EVC01 From The Vineyards to the Ocean and the Arcachon bay
6 days – 5 nights or 7 days - 6 nights or 8 days – 7 nights
From April to October
Self-guided cycling tour across the Gironde region in France and its various richness’s. With a road book and a new hybrid bike (with all the equipment), you will ride through the area starting by the Entre deux Mers and famous Sauternes vineyards, going on by the pine forest of the Gascogne Regional Park and reaching the Arcachon bay and the ocean. You will take cycling tracks as well as small roads, quite flat and will enjoy the evening in charming hotel and guesthouses.
Day 1: Arrival at Bordeaux and transfer to Rions or Cadillac
Arrival at the railway station or at the airport. Transfer to Rions or Cadillac in guesthouse or hotel***, where you will receive a guidebook indicating your tour. Dinner in the guesthouse or in restaurant, night and breakfast.
Day 2: The “Entre-Deux-Mer” area 30 to 40 km
You will start your trip by cycling through the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux winegrowing area and arriving in the Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire area. This day gives 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. Accommodation in a charming hotel*** in the medieval town of Saint-Macaire or in a charming guest house in Caudrot. Dinner, night and breakfast.
Day 3: Throughout the Sauternes Vineyards, towards the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park 53 km
Departure from Saint-Macaire or Caudrot 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 Yquem. The itinerary goes on to Budos, then through the valleys carved out by the River Ciron, to Leogats and Nouaillan. You then carry on to Balizac where you enter the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park, before reaching Origne for the night.
Stay in the charming guest house in the little village of Origne in the heart of the Gironde countryside where you will be welcomed.
Dinner, night and breakfast.
Day 4: Throughout the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park 32 km
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 Gât-Mort and discover the water beneath the carpet of fern.
Make a stop at the lakes of Hostens 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 swimming pool. Mr Bourrissoux, the owner, with an irreproachable reception, may serve you a much appreciated local food on the terrace shaded by suspended vines and cooled by a fountain.
Night and breakfast. Dinner not included
Day 5: Towards the Bay of Arcachon and the Ocean 45 km
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 takes 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 the Bay of Arcachon.
Take the coastal path with the salt from the bay under your wheels and follow the scent of the sea air to Gujan-Mestras.
Arrival at you Hotel*** in Arcachon for an evening on the seafront or at the casino.
If you want to ride again, you can climb the dune du Pyla (20km one way and return).
Dinner, night and breakfast.
Day 6 and more:
You can choose to stay one or two more days in this last hotel in order to visit more deeply the Bay of Arcachon and take advantage of the Ocean.
You will have daily cycling tours to visit both sides of the bay
Extension on Day 6: The Cap Ferret 20 to 40 km
Take the boat to cross the Bay of Arcachon to reach the Cap Ferret and ride throughout the other side of the Bay. Leave your bicycle to walk up to the top of the lighthouse. Keep going 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: The Dune du Pyla or Direction the Domaine de Certes in Audenge 25 to 60 km
You can choose to follow the cycle track along the coast up to the Dune du Pyla or in the opposite way to take the cycling track via the Port of La Teste. Leave the track and take the “7 oyster ports of Gujan Mestras” small road that runs round the bay alongside the railway station.
A cycling track will take you then to Le Teich, Biganos and Audenge.
Possible choices: Stop-off at the port of Biganos or the Ornithological Park of Le Teich or the Domaine de Certe in Audenge
Back to your hotel for your last night.
Day 8: Back home
6 Day/ 5 Night
|7 Day/ 6 Night||
8 Day/ 7 Night
Extra charge Electric bike: $30.40 per cycling day
Transfer of the luggage at every step
The road book
The Taxi transfer from Bordeaux to Rions or Cadillac (first step)
The nights B&B, half board.
Drinks (wine and coffee for the dinners)
The bay crossing with bike (return ticket) for Day 6
The bicycle (VTC: Touring bike for men or women).
Locks, reparation equipment, saddle bags, helmet, bar bag, bottle holder
Assistance for the bike (for big damage)
The Dinner of the night 4