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Bordeaux: Guided Jet Ski Tour

1. Bordeaux: Guided Jet Ski Tour

See the sights of Bordeaux from a different perspective on a guided jet ski ride along the Garonne River. Discover some of the historic waterway's hidden treasures, and get a rush of adrenaline along the way. Benefit from the services of an instructor who will ensure your safety and describe what you will see. Get tips on how to operate the jet ski for the best experience. Depart from the center of Bordeaux and drive to Place de la Bourse to see the Miroir d'eau, the world's largest reflecting pool. Be impressed by the city's wealth of bridges, castles and monuments on the way. 

From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour

2. From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour

Depart Bordeaux at 8:30 AM and take a 50-minutes drive to the majestic Dune of Pilat at Pyla-sur-Mer in Arcachon Bay. Climb the highest sand dune in Europe for a panoramic view (known locally as the “Bassin”) of an inland sea open to the Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at the splendid colors of the lagoon, and take in the views of the Landes Forest from the summit. Famous for its oysters, Arcachon Bay is known for its mild climate and exceptional natural beauty. Enjoy a tasting session of some fresh oysters served with a glass of white wine from a local producer of the “Bassin.” Drive back to Bordeaux and get dropped off in the city center at approximately 1:00 PM.

From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

3. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

Delight in the renowned beaches of Biarritz, meander through the narrow streets of Saint Jean De Luz, taste local cuisine at the fishing village of Hondarribia, and marvel at the architectural beauty of San Sebastian on this full day tour from Bilbao. Follow the highway towards the east, through stunning natural landscapes, to arrive at Biarritz. Known as the Beach of Kings, it was a magnet for famous and royalty such as Napoleon III, Gary Cooper, and Frank Sinatra, and is still nowadays a very important tourist destination. Stroll through the old port, the Virgin on the Rock, and the scenic streets of this sea-side village. Next, following the panoramic coastal road views, you will continue onto Saint Jean De Luz, a lovely small village located on the French Basque coast. The house of Louis XIV, the Church of Saint Jean Baptist, and charming narrow streets are tourist highlights. Onwards to the next stop, Hondarribia, a village full of history that holds a medieval fortress and the remnants of an area that in the past was a pirate and whaler port. There will be free time for lunch and your guide will suggest a selection of recommended local restaurants.  Continue the last leg of journey to San Sebastian, the most beautiful city in the Basque Country. Enjoy the magnificent views of the mountain Igeldo as you are led on a walking tour into the old historical quarter. Afterwards, take advantage of free time to explore the city at your leisure before returning back to Bilbao in the evening.

From Bordeaux: Arcachon and Pilat Dune Private Tour

4. From Bordeaux: Arcachon and Pilat Dune Private Tour

Get back to nature in the Landes Forest and marvel at Europe's largest sand dune on a private day trip from Bordeaux. Head towards Port de Larros to take part in an oyster tasting at an oyster farm. Continue to the Winter City of Arcachon for lunch, and admire the typical 19th-century homes, especially around Mauresque Park. Stroll along the boardwalk to Thiers Pier and get lovely views of the fishing boats off the coast. See the sandy beaches of Pereire and Moulleau as you make your way towards Pilat Dune. Get panoramic views of Arcachon Bay and its natural attractions, such as the Banc D'Arguin, the remains of a lagoon now open to the ocean and used for oyster farming. Gaze at the iconic tchanquée huts on the île aux Oiseaux and see the tip of Cap Ferret framed by a pine forest slowly being swallowed up by the dunes. Get a better appreciation for the bio-diversity and maritime heritage of the area before you make your way back to Bordeaux. Here is an example of what you could enjoy in one day*: 9.00AM : Pick up at your stay in Bordeaux. 11:00 AM: Oyster Tasting at Le Routioutiou, Port de Larros. 12:00 AM: Discover Arcachon’s winter city, around the Mauresque park. 1:00 PM: Lunch at Chez Pierre, on the seafront. 2:30 PM: Walk along the seafront and the Thiers Pier. 3:30 PM: Drive along the beach to the Pilat Dune. 4:00 PM: Climb up the Dune. 7:00 PM: Drop off at Bordeaux Tourist office. *Depending on our partners’ availability

