Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon

Trip codeCyclo 01
Trip activity :Self guided bike tour
Location :Bordeaux, Arcachon - France
Duration :6 to 8 days
Departure :Daily from April to October. No departure on Saturday & Sunday from 01/07 to 20/08
Trip grading :
Capacity :Minimum 2 people
Price per person :
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  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon
  • Bordeaux Cycling tour from the vineyard to the ocean and Arcachon

Tour description

Bordeaux ocean bike tour : a cycling holiday from the vineyards to the coast

Bordeaux Ocean bike tour is a self-guided tour in South West France across the Bordeaux area and its treasures! The prestigious Bordeaux vineyard and the ocean coastline. This Bordeaux Ocean bike tour is worth a visit in order to discover the richness of the Gironde as you cycle from the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux wine-making area. End your holiday by swimming in the ocean!
 
With Bordeaux Ocean bike tour you start your holiday  through the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyard where there are many wine tastings opportunities.

The Entre Deux Mers  has 2,400 hectares   and close to 10,000 hectares, making it the largest wine appellation in Bordeaux. If you’re found of white wines this Bordeaux biking tour is for you ! Entre-Deux-Mers and Graves are the best appellations in Bordeaux  for the white-wine production!  You can visit wineries but you won’t find two same wineries!

Then you cycle into the forest of the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes before reaching the Arcachon bay. Famous for its oysters and its upscale resorts, such as Arcachon and Le Cap-Ferret, this little inland sea, open to the ocean, is also known for its exceptional natural heritage!  Protected by the peninsula of Lège-Cap-Ferret and the famous Dune of Pilat, Arcachon Bay has a mild climate and plenty of sunshine throughout the year.

Beautiful oyster villages that have remained authentic, like Piraillan or Le Canon, located in Lège-Cap-Ferret, are well worth a visit. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful walk along the flowery streets lined with charming huts. You need to take a gourmet break on the terrace while enjoying fresh oysters and white wine!

Take the cycling tracks, which are quite flat and enjoy the evenings in charming hotels and guesthouses. All that is needed is our road book and a touring bike to have a wonderful experience! To be more confortable during your cycling tours, we can Bike hire or an E-bike as you prefer!
Highlights
  • The small wine routes of Entre-Deux-Mers and Sauternes vineyards
  • Hostens lakes and the Gat Mor Lagoon in the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park
  • The Arcachon basin: seaside town, oyster ports, picturesque fishing villages and the Pyla dune
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Program

Day 1Arrival in Aquitaine in Bordeaux and transfer to Rions

Arrive at the train station or at Bordeaux Airport. Bordeaux is classified UNESCO World heritage A taxi takes you to your guesthouse or 3-star hotel in Rions or Cadillac, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.

Overnight in a 3 stars hotel, breakfast included.

Warning: 3 different hotels are possible – same quality, depending on the availability.

Day 2Cycling in the “Entre-Deux-Mer” area. 40 km - 350 m

Start the holiday by cycling through the ‘Entre-deux-Mers’ region, discovering the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux wine-making region and exploring the Côtes de Bordeaux in Saint-Macaire area, this is the first area for white wines production in Bordeaux wine region, you can ask for a guided tour in a chateau and you’ll do a tasting of red wines and you’ll learn all about winemaking, winemakers, Grands Crus, french wine regions, appellations, French wines,  grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot or Merlot!

The Entre-Deux-Mers was the home of the most important characters of this area: the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at Château Malromé and the writer François Mauriac at Domaine de Malagar, an estate covered with vineyards.

The beautiful villages in the area simply invite you to cycle through them! On your road cycling discover the medieval merchant town of Saint-Macaire through undulating vineyard terrain taking in the spectacular trip view of the Garonne River. Then your itinerary will guide you to the small town of Cadillac renowned for its Chateau and sweet white wines.

Overnight in a charming 3-star hotel with a swimming pool, in the medieval town of Saint-Macaire. Breakfast included.

Day 3Biking day through the vineyards of Sauternes and the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park 45 km - 175 m

From the village cross to the left bank of the Garonne River, on your two wheels follow backroads through the World famous vines of the Sauternes area, including the jewel in its crown – “Chateau Yquem”. It’s the only Grand Cru in Bordeaux wines classified as “First superior growth 1855”. This classification is really famous ( Firsts Growths Chateaux are: Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau Latour, and Chateau Lafite).

