Welcome to Arcachon

Arcachon's generous swathe of golden-sand beach seethes with sun-seekers in summer, but there are plenty of equally sandy but less-crowded beaches, including the lovely Plage des Arbousiers, just a short bike ride away. Arcachon is the perfect launch pad for swashbuckling adventures on nearby Dune du Pilat, Europe's highest sand dune.

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$78.78 Day Trips & Excursions

Bordeaux to Arcachon Half-Day Trip with Pyla Dune and Oysters

To begin your small-group tour, leave Bordeaux in the morning and travel by air-conditioned minivan to the beautiful Bay of Arcachon. During your 55-minute journey, your knowledgeable guide will recount some interesting facts about the region.The tour starts with a visit to Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla), the largest sand dune in Europe. Hike to the top of the dune and enjoy fantastic views of the Landes forest, the Bay of Arcachon and the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will drive you to one of the many local oyster farms, for which this area is famous. Meet the oyster producer and learn more about the traditional methods of oyster cultivation while enjoying a complimentary tasting of six fresh Arcachon oysters accompanied by a glass of white wine.

$181.54 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Bordeaux to Arcachon Oyster Tasting, Lunch and Médoc Wine Tour

Arcachon Bay Half-Day Trip (morning)You’ll be picked up from central Bordeaux near Place des Quinconces for your half-day trip to Arcachon. Travel 45 minutes by air-conditioned minivan to the beautiful Bay of Arcachon, learning facts about the region from your guide along the way.When you arrive, start with a visit to Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla), the biggest sand dune in Europe. Hike to the top of the dune and enjoy amazing views of the Landes forest, the Bay of Arcachon and the Atlantic Ocean. Next, drive through the beautiful villages surrounding the Bay of Arcachon. Your guide will then take you to one of the many local oyster farms, for which this area is famous. Meet an oyster producer and learn about the traditional methods of oyster cultivation as you enjoy a tasting of six fresh Arcachon oysters paired with a glass of white wine.Then, head back to Bordeaux to enjoy a picnic lunch with your group before your afternoon tour. Médoc Wine Tour (afternoon)After lunch, drive along the scenic Château Route of Bordeaux's lovely Médoc wine region. Admire views of famous châteaux such as Margaux, Latour or Mouton-Rothschild, and stop along the way for photo opportunities and commentary from your guide.Arrive at the first château, a charming family-run estate. Visit the vineyards, tour the traditional vat room and discover the cellar before taking part in a wine workshop. You'll experience the steps of a proper tasting and learn to identify the flavors and aromas. Practice these techniques as you sample some of the château's wines.Next, head to a classified growth château, one of the most prestigious châteaux in the region. The exact château visited varies, but may include Lamarque, Chasse-Spleen, Siran, Gruaud-Larose, Lagrange or Lascombes. Visit the vineyards and the vat room, and learn about the winemaking process from vine to bottle. Taste more wine paired with French appetizers including local cheese, fresh bread and saucisson (dried sausage).You’ll head back to Bordeaux in the evening to conclude your full-day tour.

$33.11 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Bordeaux City Pass with Cite du Vin Entry and Transport Ticket

Available for 24, 48 or 72 consecutive hours, the Bordeaux CityPass offers free or reduced-price access to services and attractions. The card is activated upon the first use. A practical guidebook is provided with each CityPass at the same time as the card.  This pass will give you access to • unlimited access to the public transport network (tram, bus, river ferry) during 24h, 48h or 72h • 8 museums and exhibition spaces, • 7 monuments in Bordeaux  • a guided tour of your choice (bus, tourist train or walking) • La Cité du Vin including a wine tasting at the belvedere (entrance before 12 pm), • discounts on a large variety of activities like cruises on the Garonne River, 1/2 day wine trips in the vineyards by coach

$339.09 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Discovery Flight Over the Arcachon Bay in a Private Plane

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Bassin d'Arcachon, Arcachon, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine.Pass By: lacanau.Pass By: Dune Du Pilat.

$255.18 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Arcachon Helicopter Scenic Tour

Take off for an helicopter ride over one of the most beautiful regions of France: Arcachon basin.You will take off from the airfield of Arcachon-La Teste de Buch, and fly over the Dune du Pilat and on the north of the Banc d'Arguin. You will have the opportunity to look upon the deep sea atlantic before passing the Cap Ferret Pyla.You will then come upon the Arcachon basin and notice the differents lights that are always moving, shining and following the gentle swell of the current under the warm gaze of an everlasting sun.The bird island with its waterfront and beaches will no longer have any secrets for you.The east coast, the mouth of the Leyre river, and the journey between the cities of Gujan Mestras and Le Teich will present itself before your eyes.After landing, you will be given a certificate and a bag of treats.

$28.54 Outdoor Activities


Once the path, 1 or 2 hours, and the schedule chosen, from 9 am to 6 pm, the meeting point is on the seaside in Arcachon. There a local host will provide the all-terrain electric scooters and the necessary equipment (helmets, safety vests, smartphone holders).  After a quick demo (riding a TroTTE is easy as biking), hop off for a new and fun experience in complete freedom on bike paths. All along, you'll find your way following the authentic course traced by a native. Wind through this wonderful city and discover its typical architecture. Enjoy the incomparable smell of pines and sea, marvel at the breathtaking Dune du Pyla (in the 2 hours' ride), the beauty of the centennial houses, go along the marina, the charming city center and finally back to the seaside, starting point.