|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||26 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015|
|Start city:||Isle-Saint-Georges, France|
|End city:||Arcachon, France|
Bordered along the whole of its west coast by the Atlantic Ocean, the region of Aquitaine is bathed in a mild oceanic climate with the influence of the Gulf Stream. Mild temperatures all year round, enough rain to provide a green, floral environment, plenty of sunshine to enjoy the delights of the beach in spring, summer and autumn!
There is the sea of course, at the Bay of Arcachon. This bay forms an interior sea, the shores of which are dotted with seaside resorts and oyster-fishing ports.
Just a short bike ride away, there is another giant. Not made of stone like the lighthouse but instead made of sand: the Dune du Pyla. Standing 104 metres high, it is Europe’s tallest dune. If you climb it – a task made easier by the steps – you will be rewarded by an unobstructed view over the ocean and the Bay on one side, and the Landes forest on the other.
The wine region also has its own chapter – the winegrowing tradition being the founding factor of the heritage tha marked the life of many generations.
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Day 1: Arrival in Isle-Saint-Georges
Arrival in Isle-Saint-Georges. The Charming B&B will give you a tour package with instructions and the essentials to have a successful tour (road-book, maps, tourist
Overnight in Isle-Saint-Georges.
Day 2: Isle-Saint-Georges – Barsac (19 miles/30 km)
You will start your cycling tour by leaving Isle-Saint-Georges in the direction of La Brède, do not forget to visit the château where Montesquieu was born. Then you will cross the vineyard of Graves through the villages of Saint Morillon and Saint Michel de Rieufret. You will arrive in Barsac, the city situated between the area of white wine production of Graves and sweet wines of Sauternes.
Overnight in Barsac.
Day 3: Barsac – Bazas (20 miles/32 km)
This day is on Sauternes discovery, you will cross some of the most prestigious vineyards of Châteaux d’Yquem, Suduiraut, Guiraud,… You will also see on your way: Château de Roquetaillade, middle age castle. On your arrival in Bazas, do not forget to visit the cathedral dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, now part of Unesco's heritage sights.
Overnight in Bazas.
Day 4: Bazas – Salles (37 miles/60 km)
You will leave Bazas and join the cycling track that will lead you until Arcachon Baye. On the way you will have the possibility to have a rest the lake of Hostens, a nice natural place in the middle of the forest, in Natural Parc of Landes de Gascogne. You will stop in Salles for the night.
Overnight in Salles.
Day 5: Salles – Arcachon (19 miles/30km)
After the breakfast, you will head for Bassin d’Arcachon on the cycling track. From Salles to Mios you will be following the Eyre river, it flows north into the Bassin d'Arcachon. You will see on your way the Le Teich ornithological park, natural reserve of wild birds.
Overnight in Arcachon.
Day 6: Loop around Bassin d’Arcachon (37 miles/60 km)
From Arcachon, you will join Cap Ferret by boat. Today you will be able to appreciate the charm of oyster-farming villages that make this area so famous. Do not hesitate to taste some oysters on the way.
Overnight in Arcachon.
Day 7: Departure
Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Chateau de Montigny-Rabey, Martillac
Day 2: Chateau de Camperos, Barsac
Day 3: Chateau Saint Vincent, Bazas
Day 4: Hotel Le Résigner, Salles
Day 5: Hotel La Pergola, Arcachon
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Helmets are included with bike rental (please reserve at time of booking). We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own bicycle helmet. Please let us know if you will be bringing your own helmet.
The tour follows quiet roads with little traffic about 55% of the time and dedicated bike paths 45% of the time. The terrain is flat with only occasional hills.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Paris airports
Nearest train station: Bordeaux
You will need to take a taxi to and from the train station in Bordeaux.
The easiest way to get to the first accommodation The Charming B&B of Chateau de Montigny Rabey is to take a taxi directly from Bordeaux airport, if you are coming by plane.
You can also arrive by first taking a bus to the center of Bordeaux (Train station St Jean). Then you would take the train from Bordeaux to Beautiran. Once you arrive in Beautiran you should call the owner of the B&B who will come and drive you to the Chateau.
Buses from the Bordeaux Airport: Departing from Terminal B, Arrivals level, the Jet'Bus shuttle connects Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux train station via the city centre every 45 minutes, 7 days a week. The ride from start to finish lasts around 45 minutes, depending on traffic. You should get off at the last stop: Bordeaux Train station St Jean.
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