Bike tour on the Velodyssee from Bordeaux to Biarritz along the atlantic ocean

Trip Code : Cyclo 16

Trip activity

Self-guided cycling holiday

Location

Bordeaux Arcachon Mimizan Biarritz - France

Duration

8 to 9 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

30 to 60 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 8 days  : 925 €    July & August : 1035 €
  • 9 days  :  + 70 €

Including services

  • 7 to 8 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3* and 4*  (in double / twin room)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • GPS App for smartphone with vocal guiding
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • 1 bay boat crossing (8 days tour)
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Touring bike : 170 to 185 €
  • Electric bike : 230 € to 250 €
Tour description

Cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Biarritz along the Atlantic coast via the Velodyssee or Velodyssey. Ride out to meet man, nature, heritage and culture of the “Gironde, Landes and Basque Country”! Explore landscapes through the Velodyssee, the longest cycling tracks in France and Europe, and enjoy the wonderful tranquility all along the coast! These six steps bike tour will lead you from « Bordeaux » a UNESCO World heritage site to the famous seaside town of « Biarritz ». You will cycle between lake and ocean going through the vast forested area of the Landes de Gascogne. Discover a variety of landscapes: salt marshes, dunes, forests, large beaches surrounded by pine trees and intimate lakes along your trip. Breathe the sea air, the perfume of the pine trees, mimosa and brooms. Conviviality is surely one of the main features of this cycling holiday. There are many restaurants and bars abound where the oysters and duck specialties await you. You won’t be starving or thirsty! There are many places for people to meet and chat. After each day’s cycle you will be warmly welcomed in the best hotels (3 or 4-stars) and charming bed and breakfast of the area.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Bordeaux

Arrive at your 3-star hotel in Bordeaux, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.
« Bordeaux », named before "Burdigala", is a Roman city, inseparable from its vineyards and prestigious stones architecture. The river Garonne, heart of the city, welcomes walkers on the banks and offers boat trip. The quays suit everyone, hoping to witness the stop of a cruise ship, "amazing show" of a giant of the seas in the city centre. Capital of wine, Bordeaux is endowed with a rich history and architecture.
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included.

Day 2 : From Bordeaux to Lacanau: ~ 64 Km

Your cycling tour holiday in Aquitaine takes you from « Bordeaux », capital of the wine to « Lacanau-Ocean », seaside town. Take the Green Way, a cycle path that follows a former railway track « Bordeaux-Lacanau ». It is a beautiful itinerary, easy and secured that goes through the pine forest where you can listen to the songs of the cicadas. Ride on a cycle path but also sometimes on small paths or forest trails.
« Lacanau-Ocean » in the Médoc Ocean region, where cycling is a way of life, is much appreciated for its long ocean beaches sheltered by dunes and forests, its lakes and its unspoilt natural areas. The seaside resort is also famous for its surfing spots. Its early 20th century villas bear witness to a rich past.
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included

Day 3 : From the Ocean to Arcachon : ~ 47 Km

This stage of the Velodyssey continues its itinerary from « Lacanau-Océan » between dunes and forests. Ride only on cycle path and discover the widest wild beaches of the Aquitaine coast; «The Porge Ocean » has a wide beach of 13 km without any building. To enjoy it leave from time to time the track of the cycle path. Never far away from the shore line, continue your cycling tour through a beautiful itinerary towards the « Cap Ferret » or the « Bay of Arcachon »*.
Enjoy and finish your cycling day through typical oyster villages of the « Bay of Arcachon » and rejoin by ferry the renowned seaside town of «Arcachon ».
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included

*For those who wish to enjoy plenty the « Bay of Arcachon » and its typical ports it is possible to spend an extra night around « Andernos » and to continue your cycling tour the next day around the Bay to the iconic city of « Arcachon ».
Overnight in a 2-star hotel with breakfast included

The «Arcachon Bay », is since the middle of the last century the world of the oyster! With its 84 km of beaches surrounded by pine trees it is an original and special place, unique on the French coast! Situated between the « Côte d'Argent » and the « Côtes des Landes », the Bay has an enjoyable climate with a perfect sunshine all year long. Breath the sea air, the perfume of the pine trees, mimosa and brooms.

