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Bordeaux to the Bay of Arcachon Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £939 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle through the Gironde region
• Ride past vineyards, National Parks and Arcachon Bay
• Wonderful countryside to explore
• Visit the famous Bay of Arcachon
• See the lighthouse at Cap Ferret

Cycle Route Features
Self-guided cycling tour across the Gironde region in France and its various attractions. With a road book and a new hybrid bike (with all the equipment), you will ride through the area starting by the Entre Deux Mers and famous Sauternes vineyards, going on by the pine forest of the Gascogne Regional Park and reaching the Arcachon bay and the ocean.

You will take cycling tracks as well as small roads, quite flat and will enjoy the evening in charming hotel and guesthouses.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

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Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival at Bordeaux and transfer to Rions or Cadillac

Arrival at the railway station or at the airport. Transfer by Taxi to Rions or Cadillac in guesthouse or hotel***, where you will receive a guidebook indicating your tour.

Dinner in the guesthouse or in restaurant, night and breakfast. Warning : 3 possible accommodations – same quality – at this step, depending on the availability.

Day 2: The “Entre-Deux-Mer” area. 30 to 40 kilometers

You will start your trip by cycling through the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux winegrowing area and arriving in the Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire area.

This day gives you the opportunity to enjoy a superb view of the Garonne River and to visit the heart of the old merchant town of Saint-Macaire.

Your tour will take you to the town of Cadillac and its castle, as well as the former residence of the painter Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec at Château Malromé and that of the writer François Mauriac at Domaine de Malagar.

Accommodation in a charming hotel*** in the medieval town of Saint-Macaire. Dinner, night and breakfast. If no availability, accommodation in a charming guest house in Caudrot :(7 km from Saint-Macaire)

Day 3: Throughout the Sauternes Vineyards, towards the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park. 53 kilometers

Departure from Saint-Macaire to cross over to the left bank of the Garonne River. The tour follows the twisting roads through the world famous vines of the Sauternes areas, including the jewel in its crown : Château Yquem.

The itinerary goes on to Budos, then through the valleys carved out by the River Ciron, to Leogats and Nouaillan. You then carry on to Balizac where you enter the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park, before reaching Origne for the night.

Stay in the charming little village of Origne in a charming guest house by Mr and Mrs De Rochefort or by Mrs Merle which will welcome you in the center of the village offering a range of services here in the heart of the Gironde countryside. Dinner, night and breakfast.

Day 4: Throughout the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park 32 kilometers

You will be riding along a lovely little forest road offering great variety and taking you westwards. Heading towards Louchats, the pine forest becomes denser and the scent of pine resin richer.

Leave your bicycle at the site of the lagoons of Gât-Mort and discover the water beneath the carpet of fern. Make a stop at the lakes of Hostens offer plenty of shade by the shore, perfect for an afternoon nap.

The road will then take you, between pine trees and heather, to the small town of Le Barp.

Stay in a charming little hotel**, stone built, with a swimming pool. Mr Bourrissoux, the owner, with an irreproachable reception, may serve you a very appreciated local food on the terrace shaded by suspended vines and cooled by a fountain.
Night and breakfast. Dinner not included

Day 5: Towards the Bay of Arcachon and the Ocean. 45 kilometers

You will cycle gently along the cycling track to Mios, where the itinerary follows a little road as the pine forest gradually thins. Crossing over the railway line takes you to Le Teich, where the Park meets the sea. Enter the ornithological park and take a break.

The landscape opens out to the light of the Bay of Arcachon. Take the coastal path with the salt from the bay under your wheels and follow the scent of the sea air to Gujan-Mestras.

Arrival at you last Hotel*** in Arcachon for an evening on the seafront or at the casino. If you want to ride again, you can climb the dune du pyla (20km one way and return).

Dinner, night and breakfast.

Day 6: The Cap Ferret. 20 to 40 kilometers

Take the boat to cross the Bay of Arcachon to reach the Cap Ferret and ride throughout the other side of the Bay. Leave your bicycle to walk up to the top of the lighthouse.

Keep going cycling to reach the very pretty oyster village of l’Herbe, the reservoirs as well as the Tapper’s Shack. Do not miss the last departure of the boat to cross back the bay and return to your hotel.

Day 7: The Dune du Pyla or Direction the Domaine de Certes in Audenge. 25 to 60 kilometers

You can choose to follow the cycle track along the coast up to the Dune du Pyla or in the opposit way to take the cycling track via the Port of La Teste. Leave the track and take the “7 oyster ports of Gujan Mestras” small road that runs round the bay alongside the railway station.

A cycling track will take you then to Le Teich, Biganos and Audenge. Possible choices : Stopp-off at the port of Biganos Stopp-off at the Ornithologic Parc of Le Teich Stopp-off at the Domaine de Certe in Audenge

Back to your hotel for your last night.

Day 8: Return home

Take the train from Arcachon to Bordeaux.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Self-guided cycling tour across the Gironde region in France and its various richenesses. With a road book and a new hybrid bike (with all the equipment), you will ride through the area
starting by the Entre deux Mers and famous Sauternes vineyards, going on by the pine forest of the Gascogne Regional Park and reaching the Arcachon bay and the ocean.

You will take cycling tracks as well as small roads, quite flat and will enjoy the evening in charming hotel and guesthouses.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Bordeaux to the Bay of Arcachon tour stays in Guesthouses, 3* hotels or 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Included services

- The bicycle (VTC : Hybrid bike for men or women). Replaced every year
– The trailer for the child
– Transfer of the luggage at every step
– Locks, reparation equipment, saddle bags, helmet, bar bag, bottle holder
– Assistance for the bike (for big damage)
– The road book
– The Taxi transfer from Bordeaux to Rions or Cadillac (first step)
– The nights B&B, half board or full board
– Drinks (wine and coffee for the dinners and one drink for the picnic)
– The bay crossing with bike (return ticket) for Day 6

Not included:

- The Dinner of the night 4
– The train from Arcachon to Bordeaux: around 10€ per person

If needed: Transfer from Bordeaux train station to Bordeaux airport (Bus shuttle) : around 9€ per person

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Rental Bike Information

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Your Prices

Bordeaux to the Bay of Arcachon, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Category A: 3* and 4*Hotels

Holiday Price (April to October):
Cat A: £939
Single Supplement:
Cat A: £280
Availability: April to October 2017
Departure Days: Daily
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £69

Extra Night Prices:
Bordeaux: £64 per person per night (B&B only)
Single supplements apply.
You will stay in the same hotel as the previous night.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

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Holiday Price: From £939
Single Supplement: £280

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