Arcachon, jewel of the silver coast
Arcachon is composed of different "cities", where perfumes and beauty, peace and dynamics are joining together.
The summer city, which lies on the bay, offers visitors extensive entertainment (casino) and sports (sailing regattas and motor boat races
In addition to the fishing port, where the trawlers run on and off, there is a large marina.
Bordered by a pine grove, sheltered from the sea wind, the winter town hide beautiful villas, (late 19th and beginning 20th century) parks and gardens in a relaxing atmosphere.
Day 1: Saturday - Arrival
Arrival and transfer from Bordeaux to Arcachon. Hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Sunday – At leisure
Day at leisure in Arcachon. The shops, cafes and restaurants are open on Sunday in Arcachon. Discover the animated pedestrian streets and stroll along the beach promenade of this fashionable seaside resort. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Monday - Arcachon and the Dune du Pilat
Morning guided city tour and visit of the winter town, historic district of the 19th century, with numerous large and luxurious villas.
Afternoon drive to the Dune du Pilat largest sand mass of Europe at the entrance to the Bassin d'Arcachon. Opportunity to climb up the dune; from the summit one can see the ocean, the forests, the Bassin d'Arcachon, the tip of Cap Ferret and the sandbank of Arguin: a fabulous view! Return to Arcachon for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Tuesday - oysters and boating
Drive to Gujean-Mestras, the capital of the Bassin d'Arcachon. We visit the oyster harbour and the "Maison de l'huitre" (the oyster museum) where we get interesting information about oysters. Afterwards, we enjoy an oyster tasting.
In the afternoon a boat is waiting for a nice ride over the bay which leads to the Bird Island with its famous stilt houses, the Cap Ferret and along the dune du Pilat which lies at the entrance of the Bassin d'Arcachon. Back to Arcachon. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Wednesday - Bordeaux and the Medoc
Morning drive to Bordeaux and guided visit of the city by bus and on foot (approx. 2 hours). Among visited sites: the place des Quinconces and the Monument aux Girondins, the Grand théâtre on the Place de la Comedie, , the Place de la Bourse with the Three Graces fountain, St. Peter's Bridge, the facades along the quays from the left bank, the Cathedral Saint Andre and the Rohan Palace (Town Hall), Rue Sainte Catherine and the place of parliament, , etc..
Afternoon excursion to the region of Haut-Medoc, along the banks of the Gironde delta. Here are renowned, classified large domains of Bordeaux wine directly close to each other: Listrac, Margaux, Medoc, Moulis, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien. Wine tasting at Chateau Giscours classified third great growths (Grands Crus) and Château Lascombes second great growths.
Back to Arcachon in the early evening. Dinner and overnight at hotel
Day 6: Thursday - Bayonne and Biarritz
We leave Bordeaux and drive south to Bayonne. Guided city tour and time to stroll through the old streets around the Old Castle and the Cathedral of Sainte Marie.
Afternoon continue to Biarritz. Guided panoramic tour of the famous seaside resort with beautiful coastal areas and buildings from the 19th century. Then walk to the beach up to the Rocher de la Vierge and the fishing port. Return to Arcachon. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Friday – At leisure
Day at leisure in Arcachon. Dinner and overnight
Day 8: Saturday - departure
Drive to Bordeaux and transfer to the airport
- 7 dinner and overnight in a good 3 * hotel in Arcachon
- Bus and English-speaking tour guide for transfers, city tours and excursions as described
- Visit of the Museum of oysters and oyster tasting in Gujean Mestras
- Wine tasting in Château Giscours and Château Lascombes
- Boat trip on the bay of Arcachon
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