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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.

From April 1 to June 14 and from September 16 to October 31, fixed departure day on Sunday.

Reviews (3) :
5.00 / 5
Reference VO0804
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Very easy
  • From April 1 to September 21
  • Minimum age 7 years old
GPSGPS-app available
1179€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This tour is not available from August 1st to August 21.

    From April 1 to June 14 and from September 16 to October 31, fixed departure day on Sunday.

    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. Visit the city in your own pace.

    Day 2


    Arcachon-Biscarrosse beach

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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



    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 (+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.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.

    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.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • 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: 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 https://www.sncf-connect.com/


    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.

    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.
  • Reviews
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    3 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    Escapade dans les Landes sur la Vélodyssée

    On the 2024-04-18 by Clément
    Nous avons adoré notre séjour de six jours dans les Landes, parcourant la Vélodyssée. Notre périple entre Arcachon et Bayonne nous a offert des vues magnifiques sur les forêts de pins, les plages et les lacs. De la Dune du Pilat au lac de Léon nous avons adoré chaque étape. Un voyage magnifique que nous recommandons vivement !

    Super rando

    On the 2020-09-21 by BERTRAND
    Notre randonnée de 7 jours entre Arcachon et Bayonne s'est déroulée formidablement sous le soleil avec des possibilités de baignades tous les jours, un parcours très agréable sur la Vélodyssée et des hébergements bien situés.

    Great cycling holiday

    On the 2018-08-12 by Adriaan
    Beautiful trip, very well organised, and excellent bikes.
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