Bordeaux to Arcachon Cycling Holiday

  • 4.8
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    5, 6 or 7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Cadillac / Arcachon
  • Distance

    168 miles/270 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    046-101CFR
Price From £669

Overview

A 5, 6 or 7 night, leisurely cycling holiday through the vineyards of Entre-Deux-Mers on the banks of the Garonne River to the Bay of Arcachon on the Atlantic Coast. Idyllic cycling on quiet lanes through famous vineyards and Natural Parks, staying in charming hotels in delightful towns and villages. The dunes and beaches around Arcachon Bay are a fitting finale to this wonderful cycling holiday.

You’ll be picked up from Bordeaux Airport and transferred to your first night’s accommodation in the village of Cadillac on the banks of the Garonne River. The next morning your cycling adventure begins as you follow quiet roads through a patchwork of rolling vineyards and gorgeous chateaux. You’ll cycle through the Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux wine region one day followed by the famous vineyards of Sauternes the next – stopping at the world famous Chateau Yquem to sample the wares if you wish.

The route then leads you into the Landes de Gascogne Nature Park where peace, tranquillity and a wild untamed landscape await. Take a refreshing dip in the the fresh water lakes of Hostens and then relax under the pine trees before pedalling on towards the ocean.

Cycling through the streets of Bordeaux

Leisurely cycling through quaint towns

Land meets sea at the ornithological reserve at Le Teich where an idyllic cycle path leads you around the bay towards the bustling town of Arcachon.

The 6 and 7 night options give you more time in Arcachon with day rides to Cap Ferret – a wild and wooly spit of land with fantastic beaches and Dune du Pyla – Europe’s largest sand dune a few kilometers to the south.

This route is graded as easy to leisurely, meaning it is well within the abilities of anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There are some unavoidable sections that follow busier roads but the majority of the route is along quiet lanes and cycle paths. On the whole, the route is quite flat but there are some slightly hilly sections at the beginning.

Itinerary & Map

This route is graded as easy to leisurely, meaning it is well within the abilities of anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There are some unavoidable sections that follow busier roads but the majority of the route is along quiet lanes and cycle paths. On the whole, the route is quite flat but there are some slightly hilly sections at the beginning.

The tour is available in 5, 6 or 7 night durations. If you opt for the five night duration you will spend one night in Arcachon and depart on the morning of day six (see below). The six night option gives you one extra day – so you will depart on the morning of day 7 – and the seven night option gives you the full itinerary as described below.

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Day 1: Arrive Bordeaux – transfer to Cadillac

Bordeaux - FranceII*

Bordeaux

Arrive at Bordeaux railway station or airport where you will be picked up and transferred to to your accommodation in Cadillac. Your bikes and route notes will be waiting for you at the hotel and the rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the local area.

Day 2: Cadillac – Saint Macaire, 19 – 25 miles/30 – 40 kms

Saint Macaire

Saint Macaire

Your first day’s cycling leads through the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, an elongated vineyard on the banks of the Garonne River. The limestone and clay soil of this region produces excellent wines that are renowned for their character and finesse. It’s a picturesque ride and you’ll enjoy superb river views for much of the way. You can if you wish make a small detour to visit Château Malromé, the former residence of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Eventually you arrive in the charming medieval town of St Macaire. Check-in to your hotel and then take stroll through the bustling, cobbled streets, perhaps stopping in a convivial bar to sample some of the fine wines produced in these parts.

 

Day 3: Saint-Macaire – Sauternes Vineyards – Origne, 33 miles/53 kms

Vineyard south west of France - Sauternes-Loupiac*

Sauternes vineyard

Leaving Saint-Macaire you cross over the Garonne River and follow a network of quiet winding lanes through the world-famous vineyards of the Sauternes region. The sweet wines produced here using Semillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes have a very distinct flavour and harvests can be hit or miss but when they are hit, they are very good indeed. Château Yquem is the most famous vineyard in the region and you can stop off here to admire the lovely old Chateau – and perhaps taste the wares. The itinerary then leads you to the nearby village of Budos and then south along the course of the River Ciron, past the sleepy villages of Leogats and Nouaillan and into the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park. You stop for the night in the charming village of Origne in a delightful little guesthouse where you will enjoy a lovely evening meal.

Day 4: Origne – Le Barp, 20 miles/32 kms

Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park - France*

Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park

Today’s ride leads you on quiet roads through the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park, a protected area of pine forest and wetlands.  Shortly after the village of Louchats why not take a break beside lakes of Hostens there’s plenty of shade beneath the pines and if it’s warm you may even be tempted in for a dip. You then head on along the forest road lined by heathland and pine forests to the town of Le Barp where you stop for the night.

Day 5: Le Barp – Arcachon, 28 miles/45 kms

Pyla Dune - Aquitaine - FranceII*

Cycling towards Dune du Pyla

After breakfast, mount up and continue westwards through the Nature Park towards the Atlantic Ocean. The pine forests begin to thin out and a pleasant cycling path delivers you to the town of Mios. A little further on you reach Le Teich, where the Park finally meets the sea. Here you begin to follow an idyllic cycle path that leads you through a protected wetland area, where all manner of wild-fowl can be seen, to the shores of the Bay of Arcachon. A pleasant ride along a coastal path delivers you to bustling town of Arcachon, a pretty town with its lovely beach and plenty of bars and restaurants. You’ll spend one, two or three nights here depending on which duration package you have booked.

