This 5-day wellness trip offers a gentle combination of easy hikes and thalassotherapy sessions to recharge your batteries. From the hotel in St Jean-de-Monts, you can easily explore the sunny coast of the Vendée and the islands of Noirmoutier & Yeu thanks to the guide.
Day 1: Arrival in St Jean-de-Monts
Participants can gather either in front of the SNCF train station in Nanted at 5pm or meet directly at the hotel in St Jean-de-Monts at 6:30. With its 8km of beaches and 750 hectares of forest, Saint-Jean-de-Monts, the flagship seaside resort of the "Côte de Lumière", is an ideal natural destination to recharge your batteries and discover the region. They have access to the Aqua Détente area at the hotel, where they will spend the next 4 nights. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Discovery of Noirmoutier, "The Mimosa Island"
The group depart for the island of Noirmoutier. It used to be accessible only via the famous "Passage du Gois" but is now connected to the mainland by a bridge. The route goes through salt marshes, dunes and holm oak forests. They will be transferred back to a hotel by a minibus. Relaxation in the Aqua Détente area followed by dinner at the hotel.
Walking time: 3 to 4hrs - difference in altitude: 25m/ -25m
Day 3: Yeu Island
Excursion to Yeu Island. After a 30-minute boat trip and short transfer by city bus takes the group to the wild caost the wild coast in the south. They will hike on the coastal path through moors and rocky landscapes. Return by boat and transfer by minibus to the hotel. Access to the Aqua Relaxation area after the hike.
Walking time: 4 to 4hrs 30min - difference in altitude: 50m/ -50m
Day 4: Day trip on an e-bike
Participants cycle from the hotel through the Breton Vendée marshes and the dune forest of Monts to discover another of the department's riches: a cyclists' paradise. Circuit on the pleasant green paths of the Vélodyssée and small country roads. Access to the Aqua Relaxation area after the bike ride.
Cycling time: 3hrs - distance covered: 34km - difference in altitude: 125m/ -125m
Day 5 : The Vendée coastal path
Today's hike on the Vendée coast covers the coastal path, its dunes and the forest massif of the Pays de Monts, along small picturesque rocky coasts to the port of the coastal town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. Return by minibus to the hotel and then to Nantes train station at 5:30.
Walking time: 4 hrs - difference in altitude: 50m/ -50m
Remark to trips from 29.04. to 03.05.: due to the tides, the excursion to Yeu Island will be made on thursday instead of wednesday. The itinerary for Days 3 and 4 will be switched, along with the respective thalassotherapy treatments, which will take place on tuesday and wednesday.
The hikes take place until 15.00 at the latest. The thalassotherapy centre at Saint-Jean-de-Monts will then welcome you between 15.30 and 19.00 for relaxation and treatment sessions. The centre is directly connected to the hotel by a corridor.
Indicated pricing per person in double or twin room occupancy
Price supplement for a single room: 230,- € (subject to availability)
Extra price for 6 Thalasso treatments : 240 € - To be specified at the time of booking.
The deposit for the e-bike rental: 1000 €.
The trip is organised from Monday to Friday.
The stay begins and ends at the Nantes train station (SNCF).
4 nights in a 3-star hotel near the beach, meals from dinner on day 1 to the picnic on day 5, tourist taxes, supervision, transfers by minibus included in the programme (including from and to Nantes SNCF), boat trip to Yeu island, hire of the e-bike, access to the hotel's Aqua Relaxation area.
Thalasso treatment option supplement: 240 €. To be specified at the time of booking
Deposit for the rental of the electric bike: 1000 €.
Starting from 1 person!
Guaranteed departure from 4 persons up (8 participants max.)
Last possibility of cancellation by the tour operator: 21 days before the start of the trip
Travel generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.
You will stay in a double room in a comfortable 3-star hotel (national category), 50 metres from the thalassotherapy centre and 300 metres from the beach.
The 35 rooms are equipped with private bathroom, WC, TV, Internet, air conditioning and loggia. The hotel has a garden, a swimming pool and a guest parking lot. The restaurant offers excellent local dishes. Free access to the Acqua Relax area of the hotel.
Suitable for all who regularly do sports.
Average length of walks: 3 to 4.5 hours on coastal paths or small roads with a difference in altitude of 25 to 150 metres per day
All you need to carry is your personal belongings for the day and the lunch picnic. The Vendée has an oceanic, mild and sunny climate, the coast benefits from an excellent sunshine, receiving more hours than cities like Bordeaux or Toulouse.
You will be accompanied by a French, state-certified mountain guide who knows the region inside out. The trip is in French.
We recommend that you check with a doctor in advance whether there are any health reasons speaking against a visit to the Thalasso Centre (e.g. intolerance to differences in humidity or temperature).
If you wish to book the option "Thalasso treatments", you will benefit from 6 treatments spread over 2 days. The programme is determined by the thalassotherapy centre according to availability. Sessions is:
- Laminaria seaweed cream body wrap
- Salt water treatment
- A hydromassage bath with sea crystals or algae jelly
- Jet shower massage
We recommend an eco-friendly journey by train to the station of Nantes.
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