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Bordeaux & Atlantic Coast

Family tour along the Atlantic Coast

A biking tour that makes the most of Gironde’s cycling paths, under the great pine trees and protected by the dunes

Reviews (7) :
4.73 / 5
Reference A0701
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Very easy
  • from March to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
799€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • A cycling holiday on one of the most beautiful cycling routes in France going from Bordeaux to the Atlantic Coast through the fragrant forests of pine trees and along the beautiful sandy dunes. Visit Bordeaux, Unesco World Heritage city, and discover the rich coast of “Les Landes” attractive in many ways: nature, sea sport (surf, kite-surf…) and delicious oyster. Oyster-farming is one of Arcachon specialities, so sit down in front of the bay and enjoy the oysters with a glass of white wine. The city of Arcachon in itself is worth the trip.

    Day 1

     
     
    Stroll in Bordeaux nice old city center. Discover the banks of the Garonne river, the medieval streets and the buildings with chiseled white stones.

    Day 2

     
     
    Bike
    24km
    Get out of the city and rally the Bordeaux-Lacanau cycling path. Take a break in the nature, jump in the hotel pool and freshen up.

    Day 3

     
     
    Bike
    49km
    A perfect day: the cycling path goes down to the Atlantic ocean through the pine forest. Just enjoy the cool shade of the pine trees and their delicious smell.

    Day 4

     
     
    Bike
    32km
    Enjoy your day along the fine sand beaches along the atlantic ocean or on the shores of the big lake of Lacanau. You can also leave for a day trip to the nature reserve of the pond of Cousseau. This reserve offers a good overview of the main natural elements of the Landes landscape: dunes, ponds, swamps and little forests. It is also a refuge for the numerous fauna and flora.

    Day 5

     
     
    Bike
    44km
    Ride the coastline on the cycling path along the Atlantic coast. Feel free to stop to relax on the beach and enjoy the ocean. At the end of the day, Cap-Ferret will grant you with an amazing view on the Great Dune of Pyla. Take the boat to rally Arcachon and gaze at the bay from the ocean.
       

    Boat trip from Cap Ferret to Arcachon 1h

    Included

    Day 6

     
     
    Bike
    41km
    Meet the oyster farmers in Gujan Mestras and taste some of their freshest collected oysters. The Leyre delta is an ornithologic park where you can watch a wide-range of bird species with a guide if you wish.
       

    Oyster museum (Maison de l’huître) 1h

    The visit is partly guided.
    Included

    Day 7

     
     
    Bike
    26km
    Ride along the coastline and the dunes. Enjoy bathing in the ocean, breathing the invigorating sea air and the beautiful panoramic view from the Great Dune of Pyla.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You stay mostly in *** hotels. You can enjoy the swimming pool after a nice ride during the day. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Bordeaux and then shuttle to the city-center.
    • By train: From Paris-Montparnasse rail station, take a TGV train to Bordeaux. The duration of the trip is about 3h20. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com


    Parking

    If you drive to Bordeaux, we advise you to park on the first day at your hotel in Arcachon where parking is free (not bookable places) or in the surrounding streets near the Place de Verdun, very safe because the police station is located around the corner.
    The first day of your stay is an arrival day without biking so you have plenty of time to drop off your luggage in Bordeaux and drive to Arcachon to park for your vehicle.
    You take the train to get back to Bordeaux, where you get your bikes in a shop near the train station.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 11.20€/adult). The duration to commute is about 50 minutes. You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on where you come from. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

    Closed departure dates:

    18-21 june: because of the international wine exhibition Vinexpo


  • Reviews
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    7 bike travelers reviews 4.73 / 5

    “ Sur les pistes Girondiennes ”

    On the 2017-06-26 by Zig & Puce
    C'était pas gagné... mais nous l'avons fait! En même tant, il faut reconnaitre que l'épreuve n'était pas à la hauteur de nos angoisses. Les pistes cyclables entre Bordeaux et Arcachons sont très agréables puisque bien entretenues, ds la pinède, et par conséquent loin des automobiles. De plus il ne manque pas de points pour se désaltérer en chemin, voire pour les amateurs déguster quelques huitres (mais si, mais si, à 11h du matin avec un p'tit verre qui va bien, ça l'fait!) Bref des villes sympas à visiter, une pinède magnifique et des hôteliers accueillants et arrangeants...que demander de plus! Merci au Vélo voyageur pour tous ces bons moments partagés entre amis grâce à vous.

    “ Mitigé ”

    On the 2017-06-20 by AnJoKo
    Découverte d'une nouvelle région, entre terre et océan. A l'abri des pins.

    “ Belle échappée entre océan et forêt ”

    On the 2017-04-13 by Françoise
    Une belle semaine avec nos petites-filles de 14 et 15 ans. Excellente organisation des responsables du Vélo Voyageur : qualité des vélos, parcours, topoguides, tout était bien.. Ecoute attentive. Mieux que la plupart des opérateurs de circuits à pied ou à vélo que nous avons connus. Petit bémol pour la première étape qui nous a paru moins intéressante. Les suivantes sont superbes. .

    “ les landes ”

    On the 2016-08-09 by lilekam
    un excellent séjour avec le vélo voyageur! une organisation impeccable qui nous a permis de profité au maximum de notre circuit!

    “ So goo experience ”

    On the 2014-08-31 by Spanish families
    Goofd place, superbe route and extraordinary service!

    “ A very good experience ”

    On the 2014-08-31 by Spanish families
    We really enjoy ouir tour from Bourdeaux to Arcachon. It is such a well planned route and it is very good for families. Everything run as expected and we really enjoyed it. We are used to do bike tours and this one was super. The service provided by the Velo Voyaguer is super and very good rated.

    “ Bordeaux - Arcachon ”

    On the 2013-08-21 by AMANDINE & PIERRE-YVES
    Première expérience concluante du cyclo-tourisme : beau temps, matériel plutôt fiable, étapes très agréables, hôtels confortables, tous les ingrédients étaient presque réunis pour une réussite totale. Oui, presque, car nous avons rencontré quelques petites difficultés dans les villes où les pistes cyclables sont, hélas, bien souvent difficiles à trouver et à retrouver. Un GPS est fortement conseillé. Malgré ce bémol, cette expérience nous a fait passer d'excellentes vacances et nous commençons déjà à songer aux prochaines, toujours à vélo. Merci aux organisatrices pour cette sympathique randonnée !
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