As a cyclist you’ll go through the valleys carved out by the River Ciron to Leogats and Nouaillan, then Balizac where the ‘Landes de Gascogne regional Nature Park,’ is situated, before reaching Origne.

Overnight in Origne. This is a charming guesthouse, which is located in the centre of the village offering a range of services. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 4Cycle the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park 35 km - 50 m

This ride goes through the Regional Nature Park. Cycle along a lovely forest  backroad offering great scenic variety and heading westwards. Towards Louchats, the pine forest becomes denser and the scent of pine resin richer. Leave your bike at the site of the lagoons of Gat –Mort. Don’t miss the detour to Hostens where you can relax for a while on the expanses of beautiful white sand bordering a large lake hidden by trees.

The cycling track will then go between pine trees and heather to the small town of Le Barp.

Overnight in a charming 3-star hotel, stone built. Breakfast included. Dinner is not included but you may wish to ‘eat in’ as your host is an accredited ‘maître restaurateur’. There is a terrace shaded by suspended vines and a fountain.

Day 5Ride towards the Bay of Arcachon and the Ocean 50 km

Today there are a mixture of cycle routes and minor roads as you approach the expanse of the Bay of Arcachon. Cycle through Le Teich ornithological park, the fishing ports and oyster beds. Join the coastal path, stopping to climb Europe’s highest sand-dune (20 km one way and return)before continuing to your 3 star hotel close to the central beach of Arcachon and the town’s casino for a two-night stay.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Arcachon. Enjoy the evening on the seafront or at the casino.

Breakfast included. Dinner is not included but there are many restaurants close to your hotel.

Day 6 and moreVisit the Arcachon bay

There is a great opportunity to spend one or two extra nights in this friendly city. This is well worth considering. Arcachon is a popular holiday destination with many attractions. There are daily cycling tours to visit both sides of the bay.

Day 6Biking around Cap Ferret 20 km - 20 m

Take the ferry across the Bay of Arcachon to reach the “Cap Ferret” and cycle on the other side of the Bay.  Leave your bicycle for a moment to walk up to the top of the lighthouse. Cycle between fishing villages and discoverthe pretty oyster village of L’Herbe, the fish reservoirs and the Tapper’s Shack. Do not miss the last departure of the boat for the return journey to the other side of the bay and your hotel!

Day 7Cycle towards the Great Dune of Pyla or into the Domaine de Certes in Audenge 25 to 60 km - 100 m

Choose either to follow the cycle track along the coast up to the Great Dune of Pyla or to take the cycling track via the Port of La Teste in the opposite way.

Leave the track and take the “7 oyster ports of Gujan Mestras” small road that runs around the bay alongside the railway station.

A cycling track will take you then to Le Teich, Biganos and Audenge.

Many choices:

  • Stop-off at the port of Biganos
  • Stop-off at the Ornithologic Park of Le Teich
  • Stop-off at the Domaine de Certe in Audenge

Back to your hotel for your last night.

Day 8End of your holiday

After breakfast take one of the frequent trains from nearby Arcachon station to Bordeaux for your onward train or flight.

Practical details

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We take care of transporting your luggage to the next accommodation so that you fully enjoy your daily ride.

You leave your luggage at the reception desk before your departure.
At the end of the afternoon, you recover them in the next accommodation (at the reception or directly in your room).

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

We remind you that rental bikes are equipped with saddlebags to be used to bring your belongings useful for the day.

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

It includes:

  • A welcome letter with the main practical information:
  • The time slot for luggage transport
  • Details of the delivery and recovery of rental bikes if necessary
  • Your local contact and telephone number(s) in case of emergency
  • Any additional information

The travel book including a map with the route (at the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications

The voucher(s) to be given to the service provider(s) (only if requested)

On request and depending on the tours:

The “Evazio” application to download to your Smartphone for a “GPS” guidance. This guidance is visual (reading of the track on the Smartphone’s screen) and vocal.

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 pre-loaded tracks

GPX traces of every step for use with your own navigation device

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 trip mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and guesthouses.
  • Superior : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guesthouses.
  • Luxe : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars or equivalent

Our assistance remains available for the duration of your stay.