Bordeaux: Full-Day Countryside Tour

5. Bordeaux: Full-Day Countryside Tour

Be driven from Bordeaux to the Pyla Sand Dune where you will enjoy views of the ocean and the Landes' Forest. At Arcachon Bay, you will have the chance to taste fresh oysters with a glass of white wine before returning to Bordeaux.                                                                      Once you are back in Bordeaux, you will relax with a casual picnic lunch. Afterwards, be driven to the Medoc Region, your journey will take you along the mythical chateaux route.  Visit a charming family run estate of the region and spend a few hours touring its vineyards, vat room, and cellars. Learn more about the wines at a tasting class.                                                                                                                                           In the late afternoon, make your way to the beautiful Great Classified Growth estate, one of the most prestigious chateaux of Bordeaux.  Taste the wine while enjoying an aperitif of French delicacies, including cheese, fresh bread, and dried sausage.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

From San Sebastian: Biarritz & French Basque Coast Day Trip

6. From San Sebastian: Biarritz & French Basque Coast Day Trip

Experience the best of the French section of the Basque Coast on this day trip from San Sebastián. Explore Saint Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Hondarribia, and Guethary. Discover quaint fishing villages, Michelin-starred cuisine, and breathtaking views.  After getting picked up from your hotel, travel to the city of Biarritz. Here, learn about the city's history as a surfer mecca and enjoy a walk along the seaside promenade. Stop by Les Halles market to experience the best of French cuisine including its cheeses, its charcuterie, and its bakeries and patisseries. Continue to Guethary and learn why Madonna was so captivated by the charming and peaceful seaside village. Next, head to the birthplace of the macaron, the Maison Adam patisserie in Saint Jean de Luz, and learn about the town's pirate history. Travel along the Route de la Corniche to reach Hondarribia, a city at the forefront of world cuisine. Stop for lunch and choose from pintxos or Michelin-starred dining. On the way back, take in views of the Basque coast and Mount Jaizkibel.

Bay of Arcachon: Cruise with Oyster Tasting and White Wine

7. Bay of Arcachon: Cruise with Oyster Tasting and White Wine

Explore the stunning sights in the Bay of Arcachon on a cruise in a comfortable speedboat named L'empreinte. Enjoy a private tour that can be customized to suit your individual needs. Take advantage of this moment to taste oysters from the Bay of Arcachon accompanied by a glass of white wine. Choose from a tour with pickup in Le Canon, Cap Ferret, or Port d'Arcachon. Hop aboard the elegant speedboat and cut across the water to spots like the island of L'Île aux Oiseaux where local birds like to visit the wetlands and the Cabanes Tchanquées buildings stand on stilts. Gaze at the otherworldly sand dunes of la Dune du Pyla or the lush nature reserve of Près salés d'Arès. Take in views of the La Leyre river and sail on the Noroit coast. Admire the wind and water-shaped Le Banc d'Arguin sandbank. Unwind with the fresh sea air blowing thorugh your hair. Taste fresh oysters paired with white wine aboard the ship as you take in the sights.

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What people are saying about Aquitaine

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5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

An unforgettable day with our guide-driver Xavier. Tasting oysters in a small fishing village, climbing the Dune du Pilat and other surprises to discover…..

Great experience! I would prefer to visit only three places, Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz, and San Sebastián and spend more in these three beautiful cities.

Nuestra experiencia ha sido muy agradable, el conductor y guía dieron todas las facilidades para que nos sintiéramos cómodos. Muchas gracias.

Tour to have a snapshot of the area. It is short but gives you an idea of each place

Very good tour, the guide Stefan very nice and with a lot of knowledge!