Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region

Trip codeCyclo 20-2
Trip activity :Self guided bike tour
Location :Bordeaux, Arcachon - France
Duration :7 or 8 days
Departure :Every day from April to October
Trip grading :
Capacity :Minimum 2 people
Price per person :
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  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region
  • Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Cycling holidays in south of Bordeaux region

Tour description

Bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon – Cycling holidays in south of Gironde

Among the various bike tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon and the Arcachon bay, this one is probably one of the most varied in terms of landscape. This cycling trip from the Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic coast follows cycle paths, bike roads, greenways and small roads with little traffic.You will successively cross the hilly vineyards of Entre-deux-Mers (but made easy by bike because you will follow an old railway line: the Roger Lapebie bike path), the banks of the Garonne by follwing a portion of the Garonne Canal connecting Bordeaux to Toulouse. You will visit medieval fortified towns and cities such as Créon, Sauveterre de Guyenne and Saint-Macaire. The Sauternes vineyard now the welcomes you with its famous world-renowned winery Château Yquem. This area is crossed by the Ciron river at the edge of which you will enjoy taking a break. This river also marks the gradual entry into the Landes de Gascogne Regional Park and its isolated villages. A pleasant smell of the Landes pines will accompany you throughout its crossing.Leave your bikes for a while and be sure to walk around the Hostens Lake and reach the fine sandy beach inviting you to swim in the heart of the forest. Soon you will reach the Leyre river which will take you to the shores of the Arcachon bay and the Ornithological Park of Le Teich. After a succession of active oyster ports, and in particular the port of Larros where you will not miss to taste some oysters, a cycle path along the beach will lead you to the seaside town of Arcachon. Take the opportunity to visit the “winter city” with its sumptuous villas.You can extend your cycling holidays in Gironde with a final bike tour up to the majestic Pyla sand dune on the Atlantic coast which, from its 110 meters high, offers you a breathtaking view of the mouth of the bay, its sandbanks, The Cap Ferret and the Landes forest.

Highlights
  • The departure from the quays of Bordeaux classified by UNESCO
  • The greenway in the heart of Entre-Deux-Mers vineyard and its medieval bastides
  • Sauternes and the sumptuous wine properties like Yquem
  • The Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park, between pine forests and lakes
  • The 7 oyster ports of Gujan Mestras on the Arcachon bay

 

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Program

Day 1Arrival in Bordeaux « Unesco World Heritage Site »

Accomodations in Bed and Breakfast in hotels *** or charming guest-houses in the heart of Bordeaux. Welcome pack of the area and circuits will be given as well as your bike.

Bordeaux, the former “Burdigala” Roman, inseparable from its vineyard … radiates plenty of stones in her dress to provide fireworks. The Garonne River, heart of the city, welcomes walkers on the banks or boat trips.Everyone can take ownership of the docks, hoping to see the landing of a cruise ship, “amazing sight” a giant of the seas in the city center

Night and breakfast in hôtel.

Day 2From Bordeaux to the « Entre-Deux- Mers » 40 to 60 km

This route allows you to discover the Entre-Deux-Mers region of 55 km of track / greenway and lanes… Enchanting.

You will leave Bordeaux with the track that runs along the Garonne River and its beautiful landscaped quays, then you will follow the greenway trail, winding through the hillsides of the Entre-Deux-Mers through Creon and Sauveterre de Guyenne, which are magnificent fortified walled towns. Finally, by small roads surrounded by vineyards, you will drive to your accomodation.

Night, dinner and breakfast in charming guest-houses

Day 3From Sauveterre de Guyenne surroundings to the Garonne banks and Saint-Macaire 30 to 50 km

Between Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and La Réole, the cycle route passes through gently rolling and highly picturesque landscapes. La Réole, a medieval town founded in 977 on the banks of the Garonne, is the smallest

«Town of Art and History» in France. At Fontet, the route joins the Canal de Garonne. It is here that «Le Canal des 2 Mers à vélo» cycle route continues on its way under a canopy of plane trees until reaching Toulouse, or even Sète and the Mediterranean. Your wll follow it in the other direction to see the beginning of the Canal in Castets. This cycling days ends in Saint-Macaire, one of the most beautiful city of the Entre-Deux-Mers, built on a rocky promontory overlooking the plain. The village is framed by two « faubourg » or suburbs which were emerged in the Middle Ages. Stay a while and stroll through the narrow streets to discover old houses and ramparts. Around Saint-Macaire, the vineyard produces wines to be discovered like the soft white wines of the Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire, and the pear plantations announce the orchards of Lot-et-Garonne.

