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The wonderful Bay of Arcachon 4 days

An off-season exploration of the natural wonders of the Bay of Arcachon
  • Duration 4 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme coast
420€

Information : The wonderful Bay of Arcachon 4 days

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Presentation

An off-season exploration of the natural wonders of the Bay of Arcachon - that's the idea behind this holiday at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean! From the Dune du Pilat, passing by the Winter Town with its splendid villas, you set off to discover the Bay d'Arcachon that has retrieved its tranquility far from the madding crowds of summer visitors. On the second day, a charming promenade from port to port brings you to the internationally renowned Parc Ornithologique du Teich - a fabulous Bird Sanctuary - to see birds living free in their own natural environment. On your last day, you cross the Bay by boat to get to Cap Ferret, its oyster huts and beaches on the Bay or facing the Ocean.

For the entire trip, we will provide you with a GPS (satnav) to facilitate your movements from place to place.

You'll love

  • cycling through charming small oyster-farming ports
  • the boat trip over to Cap Ferret
  • your oyster-tasting session by the Bay
  • dinner in a lovely Arcachon restaurant
  • your friendly and comfortable 3-star hotel

Program : The wonderful Bay of Arcachon 4 days

  • D1 Arrival in Arcachon

    A relaxed start with time to get settled into your hotel. 
    You may like to take a stroll along the seafront and watch the sunset. In the evening you will be served dinner on the terrace at one of Arcachon's restaurants, famous for their seafood, naturally.
    Night in 3-star hotel.

  • D2 Round trip to Le Pilat

    27km stage. Approximate time: 3hrs 
    In the morning you ride along the bustling seafront. You'll no doubt rub shoulders with some of the locals come to do their daily jog whilst breathing the invigorating air of the sea breeze. The cycle track rolls on and brings you to the gates of the Ville d'Hiver* and its XIX century villas, magnificent yet touchingly quaint. Progressively, you ride into the forest of the Landes where the scent of pine mingles with the sound of rustling needles. At the foot of the great dune, Le Pilat, you lock up your bikes and go to the top on foot to admire the view - well worth it! The return ride takes you along the edge of the sea right to your 3-star hotel.
    *winter town.

    Dinner as you will.

  • D3 Return trip to the Bird Park at Le Teich.

    20km stage. Approximate time: 2hrs15.
    Today you bike round the Bay of Arcachon towards the Parc Ornithologique du Teich. First you cycle alongside the beach lined with little shops. Further on there's the port and its fish auction. Then you leave the urban world and go through a number of more discrete oyster-farming ports. The superb Bird Park is really worth spending some time on. Count on a visit of 2 to 3 hours so you can immerse yourselves in the sights and sounds that people the park. Marvellous! 
    Towards the end of the day, you are ferried back to Arcachon on the charming Bay railway.

    Dinner as you will.

  • D4 Excursion to Cap Ferret

    10km stage. Approximate time: 2hrs
    In the morning you embark with your bikes on a little boat that crosses the Bay of Arcachon towards Cap Ferret. You may notice there's a family atmosphere here in this "village at the end of the Earth". Along an exceptional route you'll see both modest oyster-farming villages and the zone known as the '44 hectares' where comfortably well-off and even famous people have their holiday homes. There are many occasions to get down to the vast beaches facing the Atlantic, so don't forget your swimming things and of course a picnic. At the end of the day the boat, often accompanied by a glorious sunset, will take you back to Arcachon.
    If you wish, you can reserve one last night in your hotel (supplement required) to round off your stay before your departure the next morning.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, no departure

Tariffs low season

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

In a family room

Adult : 400 €
Junior (12-17) : 400 €

IN A DOUBLE ROOM

Adult : 420 €
Junior (12-17) : 420 €

IN A SINGLE ROOM

570 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

570 €

What's included?

  • 3 nights with breakfast
  • 1 meal in a typical Arcachon restaurant
  • 1 oyster tasting (day 4)
  • Trip dossier with roadbook and marked maps
  • Technical and logistical assistance
  • Boat ticket Arcachon / Cap Ferret
  • Train ticket Le Teich / Arcachon
  • Entrance ticket for Parc Ornithologique du Teich

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike rental for adult or junior : 55 €
    • Electric power bike for adult or junior: 100 €
  • Parking during the vacation : 30 € (to be paid on the spot)

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Dinners of the days 2 and 3
  • Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Self-guided circuit on bikes around one accomodation.
  • Minimal altitude challenges!
  • Roads: quiet narrow country lanes and cycle tracks.

Organisation

These outings are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary throughout your stay.
Accommodation is in 3 star hotel chosen for its atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.
This holiday includes hotel + breakfast. Dinner is provided in Arcachon on the first evening.

Access

By car

Highway A10 or A89 or A63 direction Bordeaux then A660 direction Arcachon

By air

Bordeaux-Mérignac airport + shuttle to Bordeaux St Jean station

By train

Bordeaux St-Jean station then a train towards the station at Arcachon.

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