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Bordeaux & Atlantic Coast

Cycling holidays from Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic

Attention : en raison de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby, les dates de départ sont limitées en septembre 2023. Départs uniquement possibles sur ces dates : du 1 au 7; du 12 au 14 et du 19 au 28

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 Pilat, Cap Ferret and oyster

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  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Very easy
  • March to November
  • Minimum age 9 years
GPSGPS-app available
1289€ / 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 Pilat, 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



    You might want to enter the old city section by riding along the quays of the Garonne. The Bordeaux quayside is one of the most magnificent waterfronts in the world. Bordeaux was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2007 because of the beautiful 18th century facades and outstanding buldings. Discover the banks of the Garonne River and check out the buildings made with white chiseled stone.

    Day 2


    Bordeaux - Margaux

    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

    You discover the natural diversity of Médoc starting with cycling in the heart of a wetland, along the banks of the Gironde, before continuing your journey through the most famous vineyards of Médoc.

    Day 4


    Pauillac – Hourtin

    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

    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



    Ride alors the coastline on the designated bicycle path. Here’s your chance for a unique ride as you get up close to the tallest sand dune in France, the Dne of Pyla. At the end of the ride, Cap-Ferret gives you amazing views of the Great Dune of Pyla. This giant dune is sometimes called "The Sahara of France" because of its four different sand formations. There’s time to sun bathe or swim while experiencing the fresh salt air. Take the boat to Arcachon and enjoy the view of the coastline from a different perspective.
    Boat trip from Cap Ferret to Arcachon. Approximately 1 hour, included in tour

    Boat trip from Cap Ferret to Arcachon 1h


    Day 7


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

    Learn about oyster farming from dedicated oyster farmers in Gujan Mestras and sample the freshest oysters you’ll ever taste! The Leyre Delta is where fresh waters of the river and the salty waters of the ocean meet. You can go bird watching or rent a canoe or kayak and explore the area or water.

    Oyster museum (Maison de l’huître) Approximately 1 hour, included in tour. The museum visit is partly guided.

    Oyster museum (Maison de l’huître) 1h

    The visit is partly guided.

    Day 8


    To the Great Dune of Pilat and the ocean

    On this route, you’ll ride along the coastline and dunes towards the Dune of Pilat. Take time to sunbath on the beach or enjoy a dip in the ocean water.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You’ll be very comfortable staying in these mostly 3-Star hotels with clean and cozy accommodations. Enjoy the swimming pool before sleeping in your comfortable bed. A tasty breakfast is waiting for you each morning.
    * 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 (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • 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


    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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    2 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    Des grands crus à la dune du Pilat

    On the 2021-03-22 by Soval
    Parfaite organisation , un super vélo trip dans les vignes, les forêts de pins et les dunes jusqu'à Arcachon même en temps de Covid, l'organisation était parfaite. Les hôtels et maisons d'hôtes très bien choisis et particulièrement gentils et accueillants. Merci et Bravo au vélo voyageur de nous avoir préparé cette échappée salutaire en un temps record.

    Great trip and great organization!

    On the 2018-06-18 by Rebecca
    This was our first time with Velo Voyageur, and it went very well. We have had experience doing other bike trips in a very similar way in other countries and knew what we should expect- Velo Voyageur did not disappoint us- on the contrary, everything went very well and we were delighted that we chose them. Service was excellent overall and among others included phone and email correspondance prior to trip, quality of bikes, luggage transportation, choice of hotels, and 24 hour help when needed. Itinerary was good to very good- we visited a lot- Bordeaux and its famous vineyards and chateaux, beautiful lake areas and down the Atlantic coast- some days were a bit boring, with lots of pine forest, but that was the only way to get to incredibly beautiful areas like Le Bassin d'Arcachon- Overall a very nice group of young women at Le Velo Voyageur with very efficient and intelligent organizational skills, and a shared passion for biking and for giving their customers the best of what they can offer....We hope to do another trip with Le Velo Voyageur soon!
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