It’s usual to tour the Marais Poitevin by boat, but have you ever tried venturing out into the Marais, off the beaten track ?

Hiking with your new, four-legged friend. Experience no. 1


Exploring the Marais Poitevin on a donkey

Choose from a 2- or 4-hour circuit, or even a 3-day hike. Visit the villages of the Marais, and pick your adventure. Your transport is waiting for you.

Ride a donkey with du Coq à l'Ane

Dinner for two by the waterside - Experience no. 2

In a place for daydreaming 

Nestled on the Sèvre river bank, La Roussille gourmet restaurant is a unique and authentic place, which offers superb cuisine. Within walking distance from the Niort town centre, you will hear birdsong and the gentle sound of the water while your tastebuds are being amazed.

Sit down for a meal at the auberge de la Roussille

2 days roaming from port to port - Experience no. 3

Take a row-boat, canoe, bike, or set out on foot

Stay in the heart of the Marais. From a campsite jetty, there are hundreds of miles of canals to be explored. If you prefer hiking or biking, numerous routes are readily available. When you come back from walking or riding, you can dive into the swimming pool to soothe your swollen calves, or relax in your tent, trailer, or bungalow.

Sleep at the Lidon Campsite

Sail through words at the heart of a water maze – Experience no. 4

A magic experience, by night

At nightfall, deep inside the marshes, climb into a boat for a poetic trip into legends and goblins. A unique experience to discover Green Venice a different way. By reservation only.

Book for night of tales in a boat

Eat with the birds in a peaceful setting – Experience no. 5

Deep inside the wild marsh

Surrounded by birds and lush vegetation, discover the "De la Graine à l'Assiette" restaurant in the "Les Oiseaux du Marais poitevin" bird park. Rediscover the flavours of traditional cuisine, using only fresh, local produce. Once there, enjoy a stroll through the park and a boat-ride in the Marais poitevin.

Lunch on local food at the bird park restaurant

Try a treasure-hunt in Green Venice - Experience no. 6

Follow the guide ! (or the GPS...)

Ideal for the whole family. Young and old alike will love exploring the Marais Poitevin off the beaten path !

The exploration will arouse everyone’s curiosity while providing information on the history and heritage of the marsh.

Find out more on your treasure hunt in Coulon

Become a photographer at the Bird Park - Experience no. 7

Become an ace photographer in a exceptional setting

Come and improve your picture-taking skills in the heart of the wild marsh !

Share your passion with a professional, by capturing nature’s finest moments among the birds of the Marais poitevin.

See details on the "Birds ans nature" photography workshop

Along the Sèvre river in a Segway® personal transporter - Experience no. 8

Fun and laughter garanteed !

There are many paths to ride along on a Segway®, with different themes! For 2 up to 6 people, here’s a chance to spend time with friends or family.

Explore the Sèvre on a Segway®

A boat ride at dawn or dusk - Experience no. 9

With a coffee please !

Some boating companies offer unusual rides at dawn, including breakfast. Wake up on the water !

Bardet Jetty in Arçais   Cardinaud Jetty in Magné   Prada Jetty in Coulon

DLMS La Trigale Jetty in Coulon   Oiseaux du Marais poitevin  Jetty in Saint Hilaire la Palud    

Go on a canoe rally in the heart of Green Venice – Experience no. 10

A paper chase throught the Marsh waterways for fun with friends or family

A number of boat companies invite you to discover Green Venice in a fun way. Check these offers :

Cardinaud Jetty in Coulon   Arçais Venise Verte Loisirs Jetty in Arçais

Venise Verte Evasion Jetty in Sansais-La Garette