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Bordeaux wine region

Cycling holidays from Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic

Selfguided cycling tours from Bordeaux to Arcachon on the Atlantic coast, cycling through the Medoc vineyards (Pauillac), the sandy beaches of the Landes, the Dune du Pyla, Cap Ferret and oyster villages.

Reference A0702
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Very easy
  • March to November
  • Minimum age 9 years
869€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This cycle trip leads you to discover all aspects of the Bordeaux region: from the wine tradition handed down for generations to the sandy coastline of the Atlantic with its fragrant pine forest. You start your cycling holidays in Bordeaux, where you observe the beautiful architecture as you stroll through the historic city center and cycle along the banks of the Garonne.


    You ride through the Medoc vineyards passing along the most prestigious wine houses such as Haut Marbuzet, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafitte-Rothschild. Then you ride through the pine forest to the coast and Cap-Ferret. You cross by boat the basin where you can enjoy the most beautiful view on the dune of Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe.

    You finish your cycling trip at Arcachon where you can relax and stroll at your own pace, towards the dune du Pyla or the oyster ports.

    Day 1

     
     

    Bordeaux

    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

     
     

    Bordeaux-Margaux

    Bike
    34km
    You leave the dynamic city of Bordeaux along the banks of the Garonne and then calmly riding through Bordeaux residential areas. Gradually, nature overrides and soon you reach the first vineyards of the Medoc. You stop in the prestigious village of Margaux, land of “grands crus”.

    Day 3

     
     

    Margaux-Pauillac

    Bike
    29km
    + 34 km optional round trip
    You discover the natural diversity of the Medoc starting with cycling in the heart of a wetland and then go on through the vineyards to Pauillac (23km). You can continue your discovery by making a loop around Pauillac (32km). You start the itinerary along the banks of the Gironde. A little further you admire the traditional fishing houses. The end of your bike ride takes you through the most famous vineyards of the Medoc : Château Haut-Marbuzet, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Lafitte-Rothschild and many other renowned names.

    Day 4

     
     

    Pauillac – Hourtin

    Bike
    34km
    Today you will cross the Medoc from East to West. You leave Pauillac on a country lane through the vineyards, cross the cutest villages where the time stopped a long time ago. You ride straight and see in the distance the edge of the pine forest. Just behind it is Hourtin, quiet village with its little harbor on the gigantic Hourtin lake, the largest natural lake in France.

    Day 5

     
     

    Hourtin – Lacanau

    Bike
    55km
    You are on the bike trail called Vélodyssée. On this leg, between ocean, forests and lakes, you will cross the pine forest to reach Lacanau. This part is hilly because you follow the dunes but you can take an easier route along the largest natural lake in France, Hourtin’s lake. If you’re in the mood for some seaspray, ride to Carcans Ocean. Then ride on the Vélodyssée to reach the sea resort Maubuisson where you will find all kind of restaurants. The way to Lacanau is a wonderful green path, but take the time to stop at the nature reserve at Cousseau Lake. You’ll finish your trip using on the cycle path joining Bordeaux to Lacanau.

    Day 6

     
     

    Lacanau-Arcachon

    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 7

     
     

    Suggested day trip : oyster-farming villages and the Leyre delta

    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 8

     
     

    To the Great Dune of Pyla and the ocean

    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 of the 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 from where you come. 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.

     
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