Day 6: Cape Ferret, 12 – 25 miles/20 – 40 kms

Fishermens' cabins

Fishermens’ cabins – Arcachon Bay

After breakfast catch the ferry across Arcachon Bay to Cap Ferret, a sandy spit of land that separates Arcachon Bay from the open ocean. The expansive sandy beaches on the Atlantic side are definitely worth a visit as is an ascent of the lighthouse. Pedal to nearby L’Herbe and Le Canon, delightful villages of brightly painted traditional buildings which are part bungalow and part beach-hut – the epitomy of ‘shabby-chic’. This is seafood heaven and out tip is to search out the small locals’ bars in the backstreets that serve delicious dishes at a fraction of the price of the smart brasseries on the sea-front. At the end of the day catch the ferry back across the bay to Arcachon to your hotel.

 

Day 7: Pyla Sand Dune or around the Bay Shore, 16 – 37 miles/26 – 60Kms

Dune of Pyla

Today you can choose between a relatively short ride south along the coast to the Pyla Sand Dune or a longer ride around the bay, visiting the chain of small towns and villages along the shoreline. If you opt for the shorter ride to Europe’s largest sand dune then you should of course have the energy to climb to the summit, 110 meters above sea level. The views across to Cap Ferret are quite stunning.The dune is popular with parascenders who’s colourful canopies look like enormous butterflies surrounding the dune.

The other route will lead you along the eastern shoreline of the lake through pleasant towns such as Gujan Mestras, La Teich and Audenge. The majority of the route is on a lovely bay-side cycle path and it’s entirely up to you how far around the bat you wish to ride.

You then return to Arcachon for you last night in this idyllic little town.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily except for Thursdays from 14 April to 30 June & 01 September to 14 October.
Arrivals daily from 01 July to 31 August

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2019 Prices
046-101CFR
Per person
14 Apr
to
14 Oct
5 Nights
Comfort category
Double/twin £669                    
Single £950                    
Solo cyclist £1085                    
6 Nights
Comfort category
Double/twin £816                    
Single £1165                    
Solo cyclist £1300                    
7 Nights
Comfort category
Double/twin £908                    
Single £1324                    
Solo cyclist £1459                    
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

5, 6 or 7 nights accommodation. See practical information
5, 6 or 7 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner on day 3
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Taxi transfer from Bordeaux Airport to first hotel
Bay of Arcachon ferry crossing, day 6
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Train Arcachon to Bordeaux downtown, approx €12

Supplements

Extra night Bordeaux, twin/double, comfort (£84)
Extra night Bordeaux, single, comfort (£140)
Bike with pannier & lock, 5 nights. See practical information (£90)
Bike with pannier & lock, 6 nights. See practical information (£101)
Bike with pannier & lock, 7 nights. See practical information (£112)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 5 nights (£157)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 6 nights (£181)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 7 nights (£206)



Practical Information

Bikes

Mens Hybrid Bike -

Example of the men’s bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid/touring models with 21 or 24 speeds and comfortable saddle with an upright riding position.

The bikes come equipped with two rear panniers, handlebar bag, lock and puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are supplied on arrival.

 

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and a charming guesthouse.

Cadillac: Hotel du Chateau de la Tour
Saint Macaire : Hotel les Feuilles d’Acanthe
Origne: La Maison Rose
Le Barp: Hotel Le Resinier
Arcachon: Hotel Roc

Getting There

Fly to Bordeaux Airport where you will be picked up and transferred to your first night’s accommodation in Cadillac. At the end of your trip catch a train, approx 1 hour, from Arcachon back to Bordeaux for your flight home.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.8
  • Date - 26/07/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Good communication - any pre trip queries were answered quickly and accurately
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Holiday was excellent. Hotels were great during the trip from Bordeaux to Arcachon - not so great in Archachon itself.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks. Sorry to read that you found the Arcachon hotel to be a little lacking. It's  the first negative feedback we've received for this property but rest assured  we'll be monitoring future guests feedback closely.
  • Date - 26/09/2016
  • Name - Jeremy
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Pre-tour information came through in good time and was comprehensive. As ever, further questions we had (in this case about the type and model of electric bike we would be using) were answered quickly and clearly.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Good quality bikes (the electric bike was tremendous!) and very clear route guide. We only went (briefly) wrong a couple of times and that was because I wasn't paying close enough attention.

    We're both 50+, not particularly fit, and not regular cyclists but the daily distances and difficulty of the route was well within our capabilities, and we greatly enjoyed the transition in scenery from rolling hills of vineyards, through flat heathland and forest, to the coastal lagoons and sand of the Atlantic.

    Choice of hotels was great. All comfortable and convenient, and varying in character. La Maison Rose at Origne, where you eat home-cooked dinner with the owners at their dining table was particularly memorable.

    All in all, a fantastic holiday, and we are now working out where to go next.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks Jeremy. So glad the trip was the right level for you both and well done for managing to keep up with the e-bike!