ré they will follow behind on their own bikes and be responsible for looking after energy supplies, like the picnic basket (available for purchase for £14 per person).
Activities: The four stages of Tour de l’Île de Ré consist of the Navigation Stage, Flat Stage, Time Trial, and Mountain Stage. Each of these stages take place on rural, traffic-free cycle paths, and explore various parts of the beautiful Île de Ré. Each night, the young cyclists and their Support Team will return back to the Villa Clarisse for a restful night’s sleep.
When the Tour de l’Île de Ré is not taking place, guests can participate in several other activities such as horse riding, sailing, and wind surfing. Families can also take excursions to several nearby family friendly destinations like Zoo de la Palmyre, the aquarium in La Rochelle, and Puy du Fou.
Travel time: Flights from London to La Rochelle take 1 hour 35 minutes.
Transfer time: It's a 20-minute drive from La Rochelle Airport to Villa Clarisse, a transfer service is available from £51.
Getting there: easyJet: from £68 return.
Price: Rates are from £446 per night per family of four.