Night and breakfast in hôtel.

Day 4Direction The Landes de Gascogne Natural Regional Park 50 km

Departure from Saint-Macaire to cross over to the left bank of the Garonne River and discover the prestigious vineyard of Sauternes and its famous « Château Yquem. ».

After crossing Villandraut (do not miss its castle !) and the river Le Ciron, you come in the pignada, a logged pine forest, planted by man since the 19th century. 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 in the center of the village offering a range of services here in the heart of the Gironde countryside.

Night, dinner and breakfast in charming guest-houses

Day 5Landes de Gascognes and the Hostens Lakes 30 km

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.

Night and breakfast in hôtel.

Day 6Towards the Bay of Arcachon 45 km

The itinerary follows a little road where the pine forest gradually thins to find back the cycle track in Salles along the Eyre river you will follow until Mios. You will then reach the bassin of Arcachon at the Parc Ornithologique du Teich, maritime window of the Regional Natural Park. The sites for picnicking are not lacking, just choose!

You will then follow a coastal path, taking advantage of the salty and marine air of the bassin, going through the typical oyster ports like Gujan Mestras to join Arcachon by the small and beautiful oyster-farming ports.

Lined with tamarisks, arbutus, willow and wild prunus, the walk will also delight lovers of botany.

You will be accommodated in hotel in the heart of Arcachon, in a hotel ***, for an evening on the seafront.

Night and breakfast in hôtel.

Day 7 (Optional)loop tour to The Pyla Sand Dune 24 km

You will start your trip by cycling to the Pilat dune, the largest dune in Europe at 105 meters high, 2700 meters long and 500 meters wide. The dune, formed recently (only 35 meters high in 1855), is still not stable and moves towards the forest at a rate of 3 to 4 meters a year. Having left your bikes for a moment, you can climb to the summit using steps or by a marked path. You will follow beaches on a magnificent track and you will join the “Pyla sur Mer” then Moulleau, a suburb to the west of Arcachon, a very lively place in summer with chic boutiques and trendy cafés. You will be surprised by the Notre dame des Passes church, ofbyzantine style, built at the top of a sand dune by the Dominicans. Just before Arccahin, your will visit the “Winter city” with its somptuous villas.Night and breakfast in hôtel.

Day 7 (or 8)Departure

Practical details

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We take care of transporting your luggage at each change of accommodation so that you travel light and take full advantage of your daily hike.

You leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation before your departure .

At the end of the afternoon, you will find them at the reception of your new accommodation or directly in your room.

Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 piece of hand luggage.

We remind you that rental bicycles are equipped with saddlebags to be used to transport the things you deem useful for the day

Your travel record corresponds to the documents or files you receive before your trip (usually a month before) and upon arrival at the first accommodation.

It includes:

  • A welcome letter with the main practical information:
  • The time slot for baggage transport
  • Details of the delivery and collection of bikes from rental if necessary
  • Your local contact and telephone number (s) in case of emergency
  • Any additional information
  • The logbook travel package including map with the route (to the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
  • The necessary voucher (s) to be given to the service provider (s) (only if necessary!)

On request and depending on the circuits:

  • The “Evazio” application to download from smartphone for “GPS” navigation with visual guidance (reading of the track on the your smartphone) and / or oral.
  • The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
  • The loan of a GPS device with the pre-recorded tracks
  • Sends GPX tracks of each stage to be used with your own navigation support

On this circuit, we suggest that you provide you with the choice and by reservation:

  • A hybrid bike suitable for hiking and for the route
  • An electric bike adapted to the route

With its equipment:

  • 1 rear bag
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 set of repair
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 anti-theft device
  • 1 charger (for the electric bike)

For the youngest, we can offer depending on age and size

  • A child’s bike
  • A baby seat
  • A trailer
  • A follow-up bike

The bike is delivered to the first accommodation and is adjusted to your size.

At the end of the tour, the bike must be left at the last accommodation with its equipment. We will take care of their recovery.

The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:

Comfort : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and rooms of host.

Superior : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guest rooms.

Luxury : The circuit mainly presents 4 and 5 star hotels or equivalent

Our support team remains available for the duration of your trip.