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 SUD-GIRONDE   [ 7 nights - 295km - 183 Miles ]

 Vineyards, Landes Forest and Arcachon

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« From Bordeaux to the fascinating seaside resorts on the Arcachon Bay, by bike, canoe and boat: a circuit combining the beauties of nature and historical sites. »

Day 1 -> Bordeaux (0 Km - 0 Miles)
According to your means of transport and your arrival time in Bordeaux, we will take you to your first point of accommodation. We will provide you with all necessary documents and equipment in order to begin your stay in the best possible conditions. On your first evening, you will enjoy the magnificent city of Bordeaux and dine in the restaurant of your choice.

Day 2 -> Bordeaux - Rions (35 Km - 22 Miles)
After having taken your time in the beautiful city of Bordeaux, you will head south to discover the region's countryside while cycling along the Graves tourist route. On arrival in La Brède you will delve immediately into local history as you come across the castle where the world-famous philosopher Montesquieu was born and wrote the majority of his works (e.g. "The Spirit of the Laws"). Your road continues towards Langoiran, on the other bank of the Garonne, where a medieval castle, perched on the heights of the city, offers a beautiful panoramic view. Finally it's time to make a stop for the night at Rions, only a few pedal strokes away.

Day 3 -> Rions - Villandrault (45 Km - 28 Miles)
Today your itinerary will take you across the famous vineyards of Cérons and especially of Sauternes. The ruins of the Budos castle, on the banks of the Ciron river, are a must when visiting this region. The you will take the direction of Sauternes to discover this renowned appellation. You will catch a glimpse of the famous châteaux Yquem, Filhot and La Tour Blanche. You will then cycle to Roaillan to visit the Roquetaillade castle, built in 1306, and which today is a unique example of feudal architecture in France. You will finish your day in Villandraut and appreciate its 14th century castle built by the Pope Clement V.

Day 4 -> Villandrault - Hostens (40 Km - 25 Miles)
During this leg of your trip, you will experience a change of scenery as you cycle along the beautiful bike path between Villandrault, Saint-Symphorien and Hostens. You will discover the Landes forest and its typical landscapes; a mixture of characteristic little villages and vast expanses of maritime pines. In Hostens, two large lakes have replaced the site of a former open-cast lignite mine, which supplied fuel for a local power station until the late 1960s.

Day 5 -> Hostens - Le Teich (35 Km - 22 Miles)
Depending on the season and the river's water level, we suggest you get off the bike and continue in a canoe. You will descend the Leyre river, which runs through the remarkable sites of the Natura 2000 network and flows into the Arcachon Bay via its delta. You will begin canoeing in Mios and paddle for 20 kilometers. The arrival point, in Le Teich on the Arcachon Bay, will be near the ornithological park, home to numerous species of birds.

Day 6 -> Le Teich - Arcachon (30 Km - 19 Miles)
Today's short bikeride will take you to Arcachon by the truly magical coastal path offering marvelous views over the bay. After admiring the numerous oyster ports you can enjoy a leisurely visit around Arcachon, a magnificent seaside resort. You will walk along the beach and notice l'Île aux Oiseaux and its cabins on stilts, stroll along the heights of the Ville d'Hiver and discover the superb villas that give Arachon its special character. Finally, the Dune of Pilat, the highest in Europe (110 m) gives you a breathtaking view over the Arcachon Bay and is well worth a detour. (about 20 km)

Day 7 -> Arcachon - Cap Ferret - Andernos (40 Km - 25 Miles)
The last leg of the journey starts with a real highlight! You will make a 30 minutes' boat trip across the Arcachon Bay to arrive in Cap Ferret. You will then stroll along the streets of the town to appreciate the charm of this peninsula. The ocean and the bayside beaches, the lighthouse with its magnificent view over the area and the fishermen's quarter will surely keep you busy all morning. In l'Herbe, do not miss the Villa Algérienne, a most atypical chapel. From Andernos, the end of your cycling circuit, we will take you back to Bordeaux for the last night of your stay.

The price indicated includes all taxes and is per person
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 - From 1 April 2017 to 30 June 2017
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 - From 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017
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 - From 1 September 2017 to 31 October 2017
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Our offer fully covers the following :
  • 7 Accomodation in 2- and 3-star hotels or guest houses/B&Bs (based on double occupancy )
  • 4 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Circuit pack :
           - Itineraries
           - Map
  • Tourist documentation
  • Rent of a fully equipped bicycle for the whole duration of the trip
  • Bikes with the following equipment
           - Two waterproof rear panniers
           - Pump (per two)
           - Bike computer
           - Tyre repair kit (per two)
           - 4-digit combination lock
  • Basic head and tail lights
  • Field assistance in less than 3 hours if necessary
  • 24-hour hotline
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel (one item of luggage per person)
  • Transfer from your arrival point to your first accomodation
  • Transfer from the end of your circuit to your departure point
Our offer doesn't cover the following :
  • Dinners in Bordeaux and in Arcachon
  • Entrance fees, site visits and possible wine-tastings
  • Optional insurances (Trip Cancellation, Complementary and Multirisk Insurances)
  • We recommend you come with your own head gear. However, helmets will be available as optional extras at an additional cost charge of 20 euros. Once purchased, these become your personal property for obvious hygiene reasons.
  • Single room on request for an extra charge of 30 euros per night
  • Lunches are on your own, so you have a maximum flexibility in your day.

All our bikes are new

Three frame models, one for men and two for ladies

The rear panniers are waterproof - Capacity of 30 litres



We select our accommodations according to the following criteria:
  • The proximity of the circuit
  • The quality of their services
  • The quality of welcome
  • Given the high demand during some periods of the year, we advise you to make your reservation as early as possible
            
    
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From Bordeaux to the fascinating seaside resorts on the Arcachon Bay, by bike, canoe and boat: a circuit combining the beauties of nature and historical sites.

Starting from Bordeaux, you will discover South Gironde by visiting the châteaux of the Graves and Sauternes regions and their historical heritage (eg the castles of La Brède and Villandraut). You will cycle in the Landes' great pine forest, canoe in the Leyre river and discover the small oyster ports on the Bay of Arcachon. You will also spend a day in the town of Arcachon, a famous seaside resort which has been in vogue since the Second Empire. After crossing the bay by boat to the Cap Ferret peninsula, you will cycle through pictoresque oyster villages before finally arriving in Andernos-les-Bains, another holiday resort and oyster farming port.

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