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Cycling around the Bay of Arcachon

Lovely for kids, this circuit goes from beach to beach
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme coast
695€

Information : Cycling around the Bay of Arcachon

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The Gironde possesses one of the finest cyclepath networks in France. You can go all the way round the Arcachon basin with the Eurovelo1, which is a sure temptation to do just that!
You'll see grand Atlantic beaches, wild and free, which contrast with the gentler waterfront cycleways of Arcachon and its café and restaurant terraces. And then there are once again beaches, calmer this time, in the shelter of an arm of the bay. The route takes you from small port to harbour in a succession of changing colours. And it brings you to the vast Bird Park and the salt meadow nature reserve. You'll enjoy slipping through the pine forest to reach Cap Ferret, but the story doesn't end there. There are also the landing pier and the boat which come to collect you, the sea air of the crossing, and a fabulous panorama of the Bay of Arcachon just coming into sight...

The circuit is well-adapted to the needs of children. Most of the route is along cyclepaths. However common sense dictates that some experience and a respect of the Highway Code are required when the route goes through urban areas.

You'll love

  • biking along the excellent cycle-paths that wind through heath and woodland
  • making your way up Europe's highest sand dune!
  • having a break in an oyster hut
  • exploring the ports and beaches all along the route
  • the boat trip across the Bay that rounds off your adventure

Program : Cycling around the Bay of Arcachon

  • D1 Arrival in Arcachon

    Principal sights :

    Beach just 150 m from the hôtel.  Arcachon and its seafront. The Ville d’Hiver (Winter Town) with its Parc Mauresque where you’ll see the 25 metre high Sainte Cécile watch-tower with impressive views over the Bay.

    Dinner at leisure and night in 3 star hotel

  • D2 Around Arcachon

    Your choice, either:

    -         Round trip to the Dune du Pyla - 26 km - 3h

    From the intriguing architecture of the Ville d’Hiver to the breath-taking Dune of Pyla, a genuine geological eyeful!  A great day’s ride out punctuated by an unforgettable walk to the top of the Pyla!

    -         Ride to the Bird Park (Parc Ornithologique) at Le Teich - 20 km- 2h30

    You cycle along the bay-side towards the Parc Ornithologique du Teich. You go past the colourful boutiques facing the beach. Leaving the town behind, you cycle through the small oyster ports that bring you progressively to a more confidential part of the Bay.  The superb site of the Bird Park and Nature Reserve of Le Teich merits decidedly close inspection.  After all that, you hop on the train that ferries you back to Arcachon along an attractive, scenic line.

    Dinner at leisure and night in 3 star hotel

  • D3 Bike ride from Arcachon to Andernos/Arès

    25 km. Duration around 2hrs30.

    There’s a short stretch in the train that take you to the start of the ride in Le Teich, where you will be, effectively, on the other side of the Bay and of the of the Eyre river delta.
    Your route is along narrow country lanes which meander between age-old little fishing ports. There are plenty of quiet spots for a picnic and the peace and beauty of these places are particularly attractive. The second part of the outing runs along the route of a former railway. But if at any moment you should feel the desire, it’s only a short hop down to the beaches of the Bay.

    Dinner at leisure and night in 3 star hotel

  • D4 Cycling around the Andernos/Arès area

    35 km . Duration around 3hrs30.

    Head west back to the Ocean and its unspoilt beaches!

    At first you cycle along a lovely stretch through the forest. The characteristic buzz of cicadas, the scent of pine resin, and those beautiful big beaches do much to induce a feeling of relaxed calm. Then quite at the forest’s end there is a worthy reward for your efforts: an immense blue sea echoing the immense green Landes!

    Dinner at leisure and night in 3 star hotel

  • D5 From Andernos/Arès to the Cap Ferret

    28 km. Duration about 3hrs.

    This ride takes you right down the Cap Ferret peninsula to the very end.  You leave a warmly hospitable town ringed in greenery, where life flows by to the rhythm of the tides, to reach the ‘village at land’s end’ which is the last of a string of small hamlets that make up the commune (‘parish’) of Lège Cap-Ferret.  Remember your towels and picnic – all along the way you have easy access to the Atlantic beaches !

    Dinner and night in 3 star hotel

  • D6 Ride around Cap Ferret

    12 km. Duration around 1hr30.

    Today you have the time to explore this superb peninsula.  And as you are often right beside the little oyster farm villages of the Cap, why not taste a few oysters freshly lifted from the sea against a background of the celebrated Dune of Pyla?  Just before you reach the tip of the peninsula you may enjoy climbing up the steps of the lighthouse, highly recommended! It is indeed the ideal place to take in the sumptuous beauty of this exceptional maritime domain.  At the point of the Cap Ferret, you can follow an interpretive footpath that takes you along to the immense unspoilt sandy beaches.

    Dinner and night in 3 star hotel

  • D7 Ferry transfer from Cap Ferret to Arcachon

    After breakfast you embark on the early morning boat across to Arcachon.

    Holiday’s End


    Possibility to extend your stay in Bordeaux : please contact us.
     

