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7 Days Bike Tour in Gironde, France from the Vineyards to the Ocean and Arcachon Bay
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Self-Guided Bike Tour in France

Come to cycle through Gironde, one of the largest departments of France. This is a self-guided cycling tour in France and its various richnesses. With a road book and a bike, you will ride through the area starting by Entre-Deux-Mers and famous Sauternes vineyards, going on by the pine forest of Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park and reaching the Arcachon Bay and the ocean. You will take cycling tracks as well as small roads, quite flat, and enjoy the evening in charming hotels and guesthouses. Escape your usual dull routine and join Evazio on this bike tour in South West France!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Cycling tracks, small roads, and quite flat
  • Starts in: Rions or Cadillac
  • Ends in: Arcachon
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 112 - 130 miles / 180 - 210 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Touring bike (90 EUR for an adult and 65 EUR for a child) and hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 150 EUR
  • 2 - 8 participants

Highlights

  • 5 days of cycling
  • Cycling through Sauternes vineyards
  • Riding towards Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park
  • Taxi transfer and luggage transfer during cycling
  • Use of the road book during the tour
  • Return ticket for the bay crossing
  • 4 dinners and 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Styles


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

During the tour, you will be accommodated at three-star hotels or charming guesthouses. On the first night, you will stay overnight in Rions or Cadillac. Next, you will stay overnight in Saint-Macaire or Caudrot on the second night. Then, on the third night, you will be accommodated in Origne. On the fourth night, you will stay for the night in Le Barp. Lastly, the accommodation for the rest of the tour will be in Arcachon.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Bordeaux and transfer to Rions or Cadillac

Arrive at the railway station or at the airport. Transfer by taxi to Rions or Cadillac in a guesthouse or hotel where you will receive a guidebook indicating your tour. Have dinner in the guesthouse or in a restaurant. Stay overnight and have breakfast on the next day.

There are three possible accommodations with the same quality. Your accommodation will be chosen depending on the availability.

Day 2: The Entre-Deux-Mers area (19 - 25 miles / 30 - 40 kilometers)

You will start your trip by cycling through Premières Côtes de Bordeaux winegrowing area and arrive in Côtes de Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire area. This day will give you the opportunity to enjoy a superb view of the Garonne River and to visit the heart of the old merchant town of Saint-Macaire.

Your tour will take you to the bastide town of Cadillac and its castle, as well as the former residence of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at Château Malromé and that of the writer François Mauriac at Domaine de Malagar. Your accommodation will be in a charming hotel in the medieval town of Saint-Macaire. Have dinner, stay overnight, and have breakfast on the next day.

If there is no availability, your accommodation will be in a charming guesthouse in Caudrot. It is seven kilometers from Saint-Macaire.

Day 3: Throughout the Sauternes vineyards, towards the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park (33 miles / 53 kilometers)

Depart from Saint-Macaire to cross over to the left bank of the Garonne River. The tour follows the twisting roads through the world-famous vines of the Sauternes areas, including the jewel in its crown, Château d'Yquem.

The itinerary goes on to Budos, then through the valleys carved out by the Ciron River, to Léogeats and Noaillan. You will then carry on to Balizac where you enter the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park, before reaching Origne for the night.

Stay in the charming little village of Origne in a charming guesthouse by Mr. and Mrs. de Rochefort or by Mrs. Merle which will welcome you in the center of the village offering a range of services here in the heart of the Gironde countryside. Have dinner, stay overnight, and have breakfast on the next day.

Day 4: Throughout the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park (20 miles / 32 kilometers)

You will be riding along a lovely little forest road offering great variety and taking you westwards. Heading towards Louchats, the pine forest becomes denser and the scent of pine resin richer. Leave your bicycle at the site of the lagoons of Gat mort and discover the water beneath the carpet of fern.

Make a stop at the lakes of Hostens which offer plenty of shade by the shore, perfect for an afternoon nap. The road will then take you between pine trees and heather to the small town of Le Barp. Stay in a charming little hotel, stone built, with a swimming pool. Mr. Bourrissoux, the owner, with an irreproachable reception, may serve you a very appreciated local food on the terrace shaded by suspended vines and cooled by a fountain.

Stay overnight and have breakfast on the next day. Dinner is not included.

Day 5: Towards Arcachon Bay and the ocean (28 miles / 45 kilometers)

You will cycle gently along the cycling track to Mios, where the itinerary follows a little road as the pine forest gradually thins. Crossing over the railway line will take you to Le Teich, where the park meets the sea. Enter the ornithological park and take a break. The landscape opens out to the light of Arcachon Bay. Take the coastal path with the salt from the bay under your wheels and follow the scent of the sea air to Gujan-Mestras.

Arrive at your last hotel in Arcachon for an evening at the seafront or at the casino. If you want to ride again, you can climb the Dune of Pilat (20 kilometers one way and return). Have dinner, stay overnight, and have breakfast on the next day.

Day 6: The Cap Ferret (12 - 25 miles / 20 - 40 kilometers)

Take the boat to cross Arcachon Bay to reach Cap Ferret and ride throughout the other side of the bay. Leave your bicycle to walk up to the top of the lighthouse. Keep cycling to reach the very pretty oyster village of L'Herbe, the reservoirs, as well as the Tapper’s Shack. Do not miss the last departure of the boat to cross back the bay and return to your hotel.

Day 7: Back home

Take the train from Arcachon to Bordeaux.

Note: Trailer for children (less than 10 years old) or child bike for children below six years old is available for maximum two children and 40 kilograms in total.

Location

This tour in France covers places such as Saint-Macaire, Cadillac, Sauternes, Budos, Léogeats, Noaillan, Balizac, Origne, Louchats, Le Barp, Mios, Le Teich, Gujan-Mestras, and L'Herbe.

Food

You will have four dinners and six breakfasts during the tour. You will be provided with local and typical French food as well as seafood around the bay of Arcachon.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 days of cycling
  • Use of the road book
  • The bay crossing with bike (return ticket) on day 6
  • Transfer of the luggage at every step (for bike rental)
  • Locks, reparation equipment, saddle bags, helmet, bar bag, and bottle holder (for bike rental)
  • Assistance for the bike (big damage, for bike rental)
  • Taxi transfer from Bordeaux to Rions or Cadillac on the first day or last day if the arrival is by car
  • 4 dinners and 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Insurance for assistance and repatriation
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • Dinner on the fourth night
  • Drinks for dinner except in some guesthouses
  • The train from Arcachon to Bordeaux (around 12 EUR per person)
  • Transfer by bus shuttle from Bordeaux train station to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD): 10 EUR per person

How to get there

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Arrival by train

Please arrive at the train station of Bordeaux-Saint-Jean. Transfer from the train station by taxi.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

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