Day 4 (9 days tour option): Around the Bay of Arcachon : ~ 37 Km

Today's cycle takes you around the Arcachon Bay, what a pleasant stage. Follow the vélodyssey which runs along an old railway line and little roads to explore the Bay of Arcachon. Discover the surrounding towns and small ports, enjoy the splendid views over the bay and observe the many species of birds. Come and discover the «Arcachon Bay », the winter town and its sumptuous villas from the second empire, its churches, its walks alongside the Bay and its ports. « Arcachon » will no longer be a secret for you!
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included

Day 4 : From Arcachon to Biscarrosse : ~ 30 Km

Start your itinerary in the direction of the « Great Dune of Pyla », an essential trip to its summit to appreciate the beauty of the site. You can't come to the "Bay" without taking a look! Then cycle under the pines of the Landes forest. Here everything is respected so this triple mix – ocean – sea – forest - is the best for all the pleasures of men. The velodyssey, juste after leaving the Gironde takes you to « Biscarrose Plage » to end your day in the Landes area.

« Biscarrosse » is renowned for its waves. But the seaside resort is also the kingdom of beaches, dunes and the pine forest... all a sunny expanse to discover. The town ambience is unique and revitalizing. Its sweet summer perfume guarantees an absolute change of scene. Sand castles, kites, sunbathing, drinking outside, frills, night markets, waffles, street shows, casino...
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included

Day 5 : From Biscarrosse to Mimizan Plage : ~ 52 Km

La Vélodyssée leaves the coast to make a wide detour inland, where the blue of the vast lakes replaces that of the sea. Discover the « lake of Cazaux and Sanguinet », the second largest lake of France (5800 ha !), a little paradise surrounded by greenery and pines then go alongside the « lake of Biscarrosse and Parentis ». Further, the cycle path takes you between little lake ports and intimate lakes to go through the Landes forest and rejoin the ocean in « Mimizan Plage ».
« Mimizan » dates back to the "Belle Epoque" when sea bathing became fashionable and was very much prized by a rich clientele. This seaside resort was built as a result of the railway which is no longer there today.
Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast or charming 2-star hotel with breakfast included.

Day 6 : Mimizan plage to the heart of the Landes : ~ 55 Km

Leave the attractive seaside town of « Mimizan plage » and return on the Velodyssey to follow an itinerary through the forest. It is a pleasant stage, quiet and calm through woods and embellished by the scent of the pine forest. Let yourself be carried by the sea air and enjoy the nearby ocean beaches leaving from time to time the track. Then discover « Contis Plage », « St Girons Plage » as well as the beaches of « Leon lake ». End your cycling day in another attractive seaside town of the Landes.
Cycling tracks allow you to discover the forest and quiet pond, a relaxing place. Be seduced by the country atmosphere and the seaside town of the Landes.
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with Breakfast included.

Day 7 : From the Landes to the Basque country : ~ 65 Km

Last stage of your cycling holiday before you leave the "Landes"... The cycle path takes you a last time in the heart of the forest to discover the emblematic famous seaside town of « Hossegor » and « Cap Breton ». Enjoy the wide beaches and continue through more urban areas as it approaches « Boucau ». Welcome in a new scenery of the Atlantic coast: "The Basque Country". Ride on a pleasant cycling path and go through its capital, « Bayonne » to rejoin the renowned seaside town of « Biarritz ».
« Biarritz » is one of the most famous seaside resorts of France and Europe. Its magnificent ocean beaches and surfing, its thalassotherapy and many golf courses are popular worldwide. At night, its restaurants, bars and squares will delight your nights.
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included

Day 8 : Departure from Biarritz

After breakfast

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