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure every 2 days

In family room

Adult : 730 €
Junior (12-17)* : 620 €
Child (2-11)* : 550 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult : 830 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  830 €
Child (2 - 11) : 790 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

1070 €

Solo traveller

1170 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 695 €
Junior (12-17)* : 590 €
Child (2-11)* : 520 €
Baby (0-1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult :  795 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 795 €
Child (2 - 11) : 755 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

1035 €

Solo traveller

1135 €

*Rates based on a room shared with two adults. Single-parent families, please contact us.

What's included?

  • 4 nights and breakfasts in 3-star hotels (nights 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  • 2 nights half-board at Cap-Ferret (nights 5 and 6)
  • Train ticket Arcachon/Le Teich (day 3)
  • Boat transfer Cap-Ferret/Arcachon
  • Luggage transport
  • Route book and maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Technical and logistical assistance

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior (from 1m45) : 90 €
    • MTB for child (under 1m45) : 60 €
    • Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 60 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior (from 1m45) : 140 €

What's not included?

  • Lunches 
  • Dinners on days 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Drinks and extras
  • Entrance to the ornithological park of Le Teich and Cap Ferret lighthouse
  • Round trip from your home to the first accommodation on the course
  • Private parking to be paid on site (75 € per week) mandatory in July-August
  • Optional insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Place-to-place cycling holiday suitable for all the family.
  • Daily stages between 24 and 35 kilometres, around 2 to 4hrs cycling at your own rhythm.
  • Fairly even route with little climbing.
  • Quiet little country roads and cyclepaths
  • Suitable for country bikes.

Organisation

  • These holidays are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage and a detailed roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We also provide the logistical and technical support necessary.
  • On longer holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or simply take your time and relax...
  • B&B accommodation is in either 3 star/'épis' hotels, guest houses or tourist residences chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.
  • For technical reasons, we do not propose midday or evening meals during this holiday. However at each stage you'll find there are plenty of different places to eat.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Access

By car

highway A10 ou A89 or A63 direction Bordeaux and then take A660 direction Arcachon

By air

Bordeaux-Mérignac airport

By train

Arcachon railway station. The accommodation is at 300m.

Comments

Global note
4.9
  • Itinérance de 3 jours dépaysante, étapes équilibrées, nous reviendrons dans la région.

  • Nous avons passé des vacances exceptionnelles au bassin d'Arcachon. Le paysage est magnifique, très varié et les hôtes étaient très aimables. Une très belle possibilité pour des vacances extraordinaires en famille. Avec plaisir encore une fois !

  • Vacance super. Pas de soucis, pas de stress ! Que du bonheur. Très bonne organisation.

  • Super vacances à vélo en famille ! Nous avons découvert les beaux paysages du bassin d'Arcachon. Séjour relax, au calme et tout confort ! A recommander.

  • Belle expérience, accessible à tous, au plus près du bassin d'Arcachon. Merci pour la logistique qui a été parfaite.

  • Tour à vélo juste magnifique. Nous le conseillons vivement aux familles même avec de jeunes enfants et débutants, c'est facilement réalisable.

  • Nous avons passé de très bonnes vacances avec Safrantours, Merci !

  • De très bons souvenirs malgré un temps mitigé. Les randonnées sont parfaites et faciles pour les enfants. Nous avons apprécié la tranquillité des traversées en forêts.

  • Pour ceux qui aiment passer des vacances en toute tranquilité tout en faisant du sport à la rencontre de la nature, des paysages et de leurs habitants, Safrantours vous offre ce compromis en prenant tout en charge. Il ne vous reste plus qu'à pédaler.

  • Merci à toute l'équipe de Safrantours pour sa réactivité et son efficacité dans l'organistation de notre périple familial en vélo autour du bassin d'Arcachon! A découvrir et à recommander.

  • Très belle façon de découvrir une belle région. Vélo, tourisme et détente étaient au rendez-vous.

  • Une très belle expérience avec une équipe de professionnels rodés. Un facilitateur pour découvrir à notre rythme une région. Nous repartirons en toute confiance et dans l'immédiat, nous recommandons Safrantours aux futurs aventuriers.

  • Wir haben einen fantastischen, abwechslungsreichen, unproblematischen und gleichzeitig erholsamen Urlaub verbracht. Die Strecken waren toll zusammengestellt und alle Tour-Unterlagen leicht verständlich und hilfreich. Noch nie haben wir soviel in so kurzer Zeit gesehen... Es war toll! Vielen Dank, Safran-Team.

    Traduction: Nous avons passé des vacances fantastiques, variées, sans problèmes et en même temps relaxantes. Les itinéraires étaient bien organisés et tous les documents de voyage étaient faciles à comprendre et utiles. Jamais auparavant nous n'avions vu autant de choses en si peu de temps.... C'était génial ! Merci beaucoup l'équipe de Safran.

  • Vacances très réussies ! Tout à fait conforme à ce qui est présenté dans les brochures. Excellent accueil dans chaque hôtel et chambre d'hôtes.

  • Très beau circuit, balades en vélo très agréables.

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