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Family cycle holiday on the Velodyssey: Arcachon to Bayonne

This cycle holiday on the Velodyssey itinerary offers short daily distances especially thought for families, wanting to go for an active holiday with young children.

Reference VO0804
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Very easy
  • April to November
  • Minimum age 1 years old
829€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • The Southern part of the Velodyssey cycle route is ideal for an itinerant cycle holiday with the family. From Arcachon to Bayonne, or said differently from the Bordeaux region to the Basque country, you ride on a secure cycle path on flat terrain almost all the way, except after Biscarrosse beach where we have planned a very short stage to avoid rushing.
    Our tour starts in Arcachon, which is not be missed for its location on the basin, but foremost because the dune of Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe, is rising nearby. You ride further through the forest of the Landes country where the scent of the pine trees will delight you. Cycling along the Atlantic has also the advantage of offering many opportunities for a stop at the beach and a dip in the ocean that all the family will enjoy. You end up your ride at the entrance of the Basque country In Bayonne, an historic town on the shore of the Adour river.
    The South West of France is known for the warm welcome of its inhabitants and their relaxed attitude, not to forget its delicious gastronomy.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Arcachon

    Arrival in Arcachon

    Day 2

     
     

    Arcachon-Biscarrosse beach

    Bike
    33km
    Ride along Arcachon Bay to reach the highest dune of Europe: the Dune of Pilat. Leave your bike in order to climb the dune and enjoy the wonderful view over the blue sea and the golden sand. Take your bikes again and follow the cycling itinerary of the Velodyssey in the heart of the forest and all along the beaches of the area.

    Day 3

     
     

    Biscarrosse beach-Biscarrosse town

    Bike
    17km
    This short stage takes you to the original town of Biscarrosse on the cycle path which sways on the dunes through the forest. You reach the nice beach of Magide on Cazaux lake where you can swin in calm waters, and ride further along a canal to Biscarrosse ville.

    Day 4

     
     

    Biscarrosse town-Mimizan beach

    Bike
    40km
    You cycle further to Mimizan Plage. The bike path runs parallel to the road until Parentis en Born and then heads towards the lakes, which are good spots for a break on their small beaches. At the end of the day, you ride past the beautiful lake of Aureilhan to finally reach the lively sea resort of Mimizan Plage.

    Day 5

     
     

    Mimizan beach-Léon area

    Bike
    46/54km
    Enjoy a relaxing panorama on the cycle path in the shade of the pine forest. You keep on riding through the forest and along the beaches. You can enjoy a swim at the beach (Cap de l’Homy). You finish your day in the area of Léon lake.

    Day 6

     
     

    Léon area-Capbreton

    Bike
    33/25km
    We advise a short detour to the village center of Moliets et Maa where you can admire the typical architecture of the area. You bike further on the Velodyssey cycle route which leads you to Vieux-Boucau and its nice maritime lake. You enter in the South of the Landes country which is the surfers’ paradise. You end up in the port of Capbreton. Do not miss to have a walk on the jetty at sunset and pick up a nice terrace with a view on the port for dinner.

    Day 7

     
     

    Capbreton-Bayonne

    Bike
    30km
    You leave the Landes area and go through the pine and oaks forest. You arrive in the city of Bayonne, the entrance of the "Pays Basque". Take your time to discover this beautiful and typical city located along the river Adour.

    Day 8

     
     

    Departure from Bayonne

    Enjoy the city of Bayonne before departure.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in ** or *** star hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in superior ** star hotels or *** hotels.
    * 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


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • 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.(included in your bike rental)

    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



    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: fly to Bordeaux Mérignac then train to Arcachon.

    • By train: go from Paris Montparnasse to Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station (2h) then take a train to Arcachon (50 mn). To plan your trip www.trainline.eu

    Parking

    If you drive to Arcachon, you can park your car near your hotel in the surrounding streets where parking is free.



    To get back to starting point:

    You take the regional train back to your departure point. Regional trains are without reservation and take bikes without extra charge. You buy your ticket yourself at the train station. 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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