A 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/Train station and transferred to your first night’s accommodation in the village of Cadillac or Rions 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 châteaux.
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 Château 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.
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 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 kilometres 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.